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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading classical music venue located on the banks of the River Thames at heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is also one of the world’s leading performance venues. The auditorium has a fixed raked seating capacity of 2500.

As well as the auditorium, there is The Clore Ballroom, The Poetry Library, Spirit Level, (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms) Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.

Seating plan

The different seating areas of the auditorium are on the following levels of Royal Festival Hall:

  • Front stalls – levels 3 & 4
  • Side stalls – level 4
  • Rear stalls – levels 4 & 5
  • Boxes – levels 5 & 6
  • Balcony – level 6

All auditorium entry doors can be accessed by lift or stairs. The JCB Glass Lift and Lift 1 provide flat access to all levels of the auditorium.

Download the seating plan

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555

Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
until 17 Jul 2018
Various times | until 17 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Various times
until 29 Apr 2018
Various times | until 29 Apr 2018
Art
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Tue 20 Feb 2018
1:30 pm | Tue 20 Feb 2018
Dance & Performance
Feel the post-Valentine's glow at this love-inspired tea dance
Feel the post-Valentine's glow at this love-inspired tea dance
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 29 Mar 2018
Various times | until 29 Mar 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
Various times
20 Feb 2018 - 21 Mar 2018
Various times | 20 Feb 2018 - 21 Mar 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 21 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 21 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The LPO performs Stravinsky’s legendary The Rite of Spring
The LPO performs Stravinsky’s legendary The Rite of Spring
Various times
until 25 Feb 2018
Various times | until 25 Feb 2018
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
7:00 pm
Thu 22 Feb 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 22 Feb 2018
Classical music
Choral
Enjoy a concert of soloists, bands, choirs and orchestras from talented young performers
Enjoy a concert of soloists, bands, choirs and orchestras from talented young performers

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 22 Feb 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 22 Feb 2018
Talks & Topics
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Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 23 Feb 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 23 Feb 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Get jazzy at lunchtime with this Italian London-based pianist and composer
Get jazzy at lunchtime with this Italian London-based pianist and composer

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Food & drink

There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members Bar, located on Level 6 with panoramic views over the river, is open to Southbank Centre Members. If you fancy some alfresco dining, the Riverside Cafe is located on Level 2.

Royal Festival Hall has the acclaimed Skylon restaurant with contemporary food, original cocktails and stunning views over the river.

There 's something for all tastes, occasions and ages.

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