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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 the heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

As well as a 2,500 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find 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.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues.

discover the history of Royal Festival Hall

Opening times

10am - 11pm every day

Members get priority

To find out first about what's coming up and for your best chance to secure tickets to events, join now as a Member.

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Visitor inspecting documents in the archive

Free

Free

Various times
until 13 Jun 2019
Various times | until 13 Jun 2019
Uncover the history of Southbank Centre through archives from a single date across the decades
Uncover the history of Southbank Centre through archives from a single date across the decades
BBC Radio 3's J to Z, performers on stage in the Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018
1:30 pm | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
BBC Radio 3's newest jazz programme presents the best in jazz past, present and future
BBC Radio 3's newest jazz programme presents the best in jazz past, present and future
Various times
until 24 Nov 2018
Various times | until 24 Nov 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Chef at Jam Shed Supper Club, Southbank Centre
Various times
until 15 Dec 2018
Various times | until 15 Dec 2018
Dine on delicious cuisine from MasterChef finalists while enjoying spectacular views of the Thames
Dine on delicious cuisine from MasterChef finalists while enjoying spectacular views of the Thames
8:00 pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018
8:00 pm | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Feel the melancholy of traditional Portuguese fado from an expert singer of the genre
Feel the melancholy of traditional Portuguese fado from an expert singer of the genre
Groove Baby Groove Under the Sea, illustration of submarine
Various times
Sun 18 Nov 2018
Various times | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Dive into a jazz- and funk-fuelled family adventure under the sea in an interactive children's show
Dive into a jazz- and funk-fuelled family adventure under the sea in an interactive children's...
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A man with saxophone pushing a child in a buggy

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Break musical boundaries at an improvisation workshop for those who identify as women
Break musical boundaries at an improvisation workshop for those who identify as women
Jazz musicians on stage

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 18 Nov 2018
Various times | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Take part in a collective musical improvisation that traces the story of jazz from its roots
Take part in a collective musical improvisation that traces the story of jazz from its roots
MAMA Africa's Tutu Puoane, vocalist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
6:00 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Celebrate the music of South African icon Miriam Makeba with The Academy Big Band and Tutu Puoane
Celebrate the music of South African icon Miriam Makeba with The Academy Big Band and Tutu Puoane
Hugh Masekela
7:30 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Join us for a celebration of the South African jazz visionary and defiant political voice
Join us for a celebration of the South African jazz visionary and defiant political voice

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4 Dec
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
In the first of two recitals, Mitsuko Uchida continues her exploration of Schubert’s Sonatas

Circus 1903

Image Credit 
Alvin Tam
Circus 1903
19 Dec - 5 Jan
Performance & Dance
Circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
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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.

visitor info

Planning a visit to our iconic Royal Festival Hall? Here’s some useful information.

opening times

Royal Festival Hall is open 10am - 11pm every day*.

Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before the start time of an event.

Entry to our foyers is free although sometimes it is restricted to provide space for audiences as they arrive for performances - please look out for signs and listen to announcements.

*Occasionally Royal Festival Hall is closed to the public due to private hire. We publicise these times across the site and online, so please check before visiting.

 

facilities & access

At Southbank Centre we welcome everyone and want our site to be available to all. We are working hard to remove barriers so that our facilities and events can be accessible to as many people as possible.

access information

 

tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more on the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

 

getting here and around

We're easily accessible by public transport on road, rail and even river. Find information on the best ways to get to us on the link below.

how to get here

 

food & drink

You certainly won’t go hungry at Southbank Centre. Find out more about the wide range of food and drink options available here on site on the link below

cafes, restaurants and bars

while you're here

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