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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.

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Opening times

10am – 11pm every day

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From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
12:00 pm
Sat 12 Jan 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 12 Jan 2019
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11—18
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11—18
Hands underneath a red light projector showing images of symbols
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Art
What colour does music make? Uncover synaesthesia in an immersive session on a sensory instrument
What colour does music make? Uncover synaesthesia in an immersive session on a sensory instrument
Cover of The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
11:00 am
Sat 16 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters at a reading from author Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters at a reading from author Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Free

Free

11:15 am
Sun 17 Feb 2019
11:15 am | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians

Free

Free

11:00 am
Mon 18 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Jazz hands at the ready – join us for a day celebrating all things musical theatre, for ages 5+
Jazz hands at the ready – join us for a day celebrating all things musical theatre, for ages 5+
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
2:00 pm
Mon 18 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Go on an intrepid adventure at a screening of the animated film adaptation of the children's book
Go on an intrepid adventure at a screening of the animated film adaptation of the children's...

Free

Free

11:30 am
Thu 21 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Jive, charleston and waltz around the floor with a day of dancing for kids
Jive, charleston and waltz around the floor with a day of dancing for kids
The Burning Glass, acoustic band

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 22 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Feel the fierce energy, lilting layers of vocals and sparks of lyrical wit from this four-piece band
Feel the fierce energy, lilting layers of vocals and sparks of lyrical wit from this four-piece band
Chitra Soundar, author
11:00 am
Sun 24 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Journey to a land of ice and snow with a children’s tale set in the home of the polar bears
Journey to a land of ice and snow with a children’s tale set in the home of the polar bears
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
12:00 pm
Sat 27 Apr 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 27 Apr 2019
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 – 18
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 – 18

top events

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' Cafe-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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