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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

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

12:00 pm
Sat 22 Sep 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 22 Sep 2018
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 - 18
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 - 18
Five participants of the Cloud Video Installation

Free

Free

Various times
4 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Various times | 4 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Art
Fifty young Londoners share their visions of the future in this video installation
Fifty young Londoners share their visions of the future in this video installation
Model wearing costume in the clouds

Free

Free

Various times
2 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Various times | 2 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Art
Survey fantastical new costumes from designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Survey fantastical new costumes from designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Women and girls at AIG design Hackathon workshop

Free

Free

9:30 am
Thu 18 Oct 2018
9:30 am | Thu 18 Oct 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Future inventors wanted at a hands-on design hackathon for girls, with STEM and design professionals
Future inventors wanted at a hands-on design hackathon for girls, with STEM and design professionals
Toddlers at Jazz music workshop
Various times
16 Nov 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
Various times | 16 Nov 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
Performance & Dance
Gigs
Introduce children aged 2 - 5 to the world of jazz in fun-packed workshops with musicians
Introduce children aged 2 - 5 to the world of jazz in fun-packed workshops with musicians
Groove Baby Groove Under the Sea, illustration of submarine
10:30 am
Sun 18 Nov 2018
10:30 am | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
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...
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
Photo of children and adults joining in a dance workshop together at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 15 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 15 Dec 2018
Warm up with traditional and festive Caribbean music, stories and performances
Warm up with traditional and festive Caribbean music, stories and performances
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
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

9 Oct
Classical music
Orchestra
The world's oldest civic orchestra perform Mahler's Symphony No.1 with their new Kapellmeister
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

Southbank Centre is 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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