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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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David Mcalmont. Photo: Richard Sandell
7:30 pm
Mon 26 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 26 Nov 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
Party with Polari at the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon’s 11th birthday, with David McAlmont
Party with Polari at the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon’s 11th birthday, with David McAlmont
Becoming: An Evening with Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States
7:30 pm
Mon 03 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 03 Dec 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Southbank Centre and Penguin Live present Michelle Obama in conversation about her new memoir
Southbank Centre and Penguin Live present Michelle Obama in conversation about her new memoir
12:00 pm
Sat 08 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 08 Dec 2018
Classical music
Discover the origins and stories of Christmas carols old and new
Discover the origins and stories of Christmas carols old and new
Barbara Brownskirt, poet
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Dec 2018
Literature
Poetry
Have yourself a very merry Polari with a festive literary rampage featuring Barbara Brownskirt
Have yourself a very merry Polari with a festive literary rampage featuring Barbara Brownskirt
Music books displayed on a table

Free

Free

Various times
17 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019
Various times | 17 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019
Need a space to talk about new music? Come on in
Need a space to talk about new music? Come on in
Audience Members at Talks

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Thu 17 Jan 2019
3:30 pm | Thu 17 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Examine the relevance of new music in today’s world with our panel
Examine the relevance of new music in today’s world with our panel
Audeince Members at Talks

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
3:30 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
How does music education embrace the danger and excitement of creativity? Discuss
How does music education embrace the danger and excitement of creativity? Discuss

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Who is writing new music, and who are they writing it for? Join us for a panel discussion
Who is writing new music, and who are they writing it for? Join us for a panel discussion
 Julie Cohen holding an umbrella in a cemetery
7:30 pm
Mon 28 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 28 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
Popular author Julie Cohen headlines the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon in its first showcase of 2019
Popular author Julie Cohen headlines the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon in its first showcase of 2019
VG Lee, author
7:30 pm
Fri 15 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 15 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
VG Lee headlines as Polari marks LGBTQ+ History Month with mayhem and sparkle
VG Lee headlines as Polari marks LGBTQ+ History Month with mayhem and sparkle

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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

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