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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.

As well as the 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 also one of the world’s leading performance venues. The auditorium has a fixed raked seating capacity of 2500.

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

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Fri 01 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 01 Jun 2018
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Join the bestselling author to discuss his latest novel featuring Britain’s most famous spy
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5:00 pm
Wed 06 Jun 2018
5:00 pm | Wed 06 Jun 2018
Talks & Topics
Over a glass of wine, discover how your school can enjoy our Hayward Gallery exhibition
Over a glass of wine, discover how your school can enjoy our Hayward Gallery exhibition
7:30 pm
Tue 26 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Jun 2018
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The inimitable comedian dives into a hilarious and thought-provoking discussion of all things famous
The inimitable comedian dives into a hilarious and thought-provoking discussion of all things famous
7:30 pm
Tue 26 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Jun 2018
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The renowned LGBTQ+ literary salon returns, with readings by Philip Hensher and others
The renowned LGBTQ+ literary salon returns, with readings by Philip Hensher and others
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1:30 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
1:30 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
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Have all your questions answered by this panel of top literary agents
Have all your questions answered by this panel of top literary agents
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4:30 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
4:30 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
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Get top tips from some of the publishing world’s leading figures
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11:30 am
Sun 08 Jul 2018
11:30 am | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
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The award-winning writers discuss their literary passions, influences and storytelling techniques
The award-winning writers discuss their literary passions, influences and storytelling techniques
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2:30 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
2:30 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Don’t miss this first-ever unchaired talk between two legendary Man Booker Prize winners
Don’t miss this first-ever unchaired talk between two legendary Man Booker Prize winners

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2:30 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
2:30 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
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Writers
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Learn the tricks of the trade for editing your novel

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7:00 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
7:00 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Don’t miss the literary event of the year, as the winner of the Golden Man Booker is announced
Don’t miss the literary event of the year, as the winner of the Golden Man Booker is announced

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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.

plan your visit

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*.

(*on Sunday 13 May 2018, we will be closed for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards)

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

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