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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

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7:30 pm
Tue 04 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 04 Sep 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
In this exclusive talk, the author reflects on his latest book and what fiction can do in dark times
In this exclusive talk, the author reflects on his latest book and what fiction can do in dark times
Please do not crop, artist feels strongly about the framing of the picture.
10:30 am
Thu 06 Sep 2018
10:30 am | Thu 06 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Welcome to a day of art that reconsiders bodies and abilities
Welcome to a day of art that reconsiders bodies and abilities

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 07 Sep 2018
Various times | Fri 07 Sep 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Listen to live music and performance and take part in interactive zones
Listen to live music and performance and take part in interactive zones
House of Krip - Vogue Ball performer

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sat 08 Sep 2018
4:00 pm | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
Strike a pose with Deaf and disabled performers at vogue ball live shows and open workshops
Strike a pose with Deaf and disabled performers at vogue ball live shows and open workshops

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 09 Sep 2018
11:00 am | Sun 09 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Circus
Disabled and non-disabled people are invited to take part in a free samba school
Disabled and non-disabled people are invited to take part in a free samba school
7:30 pm
Sun 14 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 14 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Meet the 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist in an evening of readings and conversation
Meet the 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist in an evening of readings and conversation
An Evening with Roger Daltrey
7:30 pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 18 Oct 2018
Literature
Hear the inside story of the rise of British rock from Roger Daltrey as he publishes his memoir
Hear the inside story of the rise of British rock from Roger Daltrey as he publishes his memoir
 David Olusoga
8:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
8:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures by tracing the roots of modern Britain
Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures by tracing the roots of modern Britain
Salman Rushdie: From Midnight's Children to Trump's America

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Tue 23 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 23 Oct 2018
Literature
The celebrated author of compulsive, daring and enduring fiction on his life in writing
The celebrated author of compulsive, daring and enduring fiction on his life in writing
Sue Perkins
7:30 pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Oct 2018
Literature
No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sue Perkins celebrates the publication of her travel memoir
No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sue Perkins celebrates the publication of her travel memoir

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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.

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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

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