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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.

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.

As well as the auditorium, there is 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.

Seating plan

The different seating areas of the auditorium are on the following levels of Royal Festival Hall:

  • Front stalls – levels 3 & 4
  • Side stalls – level 4
  • Rear stalls – levels 4 & 5
  • Boxes – levels 5 & 6
  • Balcony – level 6

All auditorium entry doors can be accessed by lift or stairs. The JCB Glass Lift and Lift 1 provide flat access to all levels of the auditorium.

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

Various times
until 25 Feb 2018
Various times | until 25 Feb 2018
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
Various times
until 27 Feb 2018
Various times | until 27 Feb 2018
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public
Various times
1 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018
Various times | 1 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
Various times
3 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
Various times | 3 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public
Various times
until 21 Mar 2018
Various times | until 21 Mar 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
3:00 pm
13 Oct 2018 - 23 Mar 2019
3:00 pm | 13 Oct 2018 - 23 Mar 2019
Classical music
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ

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Sandi Toksvig

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Sandi Toksvig presents Mirth Control
11 Mar
Dance & Performance
Comedy
A raucous night of comedy and music from great women hosted by Sandi Toksvig
9 Mar
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Meet women on the front line of global movements: Black Lives Matter, Everyday Sexism and Women's March London
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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.

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