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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

Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 13 Dec 2018
Various times | until 13 Dec 2018
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
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
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Various times
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Adult group playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
Mon 01 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Mon 01 Oct 2018
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
until 16 Jul 2019
Various times | until 16 Jul 2019
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Adults playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
Wed 03 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 03 Oct 2018
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Group of people playing Gamelan
6:00 pm
Thu 04 Oct 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 04 Oct 2018
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Group of people playing Gamelan
8:00 pm
Thu 04 Oct 2018
8:00 pm | Thu 04 Oct 2018
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course

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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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shop bestsellers

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