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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

all events

Free

Free

Various times
until 1 Jul 2018
Various times | until 1 Jul 2018
Art
Explore this new display on brutalist architecture, for both children and adults
Explore this new display on brutalist architecture, for both children and adults
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
until 17 Jul 2018
Various times | until 17 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 2018
Art
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 19 Jul 2018
Various times | until 19 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
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
7:30 pm
Tue 19 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 19 Jun 2018
Gigs
Welsh rock titans Manic Street Preachers play an intimate show, with support from The Anchoress
Welsh rock titans Manic Street Preachers play an intimate show, with support from The Anchoress
Deftones
7:45 pm
Wed 20 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 20 Jun 2018
Gigs
Experimental alt-metal band Deftones play a special one-off gig as part of Robert Smith's Meltdown
Experimental alt-metal band Deftones play a special one-off gig as part of Robert Smith's...
8:00 pm
Thu 21 Jun 2018
8:00 pm | Thu 21 Jun 2018
Gigs
Glasgow’s experimental rock pioneers Mogwai play a one-off show for Robert Smith’s Meltdown
Glasgow’s experimental rock pioneers Mogwai play a one-off show for Robert Smith’s Meltdown
Audience at Performance

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 22 Jun 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 22 Jun 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Swing along with gypsy jazz string outfit Latchepen at a joyful Meltdown Friday Lunch acoustic gig
Swing along with gypsy jazz string outfit Latchepen at a joyful Meltdown Friday Lunch acoustic gig

Free

Free

15 June 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Let loose like you’re in the Big Easy with jazz collective The Old Jelly Rollers
Let loose like you’re in the Big Easy with jazz collective The Old Jelly Rollers
7:30 pm
Fri 22 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 22 Jun 2018
Gigs
Nine Inch Nails perform a one-off gig to celebrate Robert Smith's Meltdown
Nine Inch Nails perform a one-off gig to celebrate Robert Smith's Meltdown
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Literature
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21 Jul
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Hear married musical duo Amadou & Mariam play their latest album, La Confusion
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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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