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
Tel: +44 (0)20 7960 4200

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Classical music
7:30 pm, 1 May 2017
One of the most popular choral works in the world, Brahms' Requiem is the perfect May Day treat

3 May 2017

6:00 pm, 27 Apr 2017 - 3 May 2017
Get a glimpse behind the scenes at our venue in a guided Members' tour.

4 May 2017

Classical music
7:30 pm, 4 May 2017
Hear works by Boulez and Debussy, including Aimard's interpretation of Fantasie

5 May 2017

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 5 May 2017
The Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals perform music by Steve Reich

6 May 2017

Classical music
7:30 pm, 6 May 2017
Hear Beethoven's Ninth – not just another symphony, but an experience with the power to change lives

7 May 2017

Classical music
7:30 pm, 7 May 2017
Star pianists Tamara Stefanovich and Pierre-Laurent Aimard perform Bartók's Concerto

8 May 2017

11:00 am, 8 May 2017 - 9 May 2017
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education graduation ceremonies

11 May 2017

Classical music
7:30 pm, 11 May 2017
The Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia returns after a sell-out appearance in 2014

12 May 2017

Rock & Pop
7:30 pm, 12 May 2017
Hear the new album Risk To Exist when Maximo Park take the stage at Royal Festival Hall

13 May 2017

1:00 pm, 13 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour
Classical music
2:30 pm, 13 May 2017
Swing back in time with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, one of the UK's greatest big bands
Classical music
7:30 pm, 13 May 2017
Hear show-stopping hits from the world's best-loved musicals

14 May 2017

4:00 pm, 14 May 2017
Walk the red carpet and see stars of the small screen live at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards

16 May 2017

Classical music
10:30 am, 16 May 2017
Bring your students along to discover the mighty Royal Festival Hall organ

17 May 2017

Classical music
7:30 pm, 17 May 2017
Star pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performs Gershwin's much-loved masterpiece

18 May 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
8:00 pm, 18 May 2017
Witness Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson trade songs and improvise in their new collaborative work

19 May 2017

Classical music
7:30 pm, 19 May 2017
Myth, music and dance meet in this extravagant operatic show

20 May 2017

1:00 pm, 13 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour
3:30 pm, 20 May 2017
Celebrate the women at the heart of British South Asian culture

21 May 2017

Folk & World
6:00 pm, 21 May 2017
See who takes home an ACTA award in this celebration of British South Asian talent.

23 May 2017

Classical music
5:00 pm, 23 May 2017
The Budapest Festival Orchestra presents Bartók's dark opera, steeped in Hungarian folk tradition

25 May 2017


Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:00 pm, 25 May 2017
Beethoven's charming Op. 20 Septet is scored for clarinet, horn, bassoon and strings
Classical music
7:30 pm, 25 May 2017
Herbert Blomstedt returns to the Philharmonia to conduct Beethoven's rhythmic Seventh Symphony

26 May 2017

Classical music
7:00 pm, 26 May 2017
See this world renowned dance ensemble bring together two dance traditions that began in temples as ritual performance.

27 May 2017

1:00 pm, 13 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour

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30 Apr
Spoken word & Live literature
Witness a live reading of Primo Levi’s powerful account of survival at Auschwitz
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Eating and Drinking

There are bars on levels 2, 4 and 5 and 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 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.

There are lots of places to eat and drink around Southbank Centre, with something for all tastes, occasions and ages.

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