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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading 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 2,700 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, National Poetry Library, 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.

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Opening times

10am – 11pm every day

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Dave Gorman, comedian
7:30 pm
Tue 19 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 19 Nov 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Dave Gorman is back with his latest live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
Dave Gorman is back with his latest live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint...

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 11 Dec 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 11 Dec 2019
performance & dance
dance
'Tis the season to sparkle on the dancefloor at our fun, fabulous and free social tea dance
'Tis the season to sparkle on the dancefloor at our fun, fabulous and free social tea dance
Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre
Various times
19 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Various times | 19 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
performance & dance
family & young people
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Tue 24 Dec 2019
12:00 pm | Tue 24 Dec 2019
family & young people
dance
Jump, jive and wail at a free festive dance class and party to start your holiday in style
Jump, jive and wail at a free festive dance class and party to start your holiday in style
Queer Tango at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Thu 26 Dec 2019
2:00 pm | Thu 26 Dec 2019
performance & dance
dance
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango lessons, social dancing and performances
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango lessons, social dancing and performances

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Wed 01 Jan 2020
1:00 pm | Wed 01 Jan 2020
gigs
folk & world
A rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, heart-thumping, blood-pumping hoedown
A rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, heart-thumping, blood-pumping hoedown
Sandi Toksvig, writer and broadcaster
7:30 pm
Thu 23 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 23 Jan 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The Bake Off host is back with her one-woman show, packed with tall stories and funny facts
The Bake Off host is back with her one-woman show, packed with tall stories and funny facts
Igudesman & Joo, classical duo
7:30 pm
Wed 04 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 04 Mar 2020
classical music
performance & dance
London Philharmonic Orchestra players let their hair down in the comedic duo’s musical mash-ups
London Philharmonic Orchestra players let their hair down in the comedic duo’s musical mash-ups
KODO, drumming group
Various times
13 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
Various times | 13 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
gigs
folk & world
Japan’s legendary drummers return with a physically stunning and musically sensational show
Japan’s legendary drummers return with a physically stunning and musically sensational show
Richard Arnold, TV presenter
7:30 pm
Fri 24 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 24 Apr 2020
classical music
performance & dance
Follow the yellow brick road for a show-stopping celebration of superstar songbird Judy Garland
Follow the yellow brick road for a show-stopping celebration of superstar songbird Judy Garland

top events

25 Nov
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Dive into the many facets of why we misread other people with the bestselling author and journalist
30 Nov
classical music
classical music
Fall under the spell of a landmark British opera and hear Stuart Skelton’s definitive performance
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tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone or in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more via the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

access

For step-free access to Level 2 (Ticket Office, Festival Terrace, Riverside Terrace, Welcome Desk) please use the main entrance by Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road and use the JCB Glass Lift inside Royal Festival Hall, or the external lift next to the Artists' Entrance.

access information & floor plans

cloakroom

Situated on Level 1, our cloakroom is accessed via steps or platform lift from the Southbank Centre Square doors. It opens around 60 minutes before the start of any Royal Festival Hall show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends.

The charge is £1 per item, which must be collected on the same day they are stored. Items left here are at the owner’s risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to items left in the cloakroom.

toilets

There are accessible toilets on every level and gender neutral inclusive toilets are located on Level 4.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

getting here

For more information on parking and getting here by road, rail or river, click on the link below.

getting here & parking

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