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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading 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 2,700 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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3:30 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
You’ve got rhythm – tap into it at a jazz music and dance workshop with Tomorrow's Warriors
You’ve got rhythm – tap into it at a jazz music and dance workshop with Tomorrow's Warriors
Illustration of Trevor Horn, musician and songwriter
7:30 pm
Sun 28 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
Drunk by Thundercat album cover
7:30 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
Dancing on Festival Terrace at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Go back to the roots of jazz at an afternoon bebop renaissance with youth collectives from south London and beyond
Go back to the roots of jazz at an afternoon bebop renaissance with youth collectives from south...
Songhoy Blues, band
7:30 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
Alice Leggett, saxophonist

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Groove on to original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards from the saxophonist's quartet
Groove on to original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards from the saxophonist's...

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Dynamic dance, colourful costumes and irresistible beats: it’s the south London youth performance group
Dynamic dance, colourful costumes and irresistible beats: it’s the south London youth performance...
Michel Legrand, jazz musician and composer
7:30 pm
Fri 20 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 20 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Pay tribute to the era-defining composer at an evening of jazz and cinema classics with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra
Pay tribute to the era-defining composer at an evening of jazz and cinema classics with the Ronnie...
 Toddlers enjoying a Jazz session
Various times
15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
Various times | 15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Get the kids syncopating at an interactive musical session for children aged 2 - 5
Get the kids syncopating at an interactive musical session for children aged 2 - 5
Jazz Voice - EFG London Jazz Festival Opening Gala
7:30 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Now hear this: EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening-night gala showcases a stellar cast of voices
Now hear this: EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening-night gala showcases a stellar cast of voices

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Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed live
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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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

We're 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

food & drink

There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members' Cafe-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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