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    Royal Festival Hall

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    We'll be closed for a while but look forward to welcoming you back soon

    Aerial Views of the Southbank Centre and Visitors
    Aerial Views at the Southbank Centre Credit India Roper-Evans

    Welcome

    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.

    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.

    Our history

    Royal Festival Hall was built in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues.

    The concert halls were originally funded and managed by the London County Council and their successors, the Greater London Council. The Centre became an independent arts organisation in April 1988, after two years operating as a constituent part of the Arts Council.

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      Visitor info

      We'll be closed for a while but look forward to welcoming you back soon.

      Our address is: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. The nearest tube and train stations within 5-7 minutes walk are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (District & Circle lines). There are also lots of bus routes with stops 2-5 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river.

      Visit our Getting here page

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

      Tickets & concessions faqs

      Get an overview of the layout and different seating sections of the Royal Festival Hall auditorium by downloading our seating plan.

      Download seating plan

      Full details and 360 degree viewer

      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 RFH, or the external lift near the Artists' Entrance.

      Download step-free access map

      More about access and facilities

      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.

      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.