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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

Tue 24 Dec: 10am – 4pm
Wed 25 Dec: closed
Thu 26 Dec: 12 noon – 11pm
Tue 31 Dec: 10am – 3pm
Wed 1 Jan: 12 noon – 11pm

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, star and writer of Fleabag
Various times
Sun 08 Dec 2019
Various times | Sun 08 Dec 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Feeling bereft of the phenomenon that was Fleabag? Hear from the show's creator at a UK-exclusive talk
Feeling bereft of the phenomenon that was Fleabag? Hear from the show's creator at a...
Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Mon 09 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 09 Dec 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
The LGBTQ+ literary salon's sparkling seasonal finale, with the bestselling author of Then She Was Gone
The LGBTQ+ literary salon's sparkling seasonal finale, with the bestselling author of Then She...
Portrait of Poet, TS Eliot
7:00 pm
Sun 12 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 12 Jan 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
On the eve of the TS Eliot Prize, hear the shortlisted poets reading from their own work
On the eve of the TS Eliot Prize, hear the shortlisted poets reading from their own work
Jude Yawson, writer
7:00 pm
Mon 20 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 20 Jan 2020
literature & poetry
writers
How can your writing tackle the climate crisis?
How can your writing tackle the climate crisis?
Participants of a workshop
1:00 pm
Sat 29 Feb 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 29 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Hone your versification skills at a writing workshop led by Happiness poet Jack Underwood
Hone your versification skills at a writing workshop led by Happiness poet Jack Underwood
Hilary Mantel, writer
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
writers
In an exclusive event, Hilary Mantel reveals the eagerly awaited third novel in her thrilling trilogy
In an exclusive event, Hilary Mantel reveals the eagerly awaited third novel in her thrilling...
Out-Spoken Masterclass workshop
1:00 pm
Sat 21 Mar 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 21 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Find the right words at our monthly three-hour weekend workshop, facilitated by leading poets
Find the right words at our monthly three-hour weekend workshop, facilitated by leading poets

top events

31 Dec - 1 Jan
Party through the decades in one unforgettable night at Southbank Centre
12 Jan
literature & poetry
poetry
On the eve of the TS Eliot Prize, hear the shortlisted poets reading from their own work
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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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