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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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Audience at the main stage, Pride Carnival in the Gardens, 1987

Free

Free

Various times
7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Various times | 7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
Readers in The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
17 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
Various times | 17 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Voices from our Poetry for Dementia programme come through loud and clear in a sound installation
Voices from our Poetry for Dementia programme come through loud and clear in a sound installation
The Test, HMO Greenock Koestler exhibiton
Various times
19 Sep 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Various times | 19 Sep 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
Unlocking the artistic talent inside the criminal justice system, it's the annual Koestler Awards exhibition
Unlocking the artistic talent inside the criminal justice system, it's the annual Koestler...
Valzhyna Mort
10:15 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:15 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
Train your eye and ear on the choices that construct poetic meaning in a poetry masterclass
Train your eye and ear on the choices that construct poetic meaning in a poetry masterclass
Koestler Arts - Another Me: Mindful Looking
10:15 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:15 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Consider a mindful approach to artworks entered into the Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice
Consider a mindful approach to artworks entered into the Koestler Awards for arts in criminal...
Fantastical Futures at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
12 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
Various times | 12 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course led by award-winning writers and poets
Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course led by award-winning writers and poets
Meena Kandasamy, writer and translator
11:00 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
A panel of poets and translators discuss the disruptive and transformational nature of translation
A panel of poets and translators discuss the disruptive and transformational nature of translation
Gold patten print

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Peek into the National Poetry Library's collections to browse hidden gems and enjoy live readings from Olivia Douglass and Hannah Raymond-Cox
Peek into the National Poetry Library's collections to browse hidden gems and enjoy live...
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Koestler Arts - Another Me:  Mindful Writing
2:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Respond to an anthology of poetry produced by people inside the criminal justice system
Respond to an anthology of poetry produced by people inside the criminal justice system

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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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