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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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Tindersticks, Rock band
8:00 pm
Fri 19 Feb 2021
8:00 pm | Fri 19 Feb 2021
gigs
rock & alternative
The purveyors of dark, majestic indie return with 11th album No Treasure But Hope
The purveyors of dark, majestic indie return with 11th album No Treasure But Hope
Tommy Emmanuel, guitarist
7:30 pm
Wed 17 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 17 Mar 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
The international master of the solo acoustic guitar is joined by Dobro innovator Jerry Douglas
The international master of the solo acoustic guitar is joined by Dobro innovator Jerry Douglas
Goldfrapp, electronic music duo
Various times
2 Apr 2021 - 3 Apr 2021
Various times | 2 Apr 2021 - 3 Apr 2021
gigs
folk & world
Ooh la la: the multi-platinum selling band mark the anniversary of Felt Mountain
Ooh la la: the multi-platinum selling band mark the anniversary of Felt Mountain
Ravi Shankar, indian musician and composer
7:30 pm
Thu 08 Apr 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 08 Apr 2021
gigs
folk & world
The Shankar family, friends, and disciples celebrate 100 years since the birth of this extraordinary musician
The Shankar family, friends, and disciples celebrate 100 years since the birth of this extraordinary...
David Rodigan and the Outlook Orchestra
Various times
Tue 20 Apr 2021
Various times | Tue 20 Apr 2021
gigs
folk & world
Get ready for a night of tunes selected by the influential DJ, broadcaster and champion of reggae music
Get ready for a night of tunes selected by the influential DJ, broadcaster and champion of reggae...
Wardruna at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Fri 23 Apr 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 23 Apr 2021
gigs
folk & world
Out of Norse esoteric tradition comes the brooding music of Norwegian group Wardruna
Out of Norse esoteric tradition comes the brooding music of Norwegian group Wardruna
Amadou & Mariam
8:00 pm
Fri 07 May 2021
8:00 pm | Fri 07 May 2021
gigs
folk & world
In a sensational double bill, the ambassadors of Malian music appear with the legendary gospel group
In a sensational double bill, the ambassadors of Malian music appear with the legendary gospel group
Bebel Gilberto, singer
7:30 pm
Wed 12 May 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 12 May 2021
gigs
folk & world
Sultry beats, electronic bossa nova and organic rhythms: it’s the Brazilian singer-songwriter
Sultry beats, electronic bossa nova and organic rhythms: it’s the Brazilian singer-songwriter
MEW, band
7:30 pm
Thu 13 May 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 13 May 2021
gigs
rock & alternative
The Danish art-rock band mark the 15th anniversary of their towering, otherworldly fourth album
The Danish art-rock band mark the 15th anniversary of their towering, otherworldly fourth album
Solange, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Fri 11 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 11 Jun 2021
gigs
pop
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and visual artist Solange Knowles performs as part of Meltdown
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and visual artist Solange Knowles performs as part of...

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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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