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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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Film still from Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Free

Free

9:15 pm
24 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
9:15 pm | 24 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Don’t feed the plants... Just sit back and relax at this outdoor screening of the creepy musical film
Don’t feed the plants... Just sit back and relax at this outdoor screening of the creepy musical...
Film still from Chicago (2002)

Free

Free

9:00 pm
Wed 31 Jul 2019
9:00 pm | Wed 31 Jul 2019
film screenings
tours & activities
Come on babe, why don't we paint the town at an outdoor screening of the showstopping musical film?
Come on babe, why don't we paint the town at an outdoor screening of the showstopping musical...
Film still from Moulin Rouge (2001)

Free

Free

8:45 pm
Wed 14 Aug 2019
8:45 pm | Wed 14 Aug 2019
film screenings
tours & activities
Spectacular spectacular! Fall in love with this enchanting musical film at an outdoor screening
Spectacular spectacular! Fall in love with this enchanting musical film at an outdoor screening
Film still from Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Free

Free

8:30 pm
Wed 21 Aug 2019
8:30 pm | Wed 21 Aug 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Let’s do the Time Warp again at an outdoor screening of the cult musical film
Let’s do the Time Warp again at an outdoor screening of the cult musical film
Still from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019
classical music
tours & activities
Accio wand! Relive the magic of the film in a screening accompanied live by John Williams’ score
Accio wand! Relive the magic of the film in a screening accompanied live by John Williams’ score
The Great Escape at Southbank Centre
7:00 pm
Sat 21 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 21 Sep 2019
classical music
tours & activities
One of the best-loved war films ever made, accompanied by its unforgettable score played live in full
One of the best-loved war films ever made, accompanied by its unforgettable score played live in...

top events

19 Dec - 5 Jan
performance & dance
family & young people
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
14 Jun - 5 Jul
performance & dance
accessible events
Be transported to a sun-drenched Italian piazza by the Broadway hit musical
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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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