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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, Exhibition Space, 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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10am – 11pm every day

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Alice Sara Ott 2016

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7:30 pm
24 Jan 2019 - 24 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | 24 Jan 2019 - 24 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Enjoy Ravel’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto and Sibelius’ First Symphony
Enjoy Ravel’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto and Sibelius’ First Symphony
Ministry of Sound: Annual Classical 2019
7:30 pm
26 Jan 2019 - 26 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | 26 Jan 2019 - 26 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Get euphoric at a collision of classical and dance music from Ministry of Sound
Get euphoric at a collision of classical and dance music from Ministry of Sound
4:00 pm
27 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
4:00 pm | 27 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Classical music
Choral
The second part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle contains some of the most emotion-drenched music in all opera
The second part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle contains some of the most emotion-drenched music in all...
7:30 pm
29 Jan 2019 - 29 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | 29 Jan 2019 - 29 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
The St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered
The St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered

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7:30 pm
30 Jan 2019 - 30 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | 30 Jan 2019 - 30 Jan 2019
Classical music
Henry Purcell turned the tragedy of Dido into what might be the first truly great opera in English
Henry Purcell turned the tragedy of Dido into what might be the first truly great opera in English
7:30 pm
1 Feb 2019 - 1 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | 1 Feb 2019 - 1 Feb 2019
Classical music
Choral
Mozart’s choral masterpiece crowns a concert of his greatest works
Mozart’s choral masterpiece crowns a concert of his greatest works

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7:30 pm
2 Feb 2019 - 2 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | 2 Feb 2019 - 2 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Is the opening melody of Bruckner’s Seventh the most beautiful beginning in all music?
Is the opening melody of Bruckner’s Seventh the most beautiful beginning in all music?
Choir singing at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
3 Feb 2019 - 3 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | 3 Feb 2019 - 3 Feb 2019
Classical music
Choral
Do you sing in the shower? Try Elgar's masterpiece in a workshop with vocal coach Mary King
Do you sing in the shower? Try Elgar's masterpiece in a workshop with vocal coach Mary King

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7:30 pm
3 Feb 2019 - 3 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | 3 Feb 2019 - 3 Feb 2019
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Orchestra
Great Romanian pianist Radu Lupu makes a rare London appearance in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4
Great Romanian pianist Radu Lupu makes a rare London appearance in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4
Love and Duty

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7:00 pm
4 Feb 2019 - 4 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | 4 Feb 2019 - 4 Feb 2019
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Orchestra
Be moved by songs from the heart with Magdalena Kozena
Be moved by songs from the heart with Magdalena Kozena

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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