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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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Opening times

10am – 11pm every day

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Irenosen Okojie, writer
7:00 pm
Mon 21 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 21 Jan 2019
Literature
Writers
Incisive, mysterious, surprising: the short story form is addictive to writers
Incisive, mysterious, surprising: the short story form is addictive to writers
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 Julie Cohen holding an umbrella in a cemetery
7:30 pm
Mon 28 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 28 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
Popular author Julie Cohen headlines the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon in its first showcase of 2019
Popular author Julie Cohen headlines the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon in its first showcase of 2019
VG Lee, author
7:30 pm
Fri 15 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 15 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
VG Lee headlines as Polari marks LGBTQ+ History Month with mayhem and sparkle
VG Lee headlines as Polari marks LGBTQ+ History Month with mayhem and sparkle
Cover of The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
11:00 am
Sat 16 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters at a reading from author Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters at a reading from author Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Malorie Blackman, writer
11:00 am
Sat 16 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Hear the stories behind the incredible authors who ignite children's imaginations
Hear the stories behind the incredible authors who ignite children's imaginations
Photo portrait of the author Philip Ardagh, who appears at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
11:00 am
Sun 17 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join Kitty Cask for deeds of derring-do at an interactive storytelling session for ages 7 - 10
Join Kitty Cask for deeds of derring-do at an interactive storytelling session for ages 7 - 10
Photo portrait of author Alex Bell
Various times
Fri 22 Feb 2019
Various times | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Write your way to the land of ice and snow with the author of The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club
Write your way to the land of ice and snow with the author of The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club
Being Green illustration from The Great Big Green Book
11:00 am
Sat 23 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Make eco-warriors of your little ones at a reading from The Great Big Green Book
Make eco-warriors of your little ones at a reading from The Great Big Green Book
 Jasbinder Bilan, author
Various times
Sun 24 Feb 2019
Various times | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Author Jasbinder Bilan leads a magic-realist adventure workshop as we join Asha and her spirit bird
Author Jasbinder Bilan leads a magic-realist adventure workshop as we join Asha and her spirit bird
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, explorer
7:30 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The world’s greatest living explorer in conversation with fellow adventurer Bear Grylls
The world’s greatest living explorer in conversation with fellow adventurer Bear Grylls

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top events

29 Jan
Classical music
Orchestra
The St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered
31 Jan
Gigs
Electronic
Get a hearty serving of E.O.L. Soulfrito from a band curated by the house music icon
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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.

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

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