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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading classical 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 2,500 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, The Poetry Library, Spirit Level (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms), 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.

discover the history of Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555

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7:30 pm
Tue 26 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Jun 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
The renowned LGBTQ+ literary salon returns, with readings by Philip Hensher and others
The renowned LGBTQ+ literary salon returns, with readings by Philip Hensher and others
Various times
20 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
Various times | 20 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Don’t miss this award-winning theatre performance following two women’s fight for civil rights
Don’t miss this award-winning theatre performance following two women’s fight for civil rights

Free

Free

Various times
21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Various times | 21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Immerse yourself in awesome African music and dance at free pop-up performances
Immerse yourself in awesome African music and dance at free pop-up performances
Africa Utopia Catwalk

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 21 Jul 2018
4:30 pm | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Show off your African-inspired street style in this open catwalk event for all ages
Show off your African-inspired street style in this open catwalk event for all ages
11:00 am
Sun 22 Jul 2018
11:00 am | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Come to this workshop to explore how to craft a solo performance that connects with your ancestry
Come to this workshop to explore how to craft a solo performance that connects with your ancestry

Free

Free

12:45 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
12:45 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Spirited solo excerpt from one half of the dance company’s latest show, A Night’s Game
Spirited solo excerpt from one half of the dance company’s latest show, A Night’s Game
Photo of children and adults joining in a dance workshop together at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

1:15 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
1:15 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Learn dynamic dance moves at an open workshop
Learn dynamic dance moves at an open workshop
Photograph of two men dancing

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
3:30 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
See dancers battle it out to Afrobeats at this workshop led by duo HomeBros
See dancers battle it out to Afrobeats at this workshop led by duo HomeBros

Free

Free

Various times
27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Various times | 27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Classical music
Choral
Raise your voice in joy at this weekend of free singing performances and workshops
Raise your voice in joy at this weekend of free singing performances and workshops
 ZooNation Presents The Next Generation 2018
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people

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8 Jul
Literature
Writers
Don’t miss the literary event of the year, as the winner of the Golden Man Booker is announced
21 Jul
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear married musical duo Amadou & Mariam play their latest album, La Confusion
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Food & drink

There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members 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.

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getting here and around

Southbank Centre is 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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