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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

Opening times

10am – 11pm every day

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Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre
Various times
19 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
Various times | 19 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Mon 24 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Mon 24 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
If you ain't got that swing, come and get it at our lindy hop workshop
If you ain't got that swing, come and get it at our lindy hop workshop
Five Go Jiving, pair dancing

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Mon 24 Dec 2018
1:00 pm | Mon 24 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Start your festive holiday in style with a dancing extravaganza from Five Go Jiving
Start your festive holiday in style with a dancing extravaganza from Five Go Jiving

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Wed 26 Dec 2018
3:00 pm | Wed 26 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Feel the rhythm at a ballroom workshop this Winter
Feel the rhythm at a ballroom workshop this Winter

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Wed 26 Dec 2018
4:00 pm | Wed 26 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Life's a ball at our social dance
Life's a ball at our social dance
Couples dancing the tango

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Thu 27 Dec 2018
2:00 pm | Thu 27 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango performances, lessons and social dancing
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango performances, lessons and social dancing
Rhys' Pieces

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 29 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 29 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
Top up your seasonal cheer at this day-long event with London’s best drag kings and queens
Top up your seasonal cheer at this day-long event with London’s best drag kings and queens
Two children making crafts at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 30 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 30 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Literature
Wrap up 2018 and 'sew' the seeds for 2019 at a crafting workshop with the AFRORETRO sisters
Wrap up 2018 and 'sew' the seeds for 2019 at a crafting workshop with the AFRORETRO...

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Tue 01 Jan 2019
1:00 pm | Tue 01 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Welcome the New Year with traditional British folk music and dance, and a sprinkling of theatrics
Welcome the New Year with traditional British folk music and dance, and a sprinkling of theatrics

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 09 Jan 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 09 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Spin away the winter chill at this month's fun and free tea dance
Spin away the winter chill at this month's fun and free tea dance

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19 Dec - 5 Jan
Performance & Dance
Circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
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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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