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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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Free

12:30 pm
Fri 05 Oct 2018
12:30 pm | Fri 05 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Talks & Topics
Hear elegant words from students of Mandarin at a poetry reading
Hear elegant words from students of Mandarin at a poetry reading
Ways of Being Together, participants at workshop

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Move as a body in a playful dance workshop that investigates the idea of belonging
Move as a body in a playful dance workshop that investigates the idea of belonging
Dance workshop participants

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
3:30 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Write with your body at a contemporary dance workshop inspired by calligraphy
Write with your body at a contemporary dance workshop inspired by calligraphy
Dancer Si Rawlinson

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 06 Oct 2018
Various times | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Be drawn into a world of ink and movement in a performance piece inspired by Chinese calligraphy
Be drawn into a world of ink and movement in a performance piece inspired by Chinese calligraphy
The Sea, performance
Various times
Sun 07 Oct 2018
Various times | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Children are invited to dive in to the tale of a small fish in a big sea, told through enchanting puppetry
Children are invited to dive in to the tale of a small fish in a big sea, told through enchanting...
Two Colour Walk participants

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
4:30 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Wear the rainbow at a catwalk show celebrating everything colourful
Wear the rainbow at a catwalk show celebrating everything colourful
The Empress and Me, Princess Der Ling
5:30 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
5:30 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
This one-woman show introduces Princess Der Ling, lady-in-waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi
This one-woman show introduces Princess Der Ling, lady-in-waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi
Various times
31 Oct 2018 - 16 Feb 2019
Various times | 31 Oct 2018 - 16 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Dave Gorman is back with a new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
Dave Gorman is back with a new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
Toddlers at Jazz music workshop
Various times
16 Nov 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
Various times | 16 Nov 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
Performance & Dance
Gigs
Introduce children aged 2 - 5 to the world of jazz in fun-packed workshops with musicians
Introduce children aged 2 - 5 to the world of jazz in fun-packed workshops with musicians
David Mcalmont. Photo: Richard Sandell
7:30 pm
Mon 26 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 26 Nov 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
Party with Polari at the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon’s 11th birthday, with David McAlmont
Party with Polari at the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon’s 11th birthday, with David McAlmont

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The world's oldest civic orchestra perform Mahler's Symphony No.1 with their new Kapellmeister
19 Dec - 5 Jan
Performance & Dance
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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 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

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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