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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

HM  Young  Offenders  Institution  Cookham  Wood,  acrylic  on  canvas

Free

Free

Various times
until 4 Nov 2018
Various times | until 4 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Art by ex-offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2018 Koestler Awards
Art by ex-offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2018 Koestler Awards
Visitor inspecting documents in the archive

Free

Free

Various times
27 Sep 2018 - 13 Jun 2019
Various times | 27 Sep 2018 - 13 Jun 2019
Uncover the history of Southbank Centre through archives from a single date across the decades
Uncover the history of Southbank Centre through archives from a single date across the decades
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 13 Dec 2018
Various times | until 13 Dec 2018
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 26 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 26 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
There’s a special dynamic when a composer conducts – as if their music is being created afresh
There’s a special dynamic when a composer conducts – as if their music is being created afresh
Philharmonia Orchestra: VR Sound Stage

Free

Free

Various times
27 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
Various times | 27 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
Classical music
Take the best seat in the house in our virtual reality experience with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Take the best seat in the house in our virtual reality experience with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Thu 27 Sep 2018
3:00 pm | Thu 27 Sep 2018
Find out what you can do with your school at Southbank Centre this academic year
Find out what you can do with your school at Southbank Centre this academic year

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 27 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 27 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Glorious melodies and vivid orchestral colours open the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season
Glorious melodies and vivid orchestral colours open the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season
Various times
until 28 Sep 2018
Various times | until 28 Sep 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Various times
until 29 Sep 2018
Various times | until 29 Sep 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour

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9 Oct
Classical music
Orchestra
The world's oldest civic orchestra perform Mahler's Symphony No.1 with their new Kapellmeister
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 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

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

while you're here

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