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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, 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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Drag Syndrome, four performers on stage

Free

Free

5:30 pm
12 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | 12 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome take over Riverside Terrace
The world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome take over Riverside...
Ginger Johnson, performer
Various times
12 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
Various times | 12 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The spotlight’s on a woman on the edge of collapse in this comedic cabaret confessional
The spotlight’s on a woman on the edge of collapse in this comedic cabaret confessional
Pecs Drag Kings

Free

Free

4:00 pm
13 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
4:00 pm | 13 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Get sweaty with DJs, hot cabaret performances, 1990s R&B and incredible kings
Get sweaty with DJs, hot cabaret performances, 1990s R&B and incredible kings
The LOL Word, illustrative image

Free

Free

5:30 pm
26 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | 26 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The comedy collective of queer women and non-binary performers presents music, drag and cabaret
The comedy collective of queer women and non-binary performers presents music, drag and cabaret
Little Gay Brother, five performers

Free

Free

5:30 pm
2 Aug 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 2 Aug 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Rethink gender on the dance floor with the liberated queer performance collective
Rethink gender on the dance floor with the liberated queer performance collective
Duckie, two performers on stage

Free

Free

5:30 pm
16 Aug 2019 - 17 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 16 Aug 2019 - 17 Aug 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Stretch your ideas of gender to the max at Duckie’s variety show line-up
Stretch your ideas of gender to the max at Duckie’s variety show line-up
The Cocoa Butter Club, dancers on stage

Free

Free

4:00 pm
17 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 17 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Clap your hands for this fierce collective of queer performers of colour
Clap your hands for this fierce collective of queer performers of colour
Nick Offerman, actor, writer, comedian and carpenter
7:30 pm
Sun 01 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 01 Sep 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Dave Gorman, comedian
7:30 pm
Tue 19 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 19 Nov 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Dave Gorman is back with his latest live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
Dave Gorman is back with his latest live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint...
Igudesman & Joo, classical duo
7:30 pm
Wed 04 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 04 Mar 2020
classical music
comedy & cabaret
London Philharmonic Orchestra players let their hair down in the comedic duo’s musical mash-ups
London Philharmonic Orchestra players let their hair down in the comedic duo’s musical mash-ups

top events

1 Jun
classical music
contemporary classical
Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Stockhausen’s seminal piano music
1 Jun
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear the most maverick and experimental composition of its kind, performed by London Voices
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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

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.

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