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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, Exhibition Space, 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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Hands underneath a red light projector showing images of symbols
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Art
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and...
Photo of the Time for Bed event at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Malorie Blackman, writer
11:00 am
Sat 16 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Hear the stories behind the incredible authors who ignite children's imaginations
Hear the stories behind the incredible authors who ignite children's imaginations
Ready Steady Lift Off astronaut programme
Various times
Sat 16 Feb 2019
Various times | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Welcome to our space station: train to be an astronaut, make your own rocket and lift off!
Welcome to our space station: train to be an astronaut, make your own rocket and lift off!
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THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Bring the whole family to unwind with a story every afternoon of Imagine Children's Festival
Bring the whole family to unwind with a story every afternoon of Imagine Children's Festival
Heart N Soul, creative arts company

Free

Free

11:30 am
Wed 20 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Wed 20 Feb 2019
Get involved in a creative project for children and young people with learning disabilities
Get involved in a creative project for children and young people with learning disabilities
Timberlina, drag queen

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 22 Feb 2019
Various times | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Craft a spoon doll of your extraordinary alter ego and share it in this workshop and parade
Craft a spoon doll of your extraordinary alter ego and share it in this workshop and parade
How to Train Your Dragon illustration

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 23 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Come for a delightfully dangerous jaunt on the Isle of Berk at a day reading Cressida Cowell's book
Come for a delightfully dangerous jaunt on the Isle of Berk at a day reading Cressida Cowell's...
Audience in the Royal Festival Hall
2:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
2:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Consider the state of the nation for women and girls - now
Consider the state of the nation for women and girls - now
Angela Davis, political activist, academic and author
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear from legendary activist, writer and scholar Angela Davis on International Women's Day at WOW
Hear from legendary activist, writer and scholar Angela Davis on International Women's Day at...

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29 Jan
Classical music
Orchestra
The St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered
31 Jan
Gigs
Electronic
Get a hearty serving of E.O.L. Soulfrito from a band curated by the house music icon
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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.

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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

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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