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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.

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Opening times

10am – 11pm every day

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Free

Free

Various times
17 Jan 2019 - 18 Jan 2019
Various times | 17 Jan 2019 - 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Are you a composer? Unsure about rights and royalties or perplexed by publishing?
Are you a composer? Unsure about rights and royalties or perplexed by publishing?

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 19 Jan 2019
11:00 am | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Choral
Find your inner composer in a vocal workshop with Esmeralda Conde Ruiz and Ben See
Find your inner composer in a vocal workshop with Esmeralda Conde Ruiz and Ben See
Musicians playing string instruments on stage

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Get tips to composing and arranging repertoire for mixed-ability ensembles at this workshop
Get tips to composing and arranging repertoire for mixed-ability ensembles at this workshop
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Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Get creative at a workshop with composer Peter Wiegold, who shares his innovative techniques
Get creative at a workshop with composer Peter Wiegold, who shares his innovative techniques
Choir singing at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
Sun 03 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 03 Feb 2019
Classical music
Choral
Do you sing in the shower? Try Elgar's masterpiece in a workshop with vocal coach Mary King
Do you sing in the shower? Try Elgar's masterpiece in a workshop with vocal coach Mary King
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Classical music
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 17 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Orchestra
Classical music
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians
Various times
until 23 Mar 2019
Various times | until 23 Mar 2019
Classical music
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ
Unavailable
Various times
Sat 30 Mar 2019
Various times | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
Unavailable
1:00 pm
Sun 31 Mar 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 31 Mar 2019
Classical music
Choral
Get in tune at a choral workshop with celebrated vocal coach Mary King on Bach’s dramatic oratorio
Get in tune at a choral workshop with celebrated vocal coach Mary King on Bach’s dramatic oratorio

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Classical music
Orchestra
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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.

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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