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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

Members get priority

To find out first about what's coming up and for your best chance to secure tickets to events, join now as a Member.

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Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
15 Jan 2019 - 28 Mar 2019
Various times | 15 Jan 2019 - 28 Mar 2019
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
Choir singing at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
3 Feb 2019 - 3 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | 3 Feb 2019 - 3 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

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Hop, jump and skip on our Riverside Terrace
Hop, jump and skip on our Riverside Terrace
Giant Chalkboard at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
What can you add to this enormous chalkboard drawing of outer space?
What can you add to this enormous chalkboard drawing of outer space?
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
The Rig Play Zone

Free

Free

10:30 am
14 Feb 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
10:30 am | 14 Feb 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
Bang, jingle and explore your own sound-world on The Rig, a musical playground for all the family
Bang, jingle and explore your own sound-world on The Rig, a musical playground for all the family
A Girl with glitter Face Paint

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Add colour, magic and sparkle to your day with the Glitterbox face painters
Add colour, magic and sparkle to your day with the Glitterbox face painters

Free

Free

11:15 am
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
11:15 am | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Throw down some shapes and perfect your best moves in this hip-hop dance workshop for kids
Throw down some shapes and perfect your best moves in this hip-hop dance workshop for kids
Nadine Kaadan, Illustrator
Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Hear about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict from the children’s author
Hear about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict from the children’s author

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top events

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.

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

while you're here

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