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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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Beverley Knight, recording artist
7:30 pm
Thu 23 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 23 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Chris Maddock Quartet

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 24 May 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 24 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The saxophonist-led quartet combines the Hammond organ's charm with contemporary jazz flavours
The saxophonist-led quartet combines the Hammond organ's charm with contemporary jazz flavours
Marcus Miller, jazz composer and musician
7:30 pm
Sun 26 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 26 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Feel the force of the bass superstar's next-level jazz as he presents new album Laid Black
Feel the force of the bass superstar's next-level jazz as he presents new album Laid Black
Fergus Ireland, double bassist

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 31 May 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 31 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Do you like your jazz inventive and compelling?
Do you like your jazz inventive and compelling?

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
You’ve got rhythm – tap into it at a jazz music and dance workshop with Tomorrow's Warriors
You’ve got rhythm – tap into it at a jazz music and dance workshop with Tomorrow's Warriors
Illustration of Trevor Horn, musician and songwriter
7:30 pm
Sun 28 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
Drunk by Thundercat album cover
7:30 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
Songhoy Blues, band
7:30 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
Michel Legrand, jazz musician and composer
7:30 pm
Fri 20 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 20 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Pay tribute to the era-defining composer at an evening of jazz and cinema classics with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra
Pay tribute to the era-defining composer at an evening of jazz and cinema classics with the Ronnie...
Jazz Voice - EFG London Jazz Festival Opening Gala
7:30 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Now hear this: EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening-night gala showcases a stellar cast of voices
Now hear this: EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening-night gala showcases a stellar cast of voices

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Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Stockhausen’s seminal piano music
1 Jun
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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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