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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
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
Alfie Jackson and Gemma Rogers

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 14 Jun 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 14 Jun 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Mixing dark folk with lyrics from the shadows, the music ebbs and flows through very murky waters
Mixing dark folk with lyrics from the shadows, the music ebbs and flows through very murky waters
Various times
13 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
Various times | 13 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Be there at the final UK performance of the former Yes keyboard player’s epic orchestral rock piece
Be there at the final UK performance of the former Yes keyboard player’s epic orchestral rock...
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
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, musicians
7:30 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed live
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed...
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
Derrick May, conductor, dj and orchestra on stage
7:30 pm
Thu 29 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 29 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The Detroit-born founding father of techno leads orchestral interpretations of his pioneering works
The Detroit-born founding father of techno leads orchestral interpretations of his pioneering works
James Morrison, musician
7:45 pm
Tue 29 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 29 Oct 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
The singer-songwriter is back with a soul-baring new album
The singer-songwriter is back with a soul-baring new album

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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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