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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.

discover the history of Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555

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7:30 pm
Wed 10 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 10 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Exiled from his beloved Hungary, Bartók was lonely, impoverished and critically ill. His response?
Exiled from his beloved Hungary, Bartók was lonely, impoverished and critically ill. His...

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7:30 pm
Sat 13 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 13 Oct 2018
Classical music
Choral
There’s nothing – repeat, nothing – sacred about Carl Orff’s outrageous choral showstopper
There’s nothing – repeat, nothing – sacred about Carl Orff’s outrageous choral showstopper
Jazz musicians on stage

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 18 Nov 2018
Various times | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Take part in a collective musical improvisation that traces the story of jazz from its roots
Take part in a collective musical improvisation that traces the story of jazz from its roots

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7:30 pm
Sun 28 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts an all-Russian programme culminating in Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts an all-Russian programme culminating in Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony

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7:30 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
In its satire, freedom and excess, Berlin’s cabaret underground is the embodiment of Weimar culture
In its satire, freedom and excess, Berlin’s cabaret underground is the embodiment of Weimar...

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8 Oct
Classical music
Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts his debut London concert as Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
18 Nov
Gigs
Folk & World
Join us for a celebration of the South African jazz visionary and defiant political voice
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Food & drink

There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members 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

Southbank Centre is 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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