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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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1:30 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Develop your improvisational skills using Stockhausen’s techniques in this workshop
Develop your improvisational skills using Stockhausen’s techniques in this workshop
People mingling at a reception

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Step into a space where composers, performers and industry professionals can meet and mingle
Step into a space where composers, performers and industry professionals can meet and mingle
Naomi Wright, musician

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
1:30 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Take a lesson from the master of innovation at a composition and notation workshop led by Naomi Wright
Take a lesson from the master of innovation at a composition and notation workshop led by Naomi...

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear the world premieres by three emerging UK composers
Hear the world premieres by three emerging UK composers

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
See screenings of two silent-era films accompanied by new scores by Czech composer Martin Smolka
See screenings of two silent-era films accompanied by new scores by Czech composer Martin Smolka
Full Circle, orchestra on stage

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
performance & theatre
contemporary classical
A community opera project inspired by the real-life story of a Newham resident who arrived as a young refugee
A community opera project inspired by the real-life story of a Newham resident who arrived as a...

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Gather to look across the river as this water-inspired piece blends natural and orchestral sounds
Gather to look across the river as this water-inspired piece blends natural and orchestral sounds
James Robertson, writer
2:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
Khyam Allami, musician

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Experience the oud-based sound installation and speak to its creator, Khyam Allami
Experience the oud-based sound installation and speak to its creator, Khyam Allami
Choir performing on stage

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 07 Jul 2019
Various times | Sun 07 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Get a bite-sized dose of brand-new music in this pop-up
Get a bite-sized dose of brand-new music in this pop-up

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