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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

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HSKU 20140818 Esa-Pekka Salonen Helsingin musiikkitalolla. Kuva: Benjamin Suomela HS

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7:30 pm
Sun 24 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts his own Cello Concerto alongside Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts his own Cello Concerto alongside Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

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10:00 am
Mon 25 Feb 2019
10:00 am | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Classical music
Hear a showcase of talented young musicians as part of Music for Youth's Regional Festival Series
Hear a showcase of talented young musicians as part of Music for Youth's Regional Festival...

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7:30 pm
Mon 25 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
English concert organist Catherine Ennis performs one of the most famous organ toccatas
English concert organist Catherine Ennis performs one of the most famous organ toccatas
Angela Hewitt, classical pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 26 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
This beautifully programmed recital demonstrates Angela Hewitt’s affinity with the Baroque
This beautifully programmed recital demonstrates Angela Hewitt’s affinity with the Baroque

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7:30 pm
Wed 27 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 27 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
British music isn’t what you might think
British music isn’t what you might think
Soprano Marianne Crebassa

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7:30 pm
Thu 28 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an evocative programme full of personal connections.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an evocative programme full of personal connections.

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7:30 pm
Sat 02 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 02 Mar 2019
Classical music
Choral
Luxuriate in music written specially to appeal to British audiences
Luxuriate in music written specially to appeal to British audiences
3:00 pm
Sun 03 Mar 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 03 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Enjoy iconic film scores from the Hollywood heavyweight
Enjoy iconic film scores from the Hollywood heavyweight
6:30 pm
Mon 04 Mar 2019
6:30 pm | Mon 04 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear the voices of the next generation at a national competition and concert of talented young choristers
Hear the voices of the next generation at a national competition and concert of talented young...
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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