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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading 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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Free

Free

Various times
2 Apr 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
Various times | 2 Apr 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
Explore the life and legacy of a global musical icon through the lens of family archives
Explore the life and legacy of a global musical icon through the lens of family archives
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Artist Performance in an Interactive Space
Various times
27 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
Various times | 27 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Welcome to our interactive art gallery, where each painting is a world waiting to be explored
Welcome to our interactive art gallery, where each painting is a world waiting to be explored
A Vixen's Tale scene for the digital exhibition

Free

Free

Various times
25 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
Various times | 25 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
family & young people
under 5s
Meet The Cunning Little Vixen in an augmented reality experience from Welsh National Opera
Meet The Cunning Little Vixen in an augmented reality experience from Welsh National Opera
Various times
4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Various times
7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Last Night of Spring Proms audience and conductor with Union Jack flags
7:30 pm
Fri 29 May 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 29 May 2020
classical music
An evening of popular classics is crowned with a jubilant flag-waving Proms Finale
An evening of popular classics is crowned with a jubilant flag-waving Proms Finale
Chris Botti, trumpeter
7:30 pm
Sat 30 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 30 May 2020
gigs
jazz & blues
To the New York Times, his playing evokes ‘sunsets and half-moons and low-wattage incandescence'
To the New York Times, his playing evokes ‘sunsets and half-moons and low-wattage...
OAE Tots at Southbank Centre
Various times
Sun 31 May 2020
Various times | Sun 31 May 2020
classical music
family & young people
Beethoven hid some animals in his Pastoral Symphony: can you find them?
Beethoven hid some animals in his Pastoral Symphony: can you find them?
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sun 31 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 31 May 2020
classical music
Berlioz’s famous symphony finds its momentum with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Berlioz’s famous symphony finds its momentum with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Adult group playing Gamelan
Various times
4 May 2020 - 13 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 May 2020 - 13 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
This summer, try something new: learn to play the Javanese gamelan in this beginners' course
This summer, try something new: learn to play the Javanese gamelan in this beginners' course
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Woman playing Gamelan
Various times
6 May 2020 - 15 Jul 2020
Various times | 6 May 2020 - 15 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
David Sedaris, writer
Various times
10 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021
Various times | 10 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021
literature & poetry
Get to the heart of the human condition at a live show of the bestselling author’s sardonic wit
Get to the heart of the human condition at a live show of the bestselling author’s sardonic wit
Adults playing Gamelan
Various times
7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
The Bach Choir performing in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Thu 04 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 04 Jun 2020
classical music
‘Probably the finest independent choir in the world’ (Evening Standard) performs choruses by Verdi
‘Probably the finest independent choir in the world’ (Evening Standard) performs choruses by...
People singing and playing Gamelan
Various times
7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Film still from The English Patient (1996)
7:00 pm
Fri 05 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 05 Jun 2020
classical music
Anthony Minghella’s romantic blockbuster is accompanied live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Anthony Minghella’s romantic blockbuster is accompanied live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
Various times
25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
Various times | 25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan

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tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone or in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more via the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

access

For step-free access to Level 2 (Ticket Office, Festival Terrace, Riverside Terrace, Welcome Desk) please use the main entrance by Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road and use the JCB Glass Lift inside Royal Festival Hall, or the external lift next to the Artists' Entrance.

access information & floor plans

cloakroom

Situated on Level 1, our cloakroom is accessed via steps or platform lift from the Southbank Centre Square doors. It opens around 60 minutes before the start of any Royal Festival Hall show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends.

The charge is £1 per item, which must be collected on the same day they are stored. Items left here are at the owner’s risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to items left in the cloakroom.

toilets

There are accessible toilets on every level and gender neutral inclusive toilets are located on Level 4.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

getting here

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getting here & parking

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