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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 heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is also one of the world’s leading performance venues. The auditorium has a fixed raked seating capacity of 2500.

As well as the auditorium, there is 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.

Seating plan

The different seating areas of the auditorium are on the following levels of Royal Festival Hall:

  • Front stalls – levels 3 & 4
  • Side stalls – level 4
  • Rear stalls – levels 4 & 5
  • Boxes – levels 5 & 6
  • Balcony – level 6

All auditorium entry doors can be accessed by lift or stairs. The JCB Glass Lift and Lift 1 provide flat access to all levels of the auditorium.

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

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Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Literature
Watch women share poetry translated into their mother's native language
Watch women share poetry translated into their mother's native language

Free

Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Get an insight into rapidly changing Sami communities with Anders Sunna's art
Get an insight into rapidly changing Sami communities with Anders Sunna's art

Free

Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Artist Carola Grahn transforms thoughts into physical art with her series of reindeer hide canvases
Artist Carola Grahn transforms thoughts into physical art with her series of reindeer hide canvases

Free

Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Watch a film centred on our relationship with the natural world set in Norway
Watch a film centred on our relationship with the natural world set in Norway

Free

Credit: Pug Life Management/Lisa Viktoria Tatiana

Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Watch rappers from the Americas to Norway and Australia perform in their native languages in this video installation
Watch rappers from the Americas to Norway and Australia perform in their native languages in this...

Free

London Literature Festival

Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Get an insight into changing Sami lands in Norway with this series of eleven prints
Get an insight into changing Sami lands in Norway with this series of eleven prints

Free

Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
Art
Literature
Dive into 50 years of Poetry International with an exhibition of archival material and new work
Dive into 50 years of Poetry International with an exhibition of archival material and new work

Free

Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
9 Sep 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
Various times | 9 Sep 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan

Free

6:00 pm
19 Oct 2017
6:00 pm | 19 Oct 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear music alive with unbridled joy in this opening programme
Hear music alive with unbridled joy in this opening programme

Free

7:30 pm
19 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 19 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
The Philharmonia performs Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical Scheherazade
The Philharmonia performs Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical Scheherazade

Free

1:00 pm
20 Oct 2017
1:00 pm | 20 Oct 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Enjoy free lunchtime music with Sami artist Yana Mangi
Enjoy free lunchtime music with Sami artist Yana Mangi

Free

Free

Various times
20 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Various times | 20 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Performance
Use your hands to create aurora-like shapes over London’s skyline in this immersive Augmented Reality experience
Use your hands to create aurora-like shapes over London’s skyline in this immersive Augmented...

Free

Free

5:30 pm
20 Oct 2017
5:30 pm | 20 Oct 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Get a taste of Finnish contemporary folk music with this captivating trio
Get a taste of Finnish contemporary folk music with this captivating trio

Free

Philip Pullman, Author. Photographed by Michael Leckie in Oxford 11th January 2017
7:30 pm
20 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 20 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Find out why Philip Pullman has returned to the realm of His Dark Materials in this exclusive event
Find out why Philip Pullman has returned to the realm of His Dark Materials in this exclusive event
Various times
20 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Various times | 20 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Get your fill of Nordic lifestyle as chefs whip up feasts for breakfast, lunch and dinner in this three-day cultural bonanza
Get your fill of Nordic lifestyle as chefs whip up feasts for breakfast, lunch and dinner in this...

Free

12:00 pm
21 Oct 2017
12:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Art
Literature
Weave with words in a fun Vikings-inspired workshop
Weave with words in a fun Vikings-inspired workshop

Free

12:00 pm
21 Oct 2017
12:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
What role can words, stories and poetry have in seeing us through uncertain times
What role can words, stories and poetry have in seeing us through uncertain times
Various times
7 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
Various times | 7 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
See Southbank Centre from a whole new perspective in this tour
See Southbank Centre from a whole new perspective in this tour
2:00 pm
21 Oct 2017
2:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Meet three Nordic talents expanding our understanding of the place we call home
Meet three Nordic talents expanding our understanding of the place we call home
2:00 pm
21 Oct 2017
2:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Are Nordic countries really modern day utopias?
Are Nordic countries really modern day utopias?

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29 Oct
Literature
Poetry
Hear Sylvia Plath’s newly published letters in this live reading
22 Oct
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
A cast of actors bring Nelson Mandela’s long-awaited memoir to life
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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.

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