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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 7960 4200

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11 Mar 2017

Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
1:15 pm, 11 Mar 2017
How do we engage men in the campaign for gender equality?
Talks & Topics
Health & Wellbeing
3:00 pm, 11 Mar 2017
Hear the story of an assault survivor’s and a perpetrator’s journey in reconciling their past
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
4:30 pm, 11 Mar 2017
Hear Gemma Cairney present her new book exploring what it means to be a girl today
Talks & Topics
Politics & History
6:30 pm, 11 Mar 2017
Hear legendary African-American activist Angela Davis and other leading voices talk of recent political upheaval.
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
8:30 pm, 11 Mar 2017
Hear the best-selling author of We Should All Be Feminists share a powerful new statement about feminism today.

12 Mar 2017

Comedy
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 12 Mar 2017
Sandi Toksvig hosts an evening of electrifying comedy and music inspired by great women

13 Mar 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 13 Mar 2017
London’s largest professionally rehearsed choir, Barts Choir, presents four British masterpieces with full chorus and orchestra

14 Mar 2017

1:30 pm, 5 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
What does Royal Festival Hall have in common with an eggbox? Find out on this tour
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 14 Mar 2017
Pianist Maurizio Pollini performs Beethoven in the second of two Royal Festival Hall recitals

15 Mar 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 15 Mar 2017
Take a trip back to the 70s in this LPO concert of sonic experiments by Gavin Bryars and Steve Reich

16 Mar 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 16 Mar 2017
Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Elgar's First Symphony

17 Mar 2017

Classical music
Choral
6:30 pm, 17 Mar 2017
Barnardo’s hosts their 10th National Choral Competition and Concert for youth choirs

18 Mar 2017

1:30 pm, 5 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
What does Royal Festival Hall have in common with an eggbox? Find out on this tour
Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 18 Mar 2017
An all-Beethoven concert culminates with the 'Choral' Symphony and its climactic 'Ode to Joy'

19 Mar 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 19 Mar 2017
Hear the BBC Concert Orchestra, Radio 3's Matthew Sweet and Crouch End Festival Chorus perform

20 Mar 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 20 Mar 2017
Steven Isserlis plays Haydn's Cello Concerto at this Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment concert

21 Mar 2017

Free

Classical music
Choral
1:30 pm, 21 Mar 2017
Get ready for the energy and passion of this singing concert featuring 1800 infant and junior pupils

Free

Classical music
Choral
5:30 pm, 21 Mar 2017
Take in the energy and passion of this singing concert featuring 1800 infant and junior pupils

22 Mar 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 22 Mar 2017
Experience the passion of Bruckner's unfinished Ninth Symphony, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste

23 Mar 2017

Violinist

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:00 pm, 23 Mar 2017
Throughout his life, Dvorák wrote a significant number of chamber works
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 23 Mar 2017
The Philharmonia Orchestra performs Brahms' songful Second Piano Concerto and Fourth Symphony

25 Mar 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 25 Mar 2017
Mozart's Requiem is paired with a dazzlingly different vision of the afterlife by Richard Strauss

26 Mar 2017

Orchestra
Comedy
3:00 pm, 26 Mar 2017
Be swept away by the whimsical fun of The Jungle Book, accompanied by live music

27 Mar 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 27 Mar 2017
Hear two of London's most popular choirs sing Bach's magnificent Mass in B minor

28 Mar 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 28 Mar 2017
Celebrate the musical achievements of children and young people from the Wandsworth Music Hub.

Eating and Drinking

There are bars on levels 2, 4 and 5 and 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 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.

There are lots of places to eat and drink around Southbank Centre, with something for all tastes, occasions and ages.

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