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

As well as a 2,500 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find 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.

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

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7:30 pm
Sat 21 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear married musical duo Amadou & Mariam play their latest album, La Confusion
Hear married musical duo Amadou & Mariam play their latest album, La Confusion
Various times
until 21 Jul 2018
Various times | until 21 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Don’t miss this award-winning theatre performance following two women’s fight for civil rights
Don’t miss this award-winning theatre performance following two women’s fight for civil rights
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11:00 am
Sun 22 Jul 2018
11:00 am | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Come to this workshop to explore how to craft a solo performance that connects with your ancestry
Come to this workshop to explore how to craft a solo performance that connects with your ancestry
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Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 2018
Art
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
11:30 am
Sun 22 Jul 2018
11:30 am | Sun 22 Jul 2018
The ever-popular Pram Jam returns for a session influenced by African music and dance
The ever-popular Pram Jam returns for a session influenced by African music and dance
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Free

Free

Various times
until 22 Jul 2018
Various times | until 22 Jul 2018
Browse this specially curated festival market for the latest fashion, art, books and more
Browse this specially curated festival market for the latest fashion, art, books and more
12:00 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
Discover timeless and undiscovered works of poetry from the African literary canon
Discover timeless and undiscovered works of poetry from the African literary canon
Photo showing two women posing in a headscarf and a neck scarf

Free

Free

Various times
until 22 Jul 2018
Various times | until 22 Jul 2018
Art
Get crafty and colourful with African fabrics at a textiles workshop open to all levels
Get crafty and colourful with African fabrics at a textiles workshop open to all levels
12:00 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Is this the ultimate comfort food?
Is this the ultimate comfort food?

Free

Free

12:45 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
12:45 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Spirited solo excerpt from one half of the dance company’s latest show, A Night’s Game
Spirited solo excerpt from one half of the dance company’s latest show, A Night’s Game

Free

Free

Various times
until 22 Jul 2018
Various times | until 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Immerse yourself in awesome African music and dance at free pop-up performances
Immerse yourself in awesome African music and dance at free pop-up performances
Photo of children and adults joining in a dance workshop together at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

1:15 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
1:15 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Learn dynamic dance moves at an open workshop
Learn dynamic dance moves at an open workshop
1:30 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
1:30 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Hear speakers reflect on how their lives have been shaped by Pan-Africanism and other movements
Hear speakers reflect on how their lives have been shaped by Pan-Africanism and other movements
1:30 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
1:30 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Join a bold anti-conference that envisions black, POC, disabled, queer, trans and feminist futures
Join a bold anti-conference that envisions black, POC, disabled, queer, trans and feminist futures
3:00 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Look to the future as artists, activists and thinkers discuss what’s next for the African continent
Look to the future as artists, activists and thinkers discuss what’s next for the African...
Photo of Nelson Mandela raising his clenched fist
Various times
Sun 22 Jul 2018
Various times | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Join this guided walk for an interactive learning experience
Join this guided walk for an interactive learning experience
Photograph of two men dancing

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
3:30 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
See dancers battle it out to Afrobeats at this workshop led by duo HomeBros
See dancers battle it out to Afrobeats at this workshop led by duo HomeBros
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
24 Jul 2018 - 22 Aug 2018
Various times | 24 Jul 2018 - 22 Aug 2018
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
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7:30 pm
Tue 24 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 24 Jul 2018
Literature
Poetry
The beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon hears from Lesley Thomson and more in this midsummer outing
The beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon hears from Lesley Thomson and more in this midsummer outing
The Jam Shed Supper Club Summer
Various times
24 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Various times | 24 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Join MasterChef contestants for delectable fare at this supper club overlooking the Thames
Join MasterChef contestants for delectable fare at this supper club overlooking the Thames

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8 Oct
Classical music
Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts his debut London concert as Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
18 Nov
Gigs
Folk & World
Join us for a celebration of the South African jazz visionary and defiant political voice
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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.

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

Southbank Centre is 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

while you're here

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