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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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31 Jan

14 Jan - 28 Feb
A unique insight into the history of Southbank and the people who have shaped it
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
31 Jan
Mitsuko Uchida performs music by Mozart and Schumann at this International Piano Series concert

1 Feb

Classical music
Orchestra
1 Feb
In Seven Days is a major musical statement from Thomas Adès, the celebrated British composer

2 Feb

Classical music
Orchestra
2 Feb
Late symphonies by Haydn and Nielsen frame Beethoven's Triple Concerto

3 Feb

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
3 Feb
Hear Bach's mightiest organ works alongside his most intriguing contrapuntal experiments

4 Feb

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
4 Feb
Aurora Orchestra teams up with artist and author Edmund de Waal to explore Strauss' Metamorphosen
14 Jan - 28 Feb
A unique insight into the history of Southbank and the people who have shaped it
Classical music
Choral
4 Feb
See Haydn's The Creation: two of the most life-affirming and generous hours of music you can hear

5 Feb

Classical music
Orchestra
5 Feb
The Philharmonia joins with film legend Iain Johnstone for an evening dedicated to Steven Spielberg

6 Feb

Gigs
Folk & World
6 Feb
Don't miss the eighth Transatlantic Sessions, celebrating Celtic and Americana music

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14 Feb
Classical music
Orchestra
Spend Valentine's day in the company of the LPO and the romantic film Brief Encounter
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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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