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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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Multi-buy discount

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7:30 pm
Wed 21 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 21 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The LPO performs Stravinsky’s legendary The Rite of Spring
The LPO performs Stravinsky’s legendary The Rite of Spring
Various times
until 29 Apr 2018
Various times | until 29 Apr 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
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 29 Mar 2018
Various times | until 29 Mar 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
Various times
until 25 Feb 2018
Various times | until 25 Feb 2018
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
7:00 pm
Thu 22 Feb 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 22 Feb 2018
Classical music
Choral
Enjoy a concert of soloists, bands, choirs and orchestras from talented young performers
Enjoy a concert of soloists, bands, choirs and orchestras from talented young performers

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 22 Feb 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 22 Feb 2018
Talks & Topics
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Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 23 Feb 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 23 Feb 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Get jazzy at lunchtime with this Italian London-based pianist and composer
Get jazzy at lunchtime with this Italian London-based pianist and composer

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 23 Feb 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 23 Feb 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Start your evening with this duo’s folk and acoustic sounds
Start your evening with this duo’s folk and acoustic sounds

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Fri 23 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 23 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear the LPO play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade alongside Elgar’s Cello Concerto
Hear the LPO play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade alongside Elgar’s Cello Concerto
© Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017.
Courtesy: Sprüth Magers
12:00 pm
Sat 24 Feb 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 24 Feb 2018
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Get the most out of the exhibition with this in-depth exploration of Gursky’s practice
Get the most out of the exhibition with this in-depth exploration of Gursky’s practice
2:30 pm
Sat 24 Feb 2018
2:30 pm | Sat 24 Feb 2018
Classical music
Dance & Performance
Dive into an all-Gershwin extravaganza of music, song and dance, back by popular demand.
Dive into an all-Gershwin extravaganza of music, song and dance, back by popular demand.
7:30 pm
Sat 24 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 24 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Celebrate the finest works of one of the world’s best-loved composers.
Celebrate the finest works of one of the world’s best-loved composers.

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

12:00 pm
Sun 25 Feb 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 25 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Join us for a super-sized orchestral party celebrating the best of young music-making
Join us for a super-sized orchestral party celebrating the best of young music-making
Various times
Sun 25 Feb 2018
Various times | Sun 25 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Step into a world of magical characters through orchestral music with a narrative
Step into a world of magical characters through orchestral music with a narrative
Various times
until 25 Mar 2018
Various times | until 25 Mar 2018
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Dragon Babies - Gamelan for 3-5 year olds, Gamelan Room
Various times
until 16 Jul 2018
Various times | until 16 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones

Free

Free

Various times
Mon 26 Feb 2018
Various times | Mon 26 Feb 2018
Classical music
Meet UK and international organ societies, publishers and more at our annual Organ Fair
Meet UK and international organ societies, publishers and more at our annual Organ Fair

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Mon 26 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 26 Feb 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Daniel Cook performs Louis Vierne’s grand Sixth Organ Symphony
Daniel Cook performs Louis Vierne’s grand Sixth Organ Symphony
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
until 17 Jul 2018
Various times | until 17 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Various times
until 27 Feb 2018
Various times | until 27 Feb 2018
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public

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Sandi Toksvig presents Mirth Control
11 Mar
Dance & Performance
Comedy
A raucous night of comedy and music from great women hosted by Sandi Toksvig
9 Mar
Talks & Topics
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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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