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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.

As well as the 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 also one of the world’s leading performance venues. The auditorium has a fixed raked seating capacity of 2500.

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

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Free

Free

Various times
until 1 Jul 2018
Various times | until 1 Jul 2018
Art
Explore this new display on brutalist architecture, for both children and adults
Explore this new display on brutalist architecture, for both children and adults
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 19 Jul 2018
Various times | until 19 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
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
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
Various times
until 11 Jul 2018
Various times | until 11 Jul 2018
Art
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA with these specially adapted tours
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA with these specially adapted tours
Various times
until 30 May 2018
Various times | until 30 May 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
7:30 pm
Wed 23 May 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 23 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Delight in an evening of glitz, glamour and charm celebrating the 100th birthday of Alan J Lerner
Delight in an evening of glitz, glamour and charm celebrating the 100th birthday of Alan J Lerner

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 24 May 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 24 May 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Take a seat for the world premiere of Christian Mason's new song cycle
Take a seat for the world premiere of Christian Mason's new song cycle

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 24 May 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 24 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Daniele Gatti conducts the Philharmonia playing Mendelssohn and Brahms
Daniele Gatti conducts the Philharmonia playing Mendelssohn and Brahms

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 25 May 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 25 May 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Watch a performance by the star singer-songwriter from New Zealand
Watch a performance by the star singer-songwriter from New Zealand
Various times
until 26 May 2018
Various times | until 26 May 2018
Peek into our behind-the-scenes history and famous spaces on this tour
Peek into our behind-the-scenes history and famous spaces on this tour
Various times
27 May 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Various times | 27 May 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
7:30 pm
Sun 27 May 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 27 May 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Experience the power of this collective of West African musicians fighting for gender equality
Experience the power of this collective of West African musicians fighting for gender equality
7:30 pm
Mon 28 May 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 28 May 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
See the enchanting musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic childhood novel
See the enchanting musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic childhood novel
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
Various times
until 7 Jul 2018
Various times | until 7 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Das Rheingold/Richard Wagner/Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle
7:30 pm
Wed 30 May 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 30 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the first of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting Bruckner's Ninth Symphony
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the first of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting...
Various times
until 31 May 2018
Various times | until 31 May 2018
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 31 May 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 31 May 2018
Talks & Topics
Enter the world of gaming to discuss how girls and women play in this male-dominated field
Enter the world of gaming to discuss how girls and women play in this male-dominated field
7:30 pm
Thu 31 May 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 31 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the second of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting Brahms' Symphony No.1
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the second of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting...
Anthony Horowitz headshot
7:30 pm
Fri 01 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 01 Jun 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join the bestselling author to discuss his latest novel featuring Britain’s most famous spy
Join the bestselling author to discuss his latest novel featuring Britain’s most famous spy
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31 May
Classical music
Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the second of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting Brahms' Symphony No.1
26 Jun
Literature
Talks & Topics
The inimitable comedian dives into a hilarious and thought-provoking discussion of all things famous
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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.

plan your visit

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*.

(*on Sunday 13 May 2018, we will be closed for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards)

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

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