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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading 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 2,700 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, National Poetry Library, 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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Opening times

10am – 11pm every day

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Audience at the main stage, Pride Carnival in the Gardens, 1987

Free

Free

Various times
7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Various times | 7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
Readers in The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
17 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
Various times | 17 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Voices from our Poetry for Dementia programme come through loud and clear in a sound installation
Voices from our Poetry for Dementia programme come through loud and clear in a sound installation
The Test, HMO Greenock Koestler exhibiton
Various times
19 Sep 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Various times | 19 Sep 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
Unlocking the artistic talent inside the criminal justice system, it's the annual Koestler Awards exhibition
Unlocking the artistic talent inside the criminal justice system, it's the annual Koestler...
Girl and guardian at Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

10:30 am
Wed 23 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Wed 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
Conjure up your own fairy tale with mysterious paper-cut art in a story workshop
Conjure up your own fairy tale with mysterious paper-cut art in a story workshop
A child colouring at a workshop

Free

Free

Various times
21 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
Various times | 21 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
tours & activities
family & young people
Set off on a do-it-yourself adventure for families, as magical as the words ‘once upon a time’
Set off on a do-it-yourself adventure for families, as magical as the words ‘once upon a time’
Various times
4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Children at workshop

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
12:30 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
‘Once upon a time’ goes live and interactive in a rambunctious storytelling performance
‘Once upon a time’ goes live and interactive in a rambunctious storytelling performance
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra

Free

Free

6:15 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
6:15 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
classical music
Student musicians from the Royal College of Music perform chamber works by Thomas Adès
Student musicians from the Royal College of Music perform chamber works by Thomas Adès
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Thomas Ades, conductor

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Witness the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s stunning astrological suite
Witness the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s stunning astrological suite

Free

Free

10:30 am
Thu 24 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Thu 24 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Learn Indian dance moves for the whole family to tell an enchanting story of creation and care
Learn Indian dance moves for the whole family to tell an enchanting story of creation and care
Koestler - Another Me: Story Circle

Free

Free

11:00 am
Thu 24 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
The stories that shape us: find out how group story-making engenders trust at a free session
The stories that shape us: find out how group story-making engenders trust at a free session
Children listening to stories

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
12:30 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
family & young people
Submerge yourself in an ancient tale from dancer Anusha Subramanyam, or join in and make a splash
Submerge yourself in an ancient tale from dancer Anusha Subramanyam, or join in and make a splash
7:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Whether you’ve been writing for a while or are just starting, get some tips on the routes to publication
Whether you’ve been writing for a while or are just starting, get some tips on the routes to...
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Querulous Insomnia, HM Prison Shotts, acrylic on canvas
7:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Hear illuminating performances of written and recorded work produced in the UK’s prisons
Hear illuminating performances of written and recorded work produced in the UK’s prisons
Sol Gabetta, cellist

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
classical music
Lap up music inspired by two very different landscapes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Lap up music inspired by two very different landscapes with the Philharmonia Orchestra

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Break down what’s behind contemporary Britain's culture, attitudes and roots at this talk
Break down what’s behind contemporary Britain's culture, attitudes and roots at this talk
Children Craft Workshop

Free

Free

10:30 am
Fri 25 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Fri 25 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
Two children follow a trail of breadcrumbs in the woods... to discover a bookcase heaving with edible books!
Two children follow a trail of breadcrumbs in the woods... to discover a bookcase heaving with...

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 25 Oct 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 25 Oct 2019
family & young people
literature & poetry
Come, gather round for wild and wonderful music and stories for all ages, inspired by fairy tales
Come, gather round for wild and wonderful music and stories for all ages, inspired by fairy tales

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top events

31 Oct
classical music
The much sought-after pianist embraces the mysterious atmosphere of Prokofiev’s third War Sonata
15 Nov
gigs
jazz & blues
Now hear this: EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening-night gala showcases a stellar cast of voices
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tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone or in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more via the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

access

For step-free access to Level 2 (Ticket Office, Festival Terrace, Riverside Terrace, Welcome Desk) please use the main entrance by Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road and use the JCB Glass Lift inside Royal Festival Hall, or the external lift next to the Artists' Entrance.

access information & floor plans

cloakroom

Situated on Level 1, our cloakroom is accessed via steps or platform lift from the Southbank Centre Square doors. It opens around 60 minutes before the start of any Royal Festival Hall show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends.

The charge is £1 per item, which must be collected on the same day they are stored. Items left here are at the owner’s risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to items left in the cloakroom.

toilets

There are accessible toilets on every level and gender neutral inclusive toilets are located on Level 4.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

getting here

For more information on parking and getting here by road, rail or river, click on the link below.

getting here & parking

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