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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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Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Adults playing Gamelan
Various times
7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
People singing and playing Gamelan
Various times
7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
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
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
Various times
25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
Various times | 25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Adult group playing Gamelan
Various times
4 May 2020 - 13 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 May 2020 - 13 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
This summer, try something new: learn to play the Javanese gamelan in this beginners' course
This summer, try something new: learn to play the Javanese gamelan in this beginners' course
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Woman playing Gamelan
Various times
6 May 2020 - 15 Jul 2020
Various times | 6 May 2020 - 15 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Various times
7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Out-Spoken at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
Sat 18 Jul 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 18 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Open the door to your creativity at our monthly three-hour weekend poetry writing workshop
Open the door to your creativity at our monthly three-hour weekend poetry writing workshop
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
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
Diana Souhami, writer
7:30 pm
Fri 31 Jul 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 31 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
The LGBTQ+ literary salon shines a spotlight on the bestselling writer known for incisive biographies
The LGBTQ+ literary salon shines a spotlight on the bestselling writer known for incisive...
Piano player
3:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
classical music
An all-Gershwin extravaganza bursting with Broadway glamour and toe-tapping tunes
An all-Gershwin extravaganza bursting with Broadway glamour and toe-tapping tunes
Fi Glover and Jane Garvey, BBC broadcasters
8:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
8:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The live show spin-off from the podcast experience no one knew they wanted, until they got it
The live show spin-off from the podcast experience no one knew they wanted, until they got it
Edward Gardner, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 23 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 23 Sep 2020
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra raises the curtain on its new season with a story of gothic excess
The London Philharmonic Orchestra raises the curtain on its new season with a story of gothic excess
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 24 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 24 Sep 2020
classical music
Two works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story open the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new season
Two works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story open the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new season
Edward Gardner, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sat 26 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 26 Sep 2020
classical music
Lift off with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, into realms of pure sonic ecstasy
Lift off with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, into realms of pure sonic ecstasy
Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sun 27 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 27 Sep 2020
classical music
Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra for an all-Brahms concert
Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra for an all-Brahms concert
The Wanwrights
7:30 pm
Mon 28 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 28 Sep 2020
gigs
folk & world
Close harmony: join Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche for a musical evening
Close harmony: join Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche for a musical...
Simone Lamsma, violinist

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7:30 pm
Wed 30 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 30 Sep 2020
classical music
Trace the connections between 1811, 1911 and 2011 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Trace the connections between 1811, 1911 and 2011 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Denis Kozukhin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 01 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Oct 2020
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra makes hay with two of Dvorák's sunniest works
The Philharmonia Orchestra makes hay with two of Dvorák's sunniest works
MEW, band
7:30 pm
Fri 02 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 02 Oct 2020
gigs
rock & alternative
The Danish art-rock band mark the 15th anniversary of their towering, otherworldly fourth album
The Danish art-rock band mark the 15th anniversary of their towering, otherworldly fourth album
A crowd at The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Enter new soundworlds and get involved in music-making with the London Sinfonietta
Enter new soundworlds and get involved in music-making with the London Sinfonietta
Karina Canellakis, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
classical music
Follow the London Philharmonic Orchestra between 1812, 1912 and 2012
Follow the London Philharmonic Orchestra between 1812, 1912 and 2012
Child playing the violin in a workshop

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12:00 pm
Sun 04 Oct 2020
12:00 pm | Sun 04 Oct 2020
family & young people
Witches and wizards aged six and above are invited to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Witches and wizards aged six and above are invited to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Adam Buxton, comedian
7:00 pm
Sun 04 Oct 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 04 Oct 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Parenthood, boarding school trauma and confrontations on trains: the comedian's memoir covers it all
Parenthood, boarding school trauma and confrontations on trains: the comedian's memoir covers...
Marina Sosnina, sand artist

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7:30 pm
Tue 06 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Oct 2020
classical music
Joy awaits in The Nutcracker with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, illustrated by live sand art
Joy awaits in The Nutcracker with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, illustrated by live sand art
Jukka Pekka Saraste, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 07 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 07 Oct 2020
classical music
Make the musical connections between 1813, 1913 and 2013 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Make the musical connections between 1813, 1913 and 2013 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vikingur Olafsson, pianist

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7:30 pm
Fri 09 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 09 Oct 2020
classical music
This piano concerto never stops sounding fresh: hear it with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
This piano concerto never stops sounding fresh: hear it with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

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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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