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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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The Test, HMO Greenock Koestler exhibiton

Free

Free

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...
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
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
We invite Lambeth primary schools to explore gamelan and poetry in a series of free workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to explore gamelan and poetry in a series of free workshops
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
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
IPS 2017/18

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Tue 15 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 15 Oct 2019
classical music
Trace the threads connecting Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms in Paul Lewis’ celebrated performances
Trace the threads connecting Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms in Paul Lewis’ celebrated performances

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 16 Oct 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 16 Oct 2019
performance & dance
dance
Get ready to rhumba, tango, waltz and more with our expert DJ
Get ready to rhumba, tango, waltz and more with our expert DJ
Adults playing Gamelan
Various times
2 Oct 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
Various times | 2 Oct 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
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
George Dalaras, Greek musician
8:00 pm
Wed 16 Oct 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 16 Oct 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
For many, he embodies the Greek sound: meet the singer who has made rembetiko music his own
For many, he embodies the Greek sound: meet the singer who has made rembetiko music his own
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
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
Various times | 3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
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

Free

Free

Various times
17 Oct 2019 - 14 Nov 2019
Various times | 17 Oct 2019 - 14 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Take part in a series of open workshops to discuss the future growth of the National Poetry Library
Take part in a series of open workshops to discuss the future growth of the National Poetry Library
Roxanna Panufnik, composer
7:30 pm
Thu 17 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Oct 2019
classical music
Great poetry marks the seasons in a new work for choir and orchestra by Roxanna Panufnik
Great poetry marks the seasons in a new work for choir and orchestra by Roxanna Panufnik
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
Various times | 3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
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
Jacqui, spoken word artist

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
The spoken word artist and songwriter wants us to break the rules for a reason
The spoken word artist and songwriter wants us to break the rules for a reason
The Violet Nights Podcasting Course

Free

Free

Various times
26 Sep 2019 - 29 Nov 2019
Various times | 26 Sep 2019 - 29 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
Want to make your own podcast? Find out how on a free two-day course for ages 18 – 25
Want to make your own podcast? Find out how on a free two-day course for ages 18 – 25
Ayelet Gunder-Goshen, author
7:00 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
What is power in the age of #MeToo? The award-winning novelist discusses her latest novel, Liar
What is power in the age of #MeToo? The award-winning novelist discusses her latest novel, Liar
Novelist, producer

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
talks & debates
family & young people
The Mercury Prize nominee shares his knowledge of being a DIY musician in a discussion for ages 18 - 30
The Mercury Prize nominee shares his knowledge of being a DIY musician in a discussion for ages 18 -...
Novelist, record producer
10:00 pm
18 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
10:00 pm | 18 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
gigs
Once ‘poster boy of Grime’ now 2018 Mercury Prize nominee: meet the distinctive south London rapper
Once ‘poster boy of Grime’ now 2018 Mercury Prize nominee: meet the distinctive south London...
Valzhyna Mort
10:15 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:15 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
Train your eye and ear on the choices that construct poetic meaning in a poetry masterclass
Train your eye and ear on the choices that construct poetic meaning in a poetry masterclass
Koestler Arts - Another Me: Mindful Looking
10:15 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:15 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Consider a mindful approach to artworks entered into the Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice
Consider a mindful approach to artworks entered into the Koestler Awards for arts in criminal...
Fantastical Futures at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
12 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
Various times | 12 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course led by award-winning writers and poets
Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course led by award-winning writers and poets
Meena Kandasamy, writer and translator
11:00 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
A panel of poets and translators discuss the disruptive and transformational nature of translation
A panel of poets and translators discuss the disruptive and transformational nature of translation
Gold patten print

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Peek into the National Poetry Library's collections to browse hidden gems and enjoy live readings from Olivia Douglass and Hannah Raymond-Cox
Peek into the National Poetry Library's collections to browse hidden gems and enjoy live...
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
Koestler Arts - Another Me:  Mindful Writing
2:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Respond to an anthology of poetry produced by people inside the criminal justice system
Respond to an anthology of poetry produced by people inside the criminal justice system
Iris Colomb, poet and translator
3:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Hear the work of three poets who are at the forefront of a new generation of experimentation
Hear the work of three poets who are at the forefront of a new generation of experimentation
Chen Chen, poet
3:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
How do you describe, name and transform the self in poetry?
How do you describe, name and transform the self in poetry?
Sofia Fomina, soprano

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra starts with a funeral march and finishes with a world reborn
The London Philharmonic Orchestra starts with a funeral march and finishes with a world reborn
My Name is My Own at Southbank Centre
10:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
performance & theatre
literature & poetry
Confront issues of rights at a performance by black and brown women and non-binary people
Confront issues of rights at a performance by black and brown women and non-binary people

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31 Oct
classical music
The much sought-after pianist embraces the mysterious atmosphere of Prokofiev’s third War Sonata
21 Oct
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 ‘living legends’, the poet discusses the power of literature
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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.

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