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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading music 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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Beverley Knight, recording artist
7:30 pm
Thu 23 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 23 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
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Chris Maddock Quartet

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 24 May 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 24 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The saxophonist-led quartet combines the Hammond organ's charm with contemporary jazz flavours
The saxophonist-led quartet combines the Hammond organ's charm with contemporary jazz flavours
Christy Moore with his guitar singing into a microphone
Various times
24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
Various times | 24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
gigs
folk & world
Hear the Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist performing songs from throughout his career
Hear the Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist performing songs from throughout his career
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
family & young people
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and...
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
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
Marcus Miller, jazz composer and musician
7:30 pm
Sun 26 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 26 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Feel the force of the bass superstar's next-level jazz as he presents new album Laid Black
Feel the force of the bass superstar's next-level jazz as he presents new album Laid Black
Various times
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Barts Choir
7:30 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
classical music
Be awed by the powerful human drama of one of the great masterpieces of Western music
Be awed by the powerful human drama of one of the great masterpieces of Western music
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Neil Gaiman, author
7:30 pm
Wed 29 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 29 May 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The master storyteller reflects on reinventing the modern classic Good Omens for the screen
The master storyteller reflects on reinventing the modern classic Good Omens for the screen
Violet Nights at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
talks & debates
What does it mean to cancel your favourite artist, celebrity or brand and how effective is it?
What does it mean to cancel your favourite artist, celebrity or brand and how effective is it?
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
classical music
Finnish artists Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Pekka Kuusisto present music infused with rhythmic vigour
Finnish artists Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Pekka Kuusisto present music infused with rhythmic vigour
Kuhmo Chamber Music

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
9:30 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
classical music
Music takes shape in gravity-defying movement in an adventurous performance
Music takes shape in gravity-defying movement in an adventurous performance
Fergus Ireland, double bassist

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 31 May 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 31 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Do you like your jazz inventive and compelling?
Do you like your jazz inventive and compelling?
States of Independence

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7:00 pm
Fri 31 May 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 31 May 2019
classical music
Rally around the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty
Rally around the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Develop your improvisational skills using Stockhausen’s techniques in this workshop
Develop your improvisational skills using Stockhausen’s techniques in this workshop
People mingling at a reception

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Step into a space where composers, performers and industry professionals can meet and mingle
Step into a space where composers, performers and industry professionals can meet and mingle
Orchestra Playing The Music of Zimmer vs Williams
Various times
Sat 01 Jun 2019
Various times | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
Naomi Wright, musician

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
1:30 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Take a lesson from the master of innovation at a composition and notation workshop led by Naomi Wright
Take a lesson from the master of innovation at a composition and notation workshop led by Naomi...

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear the world premieres by three emerging UK composers
Hear the world premieres by three emerging UK composers
Nicola Benedetti, violinist

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7:30 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti interprets Bruch’s First Violin Concerto
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti interprets Bruch’s First Violin Concerto

Free

Free

Various times
18 Sep 2018 - 16 Jul 2019
Various times | 18 Sep 2018 - 16 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
Various times | 7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
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
Woom, band

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 07 Jun 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 07 Jun 2019
gigs
Lush, harmonious choral interpretations of well-known songs, performed by a four-part all-female choir
Lush, harmonious choral interpretations of well-known songs, performed by a four-part all-female...

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
classical music
Man's relationship with power, choices and change is uncovered in a new commission by Siobhan Lamb
Man's relationship with power, choices and change is uncovered in a new commission by Siobhan...
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor and composer

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7:30 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
classical music
A snapshot of Germany in the 1920s, featuring theatrical works by Berg, Weill and Shostakovich
A snapshot of Germany in the 1920s, featuring theatrical works by Berg, Weill and Shostakovich
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The Oscar-winning writer of biopic Milk brings Hollywood sparkle to the LGBTQ+ literary salon’s stage
The Oscar-winning writer of biopic Milk brings Hollywood sparkle to the LGBTQ+ literary salon’s...

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7:30 pm
Tue 11 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 11 Jun 2019
classical music
Virtuosic pianist Denis Kozhukhin performs Brahms and Strauss
Virtuosic pianist Denis Kozhukhin performs Brahms and Strauss
Interior view of Attia's 2019 exhibition at Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Teachers are invited to explore ways of talking about gender through the Kiss My Genders exhibition
Teachers are invited to explore ways of talking about gender through the Kiss My Genders exhibition

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
See screenings of two silent-era films accompanied by new scores by Czech composer Martin Smolka
See screenings of two silent-era films accompanied by new scores by Czech composer Martin Smolka

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1 Jun
classical music
contemporary classical
Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Stockhausen’s seminal piano music
1 Jun
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear the most maverick and experimental composition of its kind, performed by London Voices
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visitor info

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*.

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

We're 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

food & drink

There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members' Cafe-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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