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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 the heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

As well as a 2,500 capacity 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 one of the world’s leading performance venues.

discover the history of Royal Festival Hall

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

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Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
until 22 Aug 2018
Various times | until 22 Aug 2018
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
The Jam Shed Supper Club Summer
Various times
until 8 Sep 2018
Various times | until 8 Sep 2018
Join MasterChef contestants for delectable fare at this supper club overlooking the Thames
Join MasterChef contestants for delectable fare at this supper club overlooking the Thames
John Travolta in Grease

Free

Free

9:15 pm
Wed 22 Aug 2018
9:15 pm | Wed 22 Aug 2018
Spend a summer night with the Pink Ladies and T-Birds at an outdoor screening of the kitsch croon-fest
Spend a summer night with the Pink Ladies and T-Birds at an outdoor screening of the kitsch...
Heart 'n Soul. The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival, Royal Festival Hall.

Free

Free

Various times
until 23 Aug 2018
Various times | until 23 Aug 2018
Gigs
Urban
Get your groove on to summer tunes at this dance party overlooking the river
Get your groove on to summer tunes at this dance party overlooking the river
Audience members at talk in pink light

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 23 Aug 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 23 Aug 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Join us for a discussion on the experiences of black women navigating an unbalanced dating world
Join us for a discussion on the experiences of black women navigating an unbalanced dating world
Rinse Bloc Party on the Royal festival Hall Terrace

Free

Free

Various times
24 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Various times | 24 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Gigs
Urban
See the summer out in style with four days of music, performance and dance
See the summer out in style with four days of music, performance and dance
Various times
until 25 Aug 2018
Various times | until 25 Aug 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
until 26 Aug 2018
Various times | until 26 Aug 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
Various times
until 28 Oct 2018
Various times | until 28 Oct 2018
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area

Free

Free

Various times
28 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Various times | 28 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
What's that sound? It's Southwark Youth Orchestra! Get a glimpse of orchestra life at a free performance
What's that sound? It's Southwark Youth Orchestra! Get a glimpse of orchestra life at a...
7:30 pm
Tue 28 Aug 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 28 Aug 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
The Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author explores human behaviour through the lives of artists
The Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author explores human behaviour through the lives of artists

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 30 Aug 2018
5:00 pm | Thu 30 Aug 2018
Classical music
Get a glimpse of orchestra life at three days of workshops and rehearsals
Get a glimpse of orchestra life at three days of workshops and rehearsals
Various times
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
Various times | 1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Khaled Hosseini headshot
7:30 pm
Tue 04 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 04 Sep 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
In this exclusive talk, the author reflects on his latest book and what fiction can do in dark times
In this exclusive talk, the author reflects on his latest book and what fiction can do in dark times
Unlimited: It was Paradise

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Find hope across borders in a collaborative art project created by British and Palestinian artists
Find hope across borders in a collaborative art project created by British and Palestinian artists
My Dirty Secret

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Get your fill of filth at an experiential project inspired by the artist's battle with the housework
Get your fill of filth at an experiential project inspired by the artist's battle with the...
Unlimited: My Life in London

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
See London through fresh eyes at an exhibition of work by artists Thompson Hall and Ian Wornast
See London through fresh eyes at an exhibition of work by artists Thompson Hall and Ian Wornast
Unlimited: Voice of the Unicorn

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Enter a serene space created by a multi-screen installation featuring artefacts and sound
Enter a serene space created by a multi-screen installation featuring artefacts and sound
A Crash Course in Cloudspotting

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Take the time to pause, listen and rest in an audio-visual ode to invisible disability
Take the time to pause, listen and rest in an audio-visual ode to invisible disability
Please do not crop, artist feels strongly about the framing of the picture.
10:30 am
Thu 06 Sep 2018
10:30 am | Thu 06 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Welcome to a day of art that reconsiders bodies and abilities
Welcome to a day of art that reconsiders bodies and abilities
Teresa Albor and Katherine Araniello present: "How the fuck..."

Free

Free

Various times
7 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 7 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Submit to chaos at an immersive live art performance where who knows what will happen
Submit to chaos at an immersive live art performance where who knows what will happen
Artist Jo Bannon
Various times
7 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Various times | 7 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
A new performance work by Jo Bannon exploring desire, sexuality and neoliberalism
A new performance work by Jo Bannon exploring desire, sexuality and neoliberalism

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 07 Sep 2018
Various times | Fri 07 Sep 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Listen to live music and performance and take part in interactive zones
Listen to live music and performance and take part in interactive zones
Unlimited: How do they know it's you?

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 08 Sep 2018
11:00 am | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Art
Peel back layers of your identity in a self-portrait collage workshop
Peel back layers of your identity in a self-portrait collage workshop
Children participating in a performance

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 08 Sep 2018
Various times | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Come out of your shell on an interactive adventure with Snigel the snail
Come out of your shell on an interactive adventure with Snigel the snail
House of Krip - Vogue Ball performer

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sat 08 Sep 2018
4:00 pm | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
Strike a pose with Deaf and disabled performers at vogue ball live shows and open workshops
Strike a pose with Deaf and disabled performers at vogue ball live shows and open workshops

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 09 Sep 2018
11:00 am | Sun 09 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Circus
Disabled and non-disabled people are invited to take part in a free samba school
Disabled and non-disabled people are invited to take part in a free samba school

Free

Free

Various times
12 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
Various times | 12 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Help plan the ninth WOW – Women of the World London: a festival that celebrates women and girls
Help plan the ninth WOW – Women of the World London: a festival that celebrates women and...
7:00 pm
Wed 12 Sep 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 12 Sep 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Take a journey to the American south with the country and folk singer-songwriter and Nashville actor
Take a journey to the American south with the country and folk singer-songwriter and Nashville actor
Last Days of Summer - September Social Tea Dance

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Thu 13 Sep 2018
1:30 pm | Thu 13 Sep 2018
Join us for a spin around the floor at this month's fabulous, fun and free tea dance
Join us for a spin around the floor at this month's fabulous, fun and free tea dance

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8 Oct
Classical music
Orchestra
Andris Nelsons marks his first UK concert as Gewandhauskapellmeister with Mahler's powerful Symphony No.5
20 Oct
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures by tracing the roots of modern Britain
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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.

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

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

while you're here

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