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

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is also one of the world’s leading performance venues. The auditorium has a fixed raked seating capacity of 2500.

As well as the auditorium, there is 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.

Seating plan

The different seating areas of the auditorium are on the following levels of Royal Festival Hall:

  • Front stalls – levels 3 & 4
  • Side stalls – level 4
  • Rear stalls – levels 4 & 5
  • Boxes – levels 5 & 6
  • Balcony – level 6

All auditorium entry doors can be accessed by lift or stairs. The JCB Glass Lift and Lift 1 provide flat access to all levels of the auditorium.

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

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Dragon Babies - Gamelan for 3-5 year olds, Gamelan Room
Various times
until 16 Jul 2018
Various times | until 16 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Various times
until 29 Apr 2018
Various times | until 29 Apr 2018
Art
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker

Free

Free

Various times
Mon 26 Feb 2018
Various times | Mon 26 Feb 2018
Classical music
Meet UK and international organ societies, publishers and more at our annual Organ Fair
Meet UK and international organ societies, publishers and more at our annual Organ Fair

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Mon 26 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 26 Feb 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Daniel Cook performs Louis Vierne’s grand Sixth Organ Symphony
Daniel Cook performs Louis Vierne’s grand Sixth Organ Symphony
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
until 17 Jul 2018
Various times | until 17 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
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
until 29 Mar 2018
Various times | until 29 Mar 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
Various times
until 27 Feb 2018
Various times | until 27 Feb 2018
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:00 pm
Tue 27 Feb 2018
7:00 pm | Tue 27 Feb 2018
Classical music
Opera
What wins out, love or duty? Find out as the OAE tells a classic story set to music by Haydn
What wins out, love or duty? Find out as the OAE tells a classic story set to music by Haydn
Various times
until 18 Apr 2018
Various times | until 18 Apr 2018
Art
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA with these specially adapted tours
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA with these specially adapted tours

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 28 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 28 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear the LPO perform Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, conducted by Vasily Petrenko
Hear the LPO perform Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, conducted by Vasily Petrenko
Various times
1 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018
Various times | 1 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
7:30 pm
Thu 01 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Mar 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Mark the Year of the Dog with conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concert
Mark the Year of the Dog with conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concert

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 02 Mar 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 02 Mar 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Get some folk music in during lunchtime with Dipper Malkin
Get some folk music in during lunchtime with Dipper Malkin
8:00 pm
Fri 02 Mar 2018
8:00 pm | Fri 02 Mar 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Dance to 40 years of reggae selected by David Rodigan and performed by the 25-piece Outlook Orchestra
Dance to 40 years of reggae selected by David Rodigan and performed by the 25-piece Outlook...
12:00 pm
Sat 03 Mar 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 03 Mar 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Take an in-depth look at Stephen Sondheim’s extensive musical career
Take an in-depth look at Stephen Sondheim’s extensive musical career
Various times
3 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
Various times | 3 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sat 03 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Mar 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Diana Damrau and the LPO perform Strauss’ Four Last Songs.
Diana Damrau and the LPO perform Strauss’ Four Last Songs.
7:30 pm
Sun 04 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 04 Mar 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Carl Davis conducts his own scores for two gems of Hollywood’s silent era
Carl Davis conducts his own scores for two gems of Hollywood’s silent era
Various times
until 2 Jul 2018
Various times | until 2 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
7:30 pm
Tue 06 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Mar 2018
Classical music
Choral
Travel from darkness to light in works connected by the common theme of seeking salvation
Travel from darkness to light in works connected by the common theme of seeking salvation
11:30 am
Wed 07 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Why does gender equality in our sector matter so much and what can we do to level the playing field?
Why does gender equality in our sector matter so much and what can we do to level the playing field?
6:30 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
6:30 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Members are invited to an exclusive update on this year’s WOW festival
Members are invited to an exclusive update on this year’s WOW festival
7:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Theatre
Dance & Performance
Get ready for hilariously irreverent and teary recreations of women’s speeches throughout history
Get ready for hilariously irreverent and teary recreations of women’s speeches throughout history
8:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Theatre
Dance & Performance
Drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson performs the courageous story of Joan of Arc
Drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson performs the courageous story of Joan of Arc
9:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
9:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Dance & Performance
Theatre
Hear powerful and humorous secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire
Hear powerful and humorous secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire
9:30 am
Thu 08 Mar 2018
9:30 am | Thu 08 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
An inspirational day for secondary school girls aged 11 - 18
An inspirational day for secondary school girls aged 11 - 18

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Thu 08 Mar 2018
6:30 pm | Thu 08 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Disability & Inclusivity
Join us to hear from inspiring changemakers on the first day of WOW
Join us to hear from inspiring changemakers on the first day of WOW
Various times
8 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
Various times | 8 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
Physical Theatre & Mime
Theatre
A heart-wrenching and humorous theatrical piece journeying into the female psyche
A heart-wrenching and humorous theatrical piece journeying into the female psyche
9:30 am
Fri 09 Mar 2018
9:30 am | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Hear keynote speeches from around the world addressing potent topics for women and girls
Hear keynote speeches from around the world addressing potent topics for women and girls

Free

Free

Various times
9 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
Various times | 9 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
This installation tells women’s stories of violence in Rio de Janiero’s largest favela
This installation tells women’s stories of violence in Rio de Janiero’s largest favela

Free

Free

Various times
9 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
Various times | 9 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
Get information, shop, network and get a feel for WOW Festival at our market
Get information, shop, network and get a feel for WOW Festival at our market
11:30 am
Fri 09 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Hear from international changemakers on how to turn your local activism into global change
Hear from international changemakers on how to turn your local activism into global change
11:30 am
Fri 09 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Business & Economics
What should every woman know about her finances? Find out at this discussion
What should every woman know about her finances? Find out at this discussion
11:30 am
Fri 09 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear from women at the forefront of sustainability and environmental policy, locally and internationally
Hear from women at the forefront of sustainability and environmental policy, locally and...
11:30 am
Fri 09 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear activists and policymakers discuss the role of women in war and peace-building
Hear activists and policymakers discuss the role of women in war and peace-building
11:30 am
Fri 09 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
How is the internet changing social and sexual norms for girls? Find out at this talk
How is the internet changing social and sexual norms for girls? Find out at this talk
11:30 am
Fri 09 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Join the conversation about diversity and hear author June Sarpong discuss its importance in business
Join the conversation about diversity and hear author June Sarpong discuss its importance in...
11:30 am
Fri 09 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Contemplate effective ways to champion women in business and dismantle outdated power structures
Contemplate effective ways to champion women in business and dismantle outdated power structures
11:30 am
Fri 09 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Attend this session to discuss the facts of domestic abuse in the UK
Attend this session to discuss the facts of domestic abuse in the UK

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Fri 09 Mar 2018
12:30 pm | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Literature
Poetry
Relax and listen to performance of contemporary poetry in the cafe
Relax and listen to performance of contemporary poetry in the cafe

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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.

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