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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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Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 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
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
24 Jul 2018 - 22 Aug 2018
Various times | 24 Jul 2018 - 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
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7:30 pm
Tue 24 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 24 Jul 2018
Literature
Poetry
The beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon hears from Lesley Thomson and more in this midsummer outing
The beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon hears from Lesley Thomson and more in this midsummer outing
The Jam Shed Supper Club Summer
Various times
24 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Various times | 24 Jul 2018 - 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
7:30 pm
Wed 25 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 25 Jul 2018
Literature
Poetry
Enjoy exciting new voices at the Poetry Book Society's Summer Showcase at Southbank Centre
Enjoy exciting new voices at the Poetry Book Society's Summer Showcase at Southbank Centre
Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Wed 25 Jul 2018
9:30 pm | Wed 25 Jul 2018
Kick off the weekend with this brilliant Whoopi Goldberg caper—the first of five free outdoor screenings we'll be hosting this summer
Kick off the weekend with this brilliant Whoopi Goldberg caper—the first of five free outdoor...
Heart 'n Soul. The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival, Royal Festival Hall.

Free

Free

Various times
26 Jul 2018 - 23 Aug 2018
Various times | 26 Jul 2018 - 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
Various times
until 26 Jul 2018
Various times | until 26 Jul 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Life is Wonderful - Mandela's Unsung Heroes

Free

Free

Various times
27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Various times | 27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Discover the story behind Mandela’s trial in this new film, directed by Sir Nick Stadlen
Discover the story behind Mandela’s trial in this new film, directed by Sir Nick Stadlen
Chorus Weekend 2018

Free

Free

Various times
27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Various times | 27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Classical music
Choral
Raise your voice in joy at this weekend of free singing performances and workshops
Raise your voice in joy at this weekend of free singing performances and workshops
9:30 am
Sat 28 Jul 2018
9:30 am | Sat 28 Jul 2018
Art
Get the most out of the exhibition with this What You Need to Know in-depth look at Lee Bul's work
Get the most out of the exhibition with this What You Need to Know in-depth look at Lee Bul's...
 ZooNation Presents The Next Generation 2018
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people
Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 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
David Bowie, Labyrinth

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Wed 01 Aug 2018
9:30 pm | Wed 01 Aug 2018
Journey through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered at an outdoor screening of the classic film
Journey through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered at an outdoor screening of the classic film
Image of a boy in front of building blocks, CRXSS PLATFXRM 2018

Free

Free

Various times
3 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
Various times | 3 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
Uncover the new wave of multi-disciplinary UK street artists with a Peckham-founded showcase
Uncover the new wave of multi-disciplinary UK street artists with a Peckham-founded showcase
Various times
4 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
Various times | 4 Aug 2018 - 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
5 Aug 2018 - 26 Aug 2018
Various times | 5 Aug 2018 - 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
Hairspray the movie

Free

Free

9:15 pm
Wed 08 Aug 2018
9:15 pm | Wed 08 Aug 2018
Let your hair down with the original 1988 oddball teen dance drama, directed by John Waters
Let your hair down with the original 1988 oddball teen dance drama, directed by John Waters
Raze Collective Weekend: Figs in Wigs

Free

Free

Various times
10 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Various times | 10 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Celebrate the best in queer (LGBTQI+) culture at the Raze Collective Summertime Stage takeover
Celebrate the best in queer (LGBTQI+) culture at the Raze Collective Summertime Stage takeover

Free

Free

7:30 pm
Sat 11 Aug 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 11 Aug 2018
Be at this performance about the smuggled Shakespeare book that inspired Mandela
Be at this performance about the smuggled Shakespeare book that inspired Mandela
Acrobats, backbone performance
Various times
14 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Various times | 14 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Circus
A high-octane exploration of the limits of human strength from the acclaimed acrobatic troupe
A high-octane exploration of the limits of human strength from the acclaimed acrobatic troupe
Hugh Jackman in The greatest Showman

Free

Free

9:15 pm
Wed 15 Aug 2018
9:15 pm | Wed 15 Aug 2018
Roll up! Roll up! Catch an outdoor screening of the 2017 smash hit starring Hugh Jackman
Roll up! Roll up! Catch an outdoor screening of the 2017 smash hit starring Hugh Jackman
Circus 250 Weekend: The Bazazi Brothers

Free

Free

Various times
17 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Various times | 17 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Stop clowning around – it’s time to take showbiz seriously at the 250th anniversary of circus
Stop clowning around – it’s time to take showbiz seriously at the 250th anniversary of circus
Audience at Talk

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 18 Aug 2018
Various times | Sat 18 Aug 2018
Discover Thuli Madonsela, one woman who stood against corruption in South Africa, in this documentary
Discover Thuli Madonsela, one woman who stood against corruption in South Africa, in this...

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 19 Aug 2018
Various times | Sun 19 Aug 2018
Witness a multi-layered story of the anti-apartheid movement in this documentary film
Witness a multi-layered story of the anti-apartheid movement in this documentary film

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Tue 21 Aug 2018
1:30 pm | Tue 21 Aug 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
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...
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
7:30 pm
Tue 28 Aug 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 28 Aug 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
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
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
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
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: 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
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 - 8 Sep 2018
Various times | 7 Sep 2018 - 8 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
Children participating in a performance

Free

Free

10:00 am
Sat 08 Sep 2018
10:00 am | 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

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8 Oct
Classical music
Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts his debut London concert as Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
18 Nov
Gigs
Folk & World
Join us for a celebration of the South African jazz visionary and defiant political voice
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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

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