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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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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
art & exhibitions
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
DJ and young dancers

Free

Free

Various times
14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
family & young people
accessible events
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
U Dance: Youth Dance Ceilidh, ceilidh dancers

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
family & young people
folk & world
Reel, jig and morris around our site at a day of free folk dancing workshops and performances
Reel, jig and morris around our site at a day of free folk dancing workshops and performances

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
You’ve got rhythm – tap into it at a jazz music and dance workshop with Tomorrow's Warriors
You’ve got rhythm – tap into it at a jazz music and dance workshop with Tomorrow's Warriors
Jean-Paul Gaultier, fashion designer
6:00 pm
Tue 23 Jul 2019
6:00 pm | Tue 23 Jul 2019
performance & theatre
talks & debates
The man behind the conical bustier: Jean Paul Gaultier discusses his decades at the forefront of fashion
The man behind the conical bustier: Jean Paul Gaultier discusses his decades at the forefront of...
Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Fri 26 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon
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
 Bbz Takeover, people dancing in a club

Free

Free

4:00 pm
27 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019
4:00 pm | 27 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
More than just a club night: party with a multi-disciplinary collective of queer black artists
More than just a club night: party with a multi-disciplinary collective of queer black artists
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
Illustration of Trevor Horn, musician and songwriter
7:30 pm
Sun 28 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
SIREN DJ Collective

Free

Free

Various times
1 Aug 2019 - 22 Aug 2019
Various times | 1 Aug 2019 - 22 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Have a banging night and strike a blow for women and non-binary artists on the techno scene
Have a banging night and strike a blow for women and non-binary artists on the techno scene
Performers in front of Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

5:30 pm
2 Aug 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 2 Aug 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Rethink gender on the dance floor with the liberated queer performance collective
Rethink gender on the dance floor with the liberated queer performance collective

Free

Free

4:00 pm
3 Aug 2019 - 4 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 3 Aug 2019 - 4 Aug 2019
These are the good times: sing and two-step into the night to some of Nile Rodgers' greatest tunes
These are the good times: sing and two-step into the night to some of Nile Rodgers' greatest...
Nile Rodgers on stage
7:30 pm
Sat 03 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
The musical legend and the incomparable disco hit-makers perform a special show exclusively for Meltdown
The musical legend and the incomparable disco hit-makers perform a special show exclusively for...
Sold out

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
Funk and soul flood our riverside stage at a party with brass bands, lindy-hopping and disco classics
Funk and soul flood our riverside stage at a party with brass bands, lindy-hopping and disco...
Drunk by Thundercat album cover
7:30 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
 Jungle, band
7:30 pm
Mon 05 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 05 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Where the California Dream collides with the sound of London, find the neo-soul musical collective
Where the California Dream collides with the sound of London, find the neo-soul musical collective
Anitta, Brazilian singer
7:30 pm
Tue 06 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
This is what a superstar sounds like: hear the leading young artist in Brazil
This is what a superstar sounds like: hear the leading young artist in Brazil
Stranger Things logo
7:30 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed live
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed...
Johnny Marr, musician
7:30 pm
Thu 08 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 08 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
The legendary artist brings his visionary solo sound to Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown
The legendary artist brings his visionary solo sound to Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
Hear the sound of the future at a gig of emerging artists selected by sonic trendsetter Nile Rodgers
Hear the sound of the future at a gig of emerging artists selected by sonic trendsetter Nile Rodgers...
Audience on Festival Terrace at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

3:00 pm
9 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019
3:00 pm | 9 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019
gigs
Fresh new talent takes over our riverside stage in an afternoon of music and performance from BRIT School students
Fresh new talent takes over our riverside stage in an afternoon of music and performance from BRIT...
Eurythmics Songbook logo
7:30 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Sweet dreams are made of this: an all-star band headed by David A Stewart performs the duo's greatest hits
Sweet dreams are made of this: an all-star band headed by David A Stewart performs the duo's...
Despacio is Happiness
Various times
9 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
Various times | 9 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The collaborative club night from James Murphy and David and Stephen Dewaele envelops the crowd in sound
The collaborative club night from James Murphy and David and Stephen Dewaele envelops the crowd in...

Free

Free

4:00 pm
10 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 10 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
Go with the flow at a free day of catwalking, duckwalking and voguing soundtracked by CHIC classics
Go with the flow at a free day of catwalking, duckwalking and voguing soundtracked by CHIC classics
SOPHIE, musician
7:30 pm
Sat 10 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 10 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Imagine future possibilities of pop with the electronic producer, songwriter and DJ
Imagine future possibilities of pop with the electronic producer, songwriter and DJ
Dancing on Festival Terrace at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Go back to the roots of jazz at an afternoon bebop renaissance with youth collectives from south London and beyond
Go back to the roots of jazz at an afternoon bebop renaissance with youth collectives from south...
Songhoy Blues, band
7:30 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
Men wearing Pride 87 t-shirts at Pride Carnival in the Gardens, 1987
Various times
15 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
Various times | 15 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
Do you know the connection between Polari and Southbank Centre?
Do you know the connection between Polari and Southbank Centre?
Duckie, two performers on stage

Free

Free

5:30 pm
16 Aug 2019 - 17 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 16 Aug 2019 - 17 Aug 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Stretch your ideas of gender to the max at Duckie’s variety show line-up
Stretch your ideas of gender to the max at Duckie’s variety show line-up
The Cocoa Butter Club, performer on the yellow staircase

Free

Free

4:00 pm
17 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 17 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
comedy & cabaret
accessible events
Clap your hands for this fierce collective of queer performers of colour
Clap your hands for this fierce collective of queer performers of colour
Francois Chaignaud, dancer
Various times
Thu 22 Aug 2019
Various times | Thu 22 Aug 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Classical technique or sacred dance, street theatre or fashion show?
Classical technique or sacred dance, street theatre or fashion show?
Gay Garage, people kissing in nightclub

Free

Free

5:30 pm
23 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 23 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Re-rewind to the best days of garage and so-solid queer anthems with the East London club night
Re-rewind to the best days of garage and so-solid queer anthems with the East London club night
Peppa Pig and family performing on stage
Various times
24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
performance & theatre
family & young people
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for little ones
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for...
Twat Boutique, people dancing in a nightclub

Free

Free

4:00 pm
24 Aug 2019 - 25 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 24 Aug 2019 - 25 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The era-defining club night is back for a free one-night-only summer special. Because you need it
The era-defining club night is back for a free one-night-only summer special. Because you need it
Queer Tango dancers on the rooftop of Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

4:00 pm
25 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 25 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Bringing fresh air to real tango with free gender-blind classes and dancing into the night
Bringing fresh air to real tango with free gender-blind classes and dancing into the night
Peaches, musician
8:00 pm
Wed 28 Aug 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 28 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
Derrick May
7:30 pm
Thu 29 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 29 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The Detroit-born founding father of techno leads orchestral interpretations of his pioneering works
The Detroit-born founding father of techno leads orchestral interpretations of his pioneering...
Nick Offerman, actor, writer, comedian and carpenter
7:30 pm
Sun 01 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 01 Sep 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Richard Ayoade, actor, comedian, writer and director
7:30 pm
Thu 05 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The writer and director reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam Buxton
The writer and director reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam...

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7 Aug
gigs
electronic
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed live
30 Nov
classical music
classical music
Fall under the spell of a landmark British opera and hear Stuart Skelton’s definitive performance
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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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