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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading 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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10am – 11pm every day

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1:00 pm
Sat 21 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 21 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Channel your inner poet at this monthly poetry masterclass
Channel your inner poet at this monthly poetry masterclass
Sold out
Will Harris, poet
7:00 pm
Wed 25 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 25 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
What can poetry tell us about others and about ourselves?
What can poetry tell us about others and about ourselves?
Sold out
Courttia Newland, writer
7:00 pm
Wed 02 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 02 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Learn to map the ever-shifting terrain of the urban metropolis in a six-session course
Learn to map the ever-shifting terrain of the urban metropolis in a six-session course
10:30 am
Thu 03 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Thu 03 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Get wordy with your class at a day of workshops and performances on National Poetry Day 2019
Get wordy with your class at a day of workshops and performances on National Poetry Day 2019

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Thu 03 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Thu 03 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Round off National Poetry Day with performances on the year’s theme of ‘truth’
Round off National Poetry Day with performances on the year’s theme of ‘truth’
Fantastical Futures at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
12 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
Various times | 12 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course led by award-winning writers and poets
Create visionary fiction in a three-day writing course led by award-winning writers and poets
Out-Spoken at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
Sat 12 Oct 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 12 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Unlock your poetic mind and get valuable feedback at this masterclass facilitated by leading poets
Unlock your poetic mind and get valuable feedback at this masterclass facilitated by leading poets
Readers in The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
17 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
Various times | 17 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Voices from our Poetry for Dementia programme come through loud and clear in a sound installation
Voices from our Poetry for Dementia programme come through loud and clear in a sound installation
Ayelet Gunder-Goshen, author
7:00 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
What is power in the age of #MeToo? The award-winning novelist discusses her latest novel, Liar
What is power in the age of #MeToo? The award-winning novelist discusses her latest novel, Liar
Valzhyna Mort
10:15 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:15 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
Train your eye and ear on the choices that construct poetic meaning in a poetry masterclass
Train your eye and ear on the choices that construct poetic meaning in a poetry masterclass
Meena Kandasamy, writer and translator
11:00 am
Sat 19 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
A panel of poets and translators discuss the disruptive and transformational nature of translation
A panel of poets and translators discuss the disruptive and transformational nature of translation
Gold patten print

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Peek into the National Poetry Library's collections to browse hidden gems and enjoy live readings and displays
Peek into the National Poetry Library's collections to browse hidden gems and enjoy live...
Iris Colomb, poet and translator
3:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Hear the work of three poets who are at the forefront of a new generation of experimentation
Hear the work of three poets who are at the forefront of a new generation of experimentation
Chen Chen, poet
3:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
How do you describe, name and transform the self in poetry?
How do you describe, name and transform the self in poetry?
My Name is My Own at Southbank Centre
10:00 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
10:00 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
performance & theatre
literature & poetry
Confront issues of rights at a performance by black and brown women and non-binary people
Confront issues of rights at a performance by black and brown women and non-binary people
Laura Tohe, poet
11:00 am
Sun 20 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Craft your own poetry on urgent issues in a workshop with the current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate
Craft your own poetry on urgent issues in a workshop with the current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate
Poems that Pop at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Ping, whoosh, kapow: there's a poem going off
Ping, whoosh, kapow: there's a poem going off
Telephone illustration

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Animators squash and stretch poetry by Claudia Rankine, Carol Ann Duffy and more
Animators squash and stretch poetry by Claudia Rankine, Carol Ann Duffy and more
Nikki Giovanni, poet
2:30 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Take part in a poetry masterclass with one of America's foremost poets
Take part in a poetry masterclass with one of America's foremost poets
 Srishti Krishnamoorthy-Cavell, PhD candidate
3:30 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Discuss the Forward Prize-shortlisted collections at this event organised with the Poetry School
Discuss the Forward Prize-shortlisted collections at this event organised with the Poetry School
Violet Nights, audience

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
4:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Between the past and future is the present, so these poems by young people come with a bow on top
Between the past and future is the present, so these poems by young people come with a bow on top
Break dancers

Free

Free

10:30 am
Mon 21 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Mon 21 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Red shoes not required for a free dance and music workshop on all things fairy tale
Red shoes not required for a free dance and music workshop on all things fairy tale
A child colouring at a workshop

Free

Free

Various times
21 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
Various times | 21 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Set off on a do-it-yourself adventure for families, as magical as the words ‘once upon a time’
Set off on a do-it-yourself adventure for families, as magical as the words ‘once upon a time’
Photo of children and adults joining in a dance workshop together at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
12:30 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
family & young people
literature & poetry
Put your fairy tale moves into practice on our dance floor, after your free workshop
Put your fairy tale moves into practice on our dance floor, after your free workshop
Planet Omar illustration
2:00 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Meet Omar, an accidental trouble magnet with a huge imagination
Meet Omar, an accidental trouble magnet with a huge imagination
Kishani Widyaratna, editor
7:00 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
writers
Get advice on how to evaluate your manuscript and tackle rewriting from the Picador Books editor
Get advice on how to evaluate your manuscript and tackle rewriting from the Picador Books editor
Sold out
Asmaa Jama, poet
7:00 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Hear from UK-based Somali poets about how they’re using the political climate as a catalyst for art
Hear from UK-based Somali poets about how they’re using the political climate as a catalyst for...

Free

Free

10:30 am
Tue 22 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Tue 22 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Eight legs are great in a Ghanaian drumming workshop inspired by a cheeky spiderman
Eight legs are great in a Ghanaian drumming workshop inspired by a cheeky spiderman
Family drumming

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Tue 22 Oct 2019
12:30 pm | Tue 22 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Let the tale of Anansi weave its web around you in a storytelling session inspired by the spiderman
Let the tale of Anansi weave its web around you in a storytelling session inspired by the spiderman
High Rise Mystery at Southbank Centre
2:00 pm
Tue 22 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Tue 22 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
South-east London, the hottest summer on record, and there’s been a murder in the Tri high-rise
South-east London, the hottest summer on record, and there’s been a murder in the Tri high-rise
Emma Paterson headshot
7:00 pm
Tue 22 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 22 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
What do literary agents do and how can you find the right one for you?
What do literary agents do and how can you find the right one for you?
Sold out
7:00 pm
Tue 22 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 22 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
From Hong Kong to the English countryside, these poets reflect the diversity of poetry in London today
From Hong Kong to the English countryside, these poets reflect the diversity of poetry in London...
Tracey Thorn, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Tue 22 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 22 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
The Polari Book Prize winners are announced at an evening from the LGBTQ+ literary salon
The Polari Book Prize winners are announced at an evening from the LGBTQ+ literary salon
Children at workshop

Free

Free

10:30 am
Wed 23 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Wed 23 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Conjure up your own fairy tale with mysterious paper-cut art in a story workshop
Conjure up your own fairy tale with mysterious paper-cut art in a story workshop
Tales from the Library Attic

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
12:30 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
performance & theatre
‘Once upon a time’ goes live and interactive in a rambunctious storytelling performance
‘Once upon a time’ goes live and interactive in a rambunctious storytelling performance

Free

Free

10:30 am
Thu 24 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Thu 24 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Learn Indian dance moves for the whole family to tell an enchanting story of creation and care
Learn Indian dance moves for the whole family to tell an enchanting story of creation and care
Children listening to stories

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
12:30 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
family & young people
Submerge yourself in an ancient tale from dancer Anusha Subramanyam, or join in and make a splash
Submerge yourself in an ancient tale from dancer Anusha Subramanyam, or join in and make a splash
7:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Whether you’ve been writing for a while or are just starting, get some tips on the routes to publication
Whether you’ve been writing for a while or are just starting, get some tips on the routes to...
Querulous Insomnia, HM Prison Shotts, acrylic on canvas
7:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Hear illuminating performances of written and recorded work produced in the UK’s prisons
Hear illuminating performances of written and recorded work produced in the UK’s prisons
Children Craft Workshop

Free

Free

10:30 am
Fri 25 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Fri 25 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
Two children follow a trail of breadcrumbs in the woods... to discover a bookcase heaving with edible books!
Two children follow a trail of breadcrumbs in the woods... to discover a bookcase heaving with...

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21 Sep
classical music
tours & activities
One of the best-loved war films ever made, accompanied by its unforgettable score played live in full
22 Sep
accessible events
speech to text
Join the author as he helps us rethink the big questions about how our world came to be
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tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone or in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more via the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

access

For step-free access to Level 2 (Ticket Office, Festival Terrace, Riverside Terrace, Welcome Desk) please use the main entrance by Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road and use the JCB Glass Lift inside Royal Festival Hall, or the external lift next to the Artists' Entrance.

access information & floor plans

cloakroom

Situated on Level 1, our cloakroom is accessed via steps or platform lift from the Southbank Centre Square doors. It opens around 60 minutes before the start of any Royal Festival Hall show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends.

The charge is £1 per item, which must be collected on the same day they are stored. Items left here are at the owner’s risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to items left in the cloakroom.

toilets

There are accessible toilets on every level and gender neutral inclusive toilets are located on Level 4.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

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For more information on parking and getting here by road, rail or river, click on the link below.

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