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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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Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
Various times | 7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Young musicians performing in Royal Festival Hall
7:00 pm
Thu 27 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 27 Jun 2019
classical music
Revel in the energy of Lewisham’s young people at an exuberant event showcasing their musical talents
Revel in the energy of Lewisham’s young people at an exuberant event showcasing their musical...
Violet Nights: Queer Activism Now

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 27 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 27 Jun 2019
Fifty years on from the Stonewall riots, examine and explore queer activism now and in the future
Fifty years on from the Stonewall riots, examine and explore queer activism now and in the future
Eleni Era

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 28 Jun 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 28 Jun 2019
gigs
The classical pianist and vocalist presents a stripped-down version of her dream-pop album Rise Love
The classical pianist and vocalist presents a stripped-down version of her dream-pop album Rise Love
Christianne Stotijn, singer
7:30 pm
Fri 28 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 28 Jun 2019
classical music
The Bach Choir performs Beethoven with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Bach Choir performs Beethoven with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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
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
The Light in the Piazza at Southbank Centre
Various times
14 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
Various times | 14 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
performance & dance
accessible events
Be transported to a sun-drenched Italian piazza by the Broadway hit musical
Be transported to a sun-drenched Italian piazza by the Broadway hit musical
Various times
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Sold out
Various times
8 Oct 2018 - 1 Jul 2019
Various times | 8 Oct 2018 - 1 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
Sold out

Free

Free

Various times
18 Sep 2018 - 16 Jul 2019
Various times | 18 Sep 2018 - 16 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Audeince members at talks

Free

Free

11:30 am
Fri 05 Jul 2019
11:30 am | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
talks & debates
In the 21st century, how does new music get made?
In the 21st century, how does new music get made?
The Belfast Ensemble

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
talks & debates
What 'sings' about a story? Composer Conor Mitchell leads a discussion on music and the art of theatre
What 'sings' about a story? Composer Conor Mitchell leads a discussion on music and the...
Audeince Members at Talks

Free

Free

3:45 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
3:45 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
talks & debates
courses & workshops
Get clued up on writing music using the microtonal intervals of the Arabic musical scale
Get clued up on writing music using the microtonal intervals of the Arabic musical scale
Khyam Allami

Free

Free

Various times
5 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
Various times | 5 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
gigs
folk & world
Contemplate the challenges of the 21st century in this oud-based sound installation
Contemplate the challenges of the 21st century in this oud-based sound installation
James Robertson, writer
2:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
Pxssy Palace X BBZ

Free

Free

5:00 pm
6 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
5:00 pm | 6 Jul 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
Usher in the summer at a bumper Pride party on our Riverside Terrace
Usher in the summer at a bumper Pride party on our Riverside Terrace
Khyam Allami, musician

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Experience the oud-based sound installation and speak to its creator, Khyam Allami
Experience the oud-based sound installation and speak to its creator, Khyam Allami
Choir performing on stage

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 07 Jul 2019
Various times | Sun 07 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Get a bite-sized dose of brand-new music in this pop-up
Get a bite-sized dose of brand-new music in this pop-up
The Batty Mama - Performance on the Dance Floor

Free

Free

Various times
11 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
Various times | 11 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
Unwind to old-school summer anthems at the south London collective's DJ residency
Unwind to old-school summer anthems at the south London collective's DJ residency
6:00 pm
Thu 11 Jul 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 11 Jul 2019
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
Performers in Queen Elizabeth Hall Rooftop Garden

Free

Free

5:30 pm
12 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | 12 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
The world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome take over Riverside Terrace
The world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome take over Riverside...
Ginger Johnson, performer
Various times
12 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
Various times | 12 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The spotlight’s on a woman on the edge of collapse in this comedic cabaret confessional
The spotlight’s on a woman on the edge of collapse in this comedic cabaret confessional
Workshop participants sat at a table
1:00 pm
Sat 13 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 13 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Uncover your creativity at a poetry workshop with the author of incisive, intimate poetry
Uncover your creativity at a poetry workshop with the author of incisive, intimate poetry
Sold out
Dean Atta, poet
1:00 pm
Sat 13 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 13 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
Develop your ekphrasis skills in a poetry workshop in response to Kiss My Genders with poet Dean Atta
Develop your ekphrasis skills in a poetry workshop in response to Kiss My Genders with poet Dean...
Pecs Drag Kings

Free

Free

4:00 pm
13 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
4:00 pm | 13 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Get sweaty with DJs, hot cabaret performances, 1990s R&B and incredible kings
Get sweaty with DJs, hot cabaret performances, 1990s R&B and incredible kings
Various times
13 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
Various times | 13 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Be there at the final UK performance of the former Yes keyboard player’s epic orchestral rock piece
Be there at the final UK performance of the former Yes keyboard player’s epic orchestral rock...

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
Sisters Uncut set off rainbow-coloured smoke in solidarity with LGBTQ+ migrants during a demonstration in support of detainees at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre
7:00 pm
Thu 18 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 18 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul Clinton
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul...
Hula hoop performance on stage

Free

Free

5:30 pm
19 Jul 2019 - 20 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | 19 Jul 2019 - 20 Jul 2019
gigs
electronic
Dance the night away at a showcase of the best in queer culture
Dance the night away at a showcase of the best in queer culture
U.Dance at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 20 Jul 2019
11:00 am | Sat 20 Jul 2019
performance & dance
dance
The rising stars of South Asian dance battle it out for a spot in the Akademi showcase
The rising stars of South Asian dance battle it out for a spot in the Akademi showcase
Pxssy Palace

Free

Free

4:00 pm
20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
4:00 pm | 20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
gigs
electronic
The Collective presents an electric and dynamic evening of music, art and performance
The Collective presents an electric and dynamic evening of music, art and performance
WordStrides: The Honours on stage
8:00 pm
Sat 20 Jul 2019
U Dance: Youth Dance Ceilidh, ceilidh dancers

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
gigs
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 & dance
performance & theatre
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...
Film still from Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Free

Free

9:15 pm
24 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
9:15 pm | 24 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Don’t feed the plants... Just sit back and relax at this outdoor screening of the creepy musical film
Don’t feed the plants... Just sit back and relax at this outdoor screening of the creepy musical...
The LOL Word, illustrative image

Free

Free

5:30 pm
26 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | 26 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The comedy collective of queer women and non-binary performers presents music, drag and cabaret
The comedy collective of queer women and non-binary performers presents music, drag and cabaret
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
 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

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19 Dec - 5 Jan
performance & dance
family & young people
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
14 Jun - 5 Jul
performance & dance
accessible events
Be transported to a sun-drenched Italian piazza by the Broadway hit musical
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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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