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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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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
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
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
 Jay Jay Revlon

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
courses & workshops
Take the ballroom by storm at a voguing workshop with the co-founder of The Men of Colour Society
Take the ballroom by storm at a voguing workshop with the co-founder of The Men of Colour Society
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Nina Reece
2:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
courses & workshops
Reclaim your narrative in a workshop exploring the alchemy and power of black literature
Reclaim your narrative in a workshop exploring the alchemy and power of black literature
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
We invite Lambeth primary schools to explore gamelan and poetry in a series of free workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to explore gamelan and poetry in a series of free workshops
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Various times
21 Sep 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
Various times | 21 Sep 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Workshop participants sat at a table
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
Royal Festival Hall Riverside.August 2016

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
4:30 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
courses & workshops
Find out what you can do with your school at Southbank Centre this academic year
Find out what you can do with your school at Southbank Centre this academic year
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?
Adult group playing Gamelan
Various times
30 Sep 2019 - 9 Dec 2019
Various times | 30 Sep 2019 - 9 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Adults playing Gamelan
Various times
2 Oct 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
Various times | 2 Oct 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
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
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
Various times | 3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
Various times | 3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Various times
4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Various times
7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
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
Secondary School discussing a painting in the Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 31 Oct 2019
5:00 pm | Thu 31 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
Teachers new to Hayward Gallery are invited to an evening exploring the artist’s major retrospective
Teachers new to Hayward Gallery are invited to an evening exploring the artist’s major...
Work For Us at the Southbank Centre.HR Profiles/Production Staff/Duty Managers/ VE Hosts/Staff at Lunch

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 09 Nov 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 09 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Who gets to put together festival line-ups, anyway? Can you make a living in music if you’re not famous?
Who gets to put together festival line-ups, anyway? Can you make a living in music if you’re not...
 Toddlers enjoying a Jazz session
Various times
15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
Various times | 15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Get the kids syncopating at an interactive musical session for children aged 2 - 5
Get the kids syncopating at an interactive musical session for children aged 2 - 5
Out-Spoken at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Join the poet and playwright for a masterclass to fine-tune your writing
Join the poet and playwright for a masterclass to fine-tune your writing
Schools takeover at Gursky exhibition at the Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

10:30 am
Tue 10 Dec 2019
10:30 am | Tue 10 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Primary schools explore Hayward Gallery through the eyes of their fellow students in peer-led activities
Primary schools explore Hayward Gallery through the eyes of their fellow students in peer-led...
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
Various times
11 Jan 2020 - 21 Mar 2020
Various times | 11 Jan 2020 - 21 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Woman playing Gamelan
Various times
13 Jan 2020 - 23 Mar 2020
Various times | 13 Jan 2020 - 23 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
This spring, try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan with this beginners' course
This spring, try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan with this beginners' course
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
14 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
Various times | 14 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Adult group playing Gamelan
Various times
15 Jan 2020 - 25 Mar 2020
Various times | 15 Jan 2020 - 25 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
A man playing Gamelan
Various times
16 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
Various times | 16 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
16 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
Various times | 16 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Installation of Jesse Wine The Whole Vibe of Everything

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 18 Jan 2020
12:00 pm | Sat 18 Jan 2020
courses & workshops
How do works of art actually get into a gallery space? What's it like to work with an artist?
How do works of art actually get into a gallery space? What's it like to work with an artist?
School children singing next to a piano
10:30 am
Wed 29 Jan 2020
10:30 am | Wed 29 Jan 2020
courses & workshops
Tune up at a day of interactive, artist-led music workshops for primary schools
Tune up at a day of interactive, artist-led music workshops for primary schools
A woman with a microphone asking a question at a talk

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 05 Mar 2020
5:00 pm | Thu 05 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Get the most for your class out of this exhibition exploring themes of science, art and the environment
Get the most for your class out of this exhibition exploring themes of science, art and the...
10:30 am
Thu 19 Mar 2020
10:30 am | Thu 19 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Introduce your secondary school students to the mighty music of Beethoven in a study day
Introduce your secondary school students to the mighty music of Beethoven in a study day
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
Various times
25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
Various times | 25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Adult group playing Gamelan
Various times
27 Apr 2020 - 13 Jul 2020
Various times | 27 Apr 2020 - 13 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
This summer, try something new: learn to play the Javanese gamelan in this beginners' course
This summer, try something new: learn to play the Javanese gamelan in this beginners' course
Woman playing Gamelan
Various times
6 May 2020 - 15 Jul 2020
Various times | 6 May 2020 - 15 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Adults playing Gamelan
Various times
7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
People singing and playing Gamelan
Various times
7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course

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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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