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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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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

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
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
13 Mar 2019 - 18 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Mar 2019 - 18 Jun 2019
courses & workshops
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
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 musician performing

Free

Free

Various times
18 Jun 2019 - 19 Jun 2019
Various times | 18 Jun 2019 - 19 Jun 2019
classical music
During two days of concerts, students from 15 local primary schools show their musical skills
During two days of concerts, students from 15 local primary schools show their musical skills
Young people in Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

Various times
20 Jun 2019 - 4 Jul 2019
Various times | 20 Jun 2019 - 4 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
Call out to young artists, allies and thinkers: help create a manifesto and takeover event for Kiss My Genders
Call out to young artists, allies and thinkers: help create a manifesto and takeover event for Kiss...
Super Schools and The Cape Crusaders at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 20 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Thu 20 Jun 2019
Jazz isn't just for grown-ups: local schoolchildren present a show inspired by Abdullah Ibrahim
Jazz isn't just for grown-ups: local schoolchildren present a show inspired by Abdullah Ibrahim
Friday Lunch: Harmonise, children and young people on stage singing

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 21 Jun 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 21 Jun 2019
family & young people
Joyful music inspired by refugee cultures performed by children at a concert with Music Action International
Joyful music inspired by refugee cultures performed by children at a concert with Music Action...

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 23 Jun 2019
11:00 am | Sun 23 Jun 2019
courses & workshops
Are you aged 13 to 17 and interested in making art for the public?
Are you aged 13 to 17 and interested in making art for the public?
Full Circle, orchestra on stage

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
performance & theatre
contemporary classical
A community opera project inspired by the real-life story of a Newham resident who arrived as a young refugee
A community opera project inspired by the real-life story of a Newham resident who arrived as a...
Singing Our Lives, young choir on stage

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
gigs
Hundreds of voices unite in song and solidarity to celebrate Refugee Week 2019
Hundreds of voices unite in song and solidarity to celebrate Refugee Week 2019
Dancers performing on stage

Free

Free

Various times
Mon 24 Jun 2019
Various times | Mon 24 Jun 2019
Can’t get enough dance? Limber up for a day-long festival of performances and workshops
Can’t get enough dance? Limber up for a day-long festival of performances and workshops
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
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
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
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Drag Syndrome, four performers on stage

Free

Free

5:30 pm
12 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | 12 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
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
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...
Disco Loco, three performers on stage

Free

Free

Various times
14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
performance & dance
family & young people
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

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top events

13 Jun
classical music
contemporary classical
Chineke! bring their spirited approach to performing the great classics in this concert
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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