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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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10am – 11pm every day

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Still from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019
classical music
tours & activities
Accio wand! Relive the magic of the film in a screening accompanied live by John Williams’ score
Accio wand! Relive the magic of the film in a screening accompanied live by John Williams’ score
The Great Escape at Southbank Centre
7:00 pm
Sat 21 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 21 Sep 2019
classical music
tours & activities
One of the best-loved war films ever made, accompanied by its unforgettable score played live in full
One of the best-loved war films ever made, accompanied by its unforgettable score played live in...
Richard Hills, organist

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7:30 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
classical music
Hark back to a golden age of melody with a convivial evening of British Light Music for organ
Hark back to a golden age of melody with a convivial evening of British Light Music for organ
Christian Tetzlaff, violinist

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7:30 pm
Thu 26 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 26 Sep 2019
classical music
The creative ferment of the Weimar Republic inspires the Philharmonia Orchestra
The creative ferment of the Weimar Republic inspires the Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

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7:30 pm
Fri 27 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 27 Sep 2019
classical music
Encounter the composer’s final symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Encounter the composer’s final symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Licence to Thrill: The Music of Bond at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Sep 2019
classical music
Nobody does it better... hear Bond themes from 'Diamonds are Forever' to 'Skyfall' performed live
Nobody does it better... hear Bond themes from 'Diamonds are Forever' to...
Violinist playing in Royal Festival Hall
12:00 pm
Sun 29 Sep 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 29 Sep 2019
classical music
Find out more about this intriguing period in the history of Germany with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Find out more about this intriguing period in the history of Germany with the Philharmonia Orchestra

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7:30 pm
Sun 29 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 29 Sep 2019
classical music
Travel from the early years to the tragic end of the Weimar Republic with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Travel from the early years to the tragic end of the Weimar Republic with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Nicola Benedetti, violinist

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7:30 pm
Wed 02 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 02 Oct 2019
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents a vast hymn to nature
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents a vast hymn to nature
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

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7:00 pm
Thu 03 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 03 Oct 2019
classical music
Marvel at Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Marvel at Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece performed by the Orchestra of the Age of...
Ministry of Sound - The Annual Classical
7:30 pm
Fri 04 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Oct 2019
classical music
gigs
Reach for the lasers at an orchestral reimagining of the bestselling dance music compilation of all time
Reach for the lasers at an orchestral reimagining of the bestselling dance music compilation of all...
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cellist

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7:30 pm
Sat 05 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 05 Oct 2019
classical music
The royal wedding cellist joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra
The royal wedding cellist joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

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7:00 pm
Sun 06 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 06 Oct 2019
classical music
Take in the third concert in HarrisonParrott’s anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
Take in the third concert in HarrisonParrott’s anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
Edward Gardner, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 09 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 09 Oct 2019
classical music
Nielsen’s symphony of struggle is brought to life by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Nielsen’s symphony of struggle is brought to life by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Elza van den Heever, soprano

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7:30 pm
Sat 12 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 12 Oct 2019
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra present a mighty choral masterpiece
The London Philharmonic Orchestra present a mighty choral masterpiece
Clemens Schuldt, conductor

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3:00 pm
Sun 13 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 13 Oct 2019
classical music
One of Beethoven’s best? The Philharmonia Orchestra thinks so
One of Beethoven’s best? The Philharmonia Orchestra thinks so
IPS 2017/18

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7:30 pm
Tue 15 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 15 Oct 2019
classical music
Trace the threads connecting Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms in Paul Lewis’ celebrated performances
Trace the threads connecting Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms in Paul Lewis’ celebrated performances
Roxanna Panufnik, composer
7:30 pm
Thu 17 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Oct 2019
classical music
Great poetry marks the seasons in a new work for choir and orchestra by Roxanna Panufnik
Great poetry marks the seasons in a new work for choir and orchestra by Roxanna Panufnik
Sofia Fomina, soprano

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7:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra starts with a funeral march and finishes with a world reborn
The London Philharmonic Orchestra starts with a funeral march and finishes with a world reborn
Tamara Stefanovich, pianist

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3:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents the Scottish Symphony and Piano Concerto No.27
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents the Scottish Symphony and Piano Concerto No.27

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Free

6:00 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
6:00 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
classical music
Student musicians from the Royal College of Music perform chamber works by Thomas Adès
Student musicians from the Royal College of Music perform chamber works by Thomas Adès
Thomas Ades, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Witness the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s stunning astrological suite
Witness the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s stunning astrological suite
Sol Gabetta, cellist

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7:30 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
classical music
Lap up music inspired by two very different landscapes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Lap up music inspired by two very different landscapes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Mark Elder, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sat 26 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 26 Oct 2019
classical music
Joined by top operatic talent, the London Philharmonic Orchestra brings Elgar’s oratorio to life
Joined by top operatic talent, the London Philharmonic Orchestra brings Elgar’s oratorio to life
FUNharmonics Family Concert

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12:00 pm
Sun 27 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 27 Oct 2019
classical music
family & young people
Meet an eager young dragon in an animated film accompanied live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Meet an eager young dragon in an animated film accompanied live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Trevino, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 30 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 30 Oct 2019
classical music
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra begins its 2019/20 season with atmospheric Russian music
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra begins its 2019/20 season with atmospheric Russian music
Daniil Trifonov, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 31 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 31 Oct 2019
classical music
The much sought-after pianist embraces the mysterious atmosphere of Prokofiev’s third War Sonata
The much sought-after pianist embraces the mysterious atmosphere of Prokofiev’s third War...
Peter O'Toole in the title role of Lawrence of Arabia a 1962 film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence

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7:30 pm
Fri 01 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 01 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Listen to the music of your favourite films with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Listen to the music of your favourite films with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Nikolai Lugansky, pianist

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3:00 pm
Sun 03 Nov 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 03 Nov 2019
classical music
Fireworks, ballet and one of today’s top pianists: enjoy the magic with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Fireworks, ballet and one of today’s top pianists: enjoy the magic with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Night Under The Stars: The Magic of Italian Opera
7:30 pm
Tue 05 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 05 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Cry, ‘bravo!’ to Italian opera classics from a line-up featuring Joyce El-Khoury and Michael Fabiano
Cry, ‘bravo!’ to Italian opera classics from a line-up featuring Joyce El-Khoury and Michael...
Juliette Bausor, flautist

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7:30 pm
Wed 06 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 06 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Explore dashing masculinity and a realm of pure delight with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Explore dashing masculinity and a realm of pure delight with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra Musicians Playing String Instruments

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7:00 pm
Thu 07 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 07 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
A Technicolour triumph soundtracked live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
A Technicolour triumph soundtracked live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sat 09 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 09 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs British music with serious attitude
The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs British music with serious attitude
Diana Damrau, soprano

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7:30 pm
Wed 13 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 13 Nov 2019
classical music
Soprano Diana Damrau joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Strauss’ songs
Soprano Diana Damrau joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Strauss’ songs
Denis Kozukhin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 14 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 14 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Trade dark autumnal London for the warmth and colour of Andalusia with music by Debussy and Ravel
Trade dark autumnal London for the warmth and colour of Andalusia with music by Debussy and Ravel
Thomas Zehtmaier, violin

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7:30 pm
Thu 21 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 21 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Schubert’s Fifth Symphony and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto unfold with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Schubert’s Fifth Symphony and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto unfold with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 28 Nov 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 28 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Discover the music of American composer Augusta Read Thomas with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Discover the music of American composer Augusta Read Thomas with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 28 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents Dvorák’s timeless classic
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents Dvorák’s timeless classic
Peter Grimes at a dress rehearsal
7:00 pm
Sat 30 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 30 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Fall under the spell of a landmark British opera and hear Stuart Skelton’s definitive performance
Fall under the spell of a landmark British opera and hear Stuart Skelton’s definitive performance
View of outer space
3:00 pm
Sun 01 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 01 Dec 2019
classical music
classical music
Holst's planetary masterpiece crowns a repertoire of classics played by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Holst's planetary masterpiece crowns a repertoire of classics played by the Philharmonia...

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 07 Dec 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 07 Dec 2019
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents 16 outstanding young musicians performing British music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents 16 outstanding young musicians performing British music
Anthony Marwood, violinist

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7:30 pm
Sat 07 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 07 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Music for a ballet based on Blake is conjured by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Music for a ballet based on Blake is conjured by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Jakub Hrůša, conductor

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3:00 pm
Sun 08 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 08 Dec 2019
classical music
classical music
Worlds of passion and beauty are brought to life by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Worlds of passion and beauty are brought to life by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 11 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 11 Dec 2019
classical music
classical music
Shostakovich’s Symphony No.11 is played with fervour by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Shostakovich’s Symphony No.11 is played with fervour by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Thu 12 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 12 Dec 2019
classical music
350 voices in monumental harmony with the Philharmonia Orchestra
350 voices in monumental harmony with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Christmas Carol Singalong at Southbank Centre
Various times
Sat 14 Dec 2019
Various times | Sat 14 Dec 2019
classical music
Deck the halls for a jolly evening of festive favourites with irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen
Deck the halls for a jolly evening of festive favourites with irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen
Alan Titchmarsh, television presenter
8:00 pm
Sat 14 Dec 2019
8:00 pm | Sat 14 Dec 2019
classical music
The presenter hosts a joyous evening of traditional Christmas music and sublime carols
The presenter hosts a joyous evening of traditional Christmas music and sublime carols
Orchestra in Royal Festival Hall
3:00 pm
Sun 15 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 15 Dec 2019
classical music
Get into the festive spirit with seasonal music from the Philharmonia Orchestra and The Bach Choir
Get into the festive spirit with seasonal music from the Philharmonia Orchestra and The Bach Choir
Christmas concert in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Sun 15 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 15 Dec 2019
classical music
Capture the true spirit of the season at a joyous concert of festive and traditional music
Capture the true spirit of the season at a joyous concert of festive and traditional music
Dancers in the Johann Strauss Gala
2:30 pm
Sat 11 Jan 2020
2:30 pm | Sat 11 Jan 2020
classical music
classical music
Take a seat for a quintessentially Viennese experience in this gala event
Take a seat for a quintessentially Viennese experience in this gala event

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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.

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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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