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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading classical 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 2,500 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, The Poetry Library, Spirit Level (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms), 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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Friday Tonic: Kinetika Bloco, performance in the Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 16 Nov 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 16 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Have a blast with brass, woodwind, drums, steel pans and dance at a spectacular youth group show
Have a blast with brass, woodwind, drums, steel pans and dance at a spectacular youth group show
Chef at Jam Shed Supper Club, Southbank Centre
Various times
until 15 Dec 2018
Various times | until 15 Dec 2018
Dine on delicious cuisine from MasterChef finalists while enjoying spectacular views of the Thames
Dine on delicious cuisine from MasterChef finalists while enjoying spectacular views of the Thames
Jazz Voice - Festival Opening Gala
7:30 pm
Fri 16 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 16 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear a stellar cast of voices in this spectacular curtain-raiser
Hear a stellar cast of voices in this spectacular curtain-raiser
Visitor inspecting documents in the archive

Free

Free

Various times
until 13 Jun 2019
Various times | until 13 Jun 2019
Uncover the history of Southbank Centre through archives from a single date across the decades
Uncover the history of Southbank Centre through archives from a single date across the decades
BBC Radio 3's J to Z, performers on stage in the Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018
1:30 pm | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
BBC Radio 3's newest jazz programme presents the best in jazz past, present and future
BBC Radio 3's newest jazz programme presents the best in jazz past, present and future
Various times
until 24 Nov 2018
Various times | until 24 Nov 2018
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
8:00 pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018
8:00 pm | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Feel the melancholy of traditional Portuguese fado from an expert singer of the genre
Feel the melancholy of traditional Portuguese fado from an expert singer of the genre
Groove Baby Groove Under the Sea, illustration of submarine
Various times
Sun 18 Nov 2018
Various times | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Dive into a jazz- and funk-fuelled family adventure under the sea in an interactive children's show
Dive into a jazz- and funk-fuelled family adventure under the sea in an interactive children's...
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A man with saxophone pushing a child in a buggy

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Break musical boundaries at an improvisation workshop for those who identify as women
Break musical boundaries at an improvisation workshop for those who identify as women
Jazz musicians on stage

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 18 Nov 2018
Various times | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Take part in a collective musical improvisation that traces the story of jazz from its roots
Take part in a collective musical improvisation that traces the story of jazz from its roots
MAMA Africa's Tutu Puoane, vocalist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
6:00 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Celebrate the music of South African icon Miriam Makeba with The Academy Big Band and Tutu Puoane
Celebrate the music of South African icon Miriam Makeba with The Academy Big Band and Tutu Puoane
Hugh Masekela
7:30 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Join us for a celebration of the South African jazz visionary and defiant political voice
Join us for a celebration of the South African jazz visionary and defiant political voice
Stanley Clarke Band
7:30 pm
Tue 20 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 20 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Jazz fusion pioneers unite, as Stanley Clarke and The Headhunters play an evening of space funk
Jazz fusion pioneers unite, as Stanley Clarke and The Headhunters play an evening of space funk
Writer and musician George Melly welcomes the millionth visitors to Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Wed 21 Nov 2018
4:00 pm | Wed 21 Nov 2018
We want your memories! Contribute your personal perspectives to our archive
We want your memories! Contribute your personal perspectives to our archive

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7:30 pm
Wed 21 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 21 Nov 2018
Classical music
Choral
An evening of opera at its most intoxicating
An evening of opera at its most intoxicating
Musician playing the violin

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 22 Nov 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 22 Nov 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Uncover new talent at an early-evening recital of intimate chamber works from young musicians
Uncover new talent at an early-evening recital of intimate chamber works from young musicians

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7:30 pm
Thu 22 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 22 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor Jakub Hruša conducts music by two of his countrymen
Principal Guest Conductor Jakub Hruša conducts music by two of his countrymen
Toddlers at Jazz music workshop
Various times
until 23 Nov 2018
Various times | until 23 Nov 2018
Introduce children aged 2 - 5 to the world of jazz in fun-packed workshops with musicians
Introduce children aged 2 - 5 to the world of jazz in fun-packed workshops with musicians
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Kit Downes

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 23 Nov 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 23 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Enter a broad church of jazz with organ experimentations from the pianist and composer
Enter a broad church of jazz with organ experimentations from the pianist and composer
Audience members

Free

Free

11:30 am
Sat 24 Nov 2018
11:30 am | Sat 24 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Join in with jazz: Find out how musicians and key figures from the sector are promoting inclusivity
Join in with jazz: Find out how musicians and key figures from the sector are promoting inclusivity
Being Well, performer singing on stage

Free

Free

12:45 pm
Sat 24 Nov 2018
12:45 pm | Sat 24 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Look after yourself at a talk on the support tools and services available within the sector
Look after yourself at a talk on the support tools and services available within the sector
Ways and means: supporting a career in music, a saxophonist performing on stage

Free

Free

2:15 pm
Sat 24 Nov 2018
2:15 pm | Sat 24 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Take notes from leading organisations on how to progress in the music industry
Take notes from leading organisations on how to progress in the music industry
The Jazz Line, young musician playing the drums on stage

Free

Free

3:45 pm
Sat 24 Nov 2018
3:45 pm | Sat 24 Nov 2018
Talks & Topics
Prepare for the future of jazz at a talk on how to maintain the scene's vitality
Prepare for the future of jazz at a talk on how to maintain the scene's vitality
Madeleine Peyroux, The Anthem Tour
7:30 pm
Sat 24 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 24 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear the soulful sound of this American jazz and blues singer-songwriter
Hear the soulful sound of this American jazz and blues singer-songwriter
Next Generation Takes Over, young musicians on stage

Free

Free

11:45 am
Sun 25 Nov 2018
11:45 am | Sun 25 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Get a glimpse of tomorrow's stars at a show celebrating young musical talent
Get a glimpse of tomorrow's stars at a show celebrating young musical talent
Melody Gardot, American Jazz musician
8:00 pm
Sun 25 Nov 2018
8:00 pm | Sun 25 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Prepare for an evening of glamour with the American singer-songwriter
Prepare for an evening of glamour with the American singer-songwriter
David Mcalmont. Photo: Richard Sandell
7:30 pm
Mon 26 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 26 Nov 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
Party with Polari at the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon’s 11th birthday, with David McAlmont
Party with Polari at the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon’s 11th birthday, with David McAlmont
Various times
until 16 Feb 2019
Various times | until 16 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
The man behind hit show Modern Life is Goodish is back on the road with a brand new live show
The man behind hit show Modern Life is Goodish is back on the road with a brand new live show

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7:30 pm
Wed 28 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 28 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Don’t miss one of the classical music premieres of the year
Don’t miss one of the classical music premieres of the year

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7:30 pm
Thu 29 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 29 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Tchaikovsky’s grandest symphony is the climax of an evening of Russian Romanticism
Tchaikovsky’s grandest symphony is the climax of an evening of Russian Romanticism
Tom Millar, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 30 Nov 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 30 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Listen to snappy modern jazz from the pianist and composer and his quartet
Listen to snappy modern jazz from the pianist and composer and his quartet
Various times
until 30 Nov 2018
Various times | until 30 Nov 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour

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7:30 pm
Fri 30 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 30 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
In Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky created a whole magical world
In Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky created a whole magical world
Various times
1 Dec 2018 - 29 Dec 2018
Various times | 1 Dec 2018 - 29 Dec 2018
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
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
until 27 Jul 2019
Various times | until 27 Jul 2019
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Rob Lowe, actor
7:30 pm
Sat 01 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 01 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Peek behind the curtain of Hollywood, fame, fatherhood and marriage at Rob Lowe's one-man show
Peek behind the curtain of Hollywood, fame, fatherhood and marriage at Rob Lowe's one-man show
Mala
7:30 pm
Sun 02 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 02 Dec 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Lose yourself in a night of bass and dubstep from legendary producer Mala and The Outlook Orchestra
Lose yourself in a night of bass and dubstep from legendary producer Mala and The Outlook Orchestra
Becoming: An Evening with Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States
7:30 pm
Mon 03 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 03 Dec 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Southbank Centre and Penguin Live present Michelle Obama in conversation about her new memoir
Southbank Centre and Penguin Live present Michelle Obama in conversation about her new memoir

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7:30 pm
Tue 04 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 04 Dec 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
In the first of two recitals, Mitsuko Uchida continues her exploration of Schubert’s Sonatas
In the first of two recitals, Mitsuko Uchida continues her exploration of Schubert’s Sonatas

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7:30 pm
Wed 05 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 05 Dec 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear music of mountainous grandeur, interspersed with a quiet poetry
Hear music of mountainous grandeur, interspersed with a quiet poetry

Free

Free

11:00 am
Thu 06 Dec 2018
11:00 am | Thu 06 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
Schools are invited to sing festive favourites with the accompaniment of our magnificent organ
Schools are invited to sing festive favourites with the accompaniment of our magnificent organ

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7:30 pm
Thu 06 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 06 Dec 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali presents three Strauss masterpieces
Principal Guest Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali presents three Strauss masterpieces

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7:30 pm
Fri 07 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 07 Dec 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The second of this season’s recitals in Mitsuko Uchida’s Schubert Sonata survey
The second of this season’s recitals in Mitsuko Uchida’s Schubert Sonata survey
12:00 pm
Sat 08 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 08 Dec 2018
Classical music
Discover the origins and stories of Christmas carols old and new
Discover the origins and stories of Christmas carols old and new

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7:30 pm
Sat 08 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 08 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
A protest, a celebration, an outrageous postmodern prank...
A protest, a celebration, an outrageous postmodern prank...

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3:00 pm
Sun 09 Dec 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 09 Dec 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy returns to conduct Elgar’s heartfelt Enigma Variations, Mendelssohn and Mozart
Vladimir Ashkenazy returns to conduct Elgar’s heartfelt Enigma Variations, Mendelssohn and Mozart
Roxane Gay headshot
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Dec 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The critic and author takes the stage to discuss today's culture with her keen and humorous candour
The critic and author takes the stage to discuss today's culture with her keen and humorous...
Barbara Brownskirt, poet
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Dec 2018
Literature
Poetry
Have yourself a very merry Polari with a festive literary rampage featuring Barbara Brownskirt
Have yourself a very merry Polari with a festive literary rampage featuring Barbara Brownskirt
He Wu, Joseph Calleja and Beau Dermott
8:00 pm
Tue 11 Dec 2018
8:00 pm | Tue 11 Dec 2018
Bring on the cheer at a magical evening of seasonal music and song in support of The Prince’s Trust
Bring on the cheer at a magical evening of seasonal music and song in support of The Prince’s...
Turning of the Year, schoolchildren in a choir

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Wed 12 Dec 2018
6:00 pm | Wed 12 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
Hear the merry voices of Lewisham schoolchildren at a festive gathering of local choirs
Hear the merry voices of Lewisham schoolchildren at a festive gathering of local choirs
Illustration of Christmas scene
7:30 pm
Wed 12 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 12 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
Deck the halls at an evening of festive song from the John Lewis Partnership choirs
Deck the halls at an evening of festive song from the John Lewis Partnership choirs

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 13 Dec 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 13 Dec 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
In this joint concert, listen to the musical collaborations of two accomplished youth orchestras
In this joint concert, listen to the musical collaborations of two accomplished youth orchestras
7:30 pm
Thu 13 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 13 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
Herald the Christmas season with a sublime selection of festive classics and carols
Herald the Christmas season with a sublime selection of festive classics and carols
Friday Lunch: Granny's Attic, folk group

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 14 Dec 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 14 Dec 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
This lively trio shake the mothballs out of traditional English folk
This lively trio shake the mothballs out of traditional English folk
7:30 pm
Fri 14 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 14 Dec 2018
Classical music
Festive songs to celebrate the season
Festive songs to celebrate the season
Photo of children and adults joining in a dance workshop together at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 15 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 15 Dec 2018
Warm up with traditional and festive Caribbean music, stories and performances
Warm up with traditional and festive Caribbean music, stories and performances
7:30 pm
Sat 15 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 15 Dec 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
John Wilson and his orchestra perform the music of Hollywood and Broadway musicals
John Wilson and his orchestra perform the music of Hollywood and Broadway musicals
3:00 pm
Sun 16 Dec 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 16 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
An afternoon of magical music from your favourite festive films
An afternoon of magical music from your favourite festive films
7:30 pm
Sun 16 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 16 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
350 voices in monumental harmony with the Philharmonia Orchestra
350 voices in monumental harmony with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Mon 17 Dec 2018
5:30 pm | Mon 17 Dec 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Getting home means something different in the winter chill
Getting home means something different in the winter chill

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4 Dec
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
In the first of two recitals, Mitsuko Uchida continues her exploration of Schubert’s Sonatas

Circus 1903

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Alvin Tam
Circus 1903
19 Dec - 5 Jan
Performance & Dance
Circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
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food & drink

There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members 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.

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

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