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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading 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
17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
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
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

Free

Free

Various times
17 Oct 2019 - 14 Nov 2019
Various times | 17 Oct 2019 - 14 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Take part in a series of open workshops to discuss the future growth of the National Poetry Library
Take part in a series of open workshops to discuss the future growth of the National Poetry Library
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
 Toddlers enjoying a Jazz session
Various times
15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
Various times | 15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
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
Sold out
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Sold out
A woman beatboxing

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
Turn your mouth into a kick drum, high hat and snare with beatboxing champion Bellatrix
Turn your mouth into a kick drum, high hat and snare with beatboxing champion Bellatrix
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
5 Nov 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
Various times | 5 Nov 2019 - 11 Dec 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
Participants of podcasting course

Free

Free

Various times
26 Sep 2019 - 27 Mar 2020
Various times | 26 Sep 2019 - 27 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Want to make your own podcast? Find out how on a free two-day course for ages 18 – 25
Want to make your own podcast? Find out how on a free two-day course for ages 18 – 25
1:30 pm
Sat 30 Nov 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 30 Nov 2019
classical music
courses & workshops
Take your choral singing to the next level at a workshop with world-renowned vocal coach Mary King
Take your choral singing to the next level at a workshop with world-renowned vocal coach Mary King
1:30 pm
Sat 07 Dec 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 07 Dec 2019
classical music
courses & workshops
Start the festive season with a flourish at a singing workshop with world-renowned vocal coach Mary King
Start the festive season with a flourish at a singing workshop with world-renowned vocal coach Mary...
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...
Queer Tango at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Thu 26 Dec 2019
2:00 pm | Thu 26 Dec 2019
performance & dance
dance
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango lessons, social dancing and performances
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango lessons, social dancing and performances

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Wed 01 Jan 2020
1:00 pm | Wed 01 Jan 2020
gigs
folk & world
A rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, heart-thumping, blood-pumping hoedown
A rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, heart-thumping, blood-pumping hoedown
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
Workshop participants sat at a table
7:00 pm
Mon 13 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 13 Jan 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Poet Richard Scott helps you to apply your poetic skills to our art and artefacts in a six-session course
Poet Richard Scott helps you to apply your poetic skills to our art and artefacts in a six-session...
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
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?
Workshop participants
7:00 pm
Mon 20 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 20 Jan 2020
courses & workshops
literature & poetry
How can your writing tackle the climate crisis?
How can your writing tackle the climate crisis?
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...
3:00 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
3:00 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
talks & debates
courses & workshops
If you’re a gender equality champion aged 8 - 10, this workshop is perfect for you
If you’re a gender equality champion aged 8 - 10, this workshop is perfect for you
Various times
Sat 07 Mar 2020
Various times | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Are you a budding young gender equality champion? Explore what being a girl means in a workshop
Are you a budding young gender equality champion? Explore what being a girl means in a workshop
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
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
Children playing drums in Royal Festival Hall
10:30 am
Tue 09 Jun 2020
10:30 am | Tue 09 Jun 2020
courses & workshops
Mark the centenary of Ravi Shankar’s birth in a day of workshops and performances for primary schools
Mark the centenary of Ravi Shankar’s birth in a day of workshops and performances for primary...
Schools at a story Writing Project
10:30 am
Thu 25 Jun 2020
10:30 am | Thu 25 Jun 2020
courses & workshops
Kick off your summer reading challenges in a day of interactive literature workshops for primary schools
Kick off your summer reading challenges in a day of interactive literature workshops for primary...

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tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone or in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more via the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

access

For step-free access to Level 2 (Ticket Office, Festival Terrace, Riverside Terrace, Welcome Desk) please use the main entrance by Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road and use the JCB Glass Lift inside Royal Festival Hall, or the external lift next to the Artists' Entrance.

access information & floor plans

cloakroom

Situated on Level 1, our cloakroom is accessed via steps or platform lift from the Southbank Centre Square doors. It opens around 60 minutes before the start of any Royal Festival Hall show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends.

The charge is £1 per item, which must be collected on the same day they are stored. Items left here are at the owner’s risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to items left in the cloakroom.

toilets

There are accessible toilets on every level and gender neutral inclusive toilets are located on Level 4.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

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For more information on parking and getting here by road, rail or river, click on the link below.

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