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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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Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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Various times
Thu 24 Sep 2020
Various times | Thu 24 Sep 2020
classical music
Two works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story open the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new season
Two works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story open the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new season
Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sun 27 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 27 Sep 2020
classical music
Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra for an all-Brahms concert
Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra for an all-Brahms concert
Denis Kozukhin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 01 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Oct 2020
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra makes hay with two of Dvorák's sunniest works
The Philharmonia Orchestra makes hay with two of Dvorák's sunniest works
A crowd at The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

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1:00 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Enter new soundworlds and get involved in music-making with the London Sinfonietta
Enter new soundworlds and get involved in music-making with the London Sinfonietta
Child playing the violin in a workshop

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12:00 pm
Sun 04 Oct 2020
12:00 pm | Sun 04 Oct 2020
family & young people
Witches and wizards aged six and above are invited to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Witches and wizards aged six and above are invited to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Marina Sosnina, sand artist

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7:30 pm
Tue 06 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Oct 2020
classical music
Joy awaits in The Nutcracker with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, illustrated by live sand art
Joy awaits in The Nutcracker with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, illustrated by live sand art
Isabelle Faust, violinist

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Various times
Sun 11 Oct 2020
Various times | Sun 11 Oct 2020
classical music
Two key 20th-century composers sweep you off your feet with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Two key 20th-century composers sweep you off your feet with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Jan Lisiecki, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 15 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 15 Oct 2020
classical music
Enter the sanctuary of the concert hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Enter the sanctuary of the concert hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Christian Curnyn

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7:00 pm
Tue 20 Oct 2020
7:00 pm | Tue 20 Oct 2020
classical music
A biblical story dramatises the many facets of love, from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
A biblical story dramatises the many facets of love, from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Isata Kanneh-Mason, musician

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3:00 pm
Sun 25 Oct 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 25 Oct 2020
classical music
Meet a quintessentially Romantic trio with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Meet a quintessentially Romantic trio with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 29 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 29 Oct 2020
classical music
Music challenges tyranny in the Philharmonia Orchestra's tribute to the two composers
Music challenges tyranny in the Philharmonia Orchestra's tribute to the two composers
Louis Schwizgebel, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 05 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Nov 2020
classical music
American jazz meets an Old Testament tale in a concert of contrasts from the Philharmonia Orchestra
American jazz meets an Old Testament tale in a concert of contrasts from the Philharmonia Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra performing on stage
7:30 pm
Tue 10 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 10 Nov 2020
classical music
Classical music concerts have supported homelessness charity The Passage for 20 years
Classical music concerts have supported homelessness charity The Passage for 20 years
Elim Chan, conductor

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Various times
Thu 12 Nov 2020
Various times | Thu 12 Nov 2020
classical music
From the piccolo to the contrabassoon, every musician in the Philharmonia Orchestra gets to shine
From the piccolo to the contrabassoon, every musician in the Philharmonia Orchestra gets to shine
Marie Hecker

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7:30 pm
Thu 19 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 19 Nov 2020
classical music
Relish an essential masterpiece with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Relish an essential masterpiece with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sun 29 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 29 Nov 2020
classical music
Herbert Blomstedt joins the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of its 75th birthday celebrations
Herbert Blomstedt joins the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of its 75th birthday celebrations
 Isabelle Demers, organist

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7:30 pm
Mon 30 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 30 Nov 2020
classical music
Admire three different images of Bach the organist and Marcel Dupré’s most dazzling display piece
Admire three different images of Bach the organist and Marcel Dupré’s most dazzling display piece
Messiah concert in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Fri 04 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Dec 2020
classical music
350 voices join together in monumental harmony in Handel’s choral masterpiece
350 voices join together in monumental harmony in Handel’s choral masterpiece
Tabita Berglund, conductor

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3:00 pm
Sun 06 Dec 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 06 Dec 2020
classical music
Head north with the Philharmonia Orchestra for an afternoon of Scandinavian classics
Head north with the Philharmonia Orchestra for an afternoon of Scandinavian classics
Alina Ibragimova

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7:00 pm
Tue 08 Dec 2020
7:00 pm | Tue 08 Dec 2020
classical music
Rally to music that challenged convention with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Rally to music that challenged convention with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Riccardo Muti, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 10 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 10 Dec 2020
classical music
The Philharmonia and its former Principal Conductor raise the roof
The Philharmonia and its former Principal Conductor raise the roof
A reel of film sitting in snow
3:00 pm
Sun 13 Dec 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 13 Dec 2020
classical music
Don’t stay Home Alone this Christmas join the Philharmonia Orchestra for music from favourite Christmas films
Don’t stay Home Alone this Christmas join the Philharmonia Orchestra for music from favourite...
A trumpet and red baubles on top of sheet music
7:00 pm
Sun 13 Dec 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 13 Dec 2020
classical music
Start your Christmas celebrations with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Start your Christmas celebrations with the Philharmonia Orchestra
The organ in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Sat 09 Jan 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 09 Jan 2021
classical music
Orchestra, choir and the ‘king of instruments’ perform essential classics
Orchestra, choir and the ‘king of instruments’ perform essential classics

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7:30 pm
Sat 16 Jan 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 16 Jan 2021
classical music
Daniel Barenboim and his son Michael Barenboim join Kian Soltani for Beethoven’s joyous piano trios
Daniel Barenboim and his son Michael Barenboim join Kian Soltani for Beethoven’s joyous piano...
Barenboim, Barenboim & Soltani, musical trio

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7:30 pm
Sun 17 Jan 2021
7:30 pm | Sun 17 Jan 2021
classical music
Barenboim’s new ensemble reaches the summit in its ascent of Beethoven’s piano trios
Barenboim’s new ensemble reaches the summit in its ascent of Beethoven’s piano trios
Still from an animation about Wagner's Ring Cycle
12:00 pm
Sat 23 Jan 2021
12:00 pm | Sat 23 Jan 2021
classical music
courses & workshops
Why do so many people rate Wagner’s Ring Cycle number one?
Why do so many people rate Wagner’s Ring Cycle number one?
Portrait of Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski
Various times
25 Jan 2021 - 5 Feb 2021
Various times | 25 Jan 2021 - 5 Feb 2021
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents the opening chapter of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in all its mythic power
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents the opening chapter of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in all its...
 Robert Quinney, organist

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7:30 pm
Tue 26 Jan 2021
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Jan 2021
classical music
Perfection, mischief and magic abound in an all-Bach evening
Perfection, mischief and magic abound in an all-Bach evening
Ruxandra Donose
Various times
27 Jan 2021 - 6 Feb 2021
Various times | 27 Jan 2021 - 6 Feb 2021
classical music
The second part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle contains some of the most emotion-drenched music in all opera
The second part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle contains some of the most emotion-drenched music in all...
Torsten Kerl, singer
Various times
29 Jan 2021 - 8 Feb 2021
Various times | 29 Jan 2021 - 8 Feb 2021
classical music
As part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle 2021, London Philharmonic Orchestra performs the third part of the epic work
As part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle 2021, London Philharmonic Orchestra performs the third part of the...
Lise Lindstrom, soprano
Various times
31 Jan 2021 - 10 Feb 2021
Various times | 31 Jan 2021 - 10 Feb 2021
classical music
One world ends and another dawns in the epic final opera of Wagner’s Ring Cycle
One world ends and another dawns in the epic final opera of Wagner’s Ring Cycle
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 04 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 04 Feb 2021
classical music
Survey sweeping symphonic soundscapes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Survey sweeping symphonic soundscapes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Irene Theorin, soprano

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7:30 pm
Sun 07 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Sun 07 Feb 2021
classical music
Greek tragedy strikes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Greek tragedy strikes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Rafael Payare, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 11 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Feb 2021
classical music
Settle in for two masterpieces of musical storytelling with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Settle in for two masterpieces of musical storytelling with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Enrique Mazzola, conductor

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5:00 pm
Sun 14 Feb 2021
5:00 pm | Sun 14 Feb 2021
classical music
Happy Valentine’s Day, from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Happy Valentine’s Day, from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
7:30 pm
Mon 15 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Mon 15 Feb 2021
classical music
One of Germany’s most distinguished orchestras brings the monumental sound of Bruckner to Royal Festival Hall
One of Germany’s most distinguished orchestras brings the monumental sound of Bruckner to Royal...
7:30 pm
Tue 16 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Tue 16 Feb 2021
classical music
Recall Bruckner’s final farewell, played by a heavyweight among German orchestras
Recall Bruckner’s final farewell, played by a heavyweight among German orchestras
Jess Gillam, musician

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7:30 pm
Wed 17 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 17 Feb 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Reel and wheel through Michael Nyman’s pulse-racing concerto with star saxophonist Jess Gillam
Reel and wheel through Michael Nyman’s pulse-racing concerto with star saxophonist Jess Gillam
Laurence Equilbey, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 18 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 18 Feb 2021
classical music
Take a musical voyage to Italy with Mendelssohn and the Philharmonia Orchestra
Take a musical voyage to Italy with Mendelssohn and the Philharmonia Orchestra
Tindersticks, Rock band
8:00 pm
Fri 19 Feb 2021
8:00 pm | Fri 19 Feb 2021
gigs
rock & alternative
The purveyors of dark, majestic indie return with 11th album No Treasure But Hope
The purveyors of dark, majestic indie return with 11th album No Treasure But Hope
Nicola Benedetti, violinist

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7:00 pm
Mon 22 Feb 2021
7:00 pm | Mon 22 Feb 2021
classical music
A national treasure joins the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a landmark violin concerto
A national treasure joins the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a landmark violin concerto
Edward Gardner, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 24 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 24 Feb 2021
classical music
British music and raw emotion go together surprisingly well with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
British music and raw emotion go together surprisingly well with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Alban Gerhardt, cellist

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7:30 pm
Sat 27 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 27 Feb 2021
classical music
Music is the final frontier in a concert of premieres with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Music is the final frontier in a concert of premieres with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor

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3:00 pm
Sun 28 Feb 2021
3:00 pm | Sun 28 Feb 2021
classical music
Two key 20th-century composers are at their most playful in this Philharmonia Orchestra concert
Two key 20th-century composers are at their most playful in this Philharmonia Orchestra concert
Han-na Chang, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 04 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 04 Mar 2021
classical music
Han-Na Chang conducts a work that would make many music-lovers' top ten
Han-Na Chang conducts a work that would make many music-lovers' top ten
Patricia Ward Kelly

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7:30 pm
Wed 10 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 10 Mar 2021
classical music
See the golden moments from Kelly’s films and broadcasts with live music from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
See the golden moments from Kelly’s films and broadcasts with live music from the London...
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 11 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Mar 2021
classical music
Marvel at three giants in the pantheon of classical music, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Marvel at three giants in the pantheon of classical music, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Mitsuko Uchida & the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
7:30 pm
Fri 12 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 12 Mar 2021
classical music
The world’s pre-eminent Mozart pianist directs exquisite late concertos from the keyboard
The world’s pre-eminent Mozart pianist directs exquisite late concertos from the keyboard
Klaus Makela, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sat 13 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 13 Mar 2021
classical music
No recording can do Mahler’s odyssey justice, so hear it live with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
No recording can do Mahler’s odyssey justice, so hear it live with the London Philharmonic...
Illustration of a fair

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12:00 pm
Sun 14 Mar 2021
12:00 pm | Sun 14 Mar 2021
classical music
family & young people
Where has the London Philharmonic Orchestra gone?
Where has the London Philharmonic Orchestra gone?
Barts Choir on stage at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Mon 15 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Mon 15 Mar 2021
classical music
Hallelujah! As Easter approaches, Barts Choir gives voice to Handel’s rousing oratorio
Hallelujah! As Easter approaches, Barts Choir gives voice to Handel’s rousing oratorio
Mark Padmore, tenor

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7:00 pm
Tue 16 Mar 2021
7:00 pm | Tue 16 Mar 2021
classical music
Hear Bach’s oratorio played on period instruments by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Hear Bach’s oratorio played on period instruments by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Tommy Emmanuel, guitarist
7:30 pm
Wed 17 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 17 Mar 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
The international master of the solo acoustic guitar is joined by Dobro innovator Jerry Douglas
The international master of the solo acoustic guitar is joined by Dobro innovator Jerry Douglas
Steven Isserlis, cellist

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7:30 pm
Fri 19 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Mar 2021
classical music
Feelings burn brightly in Bohemia, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Feelings burn brightly in Bohemia, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
7:30 pm
Sat 20 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 20 Mar 2021
classical music
Beethoven’s final symphony is one of Western music’s most famous works – for a reason
Beethoven’s final symphony is one of Western music’s most famous works – for a reason
 Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali

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3:00 pm
Sun 21 Mar 2021
3:00 pm | Sun 21 Mar 2021
classical music
Embrace life's pleasures against the odds with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Embrace life's pleasures against the odds with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 24 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 24 Mar 2021
classical music
It’s an evening of high drama and raw passion with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
It’s an evening of high drama and raw passion with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Juraj Valčuha, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 25 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 25 Mar 2021
classical music
Feel shivers travel down your spine with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Feel shivers travel down your spine with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Alondra de la Parra, conductor

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7:30 pm
Fri 26 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Mar 2021
classical music
A legend of contemporary film music soundtracks your evening with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
A legend of contemporary film music soundtracks your evening with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

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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.

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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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