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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, Exhibition Space, 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
15 Jan 2019 - 28 Mar 2019
Various times | 15 Jan 2019 - 28 Mar 2019
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
Choir singing at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
3 Feb 2019 - 3 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | 3 Feb 2019 - 3 Feb 2019
Classical music
Choral
Do you sing in the shower? Try Elgar's masterpiece in a workshop with vocal coach Mary King
Do you sing in the shower? Try Elgar's masterpiece in a workshop with vocal coach Mary King
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Classical music
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Hop, jump and skip on our Riverside Terrace
Hop, jump and skip on our Riverside Terrace
Giant Chalkboard at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
What can you add to this enormous chalkboard drawing of outer space?
What can you add to this enormous chalkboard drawing of outer space?
Photo of the Time for Bed event at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
The Rig Play Zone

Free

Free

10:30 am
14 Feb 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
10:30 am | 14 Feb 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
Bang, jingle and explore your own sound-world on The Rig, a musical playground for all the family
Bang, jingle and explore your own sound-world on The Rig, a musical playground for all the family
A Girl with glitter Face Paint

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Add colour, magic and sparkle to your day with the Glitterbox face painters
Add colour, magic and sparkle to your day with the Glitterbox face painters

Free

Free

11:15 am
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
11:15 am | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Throw down some shapes and perfect your best moves in this hip-hop dance workshop for kids
Throw down some shapes and perfect your best moves in this hip-hop dance workshop for kids
Nadine Kaadan, Illustrator
Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Hear about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict from the children’s author
Hear about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict from the children’s author
Ready Steady Lift Off astronaut programme
Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Welcome to our space station: train to be an astronaut, make your own rocket and lift off!
Welcome to our space station: train to be an astronaut, make your own rocket and lift off!
Unavailable

Free

Free

11:00 am
17 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
11:00 am | 17 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Orchestra
Classical music
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians
Alex Milway in costumes
2:00 pm
17 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | 17 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Check in at the funniest and sunniest hotel in town for musical sing-alongs and live illustration
Check in at the funniest and sunniest hotel in town for musical sing-alongs and live illustration

Free

Free

11:00 am
18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
11:00 am | 18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Jazz hands at the ready – join us for a day celebrating all things musical theatre, for ages 5+
Jazz hands at the ready – join us for a day celebrating all things musical theatre, for ages 5+
Various times
18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
Various times | 18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
Feel the wonder of books at a storytelling session for blind and partially sighted children
Feel the wonder of books at a storytelling session for blind and partially sighted children
Cosmic Currents with Figs in Wigs and Friends

Free

Free

11:00 am
19 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
11:00 am | 19 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
Put on your space suit for a day of intergalactic workshops, dance, performance and storytelling
Put on your space suit for a day of intergalactic workshops, dance, performance and storytelling
A toddler holding up a children book
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
Dive under the sea with writer Candy Gourlay in a children's show about the mysterious dugong
Dive under the sea with writer Candy Gourlay in a children's show about the mysterious dugong
Heart N Soul, creative arts company

Free

Free

11:30 am
20 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
11:30 am | 20 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Get involved in a creative project for children and young people with learning disabilities
Get involved in a creative project for children and young people with learning disabilities
Illustration for the event This is the Drum, showing children in bright clothes dancing in the sand while a boy plays a kettle drum
Various times
20 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Various times | 20 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Come and step to the beat with the award-winning picture book author
Come and step to the beat with the award-winning picture book author
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
Audience members at Imagine festival
Various times
21 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
Various times | 21 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
Find your happy at an interactive craft and storytelling workshop full of feel-good fun
Find your happy at an interactive craft and storytelling workshop full of feel-good fun
Timberlina, drag queen

Free

Free

Various times
22 Feb 2019 - 22 Feb 2019
Various times | 22 Feb 2019 - 22 Feb 2019
Craft a spoon doll of your extraordinary alter ego and share it in this workshop and parade
Craft a spoon doll of your extraordinary alter ego and share it in this workshop and parade
Cressida Cowell, author

Free

Free

4:15 pm
23 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
4:15 pm | 23 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Bring your little dragons for a book signing with the children’s author
Bring your little dragons for a book signing with the children’s author
Fold Out City with instructions

Free

Free

11:00 am
24 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
11:00 am | 24 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Build a model city inspired by the ever-evolving London skyline in an origami workshop
Build a model city inspired by the ever-evolving London skyline in an origami workshop
 Jasbinder Bilan, author
Various times
24 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 24 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Author Jasbinder Bilan leads a magic-realist adventure workshop as we join Asha and her spirit bird
Author Jasbinder Bilan leads a magic-realist adventure workshop as we join Asha and her spirit bird

Free

Free

10:30 am
27 Feb 2019 - 27 Feb 2019
10:30 am | 27 Feb 2019 - 27 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Let's hear it for love at a day of tea-dancing demonstrations, workshops and performances
Let's hear it for love at a day of tea-dancing demonstrations, workshops and performances
Various times
13 Oct 2018 - 23 Mar 2019
Various times | 13 Oct 2018 - 23 Mar 2019
Classical music
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ
Unavailable
Various times
30 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019
Various times | 30 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
Unavailable
1:00 pm
31 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
1:00 pm | 31 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Classical music
Choral
Get in tune at a choral workshop with celebrated vocal coach Mary King on Bach’s dramatic oratorio
Get in tune at a choral workshop with celebrated vocal coach Mary King on Bach’s dramatic oratorio
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
12:00 pm
27 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
12:00 pm | 27 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 – 18
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 – 18
Illustration for A World of Magic at Southbank Centre
Various times
28 Apr 2019 - 28 Apr 2019
Various times | 28 Apr 2019 - 28 Apr 2019
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Take your little ones to a dream world inspired by Mozart’s fairy tale opera, The Magic Flute
Take your little ones to a dream world inspired by Mozart’s fairy tale opera, The Magic Flute
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
Various times | 7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
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
Woman playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
8 May 2019 - 8 May 2019
7:00 pm | 8 May 2019 - 8 May 2019
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Adults playing Gamelan
6:00 pm
9 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
6:00 pm | 9 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
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
8:00 pm
9 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
8:00 pm | 9 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Adult group playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
13 May 2019 - 13 May 2019
7:00 pm | 13 May 2019 - 13 May 2019
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra

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29 Jan
Classical music
Orchestra
The St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered
31 Jan
Gigs
Electronic
Get a hearty serving of E.O.L. Soulfrito from a band curated by the house music icon
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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.

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.

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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.

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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

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