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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 heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is also one of the world’s leading performance venues. The auditorium has a fixed raked seating capacity of 2500.

As well as the auditorium, there is 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.

Seating plan

The different seating areas of the auditorium are on the following levels of Royal Festival Hall:

  • Front stalls – levels 3 & 4
  • Side stalls – level 4
  • Rear stalls – levels 4 & 5
  • Boxes – levels 5 & 6
  • Balcony – level 6

All auditorium entry doors can be accessed by lift or stairs. The JCB Glass Lift and Lift 1 provide flat access to all levels of the auditorium.

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Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555

Free

1:00 pm | 22 Sep 2017
See self-taught multi instrumentalist Chisara Agor this lunchtime

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Various times | 21 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
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5:30 pm | 22 Sep 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Discover the haunting sounds of this Faroese-Canadian singer
11:30 am | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Hear from religious leaders, writers and philosopher on where we should look for moral guidance
12:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Come and explore ensemble music-making for ages 11-18
1:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear this debate on the moral, spiritual and legal issues of abortion
1:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear the differing voices on the key issue of same-sex marriage rights in this debate
2:30 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
Discover how science enhances our understanding of whether human beings are innately good
2:30 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
Discuss the differences and similarities within religions
4:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
Are we ready to move past the ideas of good and evil?

Free

5:45 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Hear about Enescu's drama in this pre-performance talk
7:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Sir Willard White, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO perform Enescu’s powerful opera Oedipe
Various times | 2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
See Southbank Centre from a whole new perspective in this tour
Various times | 30 Jul 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
3:30 pm | 24 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Explore birdsong and man’s relationship with the natural world, in this Aurora Orchestra concert
7:30 pm | 24 Sep 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Delve into the fashion designer and activist’s love of literature in her keynote talk
Various times | 18 Sep 2017 - 16 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
6:30 pm | 25 Sep 2017
Join us for a classical music salon featuring discussion, performance and insights from experts
7:30 pm | 25 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Simon Johnson, the organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, performs music by Bach and Reubke
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Various times | 19 Sep 2017 - 17 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Various times | 9 Sep 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Various times | 25 Apr 2017 - 26 Sep 2017
Literature
Get in touch with your creativity in poet Rachel Long’s workshops for women of colour
Various times | 3 Sep 2017 - 27 Sep 2017
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7:30 pm | 27 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Jan Vogler and the LPO perform Britten’s Symphony for cello & orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Free

1:00 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear from professionals on working with young people in contemporary music in this seminar

Free

3:00 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Examine current issues in contemporary music and composing from a Nordic and UK perspective

Free

Various times | 28 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Art
Classical music
Take the best seat in the house for this Philharmonia Orchestra virtual reality experience

Free

Various times | 28 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Art
Gigs
Relax into a world of lights and sound in our Northern Lights Lounge

Free

6:00 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Opera
Hear two of the greatest living Icelandic composers in conversation with Gillian Moore

Free

Various times | 31 Aug 2017 - 25 Jan 2018
Save the last Thursday of the month for our music night

Free

6:45 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Kick off Nordic Music Days with music, joik singing and more

Free

7:00 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Meet young artists finding alternative ways to live and create art in London
7:30 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Sibelius

Free

9:45 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Get a unique perspective on traditional Finnish music with these two performers

Free

Various times | 29 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Come and listen to works in progress, as part of Nordic Music Days

Free

1:00 pm | 29 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Hear one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles for new music, Exaudi, perform joiks, at Friday Lunch

Free

29 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear new pieces local schools have created as part of their Music Maze workshop day

Free

2:30 pm | 29 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Discuss current issues in contemporary music and composing, from a Nordic and UK perspective

Free

5:30 pm | 29 Sep 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Start your evening off with Nordic musicians in a special Friday Tonic
Various times | 14 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Get a glimpse behind the scenes at our venue in a guided Members’ tour
7:30 pm | 29 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
See Sir Karl Jenkins conduct a superb concert of his own compositions. Part of RGL Great Composers and RGL Choral Masterpieces series

Free

Various times | 29 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Manchester’s Distractfold ensemble present Nordic music for instruments, objects, solenoids and transducers.

Free

10:30 am | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Calling all children ages 8 – 11, to make and perform your own piece of contemporary music

Free

Various times | 30 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Swap your morning coffee for stretches with Nordic-themed yoga

Free

12:45 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Go on a walk with London Sinfonietta brass players

Free

2:15 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Sign up and bring along your brass instrument for this afternoon of music making

Free

3:00 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Learn more about current issues in contemporary music and composing at this seminar
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Free

3:00 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Learn about and perform this unique vocal piece with composer Eyvind Gulbrandsen

Free

4:00 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Bring your instrument or your voice to try out some contemporary Nordic pieces
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Free

5:15 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Hear a different interpretation of this piece from amateur musicians
Various times | 30 Sep 2017 - 7 Jul 2018
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
7:30 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear pianist Richard Goode play Mozart in this LPO concert, also featuring Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

Free

Various times | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Enjoy an evening of new Nordic music, modern classics, an episode from James Joyce and more

Free

10:00 pm | 30 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
Gigs
Electronic
Cutting edge electronica and visuals collide with traditional Nordic sound in this experience

Free

10:30 am | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Are you an amateur musician? Come along to this workshop to learn a Nordic piece

Free

12:45 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Choral
Learn the art of traditional joik singing in this workshop
Various times | 1 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Take a peek in areas usually reserved for artists in this tour

Free

Various times | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Choral
Hear London children's choirs and Swedish joik singers sing together

Free

2:00 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Choral
Join our massed amateur choir and learn a new choral piece

Free

2:00 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear members of The Riot Ensemble perform delicate and exciting Nordic music
3:00 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia perform Mahler’s Third Symphony, an ode to nature

Free

5:00 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
See the results of our second weekend's scratch orchestra playing contemporary Nordic music

Free

5:15 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Choral
Hear a new choral work for amateurs performed live
7:30 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Performance
Comedy
Hear the hilarious smash hit podcast live
Various times | 2 Oct 2017 - 2 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
7:00 pm | 2 Oct 2017
Try your hand at this beginners' course in Javanese gamelan
7:30 pm | 2 Oct 2017
Literature
Hear Margaret Atwood read from and discuss her work in this one-time London appearance
6:30 pm | 3 Oct 2017 - 12 Dec 2017
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7:30 pm | 3 Oct 2017
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Rock & Pop
Hear orchestral arrangements of Marc Almond’s greatest hits in this special show
7:00 pm | 4 Oct 2017
Play the Javanese gamelan in this beginners’ course

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Eating and Drinking

There are bars on levels 2, 4 and 5 and 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 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.

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