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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, 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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Audience at the main stage, Pride Carnival in the Gardens, 1987

Free

Free

Various times
7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Various times | 7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Fri 26 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
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
 Bbz Takeover, people dancing in a club

Free

Free

4:00 pm
27 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019
4:00 pm | 27 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
More than just a club night: party with a multi-disciplinary collective of queer black artists
More than just a club night: party with a multi-disciplinary collective of queer black artists
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
Sold out
DJ and young dancers

Free

Free

Various times
14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 14 Jul 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
family & young people
accessible events
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
Sunglasses? Check. Disco pants? Check. Time for some alternative family entertainment
Illustration of Trevor Horn, musician and songwriter
7:30 pm
Sun 28 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
The founding member of The Buggles reimagines the 1980s, with The Sarm Orchestra and special guests
SIREN DJ Collective

Free

Free

Various times
1 Aug 2019 - 22 Aug 2019
Various times | 1 Aug 2019 - 22 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Have a banging night and strike a blow for women and non-binary artists on the techno scene
Have a banging night and strike a blow for women and non-binary artists on the techno scene
Performers in front of Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

5:30 pm
2 Aug 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 2 Aug 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Rethink gender on the dance floor with the liberated queer performance collective
Rethink gender on the dance floor with the liberated queer performance collective
Nile Rodgers on stage
7:30 pm
Sat 03 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
The musical legend and the incomparable disco hit-makers perform a special show exclusively for Meltdown
The musical legend and the incomparable disco hit-makers perform a special show exclusively for...
Sold out

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
Funk and soul flood our riverside stage at a party with brass bands, lindy-hopping and disco classics
Funk and soul flood our riverside stage at a party with brass bands, lindy-hopping and disco...
Drunk by Thundercat album cover
7:30 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
Funk, R&B and punk all feed the surreal genius of virtuosic bassist and singer Stephen Bruner
 Jungle, band
7:30 pm
Mon 05 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 05 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Where the California Dream collides with the sound of London, find the neo-soul musical collective
Where the California Dream collides with the sound of London, find the neo-soul musical collective
Anitta, Brazilian singer
7:30 pm
Tue 06 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
This is what a superstar sounds like: hear the leading young artist in Brazil
This is what a superstar sounds like: hear the leading young artist in Brazil
Stranger Things logo
7:30 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed live
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed...
Johnny Marr, musician
7:30 pm
Thu 08 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 08 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
The legendary artist brings his visionary solo sound to Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown
The legendary artist brings his visionary solo sound to Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
Hear the sound of the future at a gig of emerging artists selected by sonic trendsetter Nile Rodgers
Hear the sound of the future at a gig of emerging artists selected by sonic trendsetter Nile Rodgers...
Audience on Festival Terrace at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

3:00 pm
9 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019
3:00 pm | 9 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019
gigs
Fresh new talent takes over our riverside stage in an afternoon of music and performance from BRIT School students
Fresh new talent takes over our riverside stage in an afternoon of music and performance from BRIT...
Eurythmics Songbook logo
7:30 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Sweet dreams are made of this: an all-star band headed by David A Stewart performs the duo's greatest hits
Sweet dreams are made of this: an all-star band headed by David A Stewart performs the duo's...
Despacio is Happiness
Various times
9 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
Various times | 9 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The collaborative club night from James Murphy and David and Stephen Dewaele envelops the crowd in sound
The collaborative club night from James Murphy and David and Stephen Dewaele envelops the crowd in...

Free

Free

4:00 pm
10 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 10 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
Go with the flow at a free day of catwalking, duckwalking and voguing soundtracked by CHIC classics
Go with the flow at a free day of catwalking, duckwalking and voguing soundtracked by CHIC classics
SOPHIE, musician
7:30 pm
Sat 10 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 10 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Imagine future possibilities of pop with the electronic producer, songwriter and DJ
Imagine future possibilities of pop with the electronic producer, songwriter and DJ
Dancing on Festival Terrace at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Go back to the roots of jazz at an afternoon bebop renaissance with youth collectives from south London and beyond
Go back to the roots of jazz at an afternoon bebop renaissance with youth collectives from south...
Songhoy Blues, band
7:30 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
Born out of war and exile, this Malian group creates blistering, compelling West African rock music
Men wearing Pride 87 t-shirts at Pride Carnival in the Gardens, 1987
Various times
15 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
Various times | 15 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
Do you know the connection between Polari and Southbank Centre?
Do you know the connection between Polari and Southbank Centre?
The Cocoa Butter Club, performer on the yellow staircase

Free

Free

4:00 pm
17 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 17 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
comedy & cabaret
accessible events
Clap your hands for this fierce collective of queer performers of colour
Clap your hands for this fierce collective of queer performers of colour
Francois Chaignaud, dancer
Various times
Thu 22 Aug 2019
Various times | Thu 22 Aug 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Classical technique or sacred dance, street theatre or fashion show?
Classical technique or sacred dance, street theatre or fashion show?
Gay Garage, people kissing in nightclub

Free

Free

5:30 pm
23 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019
5:30 pm | 23 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Re-rewind to the best days of garage and so-solid queer anthems with the East London club night
Re-rewind to the best days of garage and so-solid queer anthems with the East London club night
Peppa Pig and family performing on stage
Various times
24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 24 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
performance & theatre
family & young people
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for little ones
Everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, with an interactive introduction to the orchestra for...
Twat Boutique, people dancing in a nightclub

Free

Free

4:00 pm
24 Aug 2019 - 25 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 24 Aug 2019 - 25 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The era-defining club night is back for a free one-night-only summer special. Because you need it
The era-defining club night is back for a free one-night-only summer special. Because you need it
Queer Tango dancers on the rooftop of Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

4:00 pm
25 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
4:00 pm | 25 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Bringing fresh air to real tango with free gender-blind classes and dancing into the night
Bringing fresh air to real tango with free gender-blind classes and dancing into the night
Peaches, musician
8:00 pm
Wed 28 Aug 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 28 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
Feminist pop icon Peaches blows us away with a variety-style futuristic stage happening
Derrick May
7:30 pm
Thu 29 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 29 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
The Detroit-born founding father of techno leads orchestral interpretations of his pioneering works
The Detroit-born founding father of techno leads orchestral interpretations of his pioneering...
Nick Offerman, actor, writer, comedian and carpenter
7:30 pm
Sun 01 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 01 Sep 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Worship at the church of chuckles at a new one-man show from the US comedian and actor
Richard Ayoade, actor, comedian, writer and director
7:30 pm
Thu 05 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The writer and director reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam Buxton
The writer and director reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam...
Alice Leggett, saxophonist

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Groove on to original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards from the saxophonist's quartet
Groove on to original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards from the saxophonist's...
John Prine, American singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
gigs
folk & world
More American than apple pie: take a trip across the States with the country-folk singer-songwriter
More American than apple pie: take a trip across the States with the country-folk singer-songwriter
A building with a sign 'Welcome to the New Africa Shrine'
7:00 pm
Fri 13 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 13 Sep 2019
gigs
The atmosphere and energy of Femi Kuti’s New Afrika Shrine comes to Royal Festival Hall
The atmosphere and energy of Femi Kuti’s New Afrika Shrine comes to Royal Festival Hall
 Illustration of Morning Cartoons: Bino and Fino

Free

Free

Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Settle in for a morning cartoon with the brother and sister duo as they explore their African city
Settle in for a morning cartoon with the brother and sister duo as they explore their African city

Free

Free

Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Browse our curated market for the latest African-inspired fashion, art, books and more
Browse our curated market for the latest African-inspired fashion, art, books and more

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Dynamic dance, colourful costumes and irresistible beats: it’s the south London youth performance group
Dynamic dance, colourful costumes and irresistible beats: it’s the south London youth performance...
Young Women Reading

Free

Free

Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
art & exhibitions
What’s Black British life been like across the generations?
What’s Black British life been like across the generations?
Osi Umenyiora, American football defensive end
1:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Explore the complexities, possibilities and personal cost of protest in sport
Explore the complexities, possibilities and personal cost of protest in sport
Africa Utopia Member's Salon

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Turn the pages of timeless and undiscovered works of African literature
Turn the pages of timeless and undiscovered works of African literature
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
 Jay Jay Revlon

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
courses & workshops
Take the ballroom by storm at a voguing workshop with the co-founder of The Men of Colour Society
Take the ballroom by storm at a voguing workshop with the co-founder of The Men of Colour Society
Africa Utopia Fashion Catwalk at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
3:30 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
Fine threads created by fashion designers who both honour and subvert traditions of the African aesthetic
Fine threads created by fashion designers who both honour and subvert traditions of the African...
A woman in glitter on the side of her face
4:30 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
How can the industry better represent diverse identities, both on and off the catwalk?
How can the industry better represent diverse identities, both on and off the catwalk?
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
Letters Live at Southbank Centre
7:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
Great performers read remarkable letters from down the centuries and around the world
Great performers read remarkable letters from down the centuries and around the world
Celestina Diamond

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
Raise your voice in song at a mass participatory performance of gospel, soul and R&B
Raise your voice in song at a mass participatory performance of gospel, soul and R&B
Simon Frederick, actor
1:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
A panel discussion on the power of black perspectives, both in front of and behind the lens
A panel discussion on the power of black perspectives, both in front of and behind the lens
Africa Utopia Member's Salon at the Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
An open conversation on how we identify as African and what our labels mean
An open conversation on how we identify as African and what our labels mean
Nina Reece
2:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
courses & workshops
Reclaim your narrative in a workshop exploring the alchemy and power of black literature
Reclaim your narrative in a workshop exploring the alchemy and power of black literature
The Music That Made Us
4:30 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
4:30 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
How does the music made by black artists explore the breadth of blackness?
How does the music made by black artists explore the breadth of blackness?
The Laughing Leopard
7:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
Join Channel 4’s Big Narstie for a comedy showcase that promises to raise the roof on life
Join Channel 4’s Big Narstie for a comedy showcase that promises to raise the roof on life
julianknxx, poet
7:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
The poet hosts an evening of talks, poetry and music exploring questions of diasporan identity
The poet hosts an evening of talks, poetry and music exploring questions of diasporan identity
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
family & young people
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
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
family & young people
Still from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019
classical music
tours & activities
Accio wand! Relive the magic of the film in a screening accompanied live by John Williams’ score
Accio wand! Relive the magic of the film in a screening accompanied live by John Williams’ score
Another Me at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Wed 18 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Wed 18 Sep 2019
art & exhibitions
The Koestler Awards exhibition of art created within the criminal justice system opens in a gala event
The Koestler Awards exhibition of art created within the criminal justice system opens in a gala...
The Test, HMO Greenock Koestler exhibiton

Free

Free

Various times
19 Sep 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Various times | 19 Sep 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
Unlocking the artistic talent inside the criminal justice system, it's the annual Koestler Awards exhibition
Unlocking the artistic talent inside the criminal justice system, it's the annual Koestler...
Michel Legrand, jazz musician and composer
7:30 pm
Fri 20 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 20 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Pay tribute to the era-defining composer at an evening of jazz and cinema classics with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra
Pay tribute to the era-defining composer at an evening of jazz and cinema classics with the Ronnie...
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
Workshop participants sat at a table
1:00 pm
Sat 21 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 21 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Channel your inner poet at this monthly poetry masterclass
Channel your inner poet at this monthly poetry masterclass
The Great Escape at Southbank Centre
7:00 pm
Sat 21 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 21 Sep 2019
classical music
tours & activities
One of the best-loved war films ever made, accompanied by its unforgettable score played live in full
One of the best-loved war films ever made, accompanied by its unforgettable score played live in...
Richard Dawkins, ethologist
7:30 pm
Sun 22 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 22 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Join the author as he helps us rethink the big questions about how our world came to be
Join the author as he helps us rethink the big questions about how our world came to be
Royal Festival Hall Riverside.August 2016

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
4:30 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
courses & workshops
Find out what you can do with your school at Southbank Centre this academic year
Find out what you can do with your school at Southbank Centre this academic year
Richard Hills, organist

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7:30 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
classical music
Hark back to a golden age of melody with a convivial evening of British Light Music for organ
Hark back to a golden age of melody with a convivial evening of British Light Music for organ
Will Harris, poet
7:00 pm
Wed 25 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 25 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
What can poetry tell us about others and about ourselves?
What can poetry tell us about others and about ourselves?
Louis Theroux, filmmaker
7:30 pm
Wed 25 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 25 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Journey through the highs and lows of two decades of groundbreaking work with the documentarian
Journey through the highs and lows of two decades of groundbreaking work with the documentarian
Christian Tetzlaff, violinist

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7:30 pm
Thu 26 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 26 Sep 2019
classical music
The creative ferment of the Weimar Republic inspires the Philharmonia Orchestra
The creative ferment of the Weimar Republic inspires the Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

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7:30 pm
Fri 27 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 27 Sep 2019
classical music
Encounter the composer’s final symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Encounter the composer’s final symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Licence to Thrill: The Music of Bond at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Sep 2019
classical music
Nobody does it better... hear Bond themes from 'Diamonds are Forever' to 'Skyfall' performed live
Nobody does it better... hear Bond themes from 'Diamonds are Forever' to...
Violinist playing in Royal Festival Hall
12:00 pm
Sun 29 Sep 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 29 Sep 2019
classical music
Find out more about this intriguing period in the history of Germany with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Find out more about this intriguing period in the history of Germany with the Philharmonia Orchestra

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7:30 pm
Sun 29 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 29 Sep 2019
classical music
Travel from the early years to the tragic end of the Weimar Republic with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Travel from the early years to the tragic end of the Weimar Republic with the Philharmonia 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
Lenny Henry, comedian
7:30 pm
Mon 30 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 30 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Get ready to guffaw as the cherished comedian takes the stage to share his long-awaited autobiography
Get ready to guffaw as the cherished comedian takes the stage to share his long-awaited...
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
Courttia Newland, writer
7:00 pm
Wed 02 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 02 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Learn to map the ever-shifting terrain of the urban metropolis in a six-session course
Learn to map the ever-shifting terrain of the urban metropolis in a six-session course
Nicola Benedetti, violinist

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7:30 pm
Wed 02 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 02 Oct 2019
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents a vast hymn to nature
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents a vast hymn to nature
10:30 am
Thu 03 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Thu 03 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Get wordy with your class at a day of workshops and performances on National Poetry Day 2019
Get wordy with your class at a day of workshops and performances on National Poetry Day 2019

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Thu 03 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Thu 03 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Round off National Poetry Day with performances on the year’s theme of ‘truth’
Round off National Poetry Day with performances on the year’s theme of ‘truth’
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
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

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7:00 pm
Thu 03 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 03 Oct 2019
classical music
Marvel at Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Marvel at Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece performed by the Orchestra of the Age of...
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
Ministry of Sound - The Annual Classical
7:30 pm
Fri 04 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Oct 2019
classical music
gigs
Reach for the lasers at an orchestral reimagining of the bestselling dance music compilation of all time
Reach for the lasers at an orchestral reimagining of the bestselling dance music compilation of all...
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cellist

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7:30 pm
Sat 05 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 05 Oct 2019
classical music
The royal wedding cellist joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra
The royal wedding cellist joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

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7:00 pm
Sun 06 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 06 Oct 2019
classical music
Take in the third concert in HarrisonParrott’s anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
Take in the third concert in HarrisonParrott’s anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
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
Randall Munroe, cartoonist
7:30 pm
Mon 07 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 07 Oct 2019
talks & debates
accessible events
Open up new dimensions on the everyday in this talk by the webcomic creator and author
Open up new dimensions on the everyday in this talk by the webcomic creator and author
Edward Gardner, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 09 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 09 Oct 2019
classical music
Nielsen’s symphony of struggle is brought to life by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Nielsen’s symphony of struggle is brought to life by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Out-Spoken at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
Sat 12 Oct 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 12 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Unlock your poetic mind and get valuable feedback at this masterclass facilitated by leading poets
Unlock your poetic mind and get valuable feedback at this masterclass facilitated by leading poets
Elza van den Heever, soprano

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7:30 pm
Sat 12 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 12 Oct 2019
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra present a mighty choral masterpiece
The London Philharmonic Orchestra present a mighty choral masterpiece
Clemens Schuldt, conductor

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3:00 pm
Sun 13 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 13 Oct 2019
classical music
One of Beethoven’s best? The Philharmonia Orchestra thinks so
One of Beethoven’s best? The Philharmonia Orchestra thinks so
Man Booker at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Sun 13 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 13 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Meet the 2019 Booker Prize shortlist in an evening of readings and conversation
Meet the 2019 Booker Prize shortlist in an evening of readings and conversation
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7:30 pm
Tue 15 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 15 Oct 2019
classical music
Trace the threads connecting Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms in Paul Lewis’ celebrated performances
Trace the threads connecting Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms in Paul Lewis’ celebrated performances
Roxanna Panufnik, composer
7:30 pm
Thu 17 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Oct 2019
classical music
Great poetry marks the seasons in a new work for choir and orchestra by Roxanna Panufnik
Great poetry marks the seasons in a new work for choir and orchestra by Roxanna Panufnik
Ayelet Gunder-Goshen, author
7:00 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
What is power in the age of #MeToo? The award-winning novelist discusses her latest novel, Liar
What is power in the age of #MeToo? The award-winning novelist discusses her latest novel, Liar
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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.

 

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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 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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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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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.

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