Opening times

Find out opening times for Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room at Southbank Centre.

Most of our venues are closed...

But you can visit our Among the Trees exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, or drop by for something tasty from the Southbank Centre Food Market or one of our onsite cafes and restaurants. We hope to welcome you back to our other venues soon. 

find out about Among the Trees

In the meantime, we believe that access to art, music and creativity is more important than ever, so stay connected for your regular culture fix of blogs, videos, podcasts and playlists on our website and social channels.

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Royal Festival Hall

Opening times: 10am – 11pm every day. 

Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before the event start time

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.

what's on at Royal Festival Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall & Purcell Room

Opening times: 10am – 11pm every day.

Entry to our foyers is free, and you are welcome to come in and enjoy the atmosphere with or without a ticket.

what's on at Queen Elizabeth Hall

what's on at Purcell Room


Hayward Gallery

Opening times : Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 6pm; and closed on Monday and Tuesday. 

The Hayward Gallery Cafe is closed, but some of the restaurants and cafes on our site are now open. 

what's on at Hayward Gallery

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Southbank Centre Food Market

Located in Southbank Centre Square, our food markets are open most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as bank holiday Mondays.

Opening times:

Friday, 12 noon – 8pm
Saturday, 11am – 8pm 
Sunday, 12 noon – 6pm 
Monday (bank holidays only), 12 noon – 6pm.

more about SC Food Market

National Poetry Library

Opening times: 11am – 8pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

National Poetry Library is open to all and free to join with proof of a UK address. You can find it on Level 5 of Royal Festival Hall.

what's on at National Poetry Library


Archive Studio

Opening times: 10.30am – 1pm, Tuesday & 2pm – 4.30pm, Wednesday.

The Archive Studio is a collaborative project to make the most of Southbank Centre’s extensive archive. Everyone aged 16+ is welcome, and access is free. You can find it on Level 2 of Royal Festival Hall.

more about the Archive Studio