Opening times

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

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.

More about Royal Festival Hall

Hayward Gallery

The gallery will reopen on 25 January following its refurbishment.

Opening times from 25 January 2018: 

11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays.

Late night openings on Thursday until 9pm.

Queen Elizabeth Hall & Purcell Room

Our iconic venues are currently closed for refurbishment and will reopen in spring 2018.

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: 

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

About SC Food Market

The National Poetry Library

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

The 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 The National Poetry Library

Archive Studio

Opening times: 10.30am – 1pm & 2pm – 4.30pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

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.

About the Archive Studio