Opening times

An illustration to denote opening hours featuring a clock
Southbank Centre

Don't get caught waiting outside, here are the opening times for each of our Southbank Centre venues.

The Royal Festival Hall building viewed from Hungerford Bridge, the trees on the riverside are leafless and some people can be seen walking on Queen's Walk
Royal Festival Hall by TwobyTwo Photography

Royal Festival Hall

Our Royal Festival Hall is open

Monday & Tuesday, 10am – 6pm**
Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 11pm

**On evenings where there are events taking place in the Royal Festival Hall the building remains open until the end of the event.

Upcoming events in our Royal Festival Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room

Open 90 minutes before an event until the end of the event. Closed at all other times.

The building closes at 6pm, except on event days, when it closes later.

Upcoming events in our Queen Elizabeth Hall

Upcoming events in our Purcell Room

Hayward Gallery

The Hayward Gallery is currently closed. 

It reopens for Tavares Strachan: There Is Light Somewhere on Tuesday 18 June 2024.

Book now for Tavares Strachan: There Is Light Somewhere

The interior of the National Poetry Library including a table, a bust of Dylan Thomas and several anthologies and collections on book shelves
Southbank Centre / National Poetry Library

National Poetry Library

The National Poetry Library is located on Level 5 of the Royal Festival Hall. Step-free access is available via the JCB Glass Lift. The Library is closed on Mondays, but is open

Tuesday, 12 noon – 6pm
Wednesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 8pm

Booking is optional, but if you wish to plan ahead please email

Email the National Poetry Library

More information about visiting the National Poetry Library

The Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden in the summer with people sat around chatting, as seen from the Level 5 balcony of the Royal Festival Hall
India Roper Evans

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden opening times: 

Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – dusk

Roof Garden bar & kitchen opening times

Wednesday – Friday, 4pm – dusk 

Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, 12pm – dusk 

The Roof Garden may be closed in bad weather and for private events.

People enjoying the Southbank Centre Food Market

Southbank Centre Food Market

Located on the Belvedere Road side of our Royal Festival Hall

Friday: 12 noon – 9pm
Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 6pm (or 11am – 9pm when a Bank holiday Monday follows)
Bank holiday Mondays: 12 noon – 6pm 

People viewing the archive display at the Future Exhibition Makers on the Open Foyer Policy
Pete Woodhead

Archive Studio

Our Archive Studio can be found on Level 2 of our Royal Festival Hall.

The Archive Studio is closed currently, but research access is available, by appointment, on Wednesdays and Fridays. Access to the Studio is free.

Email to arrange a visit to the Archive Studio