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.

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

Christmas opening hours

Mon 24 Dec: 10am – 5pm
Tue 25 Dec: closed
Wed 26 Dec: 12 noon – 11pm
Thu 27 to Sun 30 Dec: 10am – 11pm
Mon 31 Dec: 10am – 3pm (reopening at 7pm to ticket holders only)
Tue 1 Jan: 12 noon – 11pm (Royal Festival Hall only)


Hayward Gallery

Opening times : 11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays. Late night openings on Thursday until 9pm.

what's on at Hayward Gallery

Hayward Gallery Christmas opening hours

Mon 24 Dec: Shape Shifters is closed;
Emmanuelle Lainé in the HENI Project Space 11am – 5pm
Tue 25 & Wed 26 Dec: closed
Thu 27 Dec: 11am – 9pm
Fri 28 to Sun 30 Dec: 11am – 7pm
Mon 31 Dec: 11am – 3pm
Tue 1 Jan: closed


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

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