Find out opening times for Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room at Southbank Centre.
Our venues are closed for now
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.
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.
Opening times : 11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays. Late night openings on Thursday until 9pm.
Hayward Gallery Cafe has the same opening hours. The cafe does not open when the main galleries are closed for installation.
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.
Friday, 12 noon – 8pm
Saturday, 11am – 8pm
Sunday, 12 noon – 6pm
Monday (bank holidays only), 12 noon – 6pm.
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.
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.