The Royal Festival Hall is closed to the public all day on Friday 28 January. The National Poetry Library and Members' Lounge remain open.

In light of the recent government guidance and information on Covid-19, the Southbank Centre requires face coverings to be worn in our buildings, and visitors should be prepared to show an NHS Covid Pass or equivalent. Find out more

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    Opening times

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

    Our venues

    The Royal Festival Hall is now open.

    The Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room open 90 minutes before an event until the end of the event, and are closed at all other times.

    The Hayward Gallery is closed as we prepare for our next exhibition.

    Royal Festival Hall

    The Royal Festival Hall is open to all on Mondays and Tuesdays 10am – 6pm**, Wednesdays – Sundays 10am – 11pm.

    **On event days, the Royal Festival Hall building remains open until the end of the event.

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    Members’ Lounge

    Mondays and Tuesdays 10am – 6pm**, Wednesdays – Sundays 10am – 11pm. Access via Lift 1 Level 2 direct to Level 6.

    **On event days, the Royal Festival Hall building remains open until the end of the event.

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    Queen Elizabeth Hall & Purcell Room

    The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room open 90 minutes before an event until the end of the event. Closed at all other times.

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    Hayward Gallery

    The Hayward Gallery and Hayward Gallery Shop are closed as we prepare for our next exhibition.

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    Southbank Centre Food Market

    The food market is closed until the first weekend in February.

    More about SC Food Market

    National Poetry Library

    Booking is optional, but if you wish to plan ahead please email [email protected].

    Opening times: 
    Tuesday, 12 noon –
     6pm
    Wednesday  Sunday, 12 noon  8pm
    Closed Mondays

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    The National Poetry Library is open to all and free to join with proof of a UK address. It can be reached step-free by taking the JCB Glass Lift, located on Level 2 Blue Side of Royal Festival Hall, to Level 5.

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    Archive Studio

    Opening times: We’re closed currently, but research access is available by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays.

    The Archive Studio is currently closed except for special events and research visits booked in advance. To arrange a visit email us 

    Everyone aged 16+ is welcome, and access is free. You can find it on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall.

    More about the Archive Studio