The Royal Festival Hall is closed from 6pm on Monday 27 November until the morning of Wednesday 29 November.

Online booking will be suspended from 9:30am on Wed 29 Nov until tickets for James Acaster: Hecklers Welcome go on sale at 10am.

We are expecting high volumes of traffic, and you may experience queuing for tickets.

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    Winter Light

    Purple and green neon lights intertwined in tree branches next to the River Thames
    Loomin, 2020. Courtesy of the artist

    Enjoy one of London’s most beautifully illuminated spaces, for free

    This winter, the Southbank Centre is lit up by a series of outdoor artworks, created by ten contemporary artists.

    Each artist uses light and colour in playful ways, but at the same time exploring topics at the forefront of society, such as individual and collective identity, the environment and technology. 

    Discover them as you wander, or consult our map to find them. The best time to visit, it goes without saying, is after dark, but you can see them whenever we’re open.

    The exhibition features work by David Batchelor, Jakob Kvist, David Ogle, Fred Tschida, Tim Etchells, Leo Villareal, Marinella Senatore, Kendall Geers, Squire & Partners with Oasis Academy Johanna and Denman+Gould with Maeve Polkinhorn.

    Opening times: 13 Nov 2023 – 7 Jan 2024, 4pm – 11pm

    Some of the installations are not available to view on the following dates, due to private events taking place on our site:

    Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 November

    Sunday 3 – Tuesday 5 December

    Location: Sitewide

    Use the map below to find your way around our outdoor exhibition.

    View Winter Light exhibition map