Looking back: Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer in photographs

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 18:29

Take a look back at fifty years of the brutalist Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer through these incredible photographs.

Our brutalist concert venue Queen Elizabeth Hall, which celebrated its 50th birthday last year, is due to reopen this month, following two years of extensive refurbishment and restoration work.

Opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 1 March 1967, the aesthetic of Queen Elizabeth Hall’s foyer has changed with every era. The space has seen it all, from sleek 1960s leather seats, to something of a departure-lounge chic of the late 1970s, before the sofas made way in the 1980s for, well, for garden furniture. 

Take a look at the photos below, to see how the Foyer has changed over the decades.

Queen Elizabeth Hall 1967
Queen Elizabeth Hall 1970
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Queen Elizabeth Hall - 22 June 1987
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Queen Elizabeth Hall Refurbishment Work

Whilst the fittings may have changed over the years, Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer has always been a place for people to enjoy free performances and festivals, gather for pre-concert drinks, or grab a bite to eat with friends.

The restoration of this space stays true to Queen Elizabeth Hall’s original 1960s aesthetic but allows for some much-needed TLC and the installation of some 21st technology, to make it a bright, welcoming and inspiring space for everyone to enjoy come rain or shine.

Be part of our historic Let The Light In refurbishment project 

With your support, improvements to Queen Elizabeth Hall will include a refurbished auditoria with enhanced acoustics and refurbished seats, state-of-the-art production and technical equipment, an upgraded foyer with new glazing to create a light and welcoming space with views over the river, and a new cafe and bar to welcome visitors.

You can show your support in many ways, by donating, naming a seat or even buying exclusive jewellery inspired by Queen Elizabeth Hall’s iconic architecture.

Donate to Let The Light In

Name a seat

Buy exclusive jewellery