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Hayward Gallery

We're open again and can’t wait to welcome you back, why not come and see our current exhibition?

Among the Trees

Enter a forest of art at Among the Trees, a group exhibition that explores our relationship with trees and forests. The 37 featured artists turn our vision of the natural world on its head, inviting us to see it with new eyes.

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Everyday Heroes

From September we are transforming the outdoor spaces around the Southbank Centre with Everyday Heroes, a free open-air exhibition celebrating key workers in a vivid series of art and poetry commissions.

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Keeping you safe

We are Covid-secure. The measures we have introduced to keep you safe mean that booking tickets online before you visit is now essential. Our opening times have also changed.

find out about our safety measures

Eating, drinking & shopping during your visit

Some of our on-site cafes and restaurants as well as the Hayward Gallery Shop are now open, so you can make the most of your visit.

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More about us

The Hayward Gallery is a world-renowned contemporary art gallery and a landmark of brutalist architecture. The year-round exhibition programme focuses on presenting a wide range of adventurous and influential artists from across the world.

Hayward Gallery opening times

The exhibition is open on Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 6pm; and closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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Pre-booking online is essential

You must book online before visiting. Members and Supporters go free, but need to book a time slot, too. There’s no need to print your ticket – just show your phone to our hosts on entry.

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New opening times

We’re now open on Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 6pm; and closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Pre-booking online is essential

You must book your tickets online in advance. If you are a Member or Supporter, please book your ticket online (details of how to book these tickets are below). Once you have booked, we’ll send you an e-ticket to show to our hosts when you enter the gallery. If you don’t receive an e-ticket, please check your spam folder for an email from noreply@southbankcentre.co.uk. If you don’t receive your e-ticket within a few hours of booking, please contact customer@southbankcentre.co.uk (open Monday to Friday).

There’s no need to print your e-ticket – just show your phone to our hosts on entry.

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Ticketing

Reciprocal tickets are available Wednesday – Friday only, after 4pm. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing customer@southbankcentre.co.uk (open Monday to Friday), giving the date and time you would like to visit the gallery. Please remember to bring valid ID with you when you visit.

Members of the Museum Association are entitled to receive one free ticket. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing customer@southbankcentre.co.uk, giving the date and time you would like to visit the gallery. Please remember to bring valid ID with you when you visit.

NHS workers can receive one free ticket. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing customer@southbankcentre.co.uk, giving the date and time you would like to visit the gallery. Please remember to bring valid ID with you when you visit.

Lambeth resident tickets are £5. Tickets must be booked in advance via our website by selecting the 'Lambeth Residents' ticket type under the concessions tab. ID may be requested on arrival.

Under-30s tickets are £5. Tickets must be booked in advance via our website by selecting the 'Under 30' ticket type under the concessions tab. ID may be requested on arrival.

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Under 12s tickets are free. Tickets must be booked in advance via our website by selecting the 'Under 12' ticket type under the concessions tab. ID may be requested on arrival.

Members

All members are entitled to one free ticket to the exhibition. Tickets must be booked in advance on our website by selecting the 'Members free ticket' option under the concessions tab. This can only be applied to one ticket. Any additional tickets will be priced at standard rate unless an additional concession applies.

Dual members must book their tickets separately.

Unable to attend

If you are unable to attend your booking please email customer@southbankcentre.co.uk (open Monday to Friday) before your time slot.

*Please, stay at home if you have symptoms of illness such as a cough, sore throat or fever or have been in contact in the past 14 days with someone who has coronavirus. You can email customer@southbankcentre.co.uk to refund or exchange your ticket before your time slot.

Access information

If you are signed up to our access scheme, you are eligible to bring a companion free of charge if you need to. Please book a standard ticket and email us on customer@southbankcentre.co.uk (open Monday to Friday) to add your companion to your booking. If you are unable to book online, please email us on customer@southbankcentre.co.uk (open Monday to Friday).

When you arrive

Entrance to the exhibition is via the Hayward Gallery main entrance. We are operating a one-way system. 

Get here as close to your time slot as possible – you won’t be able to come into the Hayward Gallery to wait, and our other buildings are still closed for now. 

Inside the Hayward Gallery 

Toilets, including accessible toilets, are open for ticket holders in the Hayward Gallery Foyer. 

Cloakroom
The cloakroom is closed in order to reduce face-to-face contact. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the exhibition, so please leave large bags at home. 

Visitors with prams, buggies and wheelchairs are welcome. 

Shop
After leaving the exhibition, the one-way system takes you through the Hayward Gallery Shop, which is now cash-free.

Cafe
The Hayward Gallery Cafe is closed, but some of the restaurants and cafes on our site are now open. 

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Access information

Large-print exhibition guide

A large-print exhibition guide is available to download 

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Accessible toilets are available, and there is some seating for visitors who need it during their visit. 

There may be short queues to enter the building and the exhibition. If you are not able to queue or need further assistance, our hosts are here to help you. 

For level access to the gallery from Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road, use the car park lift to the Hayward Gallery Foyer. All floors are accessible from the main foyer. 

We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. Wheelchairs and gallery stools are available for visitors by speaking to a host when you arrive (subject to availability).

find out more about our Access Scheme 

Parking

Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery).

There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and use of them is free. You are required to display your Blue Badge as you enter the site. Vehicles that do not display a Blue Badge are refused entry.

Alternative parking is available nearby at the APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.

Blue Badge parking APCOA Cornwall Road

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park – APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.

A drop-off point at Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.

As we welcome you back, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff, so we’ve introduced a number of measures to help everyone stay safe.

Here's what you need to know before you visit.

Our measures

We’re following the official government guidance on working safely during coronavirus to make sure we’re Covid-secure.

Measures we’ve introduced so far include:

  • Reduced visitor numbers
  • Clear signage and one-way systems
  • Removal of some seating and changes to access
  • Hand sanitiser stations
  • Regular and thorough cleaning
  • Going cash-free

We’ll continue to review and manage any risks and to respond to any changes in the guidance, keeping our staff trained and up to date as we go.

Reduced visitor numbers

We’re admitting fewer visitors than usual so that you can easily keep a safe distance from others and enjoy a crowd-free visit.

When you book, you’re given a time slot to make sure that we keep to a safe number of people within the gallery.

Keep others safe

You must wear a face covering during your visit, for your safety and the safety of other visitors and staff.

Please, stay at home if you have symptoms of illness such as a cough, sore throat or fever or have been in contact in the past 14 days with someone who has coronavirus. You can email customer@southbankcentre.co.uk (open Monday to Friday) to refund or exchange your ticket before your time slot.

During your visit

To keep yourself and others safe, please:

  • Follow our one-way system
  • Keep a safe distance from others
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided

Access information

You don't have to wear a face covering if there is a good reason why you can't do so.

For example:

  • children under the age of 11 do not have to wear a face covering
  • you don't have to wear a face covering if you can't put on, wear or remove it because of a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
  • you don't have to wear a face covering if putting on, wearing or removing it will cause you severe distress
  • you don't have to wear a face covering if you are providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate

read, watch, listen

video
Watch a short video introducing the Southbank Centre’s outdoor exhibition
story
In our interview, the artist speaks about portraying people whose work supports their communities

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