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Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall is a leading London venue showcasing world-class talks, gigs, dance, performance and classical music. 

As well as a 900 capacity auditorium, the foyer plays host to the most hotly-tipped live music with futuretense and Concrete Lates – our late-night electronic music series in partnership with Boiler Room.

The building is also home to the smaller, intimate Purcell Room.

Queen Elizabeth Hall reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of renovations with world class, environmentally-improved new facilities for audiences and artists.

The design led by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios), focused on refurbishing the auditoria, foyer and artists’ back of house facilities. Improved access, ventilation and lighting systems, and new production infrastructure enhance the experience for audience and performers alike. New leather upholstery revitalises the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room’s distinctive and comfortable seating.

The building was originally opened in March 1967 by Her Majesty the Queen and this historic restoration has been made possible through generous support from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, and through Southbank Centre friends, trusts and foundations supporting the Let The Light In campaign.

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A pianist and trombonist performing on stage
7:00 pm
Mon 01 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 01 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Previously won by Jacqueline du Pré: Royal Overseas League winners compete for first prize
Previously won by Jacqueline du Pré: Royal Overseas League winners compete for first prize
Clare Hammond, pianist

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 03 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 03 Jun 2020
classical music
An unfairly neglected composer is at the heart of an imaginative selection for piano
An unfairly neglected composer is at the heart of an imaginative selection for piano
Pianist on stage

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 05 Jun 2020
6:00 pm | Fri 05 Jun 2020
gigs
jazz & blues
They’ve opened for Herbie Hancock, and now these young jazz musicians invite you to a free Friday gig
They’ve opened for Herbie Hancock, and now these young jazz musicians invite you to a free Friday...
Jessica Cottis, conductor
7:30 pm
Sat 06 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 06 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's dark and biting satire is brought to life by Southbank Sinfonia
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's dark and biting satire is brought to life by Southbank Sinfonia
Daniel Elms
8:00 pm
Sun 07 Jun 2020
8:00 pm | Sun 07 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
All-encompassing soundscapes await at a concert debuting new arrangements from the electronic musicians
All-encompassing soundscapes await at a concert debuting new arrangements from the electronic...
The Argonauts
Various times
10 Jun 2020 - 11 Jun 2020
Various times | 10 Jun 2020 - 11 Jun 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
A dark, funny and surprising dance theatre production from Ben Duke reimagines the Greek myth
A dark, funny and surprising dance theatre production from Ben Duke reimagines the Greek myth
Chelsea Opera Group Roberto Devereux
7:30 pm
Sat 27 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 27 Jun 2020
classical music
A 19th-century Italian opera about the Tudors? Catch Donizetti’s drama in concert
A 19th-century Italian opera about the Tudors? Catch Donizetti’s drama in concert
Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
6:00 pm
Sun 28 Jun 2020
6:00 pm | Sun 28 Jun 2020
classical music
Turbulent Brahms, soulful Sibelius and electrifying Bernstein: join us for a musical panorama
Turbulent Brahms, soulful Sibelius and electrifying Bernstein: join us for a musical panorama
The Moon Hares illustration
7:00 pm
Wed 01 Jul 2020
7:00 pm | Wed 01 Jul 2020
classical music
family & young people
Be bewitched by a magical family opera from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Be bewitched by a magical family opera from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Jess Gillam, saxophonist
7:30 pm
Thu 02 Jul 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 02 Jul 2020
classical music
Revel in the sounds of the saxophone with the former BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam
Revel in the sounds of the saxophone with the former BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam
9:00 am
Fri 03 Jul 2020
9:00 am | Fri 03 Jul 2020
talks & debates
Discover how artistic innovation can address national health priorities at a day of discussion
Discover how artistic innovation can address national health priorities at a day of discussion
RCMJD Chamber and Symphony Orchestras
7:00 pm
Sun 05 Jul 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 05 Jul 2020
classical music
Two astonishing young orchestras trumpet the talent of the Royal College of Music Junior Department
Two astonishing young orchestras trumpet the talent of the Royal College of Music Junior Department
English Arts Chorale
7:30 pm
Tue 07 Jul 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 07 Jul 2020
classical music
Travel back to the 1870s as the English Arts Chorale presents two works premiered within a year
Travel back to the 1870s as the English Arts Chorale presents two works premiered within a year
The Horne Section
8:00 pm
Mon 13 Jul 2020
8:00 pm | Mon 13 Jul 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Be blown away by a show from the five outstanding musicians and one non-musical stand-up
Be blown away by a show from the five outstanding musicians and one non-musical stand-up
Pandora Sykes, writer
11:19 pm
Sun 31 May 2020
11:19 pm | Sun 31 May 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
What does the right life even look like? And why do so many women feel like they’re getting it wrong?
What does the right life even look like? And why do so many women feel like they’re getting it...
Malory Towers production on stage
Various times
29 Jul 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
Various times | 29 Jul 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Nostalgic and perfect for now, Malory Towers is a musical of high jinks, high drama and high spirits
Nostalgic and perfect for now, Malory Towers is a musical of high jinks, high drama and high spirits
David Baddiel, comedian
8:00 pm
Thu 03 Sep 2020
8:00 pm | Thu 03 Sep 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Come with David Baddiel on a comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground
Come with David Baddiel on a comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground
James Veitch, comedian
7:30 pm
Fri 04 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Sep 2020
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
The comedian returns with his brand new stand-up show, full of even more pranks, scams and emails
The comedian returns with his brand new stand-up show, full of even more pranks, scams and emails
Martha Lane Fox, businesswoman and philanthropist
6:30 pm
Tue 08 Sep 2020
6:30 pm | Tue 08 Sep 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
In its 25th year, the annual book award that honours fiction by women presents its shortlist
In its 25th year, the annual book award that honours fiction by women presents its shortlist
Lisa Taddeo, author
7:30 pm
Thu 17 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Sep 2020
literature & poetry
accessible events
A record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions
A record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions

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tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone or in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more via the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

access

For step-free access to Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

For access to Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating row A and all wheelchair spaces please enter via the Artist Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).

For lift access to Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden please use the Roof Garden Lift in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

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more about access & facilities

cloakroom

Our cloakroom opens around 60 minutes before the start of any show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It’s at the bottom of the stairs next to the Ticket Desk.

toilets

An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

getting here

For more information on parking and getting here by road, rail or river, click on the link below.

getting here & parking

during your visit

We politely ask you help keep our foyers looking welcoming and presentable to everyone and to follow any requests from our Visitor Experience team. 

Our Concrete Cafe seating is for visitors who are purchasing food and beverages from the venue – nothing bought outside may be consumed in this area.

The cafe is a gadget and laptop free area. You are welcome to use your laptop, tablet, e-reader or other equivalent device in the rest of the foyer until 5pm. After this, our foyer is dedicated to fun and relaxatiom.

Get an overview of the seating layout of Queen Elizabeth Hall by downloading our seating plan.

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stories from Queen Elizabeth Hall

story
The author of How To Love Brutalism explores our Queen Elizabeth Hall
story
Electronic music and Queen Elizabeth Hall grew up together – find out all about it
podcast
Listen to this explanatory podcast with architect Richard Battye

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