Queen Elizabeth Hall

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 building is also home to Purcell Room—a smaller, more intimate space.

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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10am – 11pm every day except Christmas Day

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On The High Road by Clod Ensemble
Various times
24 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019
Various times | 24 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Feel the fever of a visual theatre performance featuring vital movement and a pulsating score
Feel the fever of a visual theatre performance featuring vital movement and a pulsating score
IORA, musician

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 26 Apr 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 26 Apr 2019
gigs
pop
Haunting vocals and catchy pop riffs that are both familiar and extraordinary
Haunting vocals and catchy pop riffs that are both familiar and extraordinary
The Puppini Sisters, vocal trio
7:30 pm
Fri 26 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Apr 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The close-harmony group with perfect style and the UK’s premier dance band present Dance Dance Dance
The close-harmony group with perfect style and the UK’s premier dance band present Dance Dance...
Image of Earth from the Moon
3:00 pm
Sun 28 Apr 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 28 Apr 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Feel the pull of the moon at a concert of lunar-themed works performed by Hertfordshire Chorus
Feel the pull of the moon at a concert of lunar-themed works performed by Hertfordshire Chorus
Belcea Quartet.Photo: Marco Borggreve

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7:30 pm
Tue 30 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 30 Apr 2019
classical music
Pianist Piotr Anderszewski joins the Belcea Quartet to perform works of light and shadow
Pianist Piotr Anderszewski joins the Belcea Quartet to perform works of light and shadow
Tubular Bells for Two, Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth
7:30 pm
Wed 01 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 01 May 2019
gigs
electronic
Two blokes juggle over 20 instruments live in a recreation of the classic album Tubular Bells
Two blokes juggle over 20 instruments live in a recreation of the classic album Tubular Bells
Francesco Piemontesi photo: Marco Borgreve

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7:30 pm
Thu 02 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 02 May 2019
classical music
Francesco Piemontesi is renowned for his refined musicianship, allied to a flawless technique
Francesco Piemontesi is renowned for his refined musicianship, allied to a flawless technique
Lunch Money, band

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 03 May 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 03 May 2019
gigs
electronic
Can you take robot music, and play it live? Hear experimental dub from the London-based collective
Can you take robot music, and play it live? Hear experimental dub from the London-based collective
Absolute Bird Australian Birdsong, City of London Sinfonia performing
7:30 pm
Fri 03 May 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 03 May 2019
classical music
Hear the sounds of the Australian skies in a programme featuring a UK premiere by Hollis Taylor
Hear the sounds of the Australian skies in a programme featuring a UK premiere by Hollis Taylor
Bryony Gordon, journalist
2:30 pm
Sat 04 May 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 04 May 2019
literature & poetry
writers
Self-respect? Love and confidence? You got this. The author shares her fabulous, fearless guide for teens
Self-respect? Love and confidence? You got this. The author shares her fabulous, fearless guide for...
Rose McGowan, author and activist
7:30 pm
Sat 04 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 04 May 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The actor and activist discusses her life and the realities of exposing the truth about injustice
The actor and activist discusses her life and the realities of exposing the truth about injustice
Dog Without Feathers performed on stage
Various times
7 May 2019 - 10 May 2019
Various times | 7 May 2019 - 10 May 2019
performance & dance
dance
Immerse yourself in the vision of Brazil conjured by Deborah Colker Dance Company’s new work
Immerse yourself in the vision of Brazil conjured by Deborah Colker Dance Company’s new work
Various times
11 May 2019 - 18 May 2019
Various times | 11 May 2019 - 18 May 2019
tours & activities
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Patty Griffin, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Sat 11 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 11 May 2019
gigs
folk & world
The quintessentially American artist presents her latest album of intimate, incomparable songs
The quintessentially American artist presents her latest album of intimate, incomparable songs

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3:00 pm
Sun 12 May 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 12 May 2019
classical music
One of the world’s leading viola players performs emotive 19th-century chamber music by Brahms
One of the world’s leading viola players performs emotive 19th-century chamber music by Brahms
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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7:00 pm
Tue 14 May 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 14 May 2019
classical music
Enjoy a balance of pleasures with the music of Bach
Enjoy a balance of pleasures with the music of Bach

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7:30 pm
Wed 15 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 15 May 2019
classical music
Cedric Tiberghien’s musical imagination and versatility has captivated audiences worldwide
Cedric Tiberghien’s musical imagination and versatility has captivated audiences worldwide
Jess Gillam, saxophonist
7:30 pm
Thu 16 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 16 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The BBC Concert Orchestra paint a musical portrait of the colour green
The BBC Concert Orchestra paint a musical portrait of the colour green
London Contemporary Voices performing on stage
7:30 pm
Sat 18 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 18 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The pioneering choir explores order, disorder and chaos with a diverse lineup of guests acts, including Daughter's Elena Tonra
The pioneering choir explores order, disorder and chaos with a diverse lineup of guests acts,...
Southbank Sinfonia
11:30 am
Sun 19 May 2019
11:30 am | Sun 19 May 2019
classical music
family & young people
Step into our time machine and travel through musical history at an interactive family concert
Step into our time machine and travel through musical history at an interactive family concert
Performance of Absolute Bird: Translating Nature
8:00 pm
Fri 24 May 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 24 May 2019
classical music
Look to the birds at a City of London Sinfonia concert featuring chamber works inspired by birdsong
Look to the birds at a City of London Sinfonia concert featuring chamber works inspired by birdsong
 Headshot of James Ellroy, American crime writer
7:30 pm
Mon 27 May 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 27 May 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The ‘demon dog of American literature’ on new novel This Storm and his life in writing
The ‘demon dog of American literature’ on new novel This Storm and his life in writing
Melanie De Biasio, singer
7:30 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Catch the jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist as she performs from her critically acclaimed album
Catch the jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist as she performs from her critically acclaimed album
Various times
29 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
Various times | 29 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
classical music
Experience a pair of Gluck’s one-act operas
Experience a pair of Gluck’s one-act operas
Musician playing the horn
7:00 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
See tomorrow's top artists compete for the prestigious ROSL Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize
See tomorrow's top artists compete for the prestigious ROSL Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize
Pierre-Laurent Aimard by piano

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7:30 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Stockhausen’s seminal piano music
Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Stockhausen’s seminal piano...

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5:00 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear transcendental, electronica-infused works by Stockhausen for percussion and two pianos
Hear transcendental, electronica-infused works by Stockhausen for percussion and two pianos
Music of the Spheres figure looking out to space
7:30 pm
Wed 05 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 05 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear Aurora Orchestra explore celestial sounds in an eclectic programme featuring choreography and illustration
Hear Aurora Orchestra explore celestial sounds in an eclectic programme featuring choreography and...
7:30 pm
Thu 06 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 06 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
BBC Concert Orchestra continue their series of concerts inspired by colours
BBC Concert Orchestra continue their series of concerts inspired by colours
Lisa Gerrard with The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices
7:30 pm
Fri 07 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 07 Jun 2019
gigs
Contemplate the secrets of the human voice in this ravishing musical experience
Contemplate the secrets of the human voice in this ravishing musical experience

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Access

For access to Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer 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).

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We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. Wheelchairs are available for visitors by visiting the Royal Festival Hall Artists' Entrance when you arrive (subject to availability).

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.

Cloakroom

Situated downstairs from the main foyer, our cloakroom opens approximately 60 minutes before the start of any Queen Elizabeth Hall show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It is also open on selected festival days. It’s at the bottom of the stairs next to the Ticket Desk.

Toilets

An accessible toilet and gender neutral inclusive toilets are 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, Level 2 Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

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 Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery).

The Hayward car park is now closed to cars. Alternative parking is available nearby at the National Theatre car park (330 metres) and APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges. Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). Just take your badge and car park ticket to Royal Festival Hall Ticket Office on Level 2, for validation before you leave.

Please note: there is no step-free access from the National Theatre car park when the building is closed on Sunday.

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.

While you're here

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

Our cafe/bar seating is for visitors who are purchasing food and beverages from the venue. No food and beverages bought outside may be consumed in this area.

Thank you for respecting that the cafe is a gadget and laptop free area. You are welcome to use your laptop, tablet, e-reader or other equivalent device in other areas from 10am – 5pm.

We cannot guarantee that the space is always available for non-socialising activity and ask that you pack up all laptops, tablets and e-readers by 5pm. After this, our foyer is dedicated to fun and relaxation, especially in the hours leading up to evening concerts.

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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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