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.

Opening times

10am – 11pm every day except Christmas Day.

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Free

Free

Various times
11 Dec 2018 - 23 Dec 2018
Various times | 11 Dec 2018 - 23 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
No silent nights at our festive season of free choir performances
No silent nights at our festive season of free choir performances
Rumpelstiltskin surrounded by glowing sowing paraphernalia from buttons to thread.
Various times
13 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Various times | 13 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Watch this new spin on the classic fairy tale that will delight the whole family
Watch this new spin on the classic fairy tale that will delight the whole family

Free

Free

Various times
13 Dec 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
Various times | 13 Dec 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Meet friends for a drink accompanied by free music from up-and-coming DJs
Meet friends for a drink accompanied by free music from up-and-coming DJs
Friday Tonic: The Balkanoes, music group

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 14 Dec 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 14 Dec 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Try a Balkan goulash of brass and soul with a pinch of klezmer
Try a Balkan goulash of brass and soul with a pinch of klezmer
Carnival at the Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 15 Dec 2018
Various times | Sat 15 Dec 2018
Folk & World
Gigs
Party like they do on the islands at an afternoon of traditional festive Caribbean music
Party like they do on the islands at an afternoon of traditional festive Caribbean music
Glittery Clittery, Fringe Wives Club cabaret

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 15 Dec 2018
Various times | Sat 15 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
Feeling fierce, feminist and festive? Join us for song, dance and an explosion of sequins
Feeling fierce, feminist and festive? Join us for song, dance and an explosion of sequins

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 16 Dec 2018
Various times | Sun 16 Dec 2018
Gather together for a day of activities to celebrate the family we choose for ourselves
Gather together for a day of activities to celebrate the family we choose for ourselves
Various times
until 30 Dec 2018
Various times | until 30 Dec 2018
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
Musicians playing in an orchestra

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sun 16 Dec 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 16 Dec 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Kick start your festive celebrations with the extraordinary young musical talent of Tomorrow's Warriors
Kick start your festive celebrations with the extraordinary young musical talent of Tomorrow's...
Jay Brown, producer and songwriter

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 21 Dec 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 21 Dec 2018
Gigs
Hear kaleidoscopic, intimate pop music from producer and songwriter Jay Brown's new project
Hear kaleidoscopic, intimate pop music from producer and songwriter Jay Brown's new project
Myra Dubois, cabaret star

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Fri 21 Dec 2018
9:30 pm | Fri 21 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
Join the self-declared siren from North Yorkshire for sing-alongs and yuletide anecdotes
Join the self-declared siren from North Yorkshire for sing-alongs and yuletide anecdotes
Mawaan Rizwan, actor, writer and comedian

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Sat 22 Dec 2018
9:30 pm | Sat 22 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
The charmingly clownish comedian wishes you the happiest of holidays
The charmingly clownish comedian wishes you the happiest of holidays
Jack Stephenson-Oliver sat at a grand piano

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 28 Dec 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 28 Dec 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear favourite jazz standards and original music from the pianist and composer and his trio
Hear favourite jazz standards and original music from the pianist and composer and his trio
Piers James, rapper

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 28 Dec 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 28 Dec 2018
Gigs
Catch the charismatic rising British rapper performing live
Catch the charismatic rising British rapper performing live
Kids Count Down, two girls in purple light

Free

Free

Various times
Mon 31 Dec 2018
Various times | Mon 31 Dec 2018
Start your family’s New Year revels early with ex-music hall singer turned hip-hop goddess Ida Barr
Start your family’s New Year revels early with ex-music hall singer turned hip-hop goddess Ida...
Tom Green, trombonist

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 04 Jan 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 04 Jan 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear contemporary chamber jazz tunes with rich harmony, propulsive grooves and memorable melodies
Hear contemporary chamber jazz tunes with rich harmony, propulsive grooves and memorable melodies
Finchley Children's Music Group choir performing
7:30 pm
Sun 13 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 13 Jan 2019
Classical music
Choral
The choir and its alumni sing new commissions and favourites by Britten, Holst and Tippett
The choir and its alumni sing new commissions and favourites by Britten, Holst and Tippett

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Tue 15 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 15 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Tonight, Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov makes his debut in the International Piano Series
Tonight, Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov makes his debut in the International Piano Series
Gary Numan, musician
7:30 pm
Wed 16 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 16 Jan 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Hear from the electro pioneer in conversation as he reviews his monumental career
Hear from the electro pioneer in conversation as he reviews his monumental career
Woden artist manikin
7:30 pm
Thu 17 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Discover the freshest sounds from cutting-edge music creators from around the world
Discover the freshest sounds from cutting-edge music creators from around the world
Shayna Dunkelman, musician

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Witness two of the biggest names in New York’s creative music scene perform a rare duo set
Witness two of the biggest names in New York’s creative music scene perform a rare duo set
flautist Claire Chase
8:00 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Marvel at flautist Claire Chase’s ambitious 22-year commissioning project at this performance
Marvel at flautist Claire Chase’s ambitious 22-year commissioning project at this performance
Soundstate Late

Free

Free

10:15 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
10:15 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Gigs
Friday night closes with a special set of new and experimental music for solo flute
Friday night closes with a special set of new and experimental music for solo flute
Conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni
4:00 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
4:00 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Leading contemporary music specialists Ensemble Modern present new works by young composers
Leading contemporary music specialists Ensemble Modern present new works by young composers
Rebecca Saunders, composer
7:30 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Ensemble Modern presents the music of multi-award-winning British composer Rebecca Saunders
Ensemble Modern presents the music of multi-award-winning British composer Rebecca Saunders
Ali Sethi Late, singer

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
9:30 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Hear a free late-night performance from the Pakistani superstar vocalist
Hear a free late-night performance from the Pakistani superstar vocalist
Wide shot of a red road
4:00 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
4:00 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The wayfarer, the migrant, the refugee: Aurora Orchestra embarks on a journey through time and space
The wayfarer, the migrant, the refugee: Aurora Orchestra embarks on a journey through time and space
Ping Pong ball and paddle

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
6:30 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear ping-pong in a whole new way at a musical performance incorporating the sounds of a live game
Hear ping-pong in a whole new way at a musical performance incorporating the sounds of a live game
Kensington Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke
7:30 pm
Tue 22 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 22 Jan 2019
Classical music
Choral
Uncover vivid works by Korngold, Gershwin and Ravel with Kensington Symphony Orchestra
Uncover vivid works by Korngold, Gershwin and Ravel with Kensington Symphony Orchestra

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 25 Jan 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 25 Jan 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Get the weekend off to the best possible start at a free gig by this group of groove mongerers
Get the weekend off to the best possible start at a free gig by this group of groove mongerers
Orchestra performing on stage
7:30 pm
Tue 29 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 29 Jan 2019
Classical music
Opera
A fascinating survey of the musical scene across Europe 250 years ago
A fascinating survey of the musical scene across Europe 250 years ago
Nobuyuki Tsujii, pianist and composer

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 30 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 30 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Nobuyuki Tsujii won the joint Gold Medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Nobuyuki Tsujii won the joint Gold Medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
6:00 pm
Sun 03 Feb 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 03 Feb 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
Unavailable
7:30 pm
Mon 04 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 04 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Join Corinthian Chamber Orchestra and conductor Michael Seal for an evening of much-loved British treasures from the 20th century
Join Corinthian Chamber Orchestra and conductor Michael Seal for an evening of much-loved British...

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 07 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 07 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Beatrice Rana was named Best Newcomer at the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Awards
Beatrice Rana was named Best Newcomer at the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Awards
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Feb 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Feb 2019
Radio’s longest running live music programme returns to Queen Elizabeth Hall
Radio’s longest running live music programme returns to Queen Elizabeth Hall
7:00 pm
Sun 10 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 10 Feb 2019
Classical music
Choral
Hear Elgar’s finest choral work sung by Crouch End Festival Chorus
Hear Elgar’s finest choral work sung by Crouch End Festival Chorus
Julie Fowlis
7:30 pm
Tue 12 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 12 Feb 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Seek nature’s enchantments in an evening of art and music from eight leading folk musicians
Seek nature’s enchantments in an evening of art and music from eight leading folk musicians
Stacey Dooley, documentary filmmaker and author
7:30 pm
Wed 13 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 13 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Uncover stories from incredible women with the BBC3 presenter on the publication of her paperback
Uncover stories from incredible women with the BBC3 presenter on the publication of her paperback
Captain Flinn:The Magic Cutlass
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
All aboard for a theatrical pirate adventure with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs
All aboard for a theatrical pirate adventure with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs

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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).

download step-free access map

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.

more about facilities and access

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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