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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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Various times
20 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 20 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
U Dance: Pop Ups, breakdancing performer

Free

Free

Various times
20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
Various times | 20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
performance & dance
dance
Delight in dance as young dancers showcase their talents over two free afternoon performances
Delight in dance as young dancers showcase their talents over two free afternoon performances
U. Dance Showcase, youth dancers performing
Various times
20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
Various times | 20 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
family & young people
dance
Witness the best young dance talent from across the UK perform in two explosive shows
Witness the best young dance talent from across the UK perform in two explosive shows

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Mon 22 Jul 2019
1:30 pm | Mon 22 Jul 2019
Dance away a summer’s afternoon at our fun and free tea dance
Dance away a summer’s afternoon at our fun and free tea dance
Fashion Freak Show at Southbank Centre
Various times
23 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
Various times | 23 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Enter the fashion designer’s world at a glittering show laden with attitude, humour and excess
Enter the fashion designer’s world at a glittering show laden with attitude, humour and excess
Honey Dijon, DJ and music producer
10:30 pm
25 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
10:30 pm | 25 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
gigs
electronic
DJ Honey Dijon plays an epic two-hour set to celebrate Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Kiss My Genders
DJ Honey Dijon plays an epic two-hour set to celebrate Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition, Kiss...
Studio 54
10:30 pm
3 Aug 2019 - 4 Aug 2019
10:30 pm | 3 Aug 2019 - 4 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Outrageous. Era-defining. Legendary. Party at the mecca of disco - recreated here for one night only
Outrageous. Era-defining. Legendary. Party at the mecca of disco - recreated here for one night only
Kokoroko, Afrobeat band
7:30 pm
Mon 05 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 05 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Soul-shaking, horn-fueled Afrobeat brings together this inner London eight-piece
Soul-shaking, horn-fueled Afrobeat brings together this inner London eight-piece
Durand Jones & The Indications, band
7:30 pm
Tue 06 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Their aesthetic is steeped in 70s soul, but this band of 20-somethings aren’t looking backwards
Their aesthetic is steeped in 70s soul, but this band of 20-somethings aren’t looking backwards
Alfa Mist, musician
7:30 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Melancholy jazz harmony meets alternative hip-hop and soul in the music of Alfa Mist
Melancholy jazz harmony meets alternative hip-hop and soul in the music of Alfa Mist
Merck Mercuriadis and Nile Rodgers
7:30 pm
Thu 08 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 08 Aug 2019
talks & debates
New frontiers in music: songwriter Nile Rodgers and manager Merck Mercuriadis share their industry knowledge
New frontiers in music: songwriter Nile Rodgers and manager Merck Mercuriadis share their industry...
Peter Cat Recording Co, band

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
The ever-evolving band takes in gypsy jazz, psychedelic cabaret and epic space disco
The ever-evolving band takes in gypsy jazz, psychedelic cabaret and epic space disco
Kero Kero Bonito, band
7:30 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Warped guitar solos, shining melodies and unnervingly tender lyrics: it's the leftfield pop trio
Warped guitar solos, shining melodies and unnervingly tender lyrics: it's the leftfield pop...
Viagra Boys, band
7:30 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Punk rock from Stockholm: meet the Viagra Boys
Punk rock from Stockholm: meet the Viagra Boys
Tales of the Turntable at Southbank Centre
Various times
15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Various times | 15 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
family & young people
accessible events
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
Dego, producer
10:30 pm
15 Aug 2019 - 16 Aug 2019
10:30 pm | 15 Aug 2019 - 16 Aug 2019
gigs
electronic
Beyond neo-soul: D’Angelo inspires three DJs you should be listening to
Beyond neo-soul: D’Angelo inspires three DJs you should be listening to
Figure A Sea, dance performance
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
performance & dance
dance
Radical choreographer Deborah Hay’s latest meditative dance work, set to music by Laurie Anderson
Radical choreographer Deborah Hay’s latest meditative dance work, set to music by Laurie Anderson
Bedouine, musician
7:30 pm
Sat 07 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 07 Sep 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Another chance to hear the magnetic voice and SoCal canyon folk sound of the singer-songwriter
Another chance to hear the magnetic voice and SoCal canyon folk sound of the singer-songwriter
Malorie Blackman, writer
2:00 pm
Sun 08 Sep 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 08 Sep 2019
family & young people
literature & poetry
The wait is over for the next novel in the groundbreaking young adult fiction series Noughts & Crosses
The wait is over for the next novel in the groundbreaking young adult fiction series Noughts &...
Sara Pascoe, comedian
7:30 pm
Sun 08 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 08 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Assess what really matters to humans at this talk with the award-winning comedian and author
Assess what really matters to humans at this talk with the award-winning comedian and author
7:30 pm
Fri 13 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 13 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
performance & dance
Taking us from Lagos to London, the writer tells the story of her life through narrative, music and dance
Taking us from Lagos to London, the writer tells the story of her life through narrative, music and...
Concrete Late in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer
10:00 pm
13 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
10:00 pm | 13 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
gigs
An Africa Utopia edition of our club night, showcasing DJs and electronic artists from the African continent
An Africa Utopia edition of our club night, showcasing DJs and electronic artists from the African...
Akala, rapper and activist
2:45 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
2:45 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Consider who decides how and where black cultural memory is preserved at our talk
Consider who decides how and where black cultural memory is preserved at our talk

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
What is the experience of Black men in Britain? Black British poets present a night of poetry and music
What is the experience of Black men in Britain? Black British poets present a night of poetry and...
Beauty: It's a Shady Business
6:15 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
6:15 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Beauty: from self-expression and the performance of identity, to purely the skin deep
Beauty: from self-expression and the performance of identity, to purely the skin deep

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
classical music
family & young people
Get a front-seat view of music-making in action at an immersive performance with the youth orchestra
Get a front-seat view of music-making in action at an immersive performance with the youth orchestra
Chineke! Chamber Ensemble
7:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
classical music
Errollyn Wallen, Dvorák and Ligeti: Chineke! appears for its fifth Africa Utopia
Errollyn Wallen, Dvorák and Ligeti: Chineke! appears for its fifth Africa Utopia
Philippa Perry
7:30 pm
Thu 19 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 19 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
How much does our own upbringing affect our parenting?
How much does our own upbringing affect our parenting?
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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7:30 pm
Mon 23 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 23 Sep 2019
classical music
Be transported back to the cabaret of 1920s Berlin with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Be transported back to the cabaret of 1920s Berlin with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Antoni Porowski, TV personality
7:30 pm
Wed 25 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 25 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Serve up your burning questions about food and healthy living for the Queer Eye star and author
Serve up your burning questions about food and healthy living for the Queer Eye star and author
Musical instruments in opened wrapping paper
7:30 pm
Thu 26 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 26 Sep 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
What is the role of the modern orchestra in the 21st century? Delve deeper with BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service
What is the role of the modern orchestra in the 21st century? Delve deeper with BBC Radio 3...
Giovanna Fletcher, author
7:30 pm
Fri 27 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 27 Sep 2019
Author Giovanna Fletcher presents a live episode of her frank podcast on the realities of parenthood
Author Giovanna Fletcher presents a live episode of her frank podcast on the realities of parenthood
Tones, Drones and Arpeggios at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Sep 2019
classical music
Twentieth-century music defies expectations with conductor Charles Hazlewood's three ensembles
Twentieth-century music defies expectations with conductor Charles Hazlewood's three ensembles
7:30 pm
Sun 29 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 29 Sep 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
André de Ridder conducts music by two pioneering composers
André de Ridder conducts music by two pioneering composers
James Richardson, TV presenter
8:00 pm
Mon 30 Sep 2019
8:00 pm | Mon 30 Sep 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The Totally Football pod squad kick off another season with a live show full of puns and punditry
The Totally Football pod squad kick off another season with a live show full of puns and punditry
Yulianna Avdeeva, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 01 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 01 Oct 2019
classical music
A revelatory Russian pianist performs dreamy, fantastical music by Schumann and Beethoven
A revelatory Russian pianist performs dreamy, fantastical music by Schumann and Beethoven
Penguin Cafe, band
7:30 pm
Wed 02 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 02 Oct 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
Genre-defying music by Arthur Jeffes performed by the latest iteration of the 1970s supergroup
Genre-defying music by Arthur Jeffes performed by the latest iteration of the 1970s supergroup
Manu Delago, percussionist
7:30 pm
Thu 03 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 03 Oct 2019
gigs
Dream-like handpan sounds meet energetic orchestral beats on the composer and percussionist's new album
Dream-like handpan sounds meet energetic orchestral beats on the composer and percussionist's...
Daymé Arocena
7:30 pm
Fri 04 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Oct 2019
gigs
folk & world
The bright-shining performer carries the flame for a new generation of Cuban musicians
The bright-shining performer carries the flame for a new generation of Cuban musicians
Southbank Sinfonia musicians
11:30 am
Sat 05 Oct 2019
11:30 am | Sat 05 Oct 2019
classical music
family & young people
Dive in to some of classical music’s greatest stories in a concert for children aged five to 11
Dive in to some of classical music’s greatest stories in a concert for children aged five to 11

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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

Get an overview of the layout and different seating sections of the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium by downloading our seating plan.

download seating plan

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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