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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. Please note Queen Elizabeth Hall is closed on Monday 16 September until 5:00pm Thursday 19 September for a private event.

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Elizabeth Day, writer and journalist
7:30 pm
Tue 22 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 22 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Part memoir, part manifesto, this is a book for anyone who has ever failed – in other words, everyone
Part memoir, part manifesto, this is a book for anyone who has ever failed – in other words,...
Sold out
I Believe in Unicorns, part of London Literature Festival
Various times
22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
Various times | 22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
performance & dance
Tomas’ world changes the day he meets the Unicorn Lady, in a show based on Michael Morpurgo’s children's book
Tomas’ world changes the day he meets the Unicorn Lady, in a show based on Michael Morpurgo’s...
Brett Anderson, singer-songwriter

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7:30 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Here they come, the beautiful ones: Suede's frontman reads from his second volume of memoirs
Here they come, the beautiful ones: Suede's frontman reads from his second volume of memoirs
Eoin Colfer, writer
11:00 am
Fri 25 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Fri 25 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
family & young people
Introducing his new series, the author discusses the genesis of magic and the inherent hilarity of head lice
Introducing his new series, the author discusses the genesis of magic and the inherent hilarity of...
Sinead O’Brien, musical artist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 25 Oct 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 25 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Answer a call to arms from the Irish poet and performer, equal parts Mark E Smith and Patti Smith
Answer a call to arms from the Irish poet and performer, equal parts Mark E Smith and Patti Smith
Jade

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 26 Oct 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 26 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Find out about prizes, initiatives and schemes that can advance your writing career in a day of free short talks
Find out about prizes, initiatives and schemes that can advance your writing career in a day of free...
Interior view of Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium
Various times
18 Oct 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
Various times | 18 Oct 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
tours & activities
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
Various times
Sat 26 Oct 2019
Various times | Sat 26 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
Consult a leading literary agent in a 15-minute session for writers from under-represented backgrounds
Consult a leading literary agent in a 15-minute session for writers from under-represented...
Sold out
Tricky, musician
7:30 pm
Sat 26 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 26 Oct 2019
gigs
electronic
Tricky returns for his first London show since 2017
Tricky returns for his first London show since 2017
Jones Toby, actor

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2:00 pm
Sun 27 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 27 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
accessible events
Drawn from oral traditions, fairy tales distil our dreams and fears into stories
Drawn from oral traditions, fairy tales distil our dreams and fears into stories
Anthony Daniels and C-3PO

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7:00 pm
Sun 27 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 27 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Join Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels as he reflects on his role as one of cinema's most famous droids
Join Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels as he reflects on his role as one of cinema's most famous...
Andrei Kymach, singer
7:30 pm
Mon 28 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 28 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death crown a recital of potent vocal works with baritone Andrei Kymach
Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death crown a recital of potent vocal works with baritone Andrei...
Anne Carson, poet
7:30 pm
Wed 30 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 30 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Cheers to 40 years of the London Review of Books at an evening of poetry, music and collaboration
Cheers to 40 years of the London Review of Books at an evening of poetry, music and collaboration
Jimeoin, comedian
Various times
Sat 02 Nov 2019
Various times | Sat 02 Nov 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
This Irishman from Australia is known as one of the true masters of live comedy
This Irishman from Australia is known as one of the true masters of live comedy
Deep∞Minimalism 2.0
3:30 pm
Sun 03 Nov 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 03 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The second day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
The second day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
Various times
4 Nov 2019 - 5 Nov 2019
Various times | 4 Nov 2019 - 5 Nov 2019
performance & dance
dance
Four dancers inhabit the highly charged world of the artist Egon Schiele
Four dancers inhabit the highly charged world of the artist Egon Schiele
Steven Osborne, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 06 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 06 Nov 2019
classical music
Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus is one of the greatest piano compositions of the 20th century
Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus is one of the greatest piano compositions of the 20th...
Chineke! Orchestra on stage
7:30 pm
Thu 07 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 07 Nov 2019
classical music
A titanically intriguing story surrounds Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto
A titanically intriguing story surrounds Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto
JOSIN, musical artist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 08 Nov 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 08 Nov 2019
gigs
Supple strings, textured vocals and digital excursions: the composer-producer is always experimenting
Supple strings, textured vocals and digital excursions: the composer-producer is always...
Will Self, writer
7:30 pm
Sat 09 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 09 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Get yourself to this event launching the author and cultural icon’s memoir, Will
Get yourself to this event launching the author and cultural icon’s memoir, Will
Maria Friedman, actor
7:30 pm
Sun 10 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 10 Nov 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
An unforgettable evening of timeless stories and truly exceptional cabaret from the West End star
An unforgettable evening of timeless stories and truly exceptional cabaret from the West End star
Julia Kuhn, violin

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7:00 pm
Mon 11 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 11 Nov 2019
classical music
Lift your spirits with three Baroque masterpieces from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Lift your spirits with three Baroque masterpieces from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Celebrating the Academy at 60 Gala Concert. Orchestras Playing on Stage
7:30 pm
Tue 12 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 12 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Join the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Joshua Bell to mark the orchestra’s 60th anniversary
Join the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Joshua Bell to mark the orchestra’s 60th...
Animal Society, band

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
Somewhere between Rage Against the Machine, Pat Metheny and EST, find this cutting-edge jazz band
Somewhere between Rage Against the Machine, Pat Metheny and EST, find this cutting-edge jazz band
7:15 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
7:15 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Listen to gems from the Blue Note Records catalogue, reimagined by today’s jazz artists
Listen to gems from the Blue Note Records catalogue, reimagined by today’s jazz artists
DJ Spinna
10:00 pm
15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
10:00 pm | 15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
gigs
electronic
Connect the dots between club culture and contemporary jazz at a collaboration with EFG London Jazz Festival
Connect the dots between club culture and contemporary jazz at a collaboration with EFG London Jazz...
Omar Hakim, Rachel Z, Linley Marthe, Kurt Rosenwinkel
7:30 pm
Sat 16 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Groove with the new quartet from drummer Omar Hakim, featuring Rachel Z, Linley Marthe and Kurt Rosenwinkel
Groove with the new quartet from drummer Omar Hakim, featuring Rachel Z, Linley Marthe and Kurt...
Joe Lovano, musician
5:00 pm
Sun 17 Nov 2019
5:00 pm | Sun 17 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The great saxophonist’s intimate new project with pianist Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi on drums
The great saxophonist’s intimate new project with pianist Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi on...
Corinne Bailey Rae, singer
7:30 pm
Mon 18 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 18 Nov 2019
gigs
Taking a new, introspective turn, the soul star plays her first London headline show in three years
Taking a new, introspective turn, the soul star plays her first London headline show in three years
Chassol, film score composer
7:30 pm
Tue 19 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 19 Nov 2019
gigs
folk & world
Stunning visuals and rhythmic motifs are fused into a multimedia ‘ultrascore’ in this UK premiere
Stunning visuals and rhythmic motifs are fused into a multimedia ‘ultrascore’ in this UK...
Nyx
7:30 pm
Wed 20 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 20 Nov 2019
gigs
Dive into the distorted dreamscape of sound crafted by this otherworldly collaboration
Dive into the distorted dreamscape of sound crafted by this otherworldly collaboration
Marius Neset: Viaduct
7:30 pm
Thu 21 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 21 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The dynamic jazz saxophonist and London Sinfonietta reunite for a new commission
The dynamic jazz saxophonist and London Sinfonietta reunite for a new commission
Wu-Lu, musical artist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 22 Nov 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 22 Nov 2019
gigs
After late nights spent delving into the wormhole of his own mind and guitar, the artist releases his second EP
After late nights spent delving into the wormhole of his own mind and guitar, the artist releases...
Danilo Perez, pianist
7:30 pm
Fri 22 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 22 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
A new project from the proponent of global jazz uplifts with beautiful melodies and syncopated rhythms
A new project from the proponent of global jazz uplifts with beautiful melodies and syncopated...
Matthew Barley, cellist
7:30 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
From Duke Ellington to a premiere by Misha Mullov-Abbado, the BBC Concert Orchestra jazzes things up
From Duke Ellington to a premiere by Misha Mullov-Abbado, the BBC Concert Orchestra jazzes things up
Cleveland Watkiss, vocalist
7:30 pm
Sun 24 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 24 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Look back over a lifetime of jazz innovation with the award-winning vocalist
Look back over a lifetime of jazz innovation with the award-winning vocalist
7:30 pm
Mon 25 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Come face-to-face with the great classical composers in an evening of live performance and conversation
Come face-to-face with the great classical composers in an evening of live performance and...
Behzod Abduraimov, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 26 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Enjoy the views as you encounter Chopin’s preludes and Mussorgsky’s innovative gallery promenade
Enjoy the views as you encounter Chopin’s preludes and Mussorgsky’s innovative gallery promenade
KiLLOWEN, musical artist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 29 Nov 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 29 Nov 2019
gigs
The songwriter and producer smoothly fuses alternative hip-hop with jazz, R&B, soul and rock
The songwriter and producer smoothly fuses alternative hip-hop with jazz, R&B, soul and rock
Echoes of Silence band
7:30 pm
Fri 29 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 29 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Setting the benchmark for classical Persian music, the influential singer gives a rare performance
Setting the benchmark for classical Persian music, the influential singer gives a rare performance
Alexis Ffrench, composer and pianist
7:30 pm
Sat 30 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 30 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Leading the way for a new generation of classical artists, the pianist defies our preconceptions
Leading the way for a new generation of classical artists, the pianist defies our preconceptions
3:00 pm
Sun 01 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 01 Dec 2019
classical music
literature & poetry
See a retelling of the story that inspired one of the most popular pieces in classical music
See a retelling of the story that inspired one of the most popular pieces in classical music
Wretch 32, musician
7:00 pm
Sun 01 Dec 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 01 Dec 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Delve into the creative process of an influential voice in UK grime at an event celebrating his new book
Delve into the creative process of an influential voice in UK grime at an event celebrating his new...
Hagen Quartet

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7:30 pm
Mon 02 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 02 Dec 2019
classical music
‘One of the finest quartets of our time’ (Washington Post)
‘One of the finest quartets of our time’ (Washington Post)
Yevgeny Sudbin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 03 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 03 Dec 2019
classical music
‘A pianist of uncommon sensitivity and refinement.’ (The Independent)
‘A pianist of uncommon sensitivity and refinement.’ (The Independent)
7:30 pm
Wed 04 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 04 Dec 2019
gigs
Hear the ‘Britfolk pin-up’ singer-songwriter perform a set of profound and deeply personal songs
Hear the ‘Britfolk pin-up’ singer-songwriter perform a set of profound and deeply personal songs
Cataract 3, 1967. PVA on canvas. 221.9 x 222.9 cm. Copyright Bridget Riley 2019. All rights reserved.
7:30 pm
Thu 05 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The composer responds to a major visual art retrospective, with the London Sinfonietta
The composer responds to a major visual art retrospective, with the London Sinfonietta
Image of high-rise buildings
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Oh brave new world... The BBC Concert Orchestra shares a dystopic vision in a new Saxophone Concerto
Oh brave new world... The BBC Concert Orchestra shares a dystopic vision in a new Saxophone Concerto
National Children's Orchestras Winter Concert, young girls with violins
3:00 pm
Sun 08 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 08 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Pay homage to exceptional young musicians performing Mahler and Rimsky-Korsakov
Pay homage to exceptional young musicians performing Mahler and Rimsky-Korsakov

Free

Free

Various times
9 Dec 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
Various times | 9 Dec 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
Embrace seasonal cheer with our carol-singing community choirs, and join in with the classics
Embrace seasonal cheer with our carol-singing community choirs, and join in with the classics

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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.

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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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