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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7:30 pm
Tue 26 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Mar 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Nikolai Lugansky makes a welcome return to the International Piano Series
Nikolai Lugansky makes a welcome return to the International Piano Series
Pi Ja Ma, musical artist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
Electronic
The electro-pop artist brings nostalgic vocals and bewitching musical landscapes to Friday Tonic
The electro-pop artist brings nostalgic vocals and bewitching musical landscapes to Friday Tonic
Bill Laurance, musician
7:30 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Immerse yourself in the hypnotic sound-world of the keyboardist and founding member of Snarky Puppy
Immerse yourself in the hypnotic sound-world of the keyboardist and founding member of Snarky Puppy
Fatima Al Qadiri, musician
10:30 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
10:30 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Stimulate your senses with boundary-breaking electronic music from Re-Textured Festival
Stimulate your senses with boundary-breaking electronic music from Re-Textured Festival
The Orb, electronic music duo
7:30 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Celebrate the ambient duo’s 30-year anniversary with a set of greatest hits and new music
Celebrate the ambient duo’s 30-year anniversary with a set of greatest hits and new music
Howard Shelley, pianist and conductor
3:00 pm
Sun 31 Mar 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 31 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
London Mozart Players with pianist Howard Shelley perform majestic works by two Classical pioneers
London Mozart Players with pianist Howard Shelley perform majestic works by two Classical pioneers
Various times
7 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Various times | 7 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
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
7:30 pm
Mon 01 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 01 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
A performance full of emotional intensity from the extraordinary Japanese youth orchestra
A performance full of emotional intensity from the extraordinary Japanese youth orchestra
Alice Merida Richards of Virginia Wing
7:30 pm
Tue 02 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 02 Apr 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Hear dreamy, avant-garde synth-pop from the duo’s acclaimed latest album Ecstatic Arrow
Hear dreamy, avant-garde synth-pop from the duo’s acclaimed latest album Ecstatic Arrow

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6:00 pm
Fri 05 Apr 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 05 Apr 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Encounter an ancient Chinese musical instrument in new musical contexts
Encounter an ancient Chinese musical instrument in new musical contexts
BABii, musicial artist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 05 Apr 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 05 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
The emerging Margate-based electronic artist performs from her debut album, HiiDE
The emerging Margate-based electronic artist performs from her debut album, HiiDE
Boogie Monsters, kids' musical group

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 06 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 06 Apr 2019
Bring your little monsters along for a Saturday afternoon boogie
Bring your little monsters along for a Saturday afternoon boogie
Tabby McTat. Image credit Robin Savage
Various times
6 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
Various times | 6 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
A heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's book
A heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's...
Anna Greenwood, DJ

Free

Free

Various times
7 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
Various times | 7 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
Wake up and rave at an all-singing, all-dancing party with DJ Anna Greenwood
Wake up and rave at an all-singing, all-dancing party with DJ Anna Greenwood
Megson, folk band

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 07 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 07 Apr 2019
Little music connoisseurs can enjoy lush folk harmonies in this entertaining concert for children
Little music connoisseurs can enjoy lush folk harmonies in this entertaining concert for children
Rocktopus, kids' band

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Mon 08 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Mon 08 Apr 2019
Air guitars at the ready! Rock out with the hair-spinning, guitar-rocking interactive band
Air guitars at the ready! Rock out with the hair-spinning, guitar-rocking interactive band
Rosie Adediran, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Tue 09 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Tue 09 Apr 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Warm up your pipes or shake a leg at a show of folk, world and original tunes for all ages
Warm up your pipes or shake a leg at a show of folk, world and original tunes for all ages
Mrs H and the Sing-Along Band on-stage

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Wed 10 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Wed 10 Apr 2019
Bring your voices, silly dances and a sprinkling of mischief to a fresh kind of sing-along
Bring your voices, silly dances and a sprinkling of mischief to a fresh kind of sing-along
Mellow Baku, singer

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Thu 11 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Thu 11 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Mellow by name, mellow by nature: the vocalist captivates with jazz grooves and soulful reggae
Mellow by name, mellow by nature: the vocalist captivates with jazz grooves and soulful reggae
Various times
11 Apr 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
Various times | 11 Apr 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
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
Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 12 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 12 Apr 2019
Rock & Pop
Gigs
A band of space aliens spread peace with their cosmic music in a free Friday Lunch performance
A band of space aliens spread peace with their cosmic music in a free Friday Lunch performance
Dizney Rascal, ska cover band

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 13 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 13 Apr 2019
What do you get when you mix a heap of Disney classics with spoonfuls of sugar, ska and reggae?
What do you get when you mix a heap of Disney classics with spoonfuls of sugar, ska and reggae?
Photograph of a child dancing while a crowd and an MC cheer her on

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 14 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 14 Apr 2019
Learn all the best moves from the hip-hop dance pros – no experience necessary
Learn all the best moves from the hip-hop dance pros – no experience necessary
Ludwig Von Beethoven painting by Ferdinand Waldmuller
7:30 pm
Mon 15 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 15 Apr 2019
Classical music
Choral
Feel the might of Beethoven’s towering choral masterpiece, performed by Goldsmiths Choral Union
Feel the might of Beethoven’s towering choral masterpiece, performed by Goldsmiths Choral Union

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7:30 pm
Tue 16 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 16 Apr 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Javier Perianes is renowned for his performances of Spanish music
Javier Perianes is renowned for his performances of Spanish music
Richard Ayres, illustration of flower
7:30 pm
Wed 17 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 17 Apr 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Richard Ayres’ The Garden is an irreverent and darkly comic tale for our age
Richard Ayres’ The Garden is an irreverent and darkly comic tale for our age
Trial by Jury

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7:00 pm
Thu 18 Apr 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 18 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Enjoy the feel-good hit of the 1870s
Enjoy the feel-good hit of the 1870s
James Lavelle, musician
10:30 pm
Thu 18 Apr 2019
10:30 pm | Thu 18 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Party with the man from Mo’Wax at a night featuring DJ sets from special guests
Party with the man from Mo’Wax at a night featuring DJ sets from special guests
Chineke! Orchestra performing on-stage
7:30 pm
Mon 22 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 22 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
The orchestra presents works by BME composers to commemorate Stephen Lawrence Day
The orchestra presents works by BME composers to commemorate Stephen Lawrence Day
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
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
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
Choral
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
Chamber & Recital
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
Chamber & Recital
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
Rose McGowan, author and activist
7:30 pm
Sat 04 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 04 May 2019
Literature
Talks & Topics
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
Contemporary 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
duendita, singer

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Dive into the spiritual soul songs of duendita at this free evening concert
Dive into the spiritual soul songs of duendita at this free evening concert
Various times
11 May 2019 - 18 May 2019
Various times | 11 May 2019 - 18 May 2019
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
Chamber & Recital
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
Orchestra
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
Chamber & Recital
Cedric Tiberghien’s musical imagination and versatility has captivated audiences worldwide
Cedric Tiberghien’s musical imagination and versatility has captivated audiences worldwide
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
Aerialists, musicians

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 17 May 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 17 May 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Transatlantic quintet Aerialists meld harmonic sensibilities with a deep love for folk traditions
Transatlantic quintet Aerialists meld harmonic sensibilities with a deep love for folk traditions
London Contemporary Voices performing on stage
7:30 pm
Sat 18 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 18 May 2019
Classical music
Choral
Seek order in chaos at a performance of popular hits and classical music by the pioneering choir
Seek order in chaos at a performance of popular hits and classical music by the pioneering choir
Southbank Sinfonia
11:30 am
Sun 19 May 2019
11:30 am | Sun 19 May 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
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
Chamber & Recital
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

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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.

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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