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Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall is a leading London venue showcasing world-class talks, gigs, dance, performance and classical music. 

As well as a 900 capacity auditorium, the foyer plays host to the most hotly-tipped live music with futuretense and Concrete Lates – our late-night electronic music series in partnership with Boiler Room.

The building is also home to the smaller, intimate Purcell Room.

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 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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A pianist and trombonist performing on stage
7:00 pm
Mon 01 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 01 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Previously won by Jacqueline du Pré: Royal Overseas League winners compete for first prize
Previously won by Jacqueline du Pré: Royal Overseas League winners compete for first prize
Clare Hammond, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 03 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 03 Jun 2020
classical music
An unfairly neglected composer is at the heart of an imaginative selection for piano
An unfairly neglected composer is at the heart of an imaginative selection for piano
Pianist on stage

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 05 Jun 2020
6:00 pm | Fri 05 Jun 2020
gigs
jazz & blues
They’ve opened for Herbie Hancock, and now these young jazz musicians invite you to a free Friday gig
They’ve opened for Herbie Hancock, and now these young jazz musicians invite you to a free Friday...
Jessica Cottis, conductor
7:30 pm
Sat 06 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 06 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's dark and biting satire is brought to life by Southbank Sinfonia
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's dark and biting satire is brought to life by Southbank Sinfonia
Daniel Elms
8:00 pm
Sun 07 Jun 2020
8:00 pm | Sun 07 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
All-encompassing soundscapes await at a concert debuting new arrangements from the electronic musicians
All-encompassing soundscapes await at a concert debuting new arrangements from the electronic...
The Argonauts
Various times
10 Jun 2020 - 11 Jun 2020
Various times | 10 Jun 2020 - 11 Jun 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
A dark, funny and surprising dance theatre production from Ben Duke reimagines the Greek myth
A dark, funny and surprising dance theatre production from Ben Duke reimagines the Greek myth
Chelsea Opera Group Roberto Devereux
7:30 pm
Sat 27 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 27 Jun 2020
classical music
A 19th-century Italian opera about the Tudors? Catch Donizetti’s drama in concert
A 19th-century Italian opera about the Tudors? Catch Donizetti’s drama in concert
Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
6:00 pm
Sun 28 Jun 2020
6:00 pm | Sun 28 Jun 2020
classical music
Turbulent Brahms, soulful Sibelius and electrifying Bernstein: join us for a musical panorama
Turbulent Brahms, soulful Sibelius and electrifying Bernstein: join us for a musical panorama
The Moon Hares illustration
7:00 pm
Wed 01 Jul 2020
7:00 pm | Wed 01 Jul 2020
classical music
family & young people
Be bewitched by a magical family opera from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Be bewitched by a magical family opera from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Jess Gillam, saxophonist
7:30 pm
Thu 02 Jul 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 02 Jul 2020
classical music
Revel in the sounds of the saxophone with the former BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam
Revel in the sounds of the saxophone with the former BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam
9:00 am
Fri 03 Jul 2020
9:00 am | Fri 03 Jul 2020
talks & debates
Discover how artistic innovation can address national health priorities at a day of discussion
Discover how artistic innovation can address national health priorities at a day of discussion
RCMJD Chamber and Symphony Orchestras
7:00 pm
Sun 05 Jul 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 05 Jul 2020
classical music
Two astonishing young orchestras trumpet the talent of the Royal College of Music Junior Department
Two astonishing young orchestras trumpet the talent of the Royal College of Music Junior Department
English Arts Chorale
7:30 pm
Tue 07 Jul 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 07 Jul 2020
classical music
Travel back to the 1870s as the English Arts Chorale presents two works premiered within a year
Travel back to the 1870s as the English Arts Chorale presents two works premiered within a year
The Horne Section
8:00 pm
Mon 13 Jul 2020
8:00 pm | Mon 13 Jul 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Be blown away by a show from the five outstanding musicians and one non-musical stand-up
Be blown away by a show from the five outstanding musicians and one non-musical stand-up
Pandora Sykes, writer
11:16 pm
Sun 31 May 2020
11:16 pm | Sun 31 May 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
What does the right life even look like? And why do so many women feel like they’re getting it wrong?
What does the right life even look like? And why do so many women feel like they’re getting it...
Malory Towers production on stage
Various times
29 Jul 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
Various times | 29 Jul 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Nostalgic and perfect for now, Malory Towers is a musical of high jinks, high drama and high spirits
Nostalgic and perfect for now, Malory Towers is a musical of high jinks, high drama and high spirits
David Baddiel, comedian
8:00 pm
Thu 03 Sep 2020
8:00 pm | Thu 03 Sep 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Come with David Baddiel on a comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground
Come with David Baddiel on a comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground
James Veitch, comedian
7:30 pm
Fri 04 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Sep 2020
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
The comedian returns with his brand new stand-up show, full of even more pranks, scams and emails
The comedian returns with his brand new stand-up show, full of even more pranks, scams and emails
Martha Lane Fox, businesswoman and philanthropist
6:30 pm
Tue 08 Sep 2020
6:30 pm | Tue 08 Sep 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
In its 25th year, the annual book award that honours fiction by women presents its shortlist
In its 25th year, the annual book award that honours fiction by women presents its shortlist
Lisa Taddeo, author
7:30 pm
Thu 17 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Sep 2020
literature & poetry
accessible events
A record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions
A record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions
Laima Leyton, musician

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 18 Sep 2020
6:00 pm | Fri 18 Sep 2020
gigs
electronic
The Brazilian producer releases debut album Home: a synth-pop study of the domestic vs the creative
The Brazilian producer releases debut album Home: a synth-pop study of the domestic vs the creative
Black Midi, rock band
7:30 pm
Sat 19 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 19 Sep 2020
gigs
rock & alternative
Strap yourself in for the experimental sound of the maverick four-piece
Strap yourself in for the experimental sound of the maverick four-piece
Sold out
And So I Watch You From Afar, band
7:30 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
gigs
rock & alternative
Jettison is the punk-come-art rockers’ most ambitious project to date
Jettison is the punk-come-art rockers’ most ambitious project to date
Julia Conway dancing on stage
7:30 pm
Tue 22 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 22 Sep 2020
performance & dance
dance
Poised at the brink of stardom, dancers from the English National Ballet compete for one award
Poised at the brink of stardom, dancers from the English National Ballet compete for one award
Jordi Savall, conductor

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7:30 pm
Fri 25 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 25 Sep 2020
classical music
Step into the ravishingly beautiful world of the French baroque with musical pioneer Jordi Savall
Step into the ravishingly beautiful world of the French baroque with musical pioneer Jordi Savall
Frank Zappa, instrumentalist
7:30 pm
Thu 01 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Aurora Orchestra explores ideas of time from playful to nightmarish with Zappa’s zany masterpiece
Aurora Orchestra explores ideas of time from playful to nightmarish with Zappa’s zany masterpiece
Weval, musicians
10:30 pm
2 Oct 2020 - 3 Oct 2020
10:30 pm | 2 Oct 2020 - 3 Oct 2020
gigs
electronic
Duo Weval light up the dancefloor with their own brand of playful, catchy electronic music
Duo Weval light up the dancefloor with their own brand of playful, catchy electronic music
Harriet Tubman: Scenes from a Life on stage

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7:30 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
performance & dance
A new opera inspired by one of the bravest human beings who ever lived
A new opera inspired by one of the bravest human beings who ever lived
A member of Southbank SInfonia orchestra and Sian Edwards,
7:30 pm
Sun 04 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 04 Oct 2020
classical music
The orchestra’s high-energy musicians perform two 20th-century masterpieces
The orchestra’s high-energy musicians perform two 20th-century masterpieces
David Mitchell, writer
7:30 pm
Mon 05 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 05 Oct 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The bestselling author of Cloud Atlas launches his first novel in five years in a London exclusive
The bestselling author of Cloud Atlas launches his first novel in five years in a London exclusive
Eric Lu, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 06 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Oct 2020
classical music
A hot-property pianist journeys from the privacy of the confessional to the horror of war.
A hot-property pianist journeys from the privacy of the confessional to the horror of war.
7:30 pm
Wed 14 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 14 Oct 2020
gigs
electronic
Under the moniker U.S. Girls, Meg Remy has become a staple name in experimental pop over the past decade
Under the moniker U.S. Girls, Meg Remy has become a staple name in experimental pop over the past...
Crouch End Festival Chorus on stage
7:30 pm
Sun 18 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 18 Oct 2020
classical music
London Orchestra da Camera and Crouch End Festival Chorus celebrate 50 years since the moon landing
London Orchestra da Camera and Crouch End Festival Chorus celebrate 50 years since the moon landing
A member of Chineke! playing the French horn
7:30 pm
Mon 19 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 19 Oct 2020
classical music
The orchestra and soloist perform one of the best known piano concertos in classical music
The orchestra and soloist perform one of the best known piano concertos in classical music
Joep Beving, composer
7:30 pm
Tue 20 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 20 Oct 2020
gigs
folk & world
With his contemplative piano music, the composer and musician can reach the depths of any heart
With his contemplative piano music, the composer and musician can reach the depths of any heart
Tasmin Little, violinist
7:30 pm
Thu 22 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 22 Oct 2020
classical music
The great British violinist gives her final Southbank Centre recital
The great British violinist gives her final Southbank Centre recital
Víkingur Ólafsson, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 27 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 27 Oct 2020
classical music
For a breath of fresh air, try elegant French music and Mussorgsky’s majestic musical pictures
For a breath of fresh air, try elegant French music and Mussorgsky’s majestic musical pictures
A Young Girl Taught to play a Trumpet at a Workshop
11:30 am
Sat 31 Oct 2020
11:30 am | Sat 31 Oct 2020
family & young people
Brave kids aged five to 11 are invited to explore the spooky side of an orchestra
Brave kids aged five to 11 are invited to explore the spooky side of an orchestra
Southbank SInfonia performing
7:30 pm
Mon 02 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 02 Nov 2020
classical music
Conductor Gabor Takács-Nagy brings his trademark high energy to Mendelssohn’s otherworldly melodies
Conductor Gabor Takács-Nagy brings his trademark high energy to Mendelssohn’s otherworldly...
Southbank Sinfonia musicians playing at Royal festival Hall
7:30 pm
Sun 08 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 08 Nov 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Southbank Sinfonia present a live concert version of Elizabeth Alker’s cult Radio 3 programme
Southbank Sinfonia present a live concert version of Elizabeth Alker’s cult Radio 3 programme
Iain Stirling, comedian
8:00 pm
Mon 09 Nov 2020
8:00 pm | Mon 09 Nov 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
How do people manage to be normal? The Love Island star mulls it over in his brand new stand-up show
How do people manage to be normal? The Love Island star mulls it over in his brand new stand-up show
Imogen Cooper, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 11 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 11 Nov 2020
classical music
This British pianist has made central monuments of the Viennese piano literature her own
This British pianist has made central monuments of the Viennese piano literature her own
Abel Selaocoe, cello
7:30 pm
Tue 17 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 17 Nov 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra perform at London Jazz Festival
South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra perform at London Jazz Festival
Steven Devine, pianist

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7:00 pm
Mon 23 Nov 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 23 Nov 2020
classical music
Encounter the ‘Swedish Mozart’ with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Encounter the ‘Swedish Mozart’ with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Jerusalem Quartet

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7:30 pm
Tue 24 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 24 Nov 2020
classical music
Alexandra Dariescu joins one of the great quartets of our time to perform music of unbridled emotion
Alexandra Dariescu joins one of the great quartets of our time to perform music of unbridled emotion
Young choir performing
7:00 pm
Wed 25 Nov 2020
7:00 pm | Wed 25 Nov 2020
classical music
The school’s young musicians perform crowd-pleasing pieces by Rachmaninov and Britten
The school’s young musicians perform crowd-pleasing pieces by Rachmaninov and Britten
Orchestra and conductor performing
7:00 pm
Thu 26 Nov 2020
7:00 pm | Thu 26 Nov 2020
classical music
It’s the 250th anniversary of the 14-year-old Mozart’s ambitious opera – hear it from The Mozartists
It’s the 250th anniversary of the 14-year-old Mozart’s ambitious opera – hear it from The...
Ben Watt, musician
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Nov 2020
gigs
rock & alternative
Best known as half of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt adds to his acclaimed solo work with Storm Damage
Best known as half of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt adds to his acclaimed solo work with Storm...
Ulrich Schnauss, electronic musician
7:30 pm
Sun 29 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 29 Nov 2020
gigs
electronic
Escape into the electronic musician's soundscapes, created from multilayered synths, beats and vocals
Escape into the electronic musician's soundscapes, created from multilayered synths, beats and...
Pierre-Laurent Aimard.Photo: Marco Borggreve

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7:30 pm
Tue 01 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 01 Dec 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Aimard, Queyras and Simpson open up Helmut Lachenmann’s jewel box of resonance, detail and gentility
Aimard, Queyras and Simpson open up Helmut Lachenmann’s jewel box of resonance, detail and...
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 02 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 02 Dec 2020
classical music
Witness a bold and personal take on the Beethoven anniversary from a master craftsman of the piano
Witness a bold and personal take on the Beethoven anniversary from a master craftsman of the piano
Conductor with London SInfonietta
7:30 pm
Thu 03 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 03 Dec 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The London premiere of James Dillon’s otherworldly fairy tale, with the London Sinfonietta
The London premiere of James Dillon’s otherworldly fairy tale, with the London Sinfonietta
BBC Concert Orchestra musicians
7:30 pm
Fri 04 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Dec 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The BBC Concert Orchestra’s winter mix-tape features a liner list of Bach, Pärt and Max Richter
The BBC Concert Orchestra’s winter mix-tape features a liner list of Bach, Pärt and Max Richter
Members of National Children's Orchesra
3:00 pm
Sun 06 Dec 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 06 Dec 2020
classical music
The young musicians embrace the drama of music by Dukas and Prokofiev
The young musicians embrace the drama of music by Dukas and Prokofiev
Bring It On, performers from broadway musical
Various times
9 Dec 2020 - 10 Jan 2021
Various times | 9 Dec 2020 - 10 Jan 2021
performance & dance
accessible events
The hit Broadway cheerleading musical backflips into the UK: a tale of friendship and forgiveness
The hit Broadway cheerleading musical backflips into the UK: a tale of friendship and forgiveness
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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7:00 pm
Wed 13 Jan 2021
7:00 pm | Wed 13 Jan 2021
classical music
Concert becomes game-show as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment takes on the best of Baroque
Concert becomes game-show as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment takes on the best of Baroque
Russell Keable, conductor of Kensington Symphony Orchestra
7:30 pm
Mon 18 Jan 2021
7:30 pm | Mon 18 Jan 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
The orchestra offers a Cuban holiday, a modern masterpiece and Shakespeare brought to musical life
The orchestra offers a Cuban holiday, a modern masterpiece and Shakespeare brought to musical life
Marc-André Hamelin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 27 Jan 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 27 Jan 2021
classical music
A musician in a class of his own plays sensational and sensitive masterpieces for piano
A musician in a class of his own plays sensational and sensitive masterpieces for piano
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
7:30 pm
Thu 28 Jan 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Jan 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Music and poetry combine in a concert about immigration and identity, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Music and poetry combine in a concert about immigration and identity, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Crouch End Festival Chorus on stage
7:30 pm
Sat 30 Jan 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 30 Jan 2021
classical music
The siblings’ music is showcased by the London Mozart Players and Crouch End Festival Chorus
The siblings’ music is showcased by the London Mozart Players and Crouch End Festival Chorus

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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.

tickets & concessions faqs

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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