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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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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...
Jones Toby, actor

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

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
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
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
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
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

Free

Free

9:45 pm
Fri 20 Dec 2019
9:45 pm | Fri 20 Dec 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Queer comedy collective The LOL Word outdo your Christmas crackers with jokes to suit the season
Queer comedy collective The LOL Word outdo your Christmas crackers with jokes to suit the season
Audience members and performer smiling

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 21 Dec 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 21 Dec 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
A yuletide hooley of high-heel-stomping, glitter-romping fun celebrating London’s older LGBT+ community
A yuletide hooley of high-heel-stomping, glitter-romping fun celebrating London’s older LGBT+...
Iain Stirling, comedian
8:00 pm
Thu 12 Mar 2020
8:00 pm | Thu 12 Mar 2020
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
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

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3 Nov
classical music
contemporary classical
The second day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
6 Nov
classical music
Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus is one of the greatest piano compositions of the 20th century
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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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