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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading music venue located on the banks of the River Thames at the heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

As well as a 2,700 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues.

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Opening times

10am – 11pm every day

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Ian McEwan, novelist
7:30 pm
Mon 15 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 15 Apr 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
In an exclusive event Ian McEwan reflects on his life in writing and his latest novel
In an exclusive event Ian McEwan reflects on his life in writing and his latest novel
Mary Jean Chan, author
7:00 pm
Tue 23 Apr 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 23 Apr 2019
Literature
Poetry
Uncover the ways in which poetry enables us to utter what is unspeakable in a six-week course
Uncover the ways in which poetry enables us to utter what is unspeakable in a six-week course
Women Rewriting Homer: Madeline Miller & Sharlene Teo
7:00 pm
Wed 24 Apr 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 24 Apr 2019
Literature
Writers
How do we write different perspectives from our own?
How do we write different perspectives from our own?
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Kit de Waal, writer
7:30 pm
Wed 01 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 01 May 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
What does it mean to be working class in Britain today?
What does it mean to be working class in Britain today?
Workshop participants sat at a table
1:00 pm
Sat 11 May 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 11 May 2019
Literature
Poetry
When is a poem finished? Find out at a workshop with the poet and founder of Out-Spoken
When is a poem finished? Find out at a workshop with the poet and founder of Out-Spoken
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Jun 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The Oscar-winning writer of biopic Milk brings Hollywood sparkle to the LGBTQ+ literary salon’s stage
The Oscar-winning writer of biopic Milk brings Hollywood sparkle to the LGBTQ+ literary salon’s...
Workshop participants sat at a table
1:00 pm
Sat 15 Jun 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 15 Jun 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Tell your own story at a workshop on poetry reportage with the poet and founder of SLAMbassadors
Tell your own story at a workshop on poetry reportage with the poet and founder of SLAMbassadors
James Robertson, writer
2:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
Workshop participants sat at a table
1:00 pm
Sat 13 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 13 Jul 2019
Literature
Poetry
Uncover your creativity at a poetry workshop with the author of incisive, intimate poetry
Uncover your creativity at a poetry workshop with the author of incisive, intimate poetry
Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Fri 26 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Jul 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon

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What if silence had a sound?
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Classical music
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See Stockhausen’s monumental opera for the first time since 1985
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visitor info

Planning a visit to our iconic Royal Festival Hall? Here’s some useful information.

opening times

Royal Festival Hall is open 10am - 11pm every day*.

Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before the start time of an event.

Entry to our foyers is free although sometimes it is restricted to provide space for audiences as they arrive for performances - please look out for signs and listen to announcements.

*Occasionally Royal Festival Hall is closed to the public due to private hire. We publicise these times across the site and online, so please check before visiting.

 

facilities & access

At Southbank Centre we welcome everyone and want our site to be available to all. We are working hard to remove barriers so that our facilities and events can be accessible to as many people as possible.

access information

 

tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more on the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

 

getting here and around

We're easily accessible by public transport on road, rail and even river. Find information on the best ways to get to us on the link below.

how to get here

 

food & drink

You certainly won’t go hungry at Southbank Centre. Find out more about the wide range of food and drink options available here on site on the link below

cafes, restaurants and bars

food & drink

There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members' Cafe-Bar, located on Level 6 with panoramic views over the river, is open to Southbank Centre Members. If you fancy some alfresco dining, the Riverside Cafe is located on Level 2.

Royal Festival Hall has the acclaimed Skylon restaurant with contemporary food, original cocktails and stunning views over the river.

There's something for all tastes, occasions and ages.

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