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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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Nick Costley-White trio

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Bring laid-back swing and acoustic jazz to your Friday lunch-time
Bring laid-back swing and acoustic jazz to your Friday lunch-time
Stewart Copeland Lights Up the Orchestra
7:30 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Gigs
Contemporary Classical
From The Police to Hollywood: A high-impact orchestral review of Stewart Copeland’s legendary career
From The Police to Hollywood: A high-impact orchestral review of Stewart Copeland’s legendary...
Alex Hitchcock Quintet

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 05 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 05 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Pack your lunch-break with adventurous melodies and virtuosic improvisation
Pack your lunch-break with adventurous melodies and virtuosic improvisation
A still from Shiraz: a Romance of India (1928)
7:30 pm
Tue 09 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 09 Apr 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Journey to India at a screening of an epic silent film with live score by sitarist Anoushka Shankar
Journey to India at a screening of an epic silent film with live score by sitarist Anoushka Shankar
7:30 pm
Thu 18 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 18 Apr 2019
Gigs
Witness a live performance by the critically acclaimed American indie-alternative band
Witness a live performance by the critically acclaimed American indie-alternative band
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Illustration for a James Lavelle event showing a paint-splattered horse in a room
7:30 pm
Fri 19 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Be among the first to hear the outfit’s new material live at a sensational show with special guests
Be among the first to hear the outfit’s new material live at a sensational show with special...
Maria Chiara Argirò, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 26 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 26 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Jazz improvisation, electronic beats and alternative rock from the drum and piano duo
Jazz improvisation, electronic beats and alternative rock from the drum and piano duo
Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan, sarod player
7:30 pm
Tue 30 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 30 Apr 2019
Gigs
Be captivated by the resonant sound of the sarod, played by two generations of masters
Be captivated by the resonant sound of the sarod, played by two generations of masters
Sergio Mendes sat at the piano
7:30 pm
Sun 05 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 05 May 2019
Gigs
Be transported to Brazil by a legend of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s
Be transported to Brazil by a legend of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s
Nina Harries, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Hear the unexpected from the folk-punk double bassist and vocalist
Hear the unexpected from the folk-punk double bassist and vocalist

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21 May - 22 May
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.

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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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