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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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Orchestra on stage
6:30 pm
Tue 26 Mar 2019
6:30 pm | Tue 26 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
South-eastern sounds: over 1,000 performers from the London Borough of Bexley showcase their talent
South-eastern sounds: over 1,000 performers from the London Borough of Bexley showcase their talent
Dancers in The Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

Various times
13 Mar 2019 - 24 Apr 2019
Various times | 13 Mar 2019 - 24 Apr 2019
Have a ball at our nine-week dance programme for people with dementia and their carers
Have a ball at our nine-week dance programme for people with dementia and their carers

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 27 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 27 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
William Walton was the original angry young composer
William Walton was the original angry young composer

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 28 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman is both conductor and soloist in this concert of infectious melodies
Legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman is both conductor and soloist in this concert of infectious...
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
7:30 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Classical music
Choral
‘The best tenor in the world?’ asked The Independent. We just know he sounds glorious
‘The best tenor in the world?’ asked The Independent. We just know he sounds glorious
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Art
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and...

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

12:00 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
The LPO musical laboratory opens its doors once more for children aged six and over
The LPO musical laboratory opens its doors once more for children aged six and over
Various times
Sat 30 Mar 2019
Various times | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
Unavailable
Various times
10 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019
Various times | 10 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour

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9 Apr
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Journey to India at a screening of an epic silent film with live score by sitarist Anoushka Shankar
21 May - 22 May
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
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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