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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading 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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Various times
2 Apr 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
Various times | 2 Apr 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
Explore the life and legacy of a global musical icon through the lens of family archives
Explore the life and legacy of a global musical icon through the lens of family archives
Various times
4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Various times
7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Adult group playing Gamelan
Various times
4 May 2020 - 13 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 May 2020 - 13 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
This summer, try something new: learn to play the Javanese gamelan in this beginners' course
This summer, try something new: learn to play the Javanese gamelan in this beginners' course
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 21 Apr 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Woman playing Gamelan
Various times
6 May 2020 - 15 Jul 2020
Various times | 6 May 2020 - 15 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
David Sedaris, writer
Various times
10 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021
Various times | 10 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021
literature & poetry
Get to the heart of the human condition at a live show of the bestselling author’s sardonic wit
Get to the heart of the human condition at a live show of the bestselling author’s sardonic wit
Adults playing Gamelan
Various times
7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
The Bach Choir performing in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Thu 04 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 04 Jun 2020
classical music
‘Probably the finest independent choir in the world’ (Evening Standard) performs choruses by Verdi
‘Probably the finest independent choir in the world’ (Evening Standard) performs choruses by...
People singing and playing Gamelan
Various times
7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 May 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Film still from The English Patient (1996)
7:00 pm
Fri 05 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 05 Jun 2020
classical music
Anthony Minghella’s romantic blockbuster is accompanied live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Anthony Minghella’s romantic blockbuster is accompanied live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
Various times
25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
Various times | 25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Out-Spoken Poetry Masterclass attendees
1:00 pm
Sat 06 Jun 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 06 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Write your own truth at a workshop with the freethinking poet and host of Out-Spoken Joelle Taylor
Write your own truth at a workshop with the freethinking poet and host of Out-Spoken Joelle Taylor
Randy Newman, singer-songwriter
8:00 pm
Sun 07 Jun 2020
8:00 pm | Sun 07 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The singer and film composer counts the Toy Story theme and a biting satire on Putin among his hits
The singer and film composer counts the Toy Story theme and a biting satire on Putin among his hits
Children playing drums in Royal Festival Hall
10:30 am
Tue 09 Jun 2020
10:30 am | Tue 09 Jun 2020
courses & workshops
Mark the centenary of Ravi Shankar’s birth in a day of workshops and performances for primary schools
Mark the centenary of Ravi Shankar’s birth in a day of workshops and performances for primary...
Musician playing the harp

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 11 Jun 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 11 Jun 2020
classical music
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Instrumental Fellowship Programme supports the talent of tomorrow
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Instrumental Fellowship Programme supports the talent of tomorrow
Mahler: Song of Lamentation

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 11 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Jun 2020
classical music
An evening of high stakes and drama brings the Philharmonia Orchestra’s season to a close
An evening of high stakes and drama brings the Philharmonia Orchestra’s season to a close
Anthony David
7:30 pm
Mon 22 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 22 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Do mental health problems lie in a person’s biology, their psychology or their circumstances?
Do mental health problems lie in a person’s biology, their psychology or their circumstances?
Jen Brister, writer
7:30 pm
Tue 23 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 23 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Polari strides into summer with fiery new literary commentaries on queer hearts, hopes and heroes
Polari strides into summer with fiery new literary commentaries on queer hearts, hopes and heroes
Schools at a story Writing Project
10:30 am
Thu 25 Jun 2020
10:30 am | Thu 25 Jun 2020
courses & workshops
Kick off your summer reading challenges in a day of interactive literature workshops for primary schools
Kick off your summer reading challenges in a day of interactive literature workshops for primary...
Man Booker 50 headshots
Various times
12 May 2020 - 25 Jun 2020
Various times | 12 May 2020 - 25 Jun 2020
Look at the full breadth of human experiences and realities over 12 months in our book club
Look at the full breadth of human experiences and realities over 12 months in our book club
Brit Bennett, author
7:45 pm
Thu 25 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 25 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The new novel from bestselling author of The Mothers details the parallel lives of estranged twin sisters
The new novel from bestselling author of The Mothers details the parallel lives of estranged twin...
Philip Dale, trombone

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Multi-buy discount

7:00 pm
Fri 26 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 26 Jun 2020
classical music
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs works by the bad boys of 19th-century music
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs works by the bad boys of 19th-century music
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Percival Everett, writer
7:00 pm
Sun 28 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 28 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
A master storyteller celebrates the UK publication of his hilarious take on race, class and identity
A master storyteller celebrates the UK publication of his hilarious take on race, class and identity
Rebecca Giggs, wirter
7:15 pm
Wed 01 Jul 2020
7:15 pm | Wed 01 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
What does it mean to write about the natural world in times of crisis?
What does it mean to write about the natural world in times of crisis?
Climate Emergency: How Can I Make a Difference?
7:30 pm
Wed 08 Jul 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 08 Jul 2020
talks & debates
accessible events
Hear from experts on how we as individuals can help humanity to thrive, and not just survive
Hear from experts on how we as individuals can help humanity to thrive, and not just survive
Out-Spoken at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
Sat 18 Jul 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 18 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Open the door to your creativity at our monthly three-hour weekend poetry writing workshop
Open the door to your creativity at our monthly three-hour weekend poetry writing workshop
Diana Souhami, writer
7:30 pm
Fri 31 Jul 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 31 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
The LGBTQ+ literary salon shines a spotlight on the bestselling writer known for incisive biographies
The LGBTQ+ literary salon shines a spotlight on the bestselling writer known for incisive...
Piano player
3:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
classical music
An all-Gershwin extravaganza bursting with Broadway glamour and toe-tapping tunes
An all-Gershwin extravaganza bursting with Broadway glamour and toe-tapping tunes
Fi Glover and Jane Garvey, BBC broadcasters
8:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
8:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The live show spin-off from the podcast experience no one knew they wanted, until they got it
The live show spin-off from the podcast experience no one knew they wanted, until they got it
Edward Gardner, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 23 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 23 Sep 2020
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra raises the curtain on its new season with a story of gothic excess
The London Philharmonic Orchestra raises the curtain on its new season with a story of gothic excess
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 24 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 24 Sep 2020
classical music
Two works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story open the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new season
Two works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story open the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new season
Edward Gardner, conductor

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sat 26 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 26 Sep 2020
classical music
Lift off with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, into realms of pure sonic ecstasy
Lift off with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, into realms of pure sonic ecstasy
Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sun 27 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 27 Sep 2020
classical music
Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra for an all-Brahms concert
Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra for an all-Brahms concert
The Wanwrights
7:30 pm
Mon 28 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 28 Sep 2020
gigs
folk & world
Close harmony: join Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche for a musical evening
Close harmony: join Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche for a musical...
Simone Lamsma, violinist

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7:30 pm
Wed 30 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 30 Sep 2020
classical music
Trace the connections between 1811, 1911 and 2011 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Trace the connections between 1811, 1911 and 2011 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Denis Kozukhin, pianist

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 01 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Oct 2020
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra makes hay with two of Dvorák's sunniest works
The Philharmonia Orchestra makes hay with two of Dvorák's sunniest works

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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 Level 2 (Ticket Office, Festival Terrace, Riverside Terrace, Welcome Desk) please use the main entrance by Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road and use the JCB Glass Lift inside Royal Festival Hall, or the external lift next to the Artists' Entrance.

access information & floor plans

cloakroom

Situated on Level 1, our cloakroom is accessed via steps or platform lift from the Southbank Centre Square doors. It opens around 60 minutes before the start of any Royal Festival Hall show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends.

The charge is £1 per item, which must be collected on the same day they are stored. Items left here are at the owner’s risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to items left in the cloakroom.

toilets

There are accessible toilets on every level and gender neutral inclusive toilets are located on Level 4.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 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. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

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