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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading classical 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 2,500 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, The Poetry Library, Spirit Level (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms), 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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Barbara Brownskirt, poet
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Dec 2018
Literature
Poetry
Have yourself a very merry Polari with a festive literary rampage featuring Barbara Brownskirt
Have yourself a very merry Polari with a festive literary rampage featuring Barbara Brownskirt
Roxane Gay headshot
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Dec 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The critic and author takes the stage to discuss today's culture with her keen and humorous candour
The critic and author takes the stage to discuss today's culture with her keen and humorous...
Chef at Jam Shed Supper Club, Southbank Centre
Various times
until 15 Dec 2018
Various times | until 15 Dec 2018
Dine on delicious cuisine from MasterChef finalists while enjoying spectacular views of the Thames
Dine on delicious cuisine from MasterChef finalists while enjoying spectacular views of the Thames
He Wu, Joseph Calleja and Beau Dermott
8:00 pm
Tue 11 Dec 2018
8:00 pm | Tue 11 Dec 2018
Bring on the cheer at a magical evening of seasonal music and song in support of The Prince’s Trust
Bring on the cheer at a magical evening of seasonal music and song in support of The Prince’s...
Visitors on the Festival Terrace outside Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Wed 12 Dec 2018
5:30 pm | Wed 12 Dec 2018
Wrap up your Christmas shopping at an enchanting Members' evening with festive treats and discounts
Wrap up your Christmas shopping at an enchanting Members' evening with festive treats and...
Turning of the Year, schoolchildren in a choir

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Wed 12 Dec 2018
6:00 pm | Wed 12 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
Hear the merry voices of Lewisham schoolchildren at a festive gathering of local choirs
Hear the merry voices of Lewisham schoolchildren at a festive gathering of local choirs
Illustration of Christmas scene
7:30 pm
Wed 12 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 12 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
Deck the halls at an evening of festive song from the John Lewis Partnership choirs
Deck the halls at an evening of festive song from the John Lewis Partnership choirs

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 13 Dec 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 13 Dec 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
In this joint concert, listen to the musical collaborations of two accomplished youth orchestras
In this joint concert, listen to the musical collaborations of two accomplished youth orchestras
7:30 pm
Thu 13 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 13 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
Herald the Christmas season with a sublime selection of festive classics and carols
Herald the Christmas season with a sublime selection of festive classics and carols
Friday Lunch: Granny's Attic, folk group

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 14 Dec 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 14 Dec 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
This lively trio shake the mothballs out of traditional English folk
This lively trio shake the mothballs out of traditional English folk
7:30 pm
Fri 14 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 14 Dec 2018
Classical music
Festive songs to celebrate the season
Festive songs to celebrate the season
Photo of children and adults joining in a dance workshop together at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 15 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 15 Dec 2018
Warm up with traditional and festive Caribbean music, stories and performances
Warm up with traditional and festive Caribbean music, stories and performances
Various times
until 29 Dec 2018
Various times | until 29 Dec 2018
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
7:30 pm
Sat 15 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 15 Dec 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
John Wilson and his orchestra perform the music of Hollywood and Broadway musicals
John Wilson and his orchestra perform the music of Hollywood and Broadway musicals
3:00 pm
Sun 16 Dec 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 16 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
An afternoon of magical music from your favourite festive films
An afternoon of magical music from your favourite festive films
7:30 pm
Sun 16 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 16 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
350 voices in monumental harmony with the Philharmonia Orchestra
350 voices in monumental harmony with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Mon 17 Dec 2018
5:30 pm | Mon 17 Dec 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Getting home means something different in the winter chill
Getting home means something different in the winter chill
Southbank Gamelan Players

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Tue 18 Dec 2018
5:30 pm | Tue 18 Dec 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Gongs, chimes and metallophones ring in the season at a gamelan performance
Gongs, chimes and metallophones ring in the season at a gamelan performance
Feelings of Home, Streetwise Opera on stage

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Wed 19 Dec 2018
5:30 pm | Wed 19 Dec 2018
Classical music
Gigs
Consider what home means to different people during winter at this performance
Consider what home means to different people during winter at this performance
Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre
Various times
19 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
Various times | 19 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
Nest Collective Winter Festival, people at the Winter Festival

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Thu 20 Dec 2018
5:30 pm | Thu 20 Dec 2018
Folk & World
Gigs
Take in the finest of folk and world music this Winter
Take in the finest of folk and world music this Winter
Photo of the singer-songerwriter Mochudi performer. The photo has been taken from behind.

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 21 Dec 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 21 Dec 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Feel the enchantment of Mochudi's soulful, bluesy vocal style and laidback beat
Feel the enchantment of Mochudi's soulful, bluesy vocal style and laidback beat
Performer and Children on stage

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 22 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 22 Dec 2018
Show off your best fancy dress and learn dance moves to festive hits at this winter ball
Show off your best fancy dress and learn dance moves to festive hits at this winter ball

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 23 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 23 Dec 2018
Join us for an inclusive day of music, storytelling and performances celebrating the generations
Join us for an inclusive day of music, storytelling and performances celebrating the generations

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Mon 24 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Mon 24 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
If you ain't got that swing, come and get it at our lindy hop workshop
If you ain't got that swing, come and get it at our lindy hop workshop
Five Go Jiving, pair dancing

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Mon 24 Dec 2018
1:00 pm | Mon 24 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Start your festive holiday in style with a dancing extravaganza from Five Go Jiving
Start your festive holiday in style with a dancing extravaganza from Five Go Jiving

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Wed 26 Dec 2018
3:00 pm | Wed 26 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Feel the rhythm at a ballroom workshop this Winter
Feel the rhythm at a ballroom workshop this Winter

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Wed 26 Dec 2018
4:00 pm | Wed 26 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Life's a ball at our social dance
Life's a ball at our social dance
Couples dancing the tango

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Thu 27 Dec 2018
2:00 pm | Thu 27 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango performances, lessons and social dancing
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango performances, lessons and social dancing

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 29 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 29 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
Top up your seasonal cheer at this day-long event with London’s best drag kings and queens
Top up your seasonal cheer at this day-long event with London’s best drag kings and queens

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 30 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 30 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Literature
Wrap up 2018 and 'sew' the seeds for 2019 at a crafting workshop with the AFRORETRO sisters
Wrap up 2018 and 'sew' the seeds for 2019 at a crafting workshop with the AFRORETRO...

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Tue 01 Jan 2019
1:00 pm | Tue 01 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Welcome the New Year with traditional British folk music and dance, and a sprinkling of theatrics
Welcome the New Year with traditional British folk music and dance, and a sprinkling of theatrics
Friday Lunch: Threaded, folk group

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 04 Jan 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 04 Jan 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Folk Radio UK calls this soulful trio ‘An absolute joy to listen to’
Folk Radio UK calls this soulful trio ‘An absolute joy to listen to’
Marco Marconi, jazz pianist and composer

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 11 Jan 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 11 Jan 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Learn what smooth sounds like with the jazz pianist and his collaborators
Learn what smooth sounds like with the jazz pianist and his collaborators
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
12:00 pm
Sat 12 Jan 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 12 Jan 2019
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11—18
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11—18
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
until 27 Jul 2019
Various times | until 27 Jul 2019
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Headshot of  Jeremy Noel-Tod
2:00 pm
Sun 13 Jan 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 13 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
On the day of the TS Eliot Prize Readings, the poetry critic assesses this year's shortlist
On the day of the TS Eliot Prize Readings, the poetry critic assesses this year's shortlist
Portrait of Poet, TS Eliot
7:00 pm
Sun 13 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 13 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
On the eve of the TS Eliot Prize, hear the shortlisted poets reading from their own work
On the eve of the TS Eliot Prize, hear the shortlisted poets reading from their own work
Rachel Long
7:00 pm
Mon 14 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 14 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
Harness your dreams in a six-week poetry course for women
Harness your dreams in a six-week poetry course for women
Woman playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
Mon 14 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 14 Jan 2019
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
15 Jan 2019 - 28 Mar 2019
Various times | 15 Jan 2019 - 28 Mar 2019
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Adult group playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
Wed 16 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 16 Jan 2019
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 16 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 16 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Musical history in the making: you heard it here first
Musical history in the making: you heard it here first
businessman working with notepaper of strategy ideas.Business communication, brainstorming,meeting,plan conceptsNotepaper with male hand.Business brainstorming and communication marketing plan concepts

Free

Free

Various times
17 Jan 2019 - 18 Jan 2019
Various times | 17 Jan 2019 - 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Are you a composer? Unsure about rights and royalties or perplexed by publishing?
Are you a composer? Unsure about rights and royalties or perplexed by publishing?
Music books displayed on a table

Free

Free

Various times
17 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019
Various times | 17 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019
Need a space to talk about new music? Come on in
Need a space to talk about new music? Come on in
Audience Members at Talks

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Thu 17 Jan 2019
3:30 pm | Thu 17 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Examine the relevance of new music in today’s world with our panel
Examine the relevance of new music in today’s world with our panel
A man playing Gamelan
6:00 pm
Thu 17 Jan 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 17 Jan 2019
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

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 17 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Virtuosic American organist Nathan Laube presents music by Bach at his best
Virtuosic American organist Nathan Laube presents music by Bach at his best
Group of people playing Gamelan
8:00 pm
Thu 17 Jan 2019
8:00 pm | Thu 17 Jan 2019
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Friday Lunch Presents Rude Health

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Dive into new music at a free, specially curated set from up-and-coming composers
Dive into new music at a free, specially curated set from up-and-coming composers
Audeince Members at Talks

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
3:30 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
How does music education embrace the danger and excitement of creativity? Discuss
How does music education embrace the danger and excitement of creativity? Discuss

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos and acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang return to Royal Festival Hall
Renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos and acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang return to Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 19 Jan 2019
11:00 am | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Choral
Find your inner composer in a vocal workshop with Esmeralda Conde Ruiz and Ben See
Find your inner composer in a vocal workshop with Esmeralda Conde Ruiz and Ben See
Musicians playing string instruments on stage

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Get tips to composing and arranging repertoire for mixed-ability ensembles at this workshop
Get tips to composing and arranging repertoire for mixed-ability ensembles at this workshop

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Who is writing new music, and who are they writing it for? Join us for a panel discussion
Who is writing new music, and who are they writing it for? Join us for a panel discussion
2:30 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Enjoy an enchanting afternoon of your favourite waltzes and polkas
Enjoy an enchanting afternoon of your favourite waltzes and polkas
A man playing with Chinese Instrument

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Get creative at a workshop with composer Peter Wiegold, who shares his innovative techniques
Get creative at a workshop with composer Peter Wiegold, who shares his innovative techniques
ENO 30 March 2017

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

3:00 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Three classic English works frame a new concerto for bass clarinet inspired by Greek legend
Three classic English works frame a new concerto for bass clarinet inspired by Greek legend
Sandi Toksvig Live! National Trevor
7:30 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Laugh yourself silly at a new show packed with tall stories, funny facts and some terrible baking
Laugh yourself silly at a new show packed with tall stories, funny facts and some terrible baking
Irenosen Okojie, writer
7:00 pm
Mon 21 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 21 Jan 2019
Literature
Writers
Incisive, mysterious, surprising: the short story form is addictive to writers
Incisive, mysterious, surprising: the short story form is addictive to writers

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10 Dec
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The critic and author takes the stage to discuss today's culture with her keen and humorous candour
19 Dec - 5 Jan
Performance & Dance
Circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
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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.

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

while you're here

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