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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, Exhibition Space, 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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10am – 11pm every day

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Photo portrait of the author Philip Ardagh, who appears at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
11:00 am
Sun 17 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join Kitty Cask for deeds of derring-do at an interactive storytelling session for ages 7 - 10
Join Kitty Cask for deeds of derring-do at an interactive storytelling session for ages 7 - 10

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 17 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians
Alex Milway in costumes
2:00 pm
Sun 17 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Check in at the funniest and sunniest hotel in town for musical sing-alongs and live illustration
Check in at the funniest and sunniest hotel in town for musical sing-alongs and live illustration
Photo of the Time for Bed event at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Illustration children dancing in the evening light and birds on buildings
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Introduce your little ones to theatre at an interactive hip-hop show
Introduce your little ones to theatre at an interactive hip-hop show
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Bring the whole family to unwind with a story every afternoon of Imagine Children's Festival
Bring the whole family to unwind with a story every afternoon of Imagine Children's Festival
Denis Kozukhin 2016.Pianist.Photo: Marco Borggreve

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7:30 pm
Sun 17 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Jakub Hruša conducts the second set of Dvoràk’s Slavonic Dances alongside music from Central Europe
Jakub Hruša conducts the second set of Dvoràk’s Slavonic Dances alongside music from Central...
Child enjoying Soundpit at Southbank Centre
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...
Performer and Children on stage

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Bring your little ones to start the day in a musical way
Bring your little ones to start the day in a musical way
A Girl with glitter Face Paint

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Pay on the door. Entry is £5 cash, per person
Pay on the door. Entry is £5 cash, per person
Various times
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones

Free

Free

11:00 am
Mon 18 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Jazz hands at the ready – join us for a day celebrating all things musical theatre, for ages 5+
Jazz hands at the ready – join us for a day celebrating all things musical theatre, for ages 5+
Various times
Mon 18 Feb 2019
Various times | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Feel the wonder of books at a storytelling session for blind and partially sighted children
Feel the wonder of books at a storytelling session for blind and partially sighted children
Photo of a performer surrounded by small children as part of the show Far, Far Away
Various times
18 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
Various times | 18 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
Under-5s encounter the playful genius of Schumann and the exploits of Pepper the monkey
Under-5s encounter the playful genius of Schumann and the exploits of Pepper the monkey
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
2:00 pm
Mon 18 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Go on an intrepid adventure at a screening of the animated film adaptation of the children's book
Go on an intrepid adventure at a screening of the animated film adaptation of the children's...
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Cosmic Currents with Figs in Wigs and Friends

Free

Free

11:30 am
Tue 19 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Tue 19 Feb 2019
Put on your space suit for a day of intergalactic workshops, dance, performance and storytelling
Put on your space suit for a day of intergalactic workshops, dance, performance and storytelling
A toddler holding up a children book
Various times
Tue 19 Feb 2019
Various times | Tue 19 Feb 2019
Dive under the sea with writer Candy Gourlay in a children's show about the mysterious dugong
Dive under the sea with writer Candy Gourlay in a children's show about the mysterious dugong
book cover for The Day I Fell into a Book
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Find yourself in a magical world of imagination at an immersive storytelling adventure
Find yourself in a magical world of imagination at an immersive storytelling adventure
Yann Tiersen, musician and composer
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Gigs
Hear tender piano-led works from the composer and multi-instrumentalist behind the Amélie soundtrack
Hear tender piano-led works from the composer and multi-instrumentalist behind the Amélie...
Heart N Soul, creative arts company

Free

Free

11:30 am
Wed 20 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Wed 20 Feb 2019
Get involved in a creative project for children and young people with learning disabilities
Get involved in a creative project for children and young people with learning disabilities
Illustration for the event This is the Drum, showing children in bright clothes dancing in the sand while a boy plays a kettle drum
Various times
Wed 20 Feb 2019
Various times | Wed 20 Feb 2019
Come and step to the beat with the award-winning picture book author
Come and step to the beat with the award-winning picture book author
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Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bad Nana illustration
11:00 am
Thu 21 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Find out what Nana does next at a rib-tickling reading from the author of Where Bear?
Find out what Nana does next at a rib-tickling reading from the author of Where Bear?

Free

Free

11:30 am
Thu 21 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Jive, charleston and waltz around the floor with a day of dancing for kids
Jive, charleston and waltz around the floor with a day of dancing for kids
Smriti Prasadam-Halls, author
Various times
Thu 21 Feb 2019
Various times | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Find your happy at an interactive craft and storytelling workshop full of feel-good fun
Find your happy at an interactive craft and storytelling workshop full of feel-good fun
Photo of storyteller Richard O'Neill sitting inside a traditional Romany caravan
2:00 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Fly away on a magical white horse as the Romani storyteller weaves tales for ages 6 - 10
Fly away on a magical white horse as the Romani storyteller weaves tales for ages 6 - 10
Adrian Varela and Philharmonia Chamber Players play Bach, Stravinsky, Piazzolla

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Violinist Adrián Varela leads a string quartet in works by JS Bach, Stravinsky and Piazzolla
Violinist Adrián Varela leads a string quartet in works by JS Bach, Stravinsky and Piazzolla
Philippe Herreweghe

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7:30 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear a 21st-century orchestra transformed by a conductor known for Baroque and Classical music
Hear a 21st-century orchestra transformed by a conductor known for Baroque and Classical music
Photo portrait of author Alex Bell
Various times
Fri 22 Feb 2019
Various times | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Write your way to the land of ice and snow with the author of The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club
Write your way to the land of ice and snow with the author of The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club
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Molly Spoons

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 22 Feb 2019
Various times | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Craft a spoon doll of your extraordinary alter ego and share it in this workshop and parade
Craft a spoon doll of your extraordinary alter ego and share it in this workshop and parade
Juanjo Mena, conductor

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7:30 pm
Fri 22 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear Beethoven’s five piano concertos over two action-packed concerts
Hear Beethoven’s five piano concertos over two action-packed concerts
Being Green illustration from The Great Big Green Book
11:00 am
Sat 23 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Make eco-warriors of your little ones at a reading from The Great Big Green Book
Make eco-warriors of your little ones at a reading from The Great Big Green Book
How to Train Your Dragon illustration

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 23 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Come for a delightfully dangerous jaunt on the Isle of Berk at a day reading Cressida Cowell's book
Come for a delightfully dangerous jaunt on the Isle of Berk at a day reading Cressida Cowell's...
12:00 pm
Sat 23 Feb 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Classical music
Take a closer look at Beethoven’s piano concertos in this study day
Take a closer look at Beethoven’s piano concertos in this study day
Ade Adepitan
2:00 pm
Sat 23 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Hear the story of Ade, a young boy who defies his bullies and earns himself a super cool nickname
Hear the story of Ade, a young boy who defies his bullies and earns himself a super cool nickname
Cressida Cowell, author

Free

Free

4:15 pm
Sat 23 Feb 2019
4:15 pm | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Bring your little dragons for a book signing with the children’s author
Bring your little dragons for a book signing with the children’s author
Various times
2 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 2 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 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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7:30 pm
Sat 23 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Surmount one of the pinnacles of art in the age of revolution
Surmount one of the pinnacles of art in the age of revolution
Chitra Soundar, author
11:00 am
Sun 24 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Journey to a land of ice and snow with a children’s tale set in the home of the polar bears
Journey to a land of ice and snow with a children’s tale set in the home of the polar bears
Fold Out City with instructions

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 24 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Build a model city inspired by the ever-evolving London skyline in an origami workshop
Build a model city inspired by the ever-evolving London skyline in an origami workshop
 Jasbinder Bilan, author
Various times
Sun 24 Feb 2019
Various times | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Author Jasbinder Bilan leads a magic-realist adventure workshop as we join Asha and her spirit bird
Author Jasbinder Bilan leads a magic-realist adventure workshop as we join Asha and her spirit bird
Various times
27 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Various times | 27 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
HSKU 20140818 Esa-Pekka Salonen Helsingin musiikkitalolla. Kuva: Benjamin Suomela HS

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7:30 pm
Sun 24 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts his own Cello Concerto alongside Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts his own Cello Concerto alongside Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

Free

Free

10:00 am
Mon 25 Feb 2019
10:00 am | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Classical music
Hear a showcase of talented young musicians as part of Music for Youth's Regional Festival Series
Hear a showcase of talented young musicians as part of Music for Youth's Regional Festival...

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7:30 pm
Mon 25 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
English concert organist Catherine Ennis performs one of the most famous organ toccatas
English concert organist Catherine Ennis performs one of the most famous organ toccatas
Angela Hewitt, classical pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 26 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
This beautifully programmed recital demonstrates Angela Hewitt’s affinity with the Baroque
This beautifully programmed recital demonstrates Angela Hewitt’s affinity with the Baroque
Dancers in The Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

10:00 am
Wed 27 Feb 2019
10:00 am | Wed 27 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Classical Dance
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

Free

Free

10:30 am
Wed 27 Feb 2019
10:30 am | Wed 27 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Let's hear it for love at a day of tea-dancing demonstrations, workshops and performances
Let's hear it for love at a day of tea-dancing demonstrations, workshops and performances

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7:30 pm
Wed 27 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 27 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
British music isn’t what you might think
British music isn’t what you might think
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 22 Mar 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 22 Mar 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre on a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre on a guided Members’ tour
C Cane, musician

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 28 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 28 Feb 2019
Gigs
Talks & Topics
Heard the female MCs, presenters and producers who are changing grime? Now’s the time to start
Heard the female MCs, presenters and producers who are changing grime? Now’s the time to start
Soprano Marianne Crebassa

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7:30 pm
Thu 28 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an evocative programme full of personal connections.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an evocative programme full of personal connections.
Goran Bregovic
8:00 pm
Fri 01 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 01 Mar 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Find unity in sound as the Balkan composer brings together three musical traditions
Find unity in sound as the Balkan composer brings together three musical traditions

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7:30 pm
Sat 02 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 02 Mar 2019
Classical music
Choral
Luxuriate in music written specially to appeal to British audiences
Luxuriate in music written specially to appeal to British audiences
3:00 pm
Sun 03 Mar 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 03 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Enjoy iconic film scores from the Hollywood heavyweight
Enjoy iconic film scores from the Hollywood heavyweight
6:30 pm
Mon 04 Mar 2019
6:30 pm | Mon 04 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear the voices of the next generation at a national competition and concert of talented young choristers
Hear the voices of the next generation at a national competition and concert of talented young...
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Classical music
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students

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7:30 pm
Tue 05 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 05 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Enter the energetic worlds of Mozart and Mahler
Enter the energetic worlds of Mozart and Mahler
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7:30 pm
Tue 05 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 05 Mar 2019
Literature
Talks & Topics
Step into spring with Polari, welcoming the return of Maureen Duffy to its beloved literary stage
Step into spring with Polari, welcoming the return of Maureen Duffy to its beloved literary stage

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25 Feb
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The Man Booker winning author launches the first novel in his Dark Star trilogy
26 Feb
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
This beautifully programmed recital demonstrates Angela Hewitt’s affinity with the Baroque
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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

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