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Find out everything you need to know about visiting Southbank Centre.

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opening times

Royal Festival Hall

Opening times: 10am – 11pm every day

Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before the event start time

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Queen Elizabeth Hall & Purcell Room

Opening times: 10am – 11pm every day

Entry to our foyers is free, and you are welcome to come in with or without a ticket

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Hayward Gallery & Cafe

Opening times: 11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays. Late night openings on Thursday until 9pm

The cafe is not open when the main galleries are closed for installation

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National Poetry Library

Opening times: 11am – 8pm, Tuesday to Sunday

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Outdoor spaces

Find out more about our markets, pop-ups and other outdoor spaces

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how to get here

our address

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

by tube

Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) (five minute walk)

Embankment (District & Circle lines) (seven minute walk)

by bus

Routes 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 521, N1, N68, N171 and N343 stop on Waterloo Bridge (two minute walk)

Routes 76, 77, 211, 341, 381, 507, N381 and N76 stop on York Road (five minute walk)

by train

The nearest stations are Waterloo, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Blackfriars

by bike

Bicycle parking is located in Southbank Centre Square, off Belvedere Road

There are cycle hire stands on Concert Hall Approach, over the road from Southbank Centre Square

by river

Join the Circular Cruise service between Westminster – St Katharine's and alight at Festival Pier

Or, take the River Bus RB1 or RB1X route and alight at London Eye Pier

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There are four Blue Badge parking spaces located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall slip road off Belvedere Road (between Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery)

Free parking in the National Theatre car park (no step-free access on Sunday when the National Theatre building is closed) and APCOA Cornwall Road car park is available to Blue Badge holders

school & group visits

Reservations for groups of 10 or more people can be made by phoning our group line on 020 7960 4225 or by emailing

If you've already booked tickets, please check your booking confirmation for your starting location, or stop by the Welcome Hub on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall building to see where you’re meant to be

Adult supervision is required at all times with the following adult-to-student ratios:

1:5 for under 5s
1:10 for 6- to 11-year-olds
1:15 for 12- to 16-year-olds
1:20 for 16- to 18-year-olds

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step-free access

Queen Elizabeth Hall & Purcell Room

For access to Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and Purcell Room please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace

For access to Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating row A and all wheelchair spaces please enter via the Artist Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall slip road (Level 1)

For lift access to Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden please use the Roof Garden Lift in the Queen Elizabeth Hall slip road (Level 1)

Hayward Gallery

For gallery, foyer, cafe and shop, use JCB Glass Lift (Blue Side Foyers, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall) plus exit onto Riverside Terrace and use main entrance into Hayward Gallery

All floors are accessible from main foyer

Please use the main foyer lift to access the Gallery Cafe

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your safety

We work hard to protect the safety and security of our visitors, performers and staff. Find out more about our security measures on site and the precautions we are taking against the coronavirus.

security measures

coronavirus - frequently asked questions


where to stay

If you'd like to spend a night in the city why not stay at one of our beautiful Partner Hotels.

Edwardian Hotels

Edwardian Hotels, who have a collection of hotels inspired by London and rooted in the neighbourhoods they inhabit.  

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Bankside Hotels 

An independently owned boutique hotel from the Autograph Collection inspired by art and culture. 

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get in touch

We're happy to help with any questions you might have. Phone us on 020 3879 9555 or send an email.