Royal Festival Hall at Southbank

The Royal Festival Hall is more than just a great performing arts venue, it is also a popular place to just hang out and enjoy the view and other amenities that are on site

The Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank
The Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank cc licensed photo by garryknight

The Royal Festival Hall was opened in 1951 at Southbank Centre in conjunction with the Festival of Britain. The Royal Festival Hall is both a popular gathering place a leading entertainment venue with modernist architectural styling consisting of a 2900 seat auditorium, the Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre Shop, several restaurants and the Siason Poetry Library.

Entrance to Southbank Centre and all the buildings is free, so you can explore the venue and its many amenities without charge. There is usually a lot of stuff happening here, both inside and out, as this is a popular gathering spot and home to some popular festivals too. Of course there is a charge to attend certain events inside the venues which include concerts, dances and talks. The centre is open daily from 10am until 11pm. The hall is the regular home to the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Royal Festival Hall was reopened in 2007 after being closed for extensive renovations which took 2 years to complete. The hall now benefits from a cutting-edge stage, behind the scenes areas and equipage while retaining several of the original features. It is now licensed for weddings and also hosts conferences and graduation ceremonies.

For more information about the Royal Festival Hall as well as shows and schedules visit their official website link above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No except for concerts and events.

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XX, UK

Phone: 0844 875 0073

Official Website: Royal Festival Hall

Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee LinesWaterloo Station5 Minutes
Circle and District LinesEmbankment Station5 Minutes

How to get to Royal Festival Hall by Tube

The Royal Festival hall is just northwest of the main exit from Waterloo Station. Exit onto Waterloo Road and go to you left (north). Stay left at the BFI Imax Theatre and bear left again onto Concert Hall Approach.

From Embankment Station on the Northbank simply walk across the Hungerford bridge. The hall is on the far side of the bridge to your right.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5Royal Festival Hall Star Rating

5 Star Rating One of the best intimate venues I've been to. Show started on time with an alert starting about 5 mins before showtime. Seats were amazing and the sound was very good as well. Lots of things to do and see before and after any show.

james e - 1 day ago

4 Star Rating Great place for a group get together though you may need to wait for chairs to become free if you are a big group. Limited but decent food selection at slightly high prices, though average for the area. They also have free music concerts some lunchtimes (I've happened upon it on a Friday and Sunday). Great if that's what you're after, however, they are quite loud. The Friday we went with babies and it was so loud we had to move to the other side. Still, a regular place to visit as it's so handy.

Tanya Harris - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating I went to the opening night of the London Jazz Festival. Not really my type of music but nice ambiance, and it brought back memories from my youth when I used to visit with my school...to sing! I was lucky to have a box, which admittedly could have been a spot cleaner but overall a great venue.

Mr Pierre - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Love love love festival hall. Such a pleasant atmosphere I always feel happy when I'm there. Can't believe such a wonderful place is free to visit even when entertainment is provided. Then of course there are the evening events for a reasonable fee which are not to be missed.

Maureen Beighton - 22 days ago

4 Star Rating Went to see Simply Sinatra. Had to eat beforehand offsite, which was still very nice, but if you want to eat in the vicinity have to book well in advance. Very accessible in terms of public transport and the staircases/lifts in the building itself. Nice seats, nice show. Bought a couple of glasses of wine beforehand which we were allowed to take into the auditorium and had a coffee at half-time. Expensive! Better first half than second, but that’s personal. Nice evening out.

PTC - 25 days ago

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