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 below.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Royal Festival Hall

Fee: No except for concerts and events.

Open Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • 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

Category: Venues & Event Spaces

Address: Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 844 875 0073


Yelp Rating:
4 out of 5 4 Star Rating
Based on 50 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating I love this place. It's huge. 5 levels. On the weekend they have free chamber music in the foyer and outside the Southbank food festival. I recently... Read More

Henri R. May-10-2016

4 Star Rating In 2012 and in 2013, the Royal Festival Hall was used for the Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards. It's an ideal location/venue to hold such a prestigious... Read More

Patrick L. Jan-11-2015

4 Star Rating Attended an Apocalyptica concert on 3/1/17 here. Nice venue with great acoustics. Great location - it's in the Southbank Center. There are lots of... Read More

Hope H. Mar-19-2017

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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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