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.

Currently Closed

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

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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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Rated 4.5 out of 5Royal Festival Hall Star Rating

5 Star Rating A lovely venue! And as always, a great experience. We saw the Royal Philharmonic orchestra and it was beautiful. No queues, well organised, good seating and the sound was amazing! Bar was not too busy, even at the interval. Gluten free cake available and delicious. All in all a great evening out.

josette bogerman - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Fabulous concerts here. The energy of this place is inexplicable. Beautifully situated along Southbank, stunning views. Great to grab a drink and chill outside weather permitting. There are always different types of functions to be enjoyed here, great venue for young and elderly and something in between.

TheWitchyM - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Great auditorium, good accoustics, good views from all seats. Obviously seats further back reduce the size of everything but performance area in complete view. Front three or four rows of stalls can have limited visibility of rear of 'stage'. Even though not in front of performers sound is good at sides and boxes and views are brilliant! Lift access to all floors, with amusing lift 'sounds'.

Dave Pickering - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating We mainly spend time in the many foyer levels here. Went for the concerts a couple of times, but the indoor public space is what’s most attractive to me about the RFH! Especially with kids and if the weather is not great. On Fridays there is a free jazz in the main lobby, children’s poetry library offers great storytelling events, the cafes are very children friendly, singing lift is a must

Yevgeniya Pozigun - 1 month ago


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