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 HallFee: No except for concerts and events.
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- 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
London SE1 8XX
Phone: +44 844 875 0073
Elaine M. Jul-24-2016
Royal Festival Hall has been a haunt of mine for a long time, even before I moved to the city, to the point where my friends stopped asking me where to meet... Read More
Hope H. Mar-19-2017
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
Patrick L. Jan-11-2015
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
Accommodations near Royal Festival Hall:
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee Lines||Waterloo Station||5 Minutes|
|Circle and District Lines||Embankment Station||5 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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