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The Royal Festival HallLondon
South Bank
London SE1
TfL Fare Zone 1


The Royal Festival Hall (RFH) in the heart of London’s Southbank Centre Complex is the only original building left on the 1950s Festival of Britain site.

Opened in 1951, the Grade I listed Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues.

Between 1965-68 The Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room were added to the site. The Southbank Centre is the overall administrative body and handles bookings and enquiries for all venues.

The RFH is the venue for concerts, ballet, readings and talks. Its position overlooking the Thames and the lights of London makes it a great place to visit. Unusually the RFH has an open foyer policy which means that the public are free to enjoy the foyer spaces even when there is no performance. Visitors can relax with a glass of wine on the Festival Terrace and watch the passing parade.

As well as the auditorium, there is The Clore Ballroom, the Saison Poetry Library, Spirit Level, (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms) Toilets, Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.
Plan Your Visit
Opening Times
The RFH is open every day except 25 December.
Times:  10:00 – 23:00 hours
Entry to RFH and to all Southbank Centre buildings is free, and visitors are welcome to come into the Foyer spaces and enjoy the atmosphere with or without a ticket.
Christmas and New Year opening times
For details go to Web: Royal Festval Hall Opening Times
Disabled Access
Yes.  For detailed information go to Web:  Royal Festival Hall/ Disabled Access
What’s On
Ticket Office open 09:00 – 20:00, 7 days a week.
Tel: +44 (0)8448 750 073.
For complete details on how to book tickets go to  Web:  Southbank Centre/ Tickets
Royal Festival Hall has the acclaimed Skylon restaurant with contemporary food, original cocktails and stunning views over the river. There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public.
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)2079 604 200
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Getting There
To find the best way for getting to Southbank Centre, visit TfL Journey Planner.
- By Underground
Waterloo Station          Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee & Waterloo and City lines
(step-free access)
Embankment Station    Circle & District lines Charing Cross Station Northern & Bakerloo lines
- By Bus
Bus number RV1 stops on Belvedere Road.
Bus routes 76, 77, 211, 341, 381, 507, N381, N76 and RV1 all stop on York Road, a 5 minutes’ walk away.
Bus routes 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 521, N1, N68, N171 and N343 stop on Waterloo Bridge, a 2 minutes’ walk away.
- By Mainline Rail
Waterloo Station          National Rail South Eastern Main Line
(step-free access)
Waterloo East Station   National Rail South Eastern Main Line
(step-free access)
- By River
Boats stop at Festival Pier, going to St Katherine’s Pier, Bankside and Westminster.  
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