Royal Festival Hall

Dance Venues Southbank
Tel: 0844 875 0073

The Royal Festival Hall hosts a variety of concerts, shows and performances. It is situated on the South Bank along with the Purcell Room and the Queen Elizabeth Hall facing the River Thames.

Royal Festival Hall

Type of Performances
The Royal Festival Hall presents an extremely diverse programme covering the whole range of music and performing arts. There are three auditoria available for hire by UK promoters, presenting the highest quality music, dance and performance

Seating Capacity
The Royal Festival Hall maximum capacity including choir stalls: 2,784

The Royal Festival Hall opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain and the concert halls were originally funded and managed by the London County Council and their successor, the Greater London Council. The Hayward Gallery opened in 1968 and was funded and managed by the Arts Council of Great Britain until April 1987 when its administration moved to the Royal Festival Hall. SBC became an independent arts organisation in April 1988, after two years operating as a constituent part of the Arts Council.

The South Bank Centre manages an estate of nearly 30 acres, extending from County Hall to Waterloo Bridge and from Belvedere Road to the River Thames. The estate is managed on a long-term lease from the Arts Council of England, which holds the freehold on behalf of the Government. The estate included the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth hall, the Purcell Room, the Hayward Gallery, Jubilee Gardens and Hungerford Car Park. Also located on the site, but independent of SBC, are the British Film Institute’s (BFI) National Film Theatre (NFT) and Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI). Taken together with the neighbouring Royal National Theatre and BFI’s nearby IMAX cinema, the South Bank has the largest concentration of cultural facilities in the world.

Hiring Information
Promoters enjoy the support of a dedicated team, who can help and advise on all aspects of putting on a show, whether it is marketing, production or arranging a reception for sponsors. For concerts, each Hall is generally booked at least 18 months ahead and often longer. In order to maintain SBC’s reputation for quality, they have a strict quality process. The hire charge is by quotation and can be given once all details of your event have been discussed. They also have limited availability for commercial hire, for AGMs, conferences, Graduation ceremonies etc.
For full details contact:
Head of Hall
RFH Programme Planning.
Tel: 020 7921 0843
Fax: 020 7928 2049

Booking Details
Book Online

Telephone: 0871 663 2500
9am – 8pm daily

Online booking transaction fee £1.45
Telephone booking transaction fee £2.50
Postal bookings transaction fee £1.95
No transaction fee for bookings made in person at the Southbank Centre Ticket Office.

Box Office
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Underground stations: Waterloo or cross the river from Temple, Embankment or Charing Cross

Rail: Waterloo or Waterloo East

Buses: 1, 4, 26, 68, X68, 76, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501, 505, 521 stop on Waterloo Bridge;
76, 77, 171A, 211, 507, D1, P11 stop in York Road;
P11 stop in Stamford Street.
24-hour Bus Information 020 7222 1234
Minicom 020 7918 3015

There are three car parks on the South Bank:
Hungerford Bridge (open 24 hours)
Under the Hayward Gallery (8am – 12 midnight daily)
Under the Royal National Theatre with direct lift access to theatres (7am – 1am Mon-Sat)
Special Evening & Daytime Rates

Evening parking for cars entering after 5pm Monday-Sunday and Bank Holidays: £5.90. To obtain special daytime rate, present your car park ticket and event ticket to be stamped at any South Bank Information Desk

Motorbike and Cycle Parking: Designated motorbike bays inside the Hayward Gallery Car Park. Cycle racks on Belvedere Road.

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