Royal Festival Hall stands at the heart of Southbank Centre complex. Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues. As well as the auditorium, the building consists of The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre Shop, several places to eat and drink, and the Saison Poetry Library.
Selected reviews for this venue:
JOHN SIMON RAMOS, 26/01/15
This was my first visit to the Royal Festival Hall and i was very impressed. The staff were very helpful and friendly. It is a wonderful venue to see artists performe and, i had a good view from the balcony looking from the River Thames and seeing Londons famous landmarks. I had a great night thank you.
Tommy Emmanuel (26/01/15) - Fantastic, Great Guitarist
Tommy Emmanuel came on stage to a huge round of appluse and thanked everyone for coming. He played a couple of songs including Waltzing Matilda and then The Beatles melody. He played Daydreamer when he flicked capo from the guitar neck and into the floor whilst, still playing!!! Amazing He did a lot of hand tapping on the guitar and has incredible left hand movements in chord changing which, had my bottom jaw dropping. He really is a nice guy and a great performer. He even gave us a Masterclass to show to everyone. He then played a few songs dedicated to his father, and his guest Anthony Snape performed brilliantly. All in all, a fantastic performance by the great man and a deserved standing ovation from the crowd. I hope he comes back again at the same venue.
Excellent view because of the well tiered comfortable seats. Staff were friendly and helpful. The acoustics are excellent. Access to the venue is very good. Car parking a bit pricey but it is London and it was very convenient.
Tommy Emmanuel (21/01/15) - Fantastic musical experience
Tommy is the most superb mind-blowing guitarist. Breakneck speed followed by pieces of extreme tenderness and beauty. A real eclectic one-off. Jazz, blues, pop, ballads and beautiful self composed music. He is joyous and entertaining and you can feel the love in the room. Playfully he shows you how he can make his guitar sound like the bass, percussion, rhythm guitar and lead all at once. As guest he gave us the treat of Anthony Snape, a solo artist with a beautiful voice, great songwriter and competent to support himself on guitar. Truly heartwarming event.
Venue was appalling. Choir, or the sections to the immediate flanks of the stage, was listed as sold out but on the night contained about 4 people in total amongst a sea of envy-inducing empty seats. The tickets sold in the section I was unfortunate enough to be in (up in the gods) had been sold in a scattergun manner so people were spread out like diffusing atoms. Toxic to the atmosphere. A smaller venue would have been more desirable, but proper and thinking use of the space they had would have been just as beneficial. Looking down at the empty seats right next to the virtuoso guitarist ruined my experience.
Tommy Emmanuel (21/01/15) - Awful Execution by the Venue
Tommy Emmanuel was great, but let down by poor execution by the venue (royal festival hall). I hope to see him in a more suitably sized, and better managed, venue next time he is in the UK.
Address: Royal Festival Hall
Nearest railway stations: Waterloo Waterloo East Charing Cross
Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, in York Road, in Belvedere Road and in Stamford Street.
Boats stop at Festival Pier.
Bike stands are located in Southbank Centre Square.
Southbank Centre has two car parks operated on our behalf by APCOA Parking UK:
Southbank Centre Car Park - Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre Car Park - Hungerford Bridge (this car park will be closed during Summer 2012)
Transport for London advise against travelling by car in central London during the London 2012 Games.
Southbank Centre car parks now operate on a Pay-by-Phone system. If you are a regular user of the car parks, you may wish to register in advance by visiting APCOA website. For those unable to pay by phone, Pay and Display machines will also be available.
Tariffs* in both car parks are as follows:
Any length of time between 5pm and 1am £9
All other times: Up to 1 hour £6.50
Up to 2 hours £9
Up to 4 hours £12.50
Up to 6 hours £15
Up to 8 hours £20
Up to 12 hours £25
Up to 24 hours £35
Please note the concessionary rate for customers attending paid, ticketed events at Southbank Centre is no longer available.
* All credit card payments are subject to a 30p transaction charge
For any queries, please contact Apcoa on 020 7620 0397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors with Disability
Parking at Southbank Centre’s car park is free to visitors who display a Blue Badge and are attending a paid, ticketed event at Southbank Centre. There are a limited number of dedicated parking bays for Blue Badge holders in the Hayward Gallery Car Park. Patrons parking in a Blue Badge bay should display their badge clearly in their vehicle. (It is no longer necessary for Blue Badge holders to get a parking ticket validated at the Ticket Office).
Motorbike and Cycle Parking
There are designated motorbike bays inside Southbank Centre Car Park - Hayward Gallery, and bicycle racks on Belvedere Road by the Royal Festival Hall and Festival Riverside.
A taxi rank is adjacent to Southbank Centre Square on Belvedere Road. If you are arriving at Southbank Centre by taxi, please ask to be dropped off at Southbank Centre Square.
Coach bays for free drop off and collection only are available by the London Eye (pre-booked spaces only) and on the Upper Ground Slip Road off Waterloo Road behind the National Theatre, and also on the slip road opposite the National Theatre leading up to Waterloo Bridge.
The Access List Scheme may entitle you to purchase tickets at concessionary prices.
Assistance during your visit
Please contact 0844 875 0073 (select option 2) if you require additional assistance during you visit or further information.
Events leaflet Southbank Centre's monthly diary is available online in audio format (mp3).
To request an alternative format of publicity on forthcoming events, please contact the Ticket Office on 0844 875 0073 (select option 2).
We have a number of wheelchairs for visitors to use, subject to availability from the Artist's Entrance. Please request one on arrival.
We welcome comments and suggestions from patrons, please write to: The Chief Executive's Office Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX.