Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
Greater London





0871 663 2501

Ticket office

0871 663 2500

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An aerial view of London's South Bank

Southbank Centre consists of the Royal Festival Hall (newly reopened after its two-year transformation), the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall (containing the Purcell Room), and the Saison Poetry Library. We also manage the Arts Council Collection and organises the National Touring Exhibition programme in venues throughout the UK.

Situated on the south bank of the River Thames next to the popular BA London Eye, Southbank Centre is at the heart of an arts quarter stretching from the Royal National Theatre and National Film Theatre to Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe.

Venue Type:

Library, Gallery

Opening hours

Royal Festival Hall: 10am – 11pm every day except Christmas Day. Free entry.

The Poetry library will remain open on all dates with access from the Artist’s Entrance.

Queen Elizabeth Hall: Open times vary but usually open 90 minutes before events start and open all day in the summer.

Hayward Gallery: Open daily Mondays 12 - 6pm, Tuesdays – Wednesdays 10am – 6pm, late nights Thursdays and Fridays until 8pm

Admission charges

Free access to building, events may be charged

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Henningham Family Press, Cody Kite, 2014

An Unknown Soldier: An Exhibition by Henningham Family Press

  • 4 November 2014 — 4 January 2015

This exhibition about the legacy of the first world war is a series of printed poems responding to remembrance, DNA technology and propaganda. An Unknown Soldier, by the Henningham Family Press also includes new works for the centenary year of the outbreak of the war, commissioned to highlight the 43 million pocket Gospels of St John that were given to servicemen. The new illustrations import the legacy of the first world war into this significant document that lived in the trenches.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Remembrance Sunday

  • 9 November 2014 10:55am-7:30pm

On Remembrance Sunday Southbank Centre marks the centenary of WWI with a day of talks, workshops and free events, which investigate the history of WWI and explore the Great War through literature, poetry and films.

The day culminates in a performance of Britten’s War Requiem performed by young musicians of the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Voicelab’s Children’s Choir under the acclaimed baton of Marin Alsop. Soloists include Natalia Tanasii (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor) and Johannes Kammler (baritone). The performance is preceded by a talk from Alsop and Southbank Centre’s Head of Classical Music, Gillian Moore, on Britten’s response to the two World Wars. The day’s events will commence at 10.55am with former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, reading Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum est on The Clore Ballroom and will be followed by a two-minute silence in honour of the fallen, to mark the end of WWI.

A series of talks and workshops will also be taking place during the day. Full listings can be found on the Southbank Centre website.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Experience all the talks and concert for just £15.
Concert-only tickets are £10.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Poetry Explorers

Join the band of intrepid Poetry Explorers every Wednesday at 16.00. Parents and children are welcome at this free reading club for families in the newly refurbished Poetry Library.

How to obtain

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