Southbank Centre

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

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.
Man Booker 50 credit Man Booker Prize

Man Booker 50

  • 6 — 8 July 2018

Discover the finest fiction of yesterday, today and tomorrow at a festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize.

For half a century, the Man Booker Prize has recognised many of the defining novels of our times and continues to celebrate the finest fiction. This July, Southbank Centre and the Booker Prize Foundation present a weekend-long festival of talks, readings and masterclasses featuring leading authors from the Man Booker Prize’s history.

Hear from past winners, shortlisted authors and other cultural luminaries as they discuss their books, the inspiration they have drawn from each other, and the changing world that their fiction reflects. Hilary Mantel, Julian Barnes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Pat Barker and Peter Carey are just a few of the festival highlights.

Delve into a range of topics, including the role of the literary novel in the age of social media, how far novelists can go with experiments in form and narrative, the future of the novel and what makes a great literary adaptation.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Range from Free , then ticketed events are between £10 and £40


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

Email for more information.

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
Greater London





0871 663 2501

Ticket office

0871 663 2500

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.