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.

Philharmonia Orchestra and The Bach Choir: A Gala Concert in Aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK

  • 21 April 2016 From 7:30pm

The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Bach Choir, conductor Grant Llewellyn and renowned soloists will come together for a spectacular evening of entertainment at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 21 April 2016, raising money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Classic FM will be supporting the concert and recording it for later broadcast. This event marks a continuation of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s relationship with Hazard Chase Limited, with which the charity has presented many fundraising concerts.

The programme includes The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Britten, with a touching and humorous new script by the screenwriter Andrew McCaldon, who has taken extracts from children’s responses to the music to give a unique child’s eye view of the piece.

Francesca Dego, the 26-year-old Italian-American violinist who already has an impressive number of Deutsche Grammophon recordings to her name, makes her London concerto debut with Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1. Four more glittering soloists take to the stage in the second half for Mozart’s Requiem: the soprano Katherine Manley, mezzo-soprano Emilie Renard, tenor James Gilchrist and bass Ashley Riches.


The Royal Festival Hall


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Booking fee £1.75 (members free)
Concessions 50% off (limited availability)


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.