Royal Festival Hall
Time Out says
The first and largest building in the world-class Southbank Centre arts complex, the enormous RFH has been hosting concerts and performances since 1951. Its capacity of 2,500 makes it one of London’s largest spaces hosting regular classical concerts, but it’s also seen more than its fair share of rock, pop and dance icons, including the illustrious curators of the annual Meltdown Festival.
Beyond the auditorium, the Festival Hall’s spacious modernist foyers are a great place to hang out (you’ll spot plenty of freelancers hitting up the free wifi) and often accommodate free events and concerts at the weekend. The building also houses the National Poetry Library and is home to a number of restaurants and bars for pre- and post-show provisions. Try Southbank Centre Food Market for street food, Skylon for the view or Spiritland for bites with a banging soundtrack.
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Awesome piece of architecture and testament of the beginning of London's post-war period, the only building left from the venue Festival of Britain.
The World Press Photo Exhibition may take only a short time to browse but the images will stay with you for much longer. The images are a mix of items you will definitely recall from the news, as well as the quirky insight into the lives of people from around the world. It is an incredibly worthwhile way to spend an hour along Southbank, a perfect break from the cold after browsing the Christmas markets.
I suppose each show needs a name, but Limits only becomes more cohesive after the interval with a brief explanation. This is, on the whole, an amalgam of individual acrobatic events. Swedish troupe Cirkus Cirkor are good. Can a hoop really be made to do those things with a human straddling both sides? Yes it can! Can movement on a trampoline and wall become mesmeric? Yes it can! Can swimming and drowning be simulated with a piece of cloth and a pair of legs? Apparently. Crossing boundaries both physical and mental is the theme. But the link is, at times, tenuous. A juggler with tonal batons doesn't quite fit the bill for me. There are some very clever acrobatics on a see-saw. But statistics on a screen are too small to be read and make sure you are not sitting behind a tall man wearing a hat!
World class venue with a lovely space. The interior was larger than expected, had purchased central balcony seats thinking it would be a better view than the side stalls (at the same price). It's a lot further from the stage than expected due to the size of the hall. Go early to enjoy all the activities/galleries around Southbank, or a drink on the balcony to enjoy the view.