Royal Festival Hall

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Royal Festival Hall
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Lang Lang performs at the Massed Piano event
Venue name: Royal Festival Hall
Address: Belvedere Rd
South Bank
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
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  • Exhibitions Until Sunday December 31 2017 Free
  • Drama Monday December 18 2017 - Thursday January 4 2018

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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 iconic, world class venue. I've been here for concerts, film screenings and book readings and the beautiful surroundings never disappoint. It's a huge space but the views are pretty much excellent wherever you sit.

Kevin W

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.

Tom Bruce

Came here for the first time to listen to Terry Gilliam talk about his creative life and promote his new auto-arty-biography, as part of the 2015 London Literature Festival. It was a special venue to see him in. Extravagant, even.   He told everyone to be perverse, that this is the root of all his success. Turn things on their head, he said, flip the ground with the sky and see what happens. So I chewed three pieces of Wrigley's Extra Cool Breeze gum all at once, instead of my usual one. Chomped them right down, right there in my Limited Concessions seat in the front stalls, letting the juices overflow, almost allowing them to dribble from my lips and spill onto the plump, carpeted floor. What is life if we cannot allow ourselves these small, personal extravagances? Thanks, Terry. 

Daniele T
Staff Writer

A focal point if you are on the Southbank:

- Permanent outstanding food stalls behind it.

- Massive amount of free seating space inside, on several levels with free wifi and nobody asking you to consume anything to use it, to the point that several people use it as an office!

- Extremely child and baby friendly.

- Great for meeting up in groups - you can spot regulars like knitting groups occupying a whole floor undisturbed.

- Free children library on the fourth floor.

- Free exhibitions and shows.

- Singing lift!