Southbank Centre

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Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Southbank SE1 8XX
0871 663 2501

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
Box office (in person) – 10 AM to 8 PM (daily); Box office (by phone) – 9 AM to 8 Pm (daily)
Visiting hours are subject to change

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The Southbank Centre is London’s largest entertainment venue, comprising chiefly of the Hayward Gallery, Royal Festival Hall, Royal National Theatre and National Film Theatre.

Hayward Gallery

The Hayward Gallery is the worst of the Southbank Centre’s concrete catastrophes (one architect accused it of having a quite frightening ugliness), but don’t let the depressing shell keep you from the inside – where you’ll find major exhibitions by the world’s leading artists.

Royal Festival Hall

The Royal Festival Hall is the Southbank Centre’s main concert venue. Classical music recitals are always on the agenda, with regular performances by the Philharmonic and London Philharmonic. You can also find jazz, ballet and world music pieces.

National Theatre

The National Theatre was opened in 1976, and combines three different auditoria: the Cottesloe, the Lyttelton and Olivier.

BFI Southbank shows a broad range of British, international and foreign language films, and is the focus of the annual London Film Festival.

If you don’t like all the art-house movies, then you can always catch one of their frequent film premières – where, if you’re really lucky, you’ll also catch the director or movie-star introducing the piece with a short talk. Previous stars have included Clint Eastwood and Cate Blanchett.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Purcell Room

The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room feature small-scale productions by orchestras, bands and dance companies.

If you like skateboarding, then head for the car-park underneath – it’s full of kids falling off their bits of wood.

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Events at Southbank Centre

Diane Arbus -- In The Beginning to

Kader Attia -- The Museum of Emotion to

Kaleidoscope for kids to

Kiss My Genders — Hayward Gallery to

Maps (aka James Chapman)

Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall -- Live

Luka Okros playing Chopin and Liszt

Bridget Riley at the Hayward Gallery to

JS Bachs St. Matthew Passion The Academy of Ancient Music and Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital will be performing JS Bach's St Matthew Passion at Cadogan Hall
Mozarts The Magic Flute The London Coliseum will be putting on an production of Mozart's comic opera about Prince Tamino and Papageno's adventures
Mythical Creatures at Cadogan Hall The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing some classical music by Glinka, Dvorak, Stravinsky and Tom Coult at Cadogan Hall.
JS Bachs Mass in B Minor The Constanza Chorus and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be performing JS Bach's Mass in B Minor at Cadogan Hall
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