Royal Festival Hall opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Royal Festival Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues, located on the banks of the River Thames at the heart of Southbank Centre.

As well as a 2,500 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, The Poetry Library, Spirit Level (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms), Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.

The Royal Festival Hall offers a fantastic central location, excellent facilities, a high standard of catering and an auditorium where every seat offers a clear and uninterrupted view of the proceedings. The state-of-the-art sound, lighting and audio-visual facilities mean that we are able to offer an excellent quality DVD service for those who wish to purchase a memento of their day.

To find out more:

How do I get to Royal Festival Hall?
The Royal Festival Hall is located on the banks of the River Thames at the heart of the Southbank Centre, and is accessible by rail, road and underground. 
We recommend checking out the venue’s website for details on how to get there in a range of transport methods at Southbank Centre - getting here.

The ceremonies take place in the Auditorium.

What are the food and drink facilities?
After the ceremony you and your guests are warmly invited to attend a reception.

Following the ceremony we’ll ask you to make your way to the foyer areas where light refreshments will be served.

The Southbank Centre is home to lots of bars and restaurants if you’d like to plan a post-ceremony lunch or dinner. To explore these options more take a look at Southbank Centre - Cafes, restaurants & bars.

What are the accessibility arrangements?
If you or your guests have any special requirements for your ceremony, please be sure to notify us within the booking process when purchasing tickets for your ceremony, so that we can make the appropriate arrangements for you. You can update your booking with these details up to the amendment deadline. 

This is a rundown of key information about accessing the Royal Festival Hall venue:
  • Parking: Accessible parking is available at the Royal Festival Hall. View the Royal Festival Hall Accessible Parking Guide.
  • Step-free access: Approach the Southbank Centre Square via Belvedere Road or the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road. Both lifts can be accessed from this area. More information and a map of the Royal Festival Hall's Access can be found online.
  • Lifts: There is an external lift via the Artist's Entrance and an internal lift (the JCB glass lift) via the Southbank Centre Square Entrance. The Royal Festival Hall Access Map gives details and locations of the lifts.
  • Toilets: There are accessible toilets on every level of the Royal Festival Hall and can be accessed from either side of the auditorium.
  • Hearing: The Royal Festival Hall uses a Sennheiser infra-red assisted hearing system which is available throughout the auditorium. Headsets can be collected from the Cloakroom on Level 1 up to one hour before the start of the ceremony. This facility is free of charge and there is no need to pre-book.
  • Seating: Guests in wheelchairs and/or with special needs will be seated with the other guests in their group in areas suitable for wheelchair users. 
  • Photography: The photography area in the Clore Ballroom on Level 2 can be accessed via the main lifts. 
If you need any more information about accessing this venue, more detail can be found at Royal Festival Hall's Access & Facilities guide.