Royal Festival Hall

Located in the thriving Southbank Centre, the Royal Festival Hall rubs shoulders with the Hayward Gallery and the Poety Library. It’s a truly world-class precinct for arts and culture that’s well worth strolling through if you’ve got a spare afternoon.

Royal Festival Hall itself, built on the site of the old Lion Brewery, is a cavernous 2900-seat auditorium that hosts a diverse range of gigs, exhibitions and events. It suffered from poor acoustics in its original incarnation and closed for two years of refurbishments, reopening in 2007 after a £95m upgrade.

You can see if the money was well-spent when MC Solaar and Wilco play concerts next month; or you can spend an evening with Britain’s favourite polymath and natural treasure Stephen Fry when he performs Fry Live.

Great for: any kind of gig

» Belvedere Road,
SE1 8XX 
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