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Queen Elizabeth Hall London

What’s On at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Hosting a mix of talks, dance performances gigs, events and musicals, events at Queen Elizabeth Hall cement its reputation as a bustling centre for arts and culture enthusiasts on the South Bank. Many touring musicals play at the venue each year, and in 2024 audiences can enjoy the London premiere of the new Frankie Goes to Bollywood musical - a vibrant story about a young woman unexpectedly caught up in India’s film industry.

As the year continues, expect to see even more engaging and entertaining shows, including family-friendly holiday and Christmas productions.

About the Queen Elizabeth Hall

One of three performance spaces in the famous Southbank Centre - alongside Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room - Queen Elizabeth Hall first opened in 1967 with a concert hosted by Benjamin Britten. In the years since, the mid-size venue has become a world-class hub for London culture, arts and tourism. It is known for welcoming a variety of performance and live events, including classical music, avant-garde work, conferences and theatre.

The venue's exterior shares the Brutalist design of the Southbank Centre at large, along with its neighbours, the National Theatre and BFI. In keeping with the area's artistic and youthful atmosphere, Queen Elizabeth Hall has even become an unlikely hit for skateboarders; the foyer's undercroft has been a popular outdoor spot for skaters, graffiti artists and street photographers since the 1970s.

In 2018, Queen Elizabeth Hall re-opened after three years of redevelopment under the "Let the Light In" campaign, overseen by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and with funding from Arts Council England. Visitors to the Hall are able to enjoy a wide range of on-site bars, cafes, restaurants, and seasonal markets across the wider Southbank Centre complex.

Map and Address

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London, SE1 8XX

Queen Elizabeth Hall is located in the world-class Southbank Centre, which hosts a variety of cultural events including theatre, music and art exhibitions. Forming part of the South Bank cultural district next to the River Thames, the venue is within walking distance of the National Theatre, British Film Institute and London Eye.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Queen Elizabeth Hall box office open and how do I collect tickets?

The box office opening hours are 10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Ticket collection is available until the performance opens. You may be asked to show ID as well as the payment card used to purchase the tickets.

What time does Queen Elizabeth Hall open for a show?

The Southbank Centre is open daily from 12 noon. Areas open to all include the level 2 toilets, National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre Shop and Riverside Terrace Cafe. Other areas, including the Foyer, are open to ticket holders 90 minutes before a performance starts.

What food and drink are available at Queen Elizabeth Hall?

There are a range of bars and eateries across the Southbank Centre, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available to purchase. The venue states that you are able to bring your own refreshments into the building, but alcoholic beverages must be purchased on-site.

Does Queen Elizabeth Hall have a cloakroom?

A cloakroom is available for ticket holders to store larger items during the show. There is a charge of £1 per item stored and access is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is Queen Elizabeth Hall air-conditioned?

There is an air conditioning system in the venue to ensure visitors remain comfortable.

Where should I eat near Queen Elizabeth Hall?

The venue is part of the larger Southbank Centre complex and South Bank creative district, which hosts a wide range of cafes, restaurants and street food markets to suit all tastes. On-site, seasonal pop-ups including Oh My Dog! and Applebees Fish are fantastic for the summer months. Other options include exploring the various street food vendors across the South Bank, or family-friendly chain restaurants such as Giraffe.

What is the best hotel to stay at near Queen Elizabeth Hall?

The 5-star rated Hoxton Southwark boasts excellent panoramic views of the city from rooftop restaurant Seabird and complements the South Bank's artistic atmosphere. For visitors wanting a family or budget-friendly option, Novotel Blackfriars and Holiday Inn Express Southwark are both within walking distance of the venue.

How do I contact the box office?

The box office can be contacted directly on 020 3879 9555 or by emailing customer@southbankcentre.co.uk.
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