Royal Festival Hall opened its gates to the public for the first time in 1951. Since then, the large auditorium of 2.500 seats has hosted many concerts, musicals, stage plays and other cultural events. It is best known for the breathtaking live performances of London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. This fantastic venue is located on Belvedere Road in London, close to Jubilee Gardens.
There are several good options to reach Royal Festival Hall, depending on which mode of transport you prefer.
By train and tube: the closest tube station to the venue is Waterloo, but there is also Southwark or Lambeth North, both within a 10-minute walk distance. If you travel by train, your stop should be at Waterloo or Waterloo East; then walk for 5 minutes to get to the Hall.
By car: getting to the venue by car is easy, but make sure you follow the map for directions, depending on the area you’re coming from.
International: there are various ways to get to the Royal Festival Hall from international airports. When coming from Heathrow, for example, you can take the train from Terminals 1-3 to Paddington Station, walk to Stop H and take the 27 bus (Primrose Hill) to Baker Street. Then take the Jubilee line tube and get down at Waterloo Station. You’ll only have to walk for 5 minutes from here.
Royal Festival Hall is surrounded by a variety of alternative parking areas, well-connected to your destination. The areas are located within less than a mile distance from the Hall; nearby you’ll find National Theatre Car Park where there is also free disabled access parking available.
The venue has many friendly facilities for people with special needs, including a ramped entrance with semi-automatic doors, glass lifts which can carry up to 4 wheelchairs, with tactile buttons and voice announcements, accessible WC’s, a portable hearing enhancement system and an infrared system in the auditorium. Companion dogs are welcome too, and there are special seats with additional space when needed.