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Southbank Centre

With its central London location, riverside setting and unique cultural history, Southbank Centre is a venue for all occasions.

Situated beside the River Thames with fantastic transport links to the popular London Eye, Southbank Centre is at the heart of a sprawling riverside arts quarter. Our wide-ranging artistic programme – music, literature, dance and performance and the visual arts – attracts the most diverse audience of any UK venue.

Comprising of three buildings - Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, and Hayward Gallery - Southbank Centre offers a number of events spaces suitable for a vast array of occasions.

Three fantastic world-class auditoria are available for private hire; as well as a number of smaller events spaces, from mid-sized meeting rooms to our spacious and airy roof pavilions, which make particularly romantic wedding venues.

From the grandeur of our famous buildings, to the intimate surroundings of our private rooftop pavilions, our flexible spaces provide you with a vibrant meeting and entertaining space with stunning views of London and excellent transport links.  Whether you are planning an AGM or an awards ceremony, a wine tasting or a wedding, Southbank Centre has a venue for your event.

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road
020 7921 0702

Events & Capacities

Reception20 - 800
Lunch 30 - 160
Dinner 30 - 440
Dinner Dance 30 - 300
Meeting / Conference 10 - 2 500
Outside Space 1 - 1
Exhibition Space (m2)
Marquee Capacity0 - 0
Wedding Licence 50 - 180
Wedding Reception 60 - 220
Accessible AccessYes

Hayward Gallery private views

2018 not only sees Hayward Gallery celebrating its 50th anniversary, but for the first time ever, the gallery is available to hire exclusively for private views.  Restored to its original appearance after two years of extensive renovations, the gallery's iconic pyramid roof lights flood the space with natural light.

For an exciting and inspiring breakfast or reception venue, Hayward Gallery is second to none. Guests can enjoy delicious catering from one of Southbank Centre’s approved caterers while admiring world-class art, in a light and airy setting.

Hayward Gallery is widely recognised for its challenging and thought-provoking exhibitions and is proud to host the first major UK retrospective of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky, in January 2018.

We are pleased to offer breakfast hire on a daily basis, and lunch/dinner hire on Tuesdays.

Please contact the Southbank Centre Commercial Events Team for more details or to make an enquiry.  

2019 Availability of Spaces at Southbank Centre

Speak to the Southbank Centre events team today to book a site visit.  Current availability for 2019 on dates listed below.

Call us on on 020 7921 0702 or email us on to talk to us about your event.  

Royal Festival Hall

A 2,500- seat capacity venue perfect for conferences and award ceremonies:


  • 13 February
  • 13 March
  • 17 April 
  • 23 – 25 April (3 full days currently available)
  • 2 May
  • 13 May (8am – 5pm only)

Queen Elizabeth Hall

A 900-seat capacity auditorium. Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer is also available for hire (capacity 950).

Availability for complete building hire, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, is also listed below.Available:

  • 4 March (Foyer and Purcell Room auditorium also available)
  • 5 March (Foyer and Purcell Room auditorium also available)
  • 11 March
  • 12 March (8am – 5pm only)
  • 14 March
  • 15 March (8am – 5pm only)
  • 21 March (Foyer and Purcell Room auditorium also available)
  • 20 – 23 May

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

A 295-seat capacity auditorium. Availability for complete building hire, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, is also listed below.


  • 8 February
  • 11 February (Foyer also available)   
  • 4 March (Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium and Foyer also available) 
  • 5 March (Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium and Foyer also available) 
  • 21 March (Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium and Foyer also available) 
  • 16 April (8am – 5pm only)
  • 16 May (8am – 5pm only)
  • 21 – 23 May