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Royal Festival Hall

Foyles, Southbank Centre, Riverside, London, SE1 8XX

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7440 3212
Fax: +44 (02) 0 7981 9739

Opening hours
Monday - Sunday10.00am - 10.00pm
Easter and Bank holidaysNormal hours apply

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Nearest Underground Station: Waterloo. Orientation - follow signs to the Royal Festival Hall from whichever exit taken from Waterloo station.

Opened in June 2005 our Royal Festival Hall branch sits right on the riverside in the heart of the Southbank Centre. Open from 10am-10pm every day, it offers the perfect destination whether you’re attending a concert or event, or simply enjoying the delights of the area. We stock a broad range of subjects from fiction, literature and poetry to philosophy, biography, science, cookery, health, graphics, art, travel, London guides and children's titles. In the summer months you can while away the hours lounging in a deckchair on our lawn, reading your favourite book or just watching the world go by. We also run a bookstall at all the Southbank Centre’s Literary events and frequently have available signed copies by many of the authors appearing , as well as holding our own signings in-store, with recent authors ranging from Michael Palin to Terry Pratchett and Ngugi wa Thiong’o.


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It's hot outside and Foyles at the Royal Festival Hall is at the beating heart of the Southbank Centre's Summer of Love.

Brilliant OrangeBut before you fall head over heels, the World Cup in Brazil is on until the 13th of July.

There is still time to feast on our Latin American fiction and The Beautiful Game 3 for 2 selections, featuring classic authors such as Allende, Borges and Marquez, as well as ones you might not have heard of, for example, Chico Buarque, Machado de Assis and Laura Restrepo. Football classics include Eamon Dunphy's Only a Game, Pete Davies' One Night in Turin and David Winner's Brilliant Orange.


While the footy fades away, it's time to get on yer bike for the 2014 Tour de France, which whizzes through London and Yorkshire this year as Britain aims to make it three wins in three years. Check out our peloton of cycling books and gifts.

Girl is a Half-Formed ThingFoyles' Summer Reads offers a wide range of titles to enjoy on holiday or at home. Our bestsellers right now include Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, Eimear McBride's Baileys and Desmond Elliott's Prize winner A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing and Stephen Grosz's memoir of psychoanalysis, The Examined Life.

Forbidden Love is the theme of our major new promotion, with some heart-wrenching tales from Lolita to Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons to Disgrace. But if books about love sound a bit prosaic, there is always Poetry International, the festival of international poets founded by Ted Hughes which takes place every other year.
The 2014 edition will be at the Southbank Centre from the 17th to the 21st of July and Foyles will be featuring the invited writers' work.

Summer is also holiday time for the kids, so keep them occupied with our Activity promotion. The Usborne London Activity Pack is ideal for staying put in the capital, 50 Things to do on a Journey speaks for itself, while Peppa Pig's Summer Fun ticks all the boxes.

Children and adults alike adore the Australian artist/author Shaun Tan, whose beautifully intricate books we will also be celebrating.

Above all we hope you enjoy the weather and what could be nicer than a good read by the river on a summer's day or balmy evening?

Upcoming Events View all Events »

Cornflakes, Tomatoes and Iced Sea Biscuits Cornflakes, Tomatoes and Iced Sea Biscuits
28th August 2014 3pm - 4pm | Royal Festival Hall Children's Event, Free Event More Info and Tickets »

Storytelling themed around all things edible! Readings from the classic The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, the ever-popular Charlie and Lola series and the new picture book There's a Lion In My Cornflakes. We'll be continuing with bite-size activities and food-themed fun all round!

Poetry Therapy with Laura Barber, editor of 'Penguin's Poems For Weddings' Poetry Therapy with Laura Barber, editor of 'Penguin's Poems For Weddings'
30th August 2014 2pm - 3pm | Royal Festival Hall Signing, Free Event More Info and Tickets »

Whether you need a sonnet to woo your crush or a limerick to lighten your wedding invitations, Laura will be on hand to dip into her vast well of poetry knowledge and give you a much needed shot of literary medicine.

Speed Wedding Planning with The Wedding Fairy, Author of Big Day Breakdown Speed Wedding Planning with The Wedding Fairy, Author of Big Day Breakdown
31st August 2014 2pm - 3pm | Royal Festival Hall Literary Event, Free Event More Info and Tickets »

Come and pick the brain of the knowledgeable and intensely talented Wedding Fairy as he dispenses wedding wisdom at a rapid-fire rate to prospective couples. With years of experience and anecdotes aplenty, George is uniquely positioned to answer any questions you might have.

Latest Blogs Read all Blogs »

8th July 2013 - 12 Midnight Julie Fisher

Julie Fisher shares some of her heavenly home-made ice cream recipes, including Honey Ice Cream with Honeycomb and Toasted Almonds and mango and Passion Fruit Sorbet.

10th December 2012 - 12 Midnight Isobel Moore

Isobel Moore, from our Royal Festival Hall branch, recalls her father's nightly readings of Bilbo Baggins' adventures and how stories of Middle-earth helped her through tough times.

10th September 2012 - 12 Midnight Sean O'Conor

Sean O'Conor from our Royal Festival Hall branch pays tribute to the late Ray Bradbury, the writer who first kindled his love of reading and who never accepted the label of science fiction for his work.

23rd June 2012 - 12 Midnight Sean O'Conor

Intelligent football writing didn't begin with Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, reports Sean, but the it's only recently that British publishers have started properly catering for the demand from fans.

24th May 2012 - 12 Midnight Sean O'Conor

Sean from our Royal Festival Hall branch picks out the books that best document a conflict - memorably described by Jose Luis Borges as "two bald men fighting over a comb" - that cost 907 lives.

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