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Royal Festival Hall

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

About This Bookstore

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.


In Our Bookstore Now


On 3 for 2 this month we have a selection of some of Mexico's finest writers of both fiction and non-fiction, as well as cookery books for those who have mastered the fajita and want to get a little more adventurous!




Every May, Southbank Centre celebrates the best art and culture coming out of South Asia and the UK in their Alchemy festival. Here at Foyles Royal Festival Hall we're joining in by showcasing some of the best writing from the region. Books like India Rising and Behind the Beautiful Forevers will give you a sense of India's recent history, whilst novels such as Kamila Shamsie's A God in Every Stone really showcase the literary talent that's coming out of South Asia today.



Unguilty Pleasures

You know what makes a guilty pleasure more pleasurable? Stop feeling guilty about it! So let's stop hiding these exciting books under copies of The Economist and start reading them proudly on the train. No one should feel guilty about what they read, particularly when it's something as juicy and exciting as the likes of The Outlander.





Your Examined Life
The practice of mindfulness is becoming more and more prevalent in the western world, with its exercises helping people become aware of their thoughts and feelings and manage their emotions better. Our selection provides an introduction to the concept and methods of mindfulness, alongside inspirational quotes and School of Life's themed philosopher notebooks. 



Sit Down for Stand Up
Some of the funniest men and women in this country have, at one time or another, sat down and written a novel and you'd be surprised at how well their talents on-stage translate to the page!  Some of these books are perfect distillations of what makes them such beloved figures, like Dawn French's Oh Dear Silvia, while others are surprisingly serious fare like Ben Elton's Two Brothers




Staff Picks - Zen
Each month a member of our staff here at Foyles Royal Festival Hall is picking a selection of their favourite books. This month it's the turn of the lovely Zen, who's been a bookseller at this shop since we opened!





Famous Five
George, Timmy, Julian, Anne, and Dick have been around for seventy-three years now, and these editions - each one illustrated by a different beloved children's illustrator - make them seem as new and exciting as the day they were written.





Graphic Cities
It's holiday season and our selection of graphic portraits of cities and guides to some of the coolest places in the world is sure to inspire the traveller in you!

Upcoming Events

 Companions of Clay Launch Party Companions of Clay Launch Party
16th June 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm | Royal Festival Hall Literary Event, Free Event

Safeena Chaudhry is a London based author obsessed by the notion that dreams can be shared. Join us for a celebration of Safeena's writing journey with readings from the book, music, refreshments and the chance to mingle and chat with the author herself.

Latest Blogs

23rd October 2014 - 12 Midnight Laura Anderson

Autumn's natural wonders, even in a city like London, can offer all manner of fun and adventure this half-term, suggests Laura from our Royal Festival Hall shop.

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.

Latest Blog
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Matt Brougton, Senior Designer at Vintage Books, reveals how he came up with the jacket design for Death and Mr pickwick, Stephen Jarvis' novel about the origins of The Pickwick Papers.

GUEST BLOG: Raising awareness about FGM

Emma Craigie's new YA novel deals with the traumatic topic of FGM. She explains how meeting campaigners prompted her to write about about the subject for a younger age group.

Meet the translator, no.2

In the second of our occasional series of interviewers, presented in translation with English PEN, Margaret Jull Costa OBE talks about her translation of the Spanish bestseller Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco.

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