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The Marmite of London Music halls
Royal Festival Hall in general
Member Name: paulie1975
Royal Festival Hall in general
Advantages: Great events
Royal Festival Hall is located on the South Bank in London, it is within 2 minutes walk of Waterloo Tube Station and also just across the Hungerford Bridge from Charing Cross rail and tube stations.
The Royal Festival Hall is the marmite of London buildings, described by many as a communist era monstosity, it also appeals to others as a building that is somewhat different from others in London. For me i've enjoyed so many great events here I love it and am firmly of the view that it does what it does brilliantly.
It is in a perfect location, close to transport and underneath the RFH there are a variety of restaurants including Wagamama, Giraffe and Starbucks, there are also further restaurants including Las Iguanas within 20 metres.
The RFH is generally used for music and theatre, i've been there on a few occasions for the Meltdown festival which is orated by a different person each year, i've seen Harry Hill perform many years ago at the request of David Bowie, seen Brian Wilson perform his long missed version of Smile and gone to the Latina festival on a few occasions ,enjoying delights like Gotan Project.
For such events the RFH is perfect, it has numerous halls, it allows classical music in smaller halls, has exhibitions in the main building, has a bar and restaurant on the second and third floors and a large main building for big shows.
The place looks ugly from the outside, inside it is minimalist and functional, it is both stylish and ugly at the same time and I like it because its individual. Prices are average for London, food and drink are slightly overpriced so I recommend eating before arrival. There is a book shop and gift shop and staff are always knowledgable and very cool.
Acoustics are great, seats are generally good too, overall its a great place to visit, I like marmite and I like the RFH, i've enjoyed some wonderful gigs and performances here over the years and have very fond memories.
Summary: The Marmite of London Music halls
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