Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall
23 4 2018 IMG 3462 QEH entrance.jpg
Exterior view of venue (c.2018)
General information
Architectural styleBrutalist
AddressBelvedere Road
Town or cityLondon SE1
CountryEngland
Opened1 March 1967 (1967-03-01)
Design and construction
Architect
  • Hubert Bennett
  • Jack Whittle
  • F.G West
  • Geoffrey Horsefall
Structural engineerOve Arup & Partners
Main contractorHiggs and Hill
Renovating team
ArchitectFCB Stdios
Other information
Seating capacity916

The Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) is a music venue on the South Bank in London, England, that hosts daily classical, jazz, and avant-garde music and dance performances. The QEH was opened in 1967 with a concert conducted by Benjamin Britten.[1]

The QEH was built along with the smaller Purcell Room as part of Southbank Centre arts complex. It stands alongside the Royal Festival Hall, which was built for the Festival of Britain of 1951, and the Hayward Gallery which opened in 1968.

Queen Elizabeth Hall - auditorium building with later added restaurant on walkway

History

The QEH stands on the former site of a shot tower, built as part of a lead works in 1826 and retained for the Festival of Britain. The QEH and the Purcell Room were built together by Higgs and Hill[2] and opened in March 1967.

The venue was closed for two years of renovations in September 2015. It reopened in April 2018.[1]