To book access tickets or ask any questions about access, please contact our dedicated Box Office number on 020 7960 2102 (lines open 11:30am to 8:30pm daily) or email box.office@bfi.org.uk. We welcome calls using text relay services.

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Accessible parking

Accessible screenings

Assistance animals

Blind and partially sighted visitors

Booking information

D/deaf and those experiencing hearing loss

Getting around BFI Southbank

Getting here

Parents, carers and guardians

Visitors with restricted or limited mobility

Relaxed screenings

Safe spaces and quiet areas

Toilets

Accessible parking

Parking

Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off by the BFI Shop on Theatre Avenue.

Blue Badge Parking, APCOA Cornwall Road

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting BFI Southbank can also be found at the South Bank Car Park - APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park.

Accessible screenings

In all four screens we’re now able to provide audio description (AD) if available, via infra-red headsets, for those who are blind or partially sighted. Please collect and return your headset to the box office.

We’re also able to show, when a film is released with the option available, on-screen subtitles (CC) for customers who are D/deaf and those experiencing hearing loss.

Browse our list of upcoming accessible screenings.

Assistance animals

We welcome guide dogs and assistance animals at BFI Southbank and can accommodate them in cinemas. Please book in advance so that we can allocate the most appropriate seating. We are able to provide drinking water for your animal and, where staffing allows, can look after your animal during the screening.

Blind and partially sighted visitors

Guide dogs

We welcome guide and assistance dogs at BFI Southbank and can accommodate them in the cinemas. Please book in advance so that we can allocate the most appropriate seating. We are able to provide drinking water for your dog and, where staffing allows, we’ll be happy to look after your dog during the screening.

Accessible version BFI Southbank Guides

Accessible BFI Southbank Guides are available at the box office and a downloadable version is available.

Large print menus

Large print menus are available in BFI Riverfront and BFI Bar & Kitchen. Please ask a member of staff.

Audio description

See a list of screenings with audio description.

Magnifiers

The BFI Reuben Library has a ReadEasy Evolve Text-to-Speech reading machine, a Clover Book Video Magnifier and a range of analogue magnifiers available, as well as coloured page overlays to reduce visual stress.

Keyboards

The BFI Reuben Library has a large format contrast keyboard available on request.

The Mediatheque uses touch screen technology and on-screen text can be enlarged using the pinch-to-zoom function.

Booking information

To book access tickets or ask any questions about access, please contact our dedicated box office number on 020 7960 2102 (lines open 11.30am-8.30pm daily) or email box.office@bfi.org.uk. We welcome calls using text relay services.

BFI Southbank accepts the CEA card, which entitles the holder to one free companion ticket. For further information please visit the CEA website.

D/deaf and those experiencing hearing loss

All of our screens have induction loop facilities and the box office minicom number is 020 7620 2025. We also occasionally present palantype and soft type screenings.

An induction loop is available at the box office, the BFI Shop and the BFI Reuben Library.

See a list of films screening with subtitles for the D/deaf and those experiencing hearing loss.

Getting around BFI Southbank

The main BFI Southbank foyer and box office entrance is on Theatre Avenue, by the National Theatre at street level.

There are stairs and a wheelchair accessible lift to gain access to the main foyer.

The BFI Riverfront entrance is on Queens Walk at street level. There are stairs and a wheelchair-accessible lift to gain access to the main foyer.

You can buy tickets from the box office located in the main foyer.

  • there is a wheelchair-accessible lift and steps with handrails leading up to the NFT1 foyer and BFI Riverfront. We’ll be happy to assist if you require escorting via an alternative route
  • access to NFT2 from the box office is via a lift or stairs
  • there are stairs and a lift at the back of NFT3 and access is via the main foyer. If you are a wheelchair user, please ask at the box office counter and we will be happy to assist, as the route is not marked as a standard entryway
  • the Studio, BFI Reuben Library and Mediatheque are all accessed via the main foyer and box office area
  • both café bar areas are fully accessible

If you would like to prepare for your visit to BFI Southbank you may find this video produced by Carousel, who support learning disabled artists, helpful to watch. We hope this will help make your visit more enjoyable.

Getting here

By car

Parking is available under the National Theatre (offer Upper Ground), or at APCOA South Bank. The Congestion Charge applies.

By train or tube

The nearest stations are Waterloo (South Bank exit), Embankment and Charing Cross (cross Hungerford Bridge to reach the South Bank). Please visit Transport for London for accessiblity information.

By bus

Please visit Transport for London for up-to-date information.

By taxi

Pick-up location is BFI Shop, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT.

Plan your journey

Use Transport for London’s journey planner to find your best route.

Parents, carers and guardians

All our public areas are accessible by lift for visitors using pushchairs and prams. We can provide storage for buggies and prams during performances for some screenings. Please contact us in advance if at all possible by calling the box office on 020 7960 2102 (lines open 11:30am-8:30pm daily) or email box.office@bfi.org.uk.

There are three baby change facilities available. They are situated in:

  • the main foyer next to the Mediatheque
  • the ground floor corridor next to the lift
  • the NFT1 foyer by BFI Riverfront

We present a programme of films and activities for families every month.

Visitors with restricted or limited mobility

BFI Southbank has a number of spaces allocated for people experiencing restricted or limited mobility, including wheelchair users.

Please book your wheelchair seat in advance to avoid disappointment. This will help us allocate adjoining seats for any companions. If you wish to take your seat unassisted, wheelchairs or scooters can be stored in the foyer.

To book access tickets or ask any questions about access, please contact our dedicated Box Office number on 020 7960 2102 (lines open 11.30am-8.30pm daily) or email box.office@bfi.org.uk. We welcome calls using text relay services.

If you need any further information or assistance, please speak to the box office manager on duty.

BFI Southbank is a multi-level building with lifts available to access each floor. The maximum dimensions for a scooter/powered wheelchair for these lifts is 880mm wide and 1330mm long with a maximum weight of 340kg.

There are a number of wheelchair spaces available:

  • NFT1 has four wheelchair spaces – two at the rear and two at the front of the cinema
  • NFT2 has two wheelchair spaces at the front of the cinema
  • NFT3 has three spaces at the front of the cinema
  • The Studio has one space
  • BFI IMAX has two wheelchair spaces at the rear of the auditorium - see BFI IMAX for further access information

There are four toilets adapted for wheelchair users. They are situated in:

  • the foyer of NFT1 next to Benugo Bar & Kitchen
  • the main foyer next to the Mediatheque
  • the Mezzanine Gallery corridor opposite the Blue Room
  • the ground-floor corridor next to the lift. This requires a RADAR key, so please ask a member of staff for help if you are not a RADAR key holder

The BFI Mediatheque is located in the main foyer:

  • the Mediatheque has two wheelchair accessible spaces

The BFI Reuben Library is located in the main foyer:

  • the Reuben Library has accessible push button entry
  • all workstations are accessible by wheelchair

Relaxed screenings

Relaxed screenings are presented each month for those in the neurodiverse community, their assistants and carers.

Find out more about our upcoming relaxed screenings.

Safe spaces and quiet areas

BFI Southbank is a complex building with a spacious foyer space and two busy bar and restaurant areas that some may find overwhelming.

We have identified some quieter areas that visitors may wish to use in order to get away from the crowds and these can be found in the following areas:

  • The Mezzanine: this is the balcony area directly above the Box Office and can be accessed by either the stairs or lift

If at any time you feel anxious, or need to be away from the public area for any reason, please speak to a member of staff.

Toilets

There are four toilets adapted for wheelchair users. They are situated in:

  • the foyer of NFT1 next to Benugo Bar & Kitchen
  • the main foyer next to the Mediatheque
  • the Mezzanine Gallery corridor opposite the Blue Room
  • the ground-floor corridor next to the lift. This requires a RADAR key, so please ask a member of staff for help if you are not a RADAR key holder

There are three ambulant toilets. They are situated in:

  • the foyer of NFT1 next to Benugo Bar & Kitchen
  • the main foyer next to the Mediatheque
  • the first floor in BFI Riverfront