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BFI Southbank

Belvedere Road
South Bank
London SE1 8XT

BFI Southbank box office is closed Wed 7 Mar until 17:30. Phone lines remain open as normal from 11.30am to 8.30pm on 020 7928 3232 and tickets can still be booked online. The BFI complex will re-open at 5.30pm and access to evening performances remain unaffected. BFI Bar & Kitchen is closed from 16:00 Tue 6 Mar until 19:00 Wed 7 Mar.

020 7928 3232


The BFI Riverfront entrance will be closed from Monday 12 February for major refurbishment works.

Opening times

Daily: 9:45-23:00

Box office (daily)

Phone: 11:30-20:30
In person: 11:00-20:30

BFI Shop

Monday-Saturday 11:00-20:30
Sunday 12:00-20:00

BFI Reuben Library

Tuesday-Saturday 10:30-19:00


Tuesday-Sunday 10:30-21:00

Access information

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.

There is a help point phone in the foyer to call for staff if you need any assistance.

Please note: The entrances located opposite the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre Coffee Shop are now closed to the public. All public access is through the Riverfront and Theatre Avenue entrances.

Visitors using the Hayward Gallery car park may find it easier to use the Theatre Avenue entrance. You can buy tickets from the box office located in the main foyer.

  • There is a wheelchair accessible lift and steps with handrails lead up to the NFT1 foyer and The 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.

Disabled parking

Disabled parking is available in the Hayward Gallery car park, located between the Southbank Centre and BFI Southbank. The car park is open 7:00-1:00 daily.

If you have any queries, please contact Apcoa on 020 7620 0397 or email southbank@apcoa.com. This service is not managed by the BFI.

Wheelchair spaces in the cinemas

Please book your wheelchair seat in advance to avoid disappointment. This will help us allocate adjoining seats for any companions. We’ll make every effort to accommodate customers who have not made a prior booking and if you wish to take your seat unassisted, wheelchairs or scooters can be stored in the foyer. If you need any further information or assistance, please speak to the box office manager on duty. The 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, maximum weight 340kg.

  • NFT1 has six wheelchair spaces – four at the rear and two at the front of the cinema.
  • NFT2 has four wheelchair spaces at the front of the cinema.
  • NFT3 has three spaces at the front of the cinema.
  • The Studio has two spaces.

Guide dogs

We welcome guide dogs at BFI Southbank and can accommodate them in the cinemas. Please book your ticket in advance so that we can allocate the most appropriate seating. We can provide drinking water for your guide dog and are happy to look after him/her during your screening.

Assisted hearing facilities

Three 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.


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 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.

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