The Hayward Gallery is part of the South Bank Centre which includes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcel Rooms and the Poetry Library.
The Gallery was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1968. It is an icon of sixties brutalist architecture and is one of the few remaining buildings of this style. The Hayward was designed by a group of young architects, including Dennis Crompton, Warren Chalk and Ron Herron. The Hayward is named after the late Sir Isaac Hayward, the former leader of the London County Council.
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The Neon Tower
The Neon Tower on the top of the Hayward Gallery lift shaft is a familiar London landmark and is near the shops.
Designed by Philip Vaughan and Roger Dainton, it was commissioned by the Arts Council in 1970, and a model was originally shown as part of the Hayward’s Kinetics exhibition that year. The yellow, magenta, red, green and blue neon strips which make up the tower are activiated by changes in the strength and direction of the wind. The tower is currently being refurbished.
On the south bank of the River Thames, the Hayward Gallery lies between the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Festival Hall in London.
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South Bank Centre
London SE1 8XZ
Buses to Waterloo
Route Numbers 1, 4, 26, 68, X68, 76, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501, 505, 521 stop on Waterloo Bridge. Route Numbers 76, 77, 171A, 211, 507, D1, P11 stop in York Road P11 stops in Stamford Street.
The new Riverside Bus service (RV1) links Covent Garden, the South Bank, Bankside and Tower Gateway, and runs from 6am to midnight every 10 minutes.
24-hour Bus Information: +44 (0)20 7222 1234
Minicom: 020 7918 3015
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The Hayward Gallery is in walking distance from Waterloo and across the river from Temple, Embankment or Charing Cross underground stations
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Get 2 Universal Experience tickets for £9 when you travel by bus or tube and show a valid Oyster card or paper ticket.
The Hayward Gallery is located within walking distance of Waterloo and Waterloo East.
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National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950
General information on transport in London:
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24 hours phone +44 (0)20 7222 1234
Transport for London textphone +44 (0)20 7918 3015
Taxi or Dial-a-Ride: Please ask the driver to take you to Belvedere Road.
Coaches: Set down and pick up on the riverside and east side of the RFH. There are three coach/bus set down points on Concert Hall Approach.
Car parking is available at the Hayward Gallery car park. £6 rate is obtainable on production of a daytime paid event ticket and having your car park ticket validated at the Hayward Information Desk. If you enter after 5pm Monday – Sunday and leave before close, the £6 rate also applies
Free parking spaces in car park for Blue Badge Holders, take your parking ticket to either the Hayward Gallery Information Desk or the Royal Festival Hall Artists’ Entrance and exchange it for a free exit ticket.
The gallery is reached either via stairs or a lift from the car park into the foyer.