Plans for huge roof bar at Royal Festival Hall condemned as shocking

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Exclusive: plans would harm London building regarded as one of Britain’s finest, say activists

A secret plan to install an enormous bar and restaurant on the roof of the Royal Festival Hall has been condemned as shocking, insensitive and harmful for a building regarded as one of the finest examples of 20th-century British architecture.

The Guardian can reveal that the Southbank Centre and a commercial partner, the Incipio Group, have applied for permission to erect a temporary, transparent pavilion on the flat roof. Covering 686 sq metres of floor space, it would be open until 2am at weekends and offer diners and drinkers spectacular views of the Thames.

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