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South Bank

#65 of 1,558 things to do in London
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Address: Lambeth Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge | south to St George's Circus, London SE1, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7202 6918
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

South Bank is a beautiful riverside stretch in the heart of London...

South Bank is a beautiful riverside stretch in the heart of London featuring the Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Imperial War Museum London, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, top hotels, shopping, dining and more. Located walking distance from Covent Garden and Westminster, it is the perfect location for a relaxing stroll or evening of entertainment. Known as the capital's cultural playground, there is a packed programme of art, theatre, exhibitions, music, film and free events make South Bank an inspiring place to explore.

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South Bank Scene

I have noticed the number of restaurants and bars have increased. To me it is still a great place to wander around, look at the river views and see the London skyline.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have noticed the number of restaurants and bars have increased. To me it is still a great place to wander around, look at the river views and see the London skyline.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place for restaurants, cafes, and shops, not to mention people watch. There is always something going on here.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's become the promenade of choice with theatre, restaurants, stalls, buskers, attractions all to walk by or walk in. It's a must do for locals and tourists alike and we do. Often.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were booked for an event in the South Bank Centre in the afternoon. Signs saying Royal Festival Hall do not tell of the wide variety of other activities within the building. The brutalist architecture is mellowing slightly with age. The riverside is very pleasant, superb views of Big Ben, the Wheel and various other central London sights. Lots of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From J Boy of Derby It's a fantastic walk from Westminster bridge to Tower Bridge completely free from any traffic. A great view of the city of London skyline is seen from this side of the river it's a good view by day and at night with all the city's buildings illuminated. Obviously it's more popular in the summer but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

London has many nice areas to walk, and this is one of them. There are many attractions nearby like Westminster bridge, cathedral, london eye, big ben...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Come early as it can get really busy around the London Eye but once past this it is wonderful to walk along the banks of the Thames. There is so much to see and so many places to explore along the way.The Globe, the Tate Modern etc.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The area around The South Bank Centre is actually vibrant all year round. We went to see a show in The Love Theatre, which is an outside/inside tent, where shows at affordable prices take place. The show "Bianco" itself was interesting... the band exceptional. The concept of being able to walk around the arena whilst the show takes place is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Forget the dreadful brutalist architecture of Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, National Film Theatre and Royal National Theatre, the area is one of the liveliest and culture-richest in the world. It also thrives with restaurants, coffee houses, pubs, shop, stalls and countless attractions for all ages, including the London Eye. There's something for everyone in any weather and there are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing experience. Travel through Moominland and learn how the moomins came about. Well worth a visit

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Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
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