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Southbank Walk

Hi London Forum experts, we'll be in London this August and hope to spend some time walking along the Southbank of the Thames. I just wondered if there is any particular time of day when the area is most lively, or especially lovely. Based on what we have planned, we could either go first thing in the morning (around 8 am), or in the evening around 7:30 (19:30) or so. We'd start at Westminster Bridge and end whenever our energy runs out. We won't be there on the days the Borough Market is open, unfortunately, so that's not an option. Thanks so much for your thoughts!

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1. Re: Southbank Walk

The colour of the early morning sky makes for particularly pretty photo opportunities! However, if you're after a more buzzy atmosphere, your evening hour will see the Southbank more crowded and lined with street buskers, book stalls, etc

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Evenings can be hellishly busy actually (lots of theatre goers as well as those just hanging out for the evening). Lunch time or afternoons may be a better balance of busy but manageable and you may catch the brilliant Ghanian acrobat group as a bonus.

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If you make it as far as the mayor's office, there is an open air theatre outside that has free performances on some evenings. It's called "The Scoop".

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If you start early in the morning, a good option for lunch at the end of your walk is either in Hay's Galleria (http://www.haysgalleria.co.uk/ -- somehow not working right now) near HMS Belfast or a bit further down to Butlers Wharf beside Tower Bridge.

Some Butlers Wharf restaurants:

http://www.lepontdelatour.co.uk/

http://www.chophouse-restaurant.co.uk/

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I would go in the evening - it can be busy, but I really like the atmosphere on a summer's evening. Plenty of places to have dinner/drinks along the way too (I'm a big fan of the Founder's Arms, which on your walk you would reach just after passing under Blackfriars Bridge: http://www.foundersarms.co.uk/).

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If you start at Lambeth Bridge you get even better views of the Palace of Westminster and you get to see Lambeth Palace. There is also an interesting, and relatively new, memorial to the SOE.

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The morning has too many commuters and cyclists, go for the evening.

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Thank you all so much for the suggestions and information - really helpful! We will definitely try to check out the SOE Memorial (had no idea it was there), restaurant suggestions, the photo ops, the Scoop, and maybe will get lucky and catch the acrobats too. Just counting down the days until we leave . . .

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I was there on a weekend and thought it was great fun; are there buskers etc on weekdays too?

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