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South Bank

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Address: Lambeth Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge | south to St George's Circus, London SE1, England
Phone Number: 020 4202 6918
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Walking, Shopping
Description: A beautiful riverside stretch in the heart of London featuring the EDF...
A beautiful riverside stretch in the heart of London featuring the EDF Energy 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. A packed programme of art, theatre, exhibitions, music, film and free events make South Bank an inspiring place to explore.
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Having never really ventured south of the water was amazed at this place. We visitied on a Saturday afternoon to go to the NT but ended up walking round the food market at the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Having never really ventured south of the water was amazed at this place. We visitied on a Saturday afternoon to go to the NT but ended up walking round the food market at the front, watching the skate park and the book market. Great for an afternoon.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

South Bank, cold but lovely, all year round, I find this place very special, you walk past the locals and the tourists, the artists and the skateboarders, they'res art and coffee and if you're lucky you might see The Grahame Norton Show for free!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Very Lively and a Nice Diversion from the Packed Crowds on the North Bank of the River, where most of the "iconic" tourist attractions are located.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Lovely place to go for a walk in the heart of one of the world's great cities. The river, skyline and fantastic people watching combine for an excellent outing.

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Lovely walk along the Thames. Lots to see and do and plenty of places to drink and eat. Well maintained and comfortable walking.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Borough Market and South Bank are my favourite places in London, visiting at least once a month. Always stuff to see and do, always a nice atmosphere, incredible views and central to everything, in my onion! Lovely walks, no matter the weather. Just love it here, summer is incredible as markets stalls are out, comedy festival, and something always going... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

If you want a relaxing walk with plenty of interesting things to see then this is the place. Stop and have a drink or meal and watch life go by.

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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

the South Bank offers a splendid view of the North side of London and the beautiful architectural views. take a walk and you will never regret it!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Spent well over half a day -- an unplanned occurrence because I was too late for the London Walk that I had planned to join at the Tower Hill tube station. Took a leisurely walk over the Tower Bridge and headed to the Design Museum (somewhat east) -- a good couple of hours later, I walked on the Queen's Walk... More 

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Mansfield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Great for all tourists whether english or not. Plently to see and do, lots of places to eat, houses the eye, the london dungeons and sealife, as well as shakespeares globe.

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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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