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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: 442072026918
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Christmas Market time again!

Worth a visit this time of the year, especially if you are in the area anyway for the London Eye, Imperial War Museum, Waterloo, River Trip or whatever. A range of christmas/craft... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Swansea County, United Kingdom

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Swansea County, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Worth a visit this time of the year, especially if you are in the area anyway for the London Eye, Imperial War Museum, Waterloo, River Trip or whatever. A range of christmas/craft stalls jostle with eateries from spanish to german! Great for a bite or that unusual present you were seeking! All accessible as ever of course!

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Oudenaarde, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A walk along the Thames, from Westminster (Big Ben) to Southwark (Tower Bridge). Amazing what you will see. Take a guide to be sure not to miss anything !

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Newtown, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We go back every other day. Inexpensive places to eat - sit - people watch - and enjoy. Festivals, street entertainment and book stalls. Love watching the boats at dusk.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This area is hugely dynamic!!! There's a lot of bars, restaurants, pubs around, as well as a few music/performance venues including the National Theatre, the Southbank Centre and the Royal Festival Hall! It is always nice to walk by the river as well during the summer!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Something to see and ponder on every step of the way. The street entertainers are really good and provide hours of amusement. Great for people watching and plenty of eating and watering holes!

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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best free experiences in London. Lovely walk, taking in many of the sights of Central London. Especially good during the Christmas period with markets stalls and food / drink stands

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk beside the river and visit sites such as The Globe, Tate Modern, Oxo Gallery, Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, The Clink and lots more.

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our walk along the South Bank after visiting the London Eye was highly entertaining. On a beautiful autumn morning we strolled along the bank enjoying the entertainments on offer that day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a lovely stroll along the South Bank during the mid-afternoon. Whilst the area was reasonably busy with people out walking, it was much quieter than the other side of the river, where the crowds around Westminster were just horrific. It was nice to escape the mayhem of Westminster and stroll along the river bank, in the sunshine, taking... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice to take stroll along vibrant street art and street performers entertainment centers and tourist attractions like London eye and the aquarium brilliant to just people watch and see the antics on the river

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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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