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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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Love to walk along the south bank

It's a lovely walk at any time of year. Always lots to see, I find it best when I've got no particular place to go & time on my hands. Love to wonder people watch pop into a pub... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

It's a lovely walk at any time of year. Always lots to see, I find it best when I've got no particular place to go & time on my hands. Love to wonder people watch pop into a pub wonder eat ..... Enjoy

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

For once I took time out on a business trip and made an effort to go out and see a bit of the city. Staying only a stones throw from the Thames I did the South Bank walk from London Tower Bridge up to the Palace of Westminster. Fortunate to have a lovely sunny day it was a great experience!... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

As a Londoner I love the south bank, on a sunny day it's the perfect day out strolling from wetminster bridge along to (at least ) London Bridge ,or all the way to Greenwich,there are many reviews on trip advisor mentioning the interesting places to stop off en-route BUT try it the other way...stay in the South bank but heading... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

South bank great location for walking and access to London eye, Aquarium, Tate Modern, The Globe and much more. Within walking distance of Covent Garden, The West End and Soho. Plenty of atmosphere, street entertainment, eateries and bars. Can be very congested in summer months though.

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

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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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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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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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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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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