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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
Fee: No
Activities: Walking, Shopping
Description: 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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A welcoming and engaging area, great if you don't mind crowds and an electric atmosphere. On the Saturday we were passing through, we wandered into the Southbank Centre Markets... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A welcoming and engaging area, great if you don't mind crowds and an electric atmosphere. On the Saturday we were passing through, we wandered into the Southbank Centre Markets right next to the Royal Festival Hall. All I can say is it is a food lovers delight, offering an array of street food to meet every need, from curried meals... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A lovely walk along the riverside, somegood cafes and restaurants are available. Thee is usually a food market on at weekends too.

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Orange, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I'm sure this center is worth it if you have children that want to get on the London Eye and go inside Shrek's Adventure. Other than that, avoid. We just walked by on our way to a bus stop and it was super crowded!

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I may be biased ;living nearby but there's really always something for everyone here.The walk by the river is exciting for children with all sorts of river craft for them to wave to.There are frequently open air & free shows to watch.Ray Davies from the Kinks sang 'Waterloo Sunset' to us once,magical.You can call in at the 50's iconic Royal... More 

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Sisi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Spend some time walking along the south side of the River Thames ,lots to see and do food,entertainment and venues

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The southbank is not quite as accessible as the embankment due to the buildings towards the London Bridge area being built directly up to the waters edge. So no walk adjacent to the river is in its entirety from Waterloo area to tower bridge. Although what areas have been improved recently in the London Bridge area have improved significantly in... More 

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Even if it is raining this is a great place to take visitors to London - you pass mummers and buskers for free amusement , the London Eye , which is a great place to start a trip of London to get a birds Eeye view on the sze and scale - and on a clear day - whereabouts of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If your looking for a day out with friends. Family somewhere to take your kids or with your boyfriend or girlfriend then maybe go to south bank. It's a good day out with lots to see and do. Easy to get to. Better to go in good weather conditions. It is a nice walk especially as your by the Thames.... More 

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Helston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We were staying in the area and had been looking for things to do. I noticed on the map The Queens Walk so decided to walk from Borough Market end into Westminster. Absolutely fantastic! Lots of things to see and do. Walked along on another day towards Tower Bridge and onto The Tower of London. Amazing area and will definitely... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a part of London that is not so much known and visit as it should to make it justice, it is a great place for a stroll either during the day or during the night with great bars, good restaurants a great atmosphere

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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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