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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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This is the first time that I spent time on the South Bank other than to do the London Eye but it is a real nice area. Right behind the plaza where the Eye is has a lot of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This is the first time that I spent time on the South Bank other than to do the London Eye but it is a real nice area. Right behind the plaza where the Eye is has a lot of restaurants and is very nice. The aquarium in near the Eye and you can also do a boat tour from there.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

lovely, vibrant, lots to see and do, only over the bridge from the hustle and bustle but its quieter

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

this is my favourite place in London for a walk and otherwise - preferably late at night when no hoards of people around, but regardless, worth a walk during day too. river calms you, views make you fill you're in a big city which is not so obvious in London. second-hand book market under the bridge, BFI for film lovers,... More 

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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

A real fun place too wander around and see street entertainers at their best. We saw limbo dancers, a guy making enormous bubbles, cyclists doing tricks and singers. There's also the London Eye and eating places,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Can't imagine London without a walk along the southbank. You can spend an entire afternoon in this area. Stop off at the Tate Modern, visit the Globe or the National theatres, people watch, have a drink or eat at one of the many restaurants and pubs along the way, head to the Borough Market or jump on a boat for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

On a lovely day, I park near Minories, stroll across Tower Bridge, and soak in the atmosphere of the south side of the river. Lots of bars, restaurants, and good times to have.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

You can walk along both banks of the Thames but the South Bank is the best with so much to see and do.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

It's very busy but it has great amenities and views across the river. Lots of lovely restaurants and street performers. Lots of nice bars too.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I love a stroll along the Southbank it's one of the loveliest walks in London irrespective of the time of day. During the day it's got the buzz of tourists and workers with no end of Landmarks to look at and lots of cafes, bars and shops dotted along the way. During the evening it's got the charm of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Really one of the most interesting areas to walk in London. The street performers, the theaters, the museum's, the sights, the smell of the Thames, the people...It is truly great fun. And you can find affordable eats and drinks!

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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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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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