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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
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 it..lively and interesting

The South Bank is fantastic, you can walk for Miles and see iconic buildings and places of interest as far as you can walk from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The South Bank is fantastic, you can walk for Miles and see iconic buildings and places of interest as far as you can walk from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond. There are plenty of benches where you can just sit and people watch or just watch the boats on the Thames. There are so msny different Street Food... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

There are a few reasons why to go to this part of London, such at going to the London Eye, or seeing the Tate Gallery. Walking along the river banks from this side gives you a nice view of the more "prestigious" side of London. Otherwise, my impression is that the renovation of this part of the city doesn't make... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Just take a walk across either Waterloo bridge or Charing Cross bridge to get amazing views of London and the Thames. Southbank is currently buzzing with activities and life for all the family and so much of it is free. A place to hang out, visit shows, breakfast lunch, dinner or a simply enjoy an ice cream or juice. See... More 

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Toronto ON Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

26 years later and I could have spent all day at the South Bank. The revitalised neighbourhood on the south bank of the Thames is absolutely smashing...the modern office and condo buildings, the restaurants, the atmosphere, the history. I could go on and on. Spend a day there and you won't regret it. Meander along without a care in the... More 

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Margate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

On a sunny afternoon it is a great place to take a stroll and soak up the atmosphere. If you're looking to eat or drink then you are spoiled for choice. Borough market is a favourite of ours and there are some lovely pubs nearby

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A lively bustling place. Lovely walk along the Thames with great views. Street entertainment in abundance. Variety of restaurants and bars.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

South bank is filled with both tourists and locals and there is always something new and fun to do which allows you to interact with others. Whether it be dancing the Jazz on the pier with strangers, going down the slide or enjoying a snog on the riverside (this being fro yo not a romantic moment) you will love it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Always great, fun and interesting things going on on southbank and along the way are restaurants and bars! It's lovely by the river and a great atmosphere on summer and even winter nights!

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Fromm east minster bridge there is a good walk along the south bank. There is a nice kids park behind the London eye and a McDonald's. Food everywhere else is mostly chain restaurants and such like. Beware pick pockets though. This area gets really busy. Luckily not so many statues and characters hawking today. Oliver hardy with Stan laurel and... More 

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

A walk along the South Bank is a great way to lots of London. The atmosphere is great always something going on. Stop off at a pub, or take a detour to Borough market. When we are visiting London we always come here.

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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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