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Southbank Centre

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Address: Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
Phone Number: 442079604200
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the...

Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames. Our origins are in the 1951 Festival of Britain when our largest venue The Royal festival Hall was built. Southbank Centre has now grown to occupy a 21-acre site in the midst of London's vibrant cultural quarter and as well as Royal Festival Hall our venues include Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room for performance based arts and Hayward Gallery which is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest art galleries. Southbank Centre is also home to The Poetry Library in Royal Festival Hall, a popular Roof Garden created by The Eden Project, Jubilee Gardens which is the area in front of the London Eye and a wide range of restaurants, cafes, bars, markets and shops can also be found on our site. Southbank Centre draws on its Festival of Britain heritage to present Festivals For The World. Throughout the year a vibrant programme of themed arts activities takes place both inside and outside our buildings. We offer a very wide range of cultural events from the greatest classical music to performances by contemporary music acts. From dance to performance and spoken word events. 50% of our programme is free so not only do we offer events for all tastes, we offer activities for all pockets too. Whatever you choose to do at Southbank Centre today, we look forward to welcoming you.

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Great for lunch

On a business trip to London it was lunchtime and we called into the Southbank Centre. There are plenty of tables and chairs at the front with a great view over the Southbank... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Poole, United Kingdom

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a business trip to London it was lunchtime and we called into the Southbank Centre. There are plenty of tables and chairs at the front with a great view over the Southbank and Thames. For lunch they offer soup, stew or sandwiches. We chose egg and tuna sandwiches. The bread was so fresh and the sandwich really tasty. They... More 

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Pete W, Social Media Manager at Southbank Centre, responded to this review

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Southbank Centre AngieP49 and we hope to see you again soon! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Southbank centre is a great place for diverse food and to spend time with friends catching up and enjoying good food and beverages.

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cabaret and a bar in a tent - what's not to like? Great performers, great atmosphere. And even relatively adequate toilets! We will definitely book again!

Thank KarenKew
Pete W, Social Media Manager at Southbank Centre, responded to this review

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to La Soiree at Southbank Centre KarenKew It was the final show last night and we are missing them. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Scotland, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely evening, lovely calm still night, lovely view over London... Was the balcony open, of course not, bunch of clowns, get it sorted

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whenever you visit this side of London there is always something going on to grab your attention. Today, I visited briefly to pick up their latest brochures. I dropped into a really interesting exhibition about the Festival of 1951 complete with designs and memorabilia. I could have stayed longer but unfortunately I just didn't have the time! In the past... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Too many people seem to think it's OK to review a Christmas Market here, but the Southbank Centre is a complex of artistic venues along the Queens Walk on the south bank of the Thames between Waterloo Bridge and the Hungerford Bridge, comprising the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery. Nearby, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

I have visited the Southbank centre on several occasions. They always have loads to do, and for such a varied age range. We didn't go up for anything particular but wanted to busted the winter market and see what else was on. NatWest had a great family fun zone on as part of their sponsorship of the winter festival. Loads... More 

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Watton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Visit this market every year as we love strolling along the Thames visiting the many stalls but this year what a let down its been moved, hardly any stalls that are spread out instead of one area making it "bitty" disinteresting and no atmosphere. London you have been an all round let down this year with this market, the changes... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

We went there to see La Soirée ,too many people there ,many food shop buying beer,hot dog ,snack and else's u can fun and enjoy here

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

For the last 5 years I have wandered down the Bank with my elderly mother. We loved the little, decorated cabins with their yummy wares. The event now seemed to have very little to see. It's a shadow of itself now. Mainly food/drink outlets with a few candle, pottery, cheap jewellery. Don't make a special journey.

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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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