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Southbank Centre

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Address: Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
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Description: This center is considered one of London's premier cultural venues and is...
This center is considered one of London's premier cultural venues and is worth a visit.
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My favourite hang-out place in London

The South Bank Centre is London's community centre. It is a hive of event and activities all year round. You are always guaranteed that something is happening, be it an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

The South Bank Centre is London's community centre. It is a hive of event and activities all year round. You are always guaranteed that something is happening, be it an art/photography exhibition, free dance or yoga classes, free calligraphy workshops, free concerts,... And the architecture is awesome with great views on the Thames from the main balcony. I always take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

When I say my favourite area in London, I am not referring to the centre itself but more the area just south of the Thames around what is formally called the centre. I love the BFI (see my review), the vendors that sell delicious food, all the little cafes and of course all of the events that pop up here... More 

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

Sometime this is just our default for a slow weekend, let's check whats going on there. these is alway an interesting show or some other activity to go to. some of the activities are free, and its ever changing.

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

Part of Meltdown 2015; the music of William Onyeabor performed by Atomic Bomb and pals (including Mahotella Queens, Amadou and Mariam) and it was a stunning evening ... Party central in the stalls

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Went to see a Gaby Monero gig here at the Percell room. Extremely friendly staff, good service and reasonable prices at the bar. Excellent view on stage from all seats. Great cafes and restaurants close by along the south bank.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Get to Southbank center by crossing the Thames. This is the best to embrace the London monuments. Leave London eye to the tourists and go to this small museum showing inside and outside Carston Holler vision of Decision. It's fun! The food market is really great except the lack of clean seats. Good site to visit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is the sort of art exhibit that tries make you feel like you must not be very clever if you don't 'get it.' I'll go on record: this one is silly. I wouldn't mind except I paid good money to see it. It might help if the disparate elements of this exhibit were even properly labeled--no one in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I took my teenagers to this exhibition. It's fun but not as exciting as we had been led to believe. The entrance to the gallery is through winding pitch black tunnels (not good if you are afraid of the dark) and on arrival into the gallery you are greeted by large revolving mushrooms. It is a touchy feely exhibition. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Amazing complex of live entertainment venues for paid ticketed events of every description! Also lots of free entertainment in public spaces and lobby areas situated with great views of London on the River Thames. Food markets, buskers, DJ's, water play areas, children's beach, roof gardens, rides. So much to see and do with lots of good food and drink outlets... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great atmosphere here on the day we went. Full of life and sounds and a real mix of culture . Food, drinks, music, dancing, people smiling and having fun. A favourite place of mine

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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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