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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
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+44 20 7202 6918
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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There is so much to do at South Bank. It was my first time taking the Tube. When I came up from the Underground I was greeted by Big Ben. It is was literally right there when I... read more

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is so much to do at South Bank. It was my first time taking the Tube. When I came up from the Underground I was greeted by Big Ben. It is was literally right there when I exited. I walked over the bridge (selfie and photo opp) to the South Bank. The London Eye is apparently closed for an... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On a cold winter afternoon as the sun was setting we visited southbank where we each had a drink from the Rekordolig Cider Lounge and sat by an open fire. The two of us sat besides a few other couples and had a nice chat as we warmed by the fire. We had a nice time, it wasnt crowded or... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Whether it is winter or summer, south bank is a lovely place for a stroll. You can walk all the way from waterloo bridge to tower bridge along the river and there is usually lots to see. In the warmer months there are lots of arts events going on at bfi, national theatre and southbank centre. Pop up restaurants along... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Over the 3 or so decades that we have visited London (my wife would say 5 decades for her), South Bank has improved greatly. Even the changes over the last 5 years are somewhat dramatic. Still, it has a great deal of history to be found. Yes, do the London Eye but when you are up there look down (if... More 

Thank RadTel
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great place to walk along the river, watch street theatre and many different attraction in the summer, and beautiful settings with great street food in the winter (famers market has amazing fresh food). Loads to do here all year around.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having lived in this part of London for four years as well as having worked at the BFI, I have been a frequent visitor of the South Bank food market and can say with absolute certainty that it is the best food market in London. The food is so varied and is all incredible, and on a nice day it... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You've got it all from the London eye, Big Ben, parliament ans do much more. Lovely river walk, plenty of crossings and places to eat. Like the vendors selling chestnuts too. Depending how far tiny go some great views of St. Paul's, tower bridge ad has Belfast as well as the old county buildings with its aquarium and dungeon. So... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This walkway provides the entrance to the Tate Britain as well as the London Aquarium and the London Dungeon. However I have walked this route many times and would suggest that the first time visitor commences at London Bridge (2 miles) or Tower Bridge (2.5 miles) finishing at Westminster Bridge. Depending on your fitness, stamina and places you decide to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is amazing. It has everything you could ask for . Culture. History. Entertainment. Restaurants. Scenery. Peace. Bustle. Transport. A beach. You can easily keep the whole family of all ages amused all day and evening. And it doesn't have to cost a fortune either.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is always something going on at the South Bank, with musicians, street vendors and entertainers. Then you have the big name attractions like the London Eye, Jubilee Gardens, the Winter Gardens and of course the Southbank Centre where there are plenty of art and cultural events occurring throughout the year. Plenty of places to eat and drink with stunning... More 

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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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