South Bank

South Bank, London: Hours, Address, South Bank Reviews: 4.5/5

Neighborhoods • Historic Walking Areas • Theaters
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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 cultural heart of London, 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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Neighborhood: Southbank
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.
How to get there
  • Waterloo • 3 min walk
  • Embankment • 8 min walk
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The Marrs
United Kingdom605 contributions
Such an improvement. A real area for families now
Sep 2021 • Family
I hadn't been to South bank since I left London over 20 years ago. I took my children to London for the first time, booked the London eye and other attractions. South bank is vastly improved, clean and family friendly now. The kids loved the street entertainers, the amounts of resturants and street vendors now.

We really enjoyed being in the area
Written September 29, 2021
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1961GaryC
Bradford, UK497 contributions
Lots to see and do here
Aug 2021
Our group spent half a day here, had food, drink, people watched and the time passed very quickly.

Lots of street entertainers working, Oxo Tower and London Eye towards each end of the area with plenty to see and do in between.

It was busy but not overwhelmingly so. Pubs and cafes were busy but also had seats available in most places we saw and visited. South Bank is still worth a stop and remains a London attraction where its possible to have a good time and not spend a fortune.
Written September 2, 2021
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Mrs B
Cambridge, UK349 contributions
Must visit on every trip to London
Aug 2021 • Family
We love to visit the South Bank on every trip. Perfect place to people watch and river watch. Large selection of food places offering takeaways or sit down meals from either restaurants or vans along the path. You can buy savoury or sweet, alcohol or just hot drinks. There is always a large second-hand book area under one of the bridges, an area for skate boarders, street entertainers and space to walk. It gets more busy nearer the London Eye.
Written August 30, 2021
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Travel love
New York City, NY82 contributions
The crowds are overwhelming
Aug 2021 • Family
Plenty activities, plenty attractions, plenty monuments nearby, plenty river cruises embarkments… a mix for huge crowds at every hour of the day; poor quality food as in every touristy places. Definitely “ don’t miss “ for first time visitors though.
Written August 27, 2021
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Nick F
Phuket, Thailand37 contributions
Good day out
Aug 2021
Great day out lots of bars and tourist attractions. Can be a little expensive but worth it as there is lots to do.
Written August 20, 2021
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DoozeUK
Leicestershire, UK773 contributions
Lovely walk by the Thames
Aug 2021 • Family
We had a lovely time whilst waiting to enter the Aquarium, walking the length of the South Bank from Westminster Bridge all the way down to the OXO and back.

There were loads of street traders, offering a wide variety of foods and drinks, both alcoholic and soft drinks.

We had the added benefit of being able to experience a couple of the wonderful street entertainers too which helped us while a good couple of hours away.
Written August 15, 2021
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RealDS
London, UK478 contributions
Timeless
Jun 2021 • Solo
It’s always beautiful coming here on a hot summers day. Took my dog here via the Thames Clipper for a cooler and more scenic route and grabbed a chip butty on arrival
Written June 14, 2021
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Ildis
7 contributions
All too quiet
Mar 2021 • Family
There are no one in this place. We are told it used to be a bustling place. Sad to see it this way!!
Written April 8, 2021
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Amy C
London, UK348 contributions
Quite pricey market really with shops
Dec 2019 • Friends
I find it a quite pricey market and with shops that are prentious and not too good tbh it suits young people
Written November 20, 2020
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Mavsters
West Yorkshire, UK781 contributions
Cultural and tranquil
Oct 2020 • Solo
As I had a lot of time on my hands during my recent visit to London I decided to take a walk along Southbank.
I started at the London Eye and walked towards Saint Pauls and ended up at Tate modern.
On the way I popped into a few shops and a café.
There was a pretty carousel and many street food outlets. They were also preparing the wooden huts for Christmas.
The timing of my walk meant I caught it by day and by dusk.
A thoroughly enjoyable walk for all ages and plenty of stop off points.
Written November 17, 2020
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