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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: 442072026918
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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Lovely walk

Lovely place to walkabout on a sunny summer afternoon. Lots going on every which way you look. Lots of restaurants and also lots of street food places.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Christine K
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely place to walkabout on a sunny summer afternoon. Lots going on every which way you look. Lots of restaurants and also lots of street food places.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this area - been 4 or 5 times over the last couple of years, lots to do and see and always something new to find! Good selection of restaurants and night life and live walking down the riverside at night

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went to a meeting in Leister Square in May. We didn't get the tube, so we decided to walk. We walked through Horseguards Parade and then along the Embankment. What a fab walk that was too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were going to the Proms in the evening and decided to go early and go to Westminster underground and then walk along the South bank before making our way to the Royal Albert Hall. There's not a lot to do other than sit in the park down there. And so our stroll was a lovely way to waste a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

South Bank offers great tourist-y attractions such as SHREK, the London Eye and the Aquarium, so if that is your thing...head there. You get great views of Big Ben. There are some fun street performers, a small live theater, ice cream and a carousel. Lots of potential for fun, but it is SO crowded, you feel like a fish swimming... More 

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The London Eye (the big wheel), the National Theatre, National Film Theatre, three concert halls, bookstalls, skate-boarding, bars, restaurants, events, exhibitions, and so on - something for everyone

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After a visit to the London eye . Continue along the south bank for a great view of London landmark . Soak up the atmosphere along the way with street performers and numerous food truck . You can walk all the way to tower bridge

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a good day out just to wander along the South Bank looking at the various attractions. Great for the kids as there's usually a load of street entertainers on show (but there was only one lot yesterday-weird) Loads of places selling food and drink and not too expensive either-just behind the National Film Theatre there's a large street food... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

At the south bank there is so much to do and see, from the views to the different attractions that are close by. Right next to the London eye, you can spend as little or as much time as you want. The atmosphere is great and i spent a good 3 hours here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a boat ridge along the South Bank with our Oyster Card. It is part of their bus system. It was a great way to see some sights...riding along the river and getting a different point of view! Would recommend at least once! Easy to do!

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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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