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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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I've been coming here since I can remember - meeting my Dad for lunch as a little boy, and now up here all the time with my girlfriend. You cannot beat a walk along the South... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've been coming here since I can remember - meeting my Dad for lunch as a little boy, and now up here all the time with my girlfriend. You cannot beat a walk along the South Bank. Restaurants, sights, street artists - and a man who makes a bracelet on your little finger just before the London eye. This is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walking along the Thames pathway on the north can get crowded. This is a great way to move along the river and see everything from the other side. Pathway is wide, lots of benches and easy to do.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a lovely area to wander along beside the River Thames. No traffic, just people. Lots of places to eat and drink. Great for kids to play safely and the views of famous London landmarks visible all around.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots to see and do on a wander down South Bank. Lots of interesting architecture from the replica of Shakespeare's Globe to 60s council flats. Lively and free!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

All you could ask for on a sunny afternoon. No traffic just people wandering along looking at the Thames and the shops. Lovely eating stops and the Borough market near the Golden Hind is a pleasure waiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A lot to do in the area with attractions to see likes London Eye, the National Theatre, a small park or walk long the bridges. Walk across Westminster Bridge to see Big Ben, Westminster Pier and the Houses of Parliament.

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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

South Bank, for those who have never been there, is the side of the river Thames where the big wheel is. I refer to it as that chunk that spans from Westminster bridge all the way to London Bridge. It's very much alive and vibrant especially on sunny days and crisp, crystal clear winter days. You have the pier, the... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful part of London. Aside from great views of the skyline and the river there are several excellent street food vendors, second hand book stalls on the street and some excellent graffiti work on the skate park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to see including the graffiti underpass skate park, southbank centre, national theatre, ITV, Tate... It's a great stroll with the family and an easy and wonderful day out. There's usually stuff going on too and great food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to founder's Arms on south Bank to meet with a large group of our friends. We had a great time sitting outside in a great summer day. You had the place packed till 10.30 at night. Go before the sunset. It's a beautiful view and the sun can never hurt.

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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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