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South Bank

#62 of 1,411 things to do in London
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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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Walk across the millenium bridge to start your journey along the south bank towards London bridge stop at one of the pop up bars(summertime mainly)buy yourself a beverage then... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walk across the millenium bridge to start your journey along the south bank towards London bridge stop at one of the pop up bars(summertime mainly)buy yourself a beverage then pause to listen to one of the buskers singing for their supper. Move along past the bookstalls, and bars restaurants. Pause to watch the skateboarders doing their tricks in a place... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place for people watching, with a few places to stop and grab a beer or a snack while enjoying the views.

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Glasgow, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We love the Southbank as it is a wonderful area to walk along as there is so much to see and lots of places to eat and drink. You will never be bored on the Southbank. We like it so much that we stayed in a hotel close to this area on our recent visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

No matter how many times you have been to London, I think it’s always a good idea to do the stroll across Southbank. Starting from Shakespeare Globe (or start over on the other side near the foot of the Millenium Bridge) and enjoy the long walk all the way to Westminster. Enjoy it in the evening, stop for a meal,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This side of the river has become such a vibrant and lively place to go for a stroll, a glass of Pimms or an ice cream. Buzzing and cheerful. I love it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a bustling array of so much to see and do - numerous little shops with street food and drink and various stalls with books and other items of interest on sale. There are lots of regular restaurants and bars and a hive of activity on the river - it gets really busy at lunch time when the office folk... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great river-side promenade. There is always activity on the river. Great views of historic buildings.Plenty of places to stop for a drink or food. And when the weather is decent (not raining) free street entertainment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

SOOO much to do, lots of bars, street performers, walk to the Tower, museums, Westminster etc - July was busy and there was just a great atmosphere with people just having fun

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to feel like Adele singing "Someone Like You" then you have to come here for a walk and enjoy the view of the Thames river.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A walk along the south bank is a must.Full of lovely shops, bars and famous London Landmarks. It's a wonderful walk between tube stations along the river.

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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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