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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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Busy bustle and buskers!

Always end up strolling through here every time I'm in London and there's always some interesting sights to see with the buskers and quite a few food stalls and vans dotted along... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Always end up strolling through here every time I'm in London and there's always some interesting sights to see with the buskers and quite a few food stalls and vans dotted along the walkways. great views aver the river and landmarks on the other shore.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

South bank is along the way to many sites of London like the Tate modern to Waterloo bridge. It also has the book market which is fun to visit if you're into books.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Almost spoilt it by putting too much there and is now packed with families and buggies and quite down market. The old town hall is amusement arcades and fast food. But I really like the ideas they have eg original places to eat and the climbing structures for kids and skateboarding.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always plenty to do and see along this part of the river. One of our favourite walking routes. Plenty of pubs and entertainment!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a perfect venue for a riverside walk. Lots of things to see and lots of things to do. Stop and enjoy the view or a cup of coffee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite walk in London is along the south bank of the river Thames. There are so many galleries, theatres and eateries along the way and you can have a great view of the greatest landmarks of London, from Big Ben and St Paul to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beginning at Westminster Bridge on the south bank is the start of a two to three mile amble beside the river taking in some great landmarks and passing some superb eateries and pubs. Although very busy in the height of summer, a sunny day in the autumn or spring, the overseas tourists have gone home leaving this gem for you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Starting at The Globe theatre and exhibition and heading to the Tate Modern. Following the path on the riverside to Gabriels Wharf worth a look some eateries and eclectic shops. There are lots of seating areas along the way to keep taking in the views. Next is The Festival Hall and next door The National Theatre. Followed by more eateries.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our favourite walk on any visit to London, starting at Lambeth Bridge and going at least as far as the Millennium Bridge over to St. Paul's Cathedral or on to Tower Bridge. The river views show off much of London's architecture, old and new, there are a succession of places to visit and lots of places to sit and people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

one of my fav places in London, check out their Sat day markets and food market for great choices to eat. a pleasant walk on this side of London

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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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