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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The area
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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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RealDS
London, UK459 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, UK658 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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PaulB1102
Hexham, UK38 contributions
Tired and scabby-looking.
Aug 2020
Used to work here a long while ago, before the brutalist concrete got too filthy and the GLC were in charge and looking after the place. It managed to balance a vibrant atmosphere with looking and feeling pleasant. Now it's all grime, rubbish, broken paving stones and chain restaurants alongside the sort of takeaway vans you see outside B&Q. Big disappointment to see what it's turned into.
Written September 2, 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,969 contributions
Enjoyable series of spaces and activities along the river
Aug 2020
To me, the overall South Bank runs from Westminster Bridge all the way to London Bridge, providing a spine connecting a wide range of London's cultural and entertainment institutions, with lots of places to eat and drink along the way, including the London Dungeon, Sea World, the London Eye, the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre, the Oxo Tower, Tate Modern, the Globe, Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral.

If you have a day to visit, it is an enjoyable area to explore from one end to the other; otherwise do as I do and dip in and out of different parts . Last weekend, I was at Tate Modern and the London Bridge area; today it was the core of the South Bank around the South Bank Centre.

The institutions on the South Bank comprise one of the largest arts complexes in Europe with the Royal Festival Hall which dates back to the Festival of Britain in 1951, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room (1967), the Hayward Gallery (1968) and the National Theatre, along with the discrete British Film Theatre (1957) that sits under and alongside Waterloo Bridge. For architects, they comprise a collection of Modern and Brutalist buildings which have their unique character.

Although the doors are closed in the current health situation and the lights in the performance venues are dimmed, visitors are increasing, with many of the restaurants, cafes and pop-up units open along the river, and many outdoor areas in which to sit and enjoy a drink or meal in the sunshine or, as today, when the weather was threatening to be a little more stormy
Written August 26, 2020
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Bruna R
Sydney, Australia65 contributions
loved the feeling
Dec 2019 • Couples
Going to London means getting to know the Thames. I always like to walk along the banks, and to know places that only people who live in the city know.
Written August 16, 2020
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Dr_Waugh
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK6,145 contributions
Family friendly
Feb 2020 • Family
Great area of London.
Lots of lovely sights and things to do. Jubilee Gardens, Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, British Film Institute, views of Houses of Parliament, Ministry of Defence, the City of London, etc, etc. All well served by Tube and train from Waterloo.
We had a lovely family holiday using this area as our base.
Written February 20, 2020
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand17,020 contributions
Great Walk
Dec 2019
We walked down part of Southbank, from the London Eye to Blackfriar's Bridge. There was plenty to see and do along the way including many restaurants, pop up food and item stalls as well as a book and Christmas markets. It was quite nice and fairly clean. It also wasn't particularly crowded (it was in some areas like where they had the food stalls) so it was quite enjoyable.
Written February 9, 2020
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel29,425 contributions
A lovely walk and Christmas market.
Dec 2019
We had a lovely evening, strolling along the south bank of the river Thames, enjoying the small Christmas market and crossing the river back to the city.
Written January 24, 2020
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