South Bank
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About
South Bank is a beautiful riverside stretch in the heart of London featuring the London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Hayward Gallery, the British Film Institute (BFI) and the London Dungeon, as well as top hotels, shopping and dining destinations. Located within walking distance of Covent Garden, Westminster and Bankside, it is the perfect location for a relaxing stroll by the river or for an evening of world-class entertainment. Known as the cultural heart of London, a packed programme of art, theatre, exhibitions, music, film and free events, make South Bank an inspiring place to explore. South Bank is a wonderful corner of central London to spend time outdoors with its beautiful riverside promenade, the Jubilee Gardens park, Ernie's Beach (one of central London's last remaining publically accessible tidal beaches) and dozens of open-air restaurants and cafes to enjoy.
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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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  • Waterloo • 3 min walk
  • Embankment • 8 min walk
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  • thara r
    Epsom, United Kingdom389 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heya
    Heya. All of it. I spent the entire day here today. You will need at least two solid hours in order to look at everything on offer as well. Make sure to take lots of good photos too. Walk around and appreciate the entire area. Buy nice food from one of the many different street food stalls in addition. Also alternatively have Chinese dim sum. Visit the mini stalls on top of that. Try to see if you can go on the London Eye. Rent a river boat. Then make your way to the cinema. All in all a really good day out.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 24, 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,706 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist Locale
    The South Bank of London was first regenerated in the 1950's with the Festival of Britain. This led to the construction of the Royal Festival Hall which is still used for concerts to this day. After the closure of County Hall this was repurposed and now houses the Sea Life Centre and also a McDonalds. Further downstream the Globe Theatre was built to recreate the original location where William Shakespeare's plays can now be seen. There is also the Tate Modern art gallery which is free to enter and is on the site of a former power station. Right outside it is the Millennium Bridge which will take you over the River Thames to St Paul's Cathedral. When this Bridge first opened in 2000 it was known as the Wibbly Wobbly Bridge as when people were crossing it was moving and people felt ill. Following closure these issues were resolved. These are just some of the bigger attractions on the South Bank of the Thames. There are plenty of other things to see. It is pedestrianised so safe to walk but watch out for people on e-scooters. Highly recommended for entertainment and views.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 25, 2023
  • holidayhoney65
    Chessington, United Kingdom1,192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy, bustling area a short walk from Waterloo with lots to see and do
    Busy, bustling area on the river a short walk from Waterloo station with loads of bars, restaurants, street food and things to see and do including the london eye, festival hall, sea life, boat trips, street entertainers to name a few. You can easy spend a few hours here stopping for drinks, food, do an activity or just watch the world go by. Defiantly worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
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EU 4ever
Amsterdam, The Netherlands7,960 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Love it! Bit more of an adult version of Winter Wonderland. Has a large cider bar inside the Udderbelly southbank complex; some great food stalls inside (recommend Mexican nachos/Fried chicken/Potato chips on a stick)... and some even more amazing ones outside it - Raclette melted swiss cheese, Melted cheese toasties, Truffle burger and chips but to name a few!
Written January 1, 2020
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Dr_Waugh
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK6,318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Lia P
Colchester, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We have always loved the South Bank, I have been going with my family since I was a baby and still go now! Yes it's busy, but not overwhelmingly so. Lots of talented buskers and artists (you will be sure to find a little souvenir to take back) - not to mention the variety of food stalls and restaurants.

If you're ever in London I highly recommend going to the South Bank, you won't regret it!
Written July 20, 2022
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Amanda_R
Hampton Hill, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
A fantastic river walk and a place to enjoy great views, architecture, shops, restaurants, galleries and it's free. We walked along the river from Waterloo to Borough Market. Along the way we passed the Royal Festival Hall an iconic building with a free exhibition about the post-war Festival of Britain. It was really interesting to see the origins of the South Bank site. We also had a look in their shop which had some nice bits. We carried on along the river past the skateboarders making use of their colourful, graffiti covered undercroft doing some amazing flips and tricks. My teenage son really enjoyed this. Then we browsed in the open air book market outside the British Film Institute. Moving onwards we were very quickly at the National Theatre which is a brutalist architectural treat. We carried on admiring the river views and the historic dolphin lamp posts until we came to Gabriels' Wharf. Slightly off the main path the wharf is home to some quirky little shops and galleries, a bit of a hidden gem. I bought lots of greetings cards from the Southbank Printmakers Gallery. Oh yes, and we all went to the loo in the public convenience! Then we carried on to Blackfriars Bridge through a tunnel where there was an incredible busker who sang to us as we walked by. Before we called into the Tate to see some weird inflatables in the Turbine Hall, we stopped into the Bankside gallery which had a great exhibition of watercolours. After the Tate we found the Shakespeare's Globe and the Millennium Bridge with fantastic views across to St Pauls. The fantastic thing London does with historic old buildings rubbing shoulders with super modern. Passing along narrow London streets we saw the Clink Museum and we also happened upon the Golden Hind a full size replica of the Tudor Ship. Finally getting to Borough Market for some lunch and with its incredible array of food stalls. Amazing riverside walk full of interest!
Written March 16, 2022
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DoozeUK
Leicestershire, UK1,010 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We had a lovely time whilst waiting to enter the Aquarium, walking the length of the South Bank from Westminster Bridge all the way down to the OXO and back.

There were loads of street traders, offering a wide variety of foods and drinks, both alcoholic and soft drinks.

We had the added benefit of being able to experience a couple of the wonderful street entertainers too which helped us while a good couple of hours away.
Written August 15, 2021
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mike d
Fareham, UK843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Brilliant place to stroll in the sunlight. Plenty going on with professional performers and general public antics. Some benches and greenery to take a rest on and closer to Festival Hall, eateries of every influence. Skateboarders provide a free show, next to Giraffe, and the views of the North Bank are some of the best in the word.
A relaxing spot in one of the busiest cities and its all free.
Written October 30, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,706 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The South Bank of London was first regenerated in the 1950's with the Festival of Britain. This led to the construction of the Royal Festival Hall which is still used for concerts to this day.

After the closure of County Hall this was repurposed and now houses the Sea Life Centre and also a McDonalds.

Further downstream the Globe Theatre was built to recreate the original location where William Shakespeare's plays can now be seen.

There is also the Tate Modern art gallery which is free to enter and is on the site of a former power station.

Right outside it is the Millennium Bridge which will take you over the River Thames to St Paul's Cathedral. When this Bridge first opened in 2000 it was known as the Wibbly Wobbly Bridge as when people were crossing it was moving and people felt ill. Following closure these issues were resolved.

These are just some of the bigger attractions on the South Bank of the Thames. There are plenty of other things to see. It is pedestrianised so safe to walk but watch out for people on e-scooters.

Highly recommended for entertainment and views.
Written July 26, 2023
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The Marrs
Euxton, UK656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
I hadn't been to South bank since I left London over 20 years ago. I took my children to London for the first time, booked the London eye and other attractions. South bank is vastly improved, clean and family friendly now. The kids loved the street entertainers, the amounts of resturants and street vendors now.

We really enjoyed being in the area
Written September 29, 2021
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Waddler
York, UK10,154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The beauty of South Bank is no roads or traffic to deal with meaning the kids can be relatively off the leash.

There's a wide variety to see and do, from London Eye and river cruises, to street performers, an underbridge book market, a carousel, watching skateboarders, the restaurants and food markets of South Bank Centre, Tate Modern gallery and millennium bridge, all the way to Borough food market or if you fancy it to Tower Bridge.

All the while there are, of course, the views to the north side of the river.

Well worth a wander.
Written May 3, 2022
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Ola
Cheltenham, UK518 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A very nice part of the city with so much to see and explore in the way galleries, pubs restaurants and sights. I got the idea to come and visit after watching an episode of Killing Eve. So much can be seen from The London Eye including The Houses of Parliament. The Tate Modern is located here along with a very scenic walk along a stretch of The Thames. There are also some very historic pubs in this part of the city. Please go and expore.
Written May 17, 2022
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