Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre
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Convention CentersTheater & Performances
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre in the midst of London's vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. This includes Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery. We also curate the outdoor spaces along the riverfront and around our venues, providing free art for millions of people every year.
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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
  • Embankment • 5 min walk
  • Waterloo • 5 min walk
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4.0
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worldcitizen
106 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
If I did not experienced it, I would not believe the total cahos and poor choices that Southbanks did for the firework event. Security was arranged last minute with random staff at the gates that were not indicated and opened late. Zero information given to the crowd, at entrance there was no bag check for security concerns, a supervisor instructed the agents in front of line of people waiting “ no bag check, but make sure that they have no alcoholic beverages because the restaurants need to make money”…so people could have potentially bring a gun in, as long as did not have a bottle of beer. The area allocated to the paying guests was in front of the train bridge that blocked most of London Eye. The worst event management yet
Written January 2, 2023
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Southbank Centre is a complex of artistic venues located on the Southbank.

You can find here the following: Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, National Poetry Library, and Southbank Centre Archive Studio.

The outdoor spaces also provide art while you are eating and drinking at the food market and pop-ups.
Written July 10, 2022
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DCT
Hampshire, UK330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
London is still getting over Covid 19 Lockdown. Now is the time to go as everywhere is so quiet and the air so clean.

We have visited Southbank several times in the last 3 weeks and enjoyed each visit. Not a problem to keep social distancing and the facilities are still only lightly used- So minimal risks

Some of the restaurants have opened and all are vary careful about avoiding virus spread.

Here are a few photos that show how London is still very quiet
Written August 5, 2020
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Heliks O
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Southbank Centre is one of my favourite places in London - everything about it: the outdoor atmosphere with the book sellers, the skateboarders, the outdoor art installations, the open-air market in winter or people walking & chatting along the Thames on a sunny day in summer. It's rare to have a big indoor space in London where you can grab a tea at night, or sit and chat quietly. Free exhibitions and community events are worth checking out as well.
Written February 24, 2023
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Ben C
Inglesbatch, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
My wife and I ,both elderly, booked to go to the Festival Hall but for covid and railstrike reasons we couldn't. All attempts to get a refund were rebuffed including a letter to the Chief Executive which was just passed to customer services. We have received a voucher to use at the Festival Hall and, though it is not what we want we are grateful. Getting to London from where we are based is a major and expensive exercise however and we need to plan well ahead. But attempts to get coherent information about each venue has proved very difficult. Customer Service has been poor.
Customers should be fully conscious of the potential difficulties if they have any possibility of cancellation. The Siuthbank Centre is not willing to be understanding or flexible.
Written March 23, 2023
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Bookworm473
London, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Southbank Centre is a great sapce. I've been to a number of concerts and events here. Wjerever you sit in the auditorium you get a great view and excellent sound quality. The yearly Women of the World festival is outstanding.
Written January 19, 2020
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RobboFood
Stafford, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We recently attended the Southbank Center to see the Off Menu: The Christmas Dinner Party
and had a great experience. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and we were able to quickly get served at the bar without any issues. The atmosphere was also very good, with a lively and engaged audience.

Overall, we would highly recommend the Southbank Center for any performance.
Written December 26, 2022
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bcheong
Shanghai, China26,728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
On our way to Tate Modern and stopped by for lunch. Very bustling during the day time as well with outdoor food and market, plus restaurants and cafes galore. Home of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Written June 17, 2022
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Leeder47
Duffield, UK460 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Met the family to watch Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol.
The Elizabeth Hall venue is excellent, with comfortable seating & a good choice of drinks for the interval. An excellent choice for a show.
Written December 17, 2022
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Davina Coburn
London, UK46 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
Despite living in London for 8 years I had never been into central London to see the fireworks. I had my graduated at Royal Festival Hall so knew the fantastic location of the building. Everyone looked fantastic I have to say and a real mix of ages considering it was £95 a ticket or £145 a ticket for dinner EACH! We just got a party ticket for £95 each and treated ourselves although this only included entry. We arrived at 7pm to find security not checking bags and letting people jump over the barriers. There were people in the queue (in parker coats and side bags) which considering this is a Glamourous evening and people spending £100 on entry alone should raise alarm bells. Despite this and several young men dressed like this being on their own, were allowed in. In my opinion they had only come in to steal from people who were watching the fireworks. Drinks were around £10 each for a cocktail or £35.00 for a pitcher of prosecco.. (not exactly classy but I didn't want to spend ages queueing at the bar!) We arrived and spotted a photo studio in the lobby area. It was just a professional photographer and looked forward to getting a nice pic of my partner and I dressed up. AN HOUR AND A HALF LATER! We were still not at the front of the queue. He was spending 30 minutes or more on some of the more demanding guests. It was poorly organised. We then reached the front and told it was £15 per photo! Reluctantly paid for the photo, even though you could see the backing roll and nothing special about it at all. A passer by could have taken a nicer picture on a photo in my opinion! (See pic below) Music was good but the map was poor so didn't really know where to go when. Missed all the arranged 'dance lessons'. We did come across a photobooth for £2.00 which was the bargain of the night!! When it came to watching the fireworks we couldn't get out on the balcony (the whole reason we got the tickets) so went out a side door to join the crowds of people on standing level for an OK view! There wasnt even a countdown! On re-entry we were told the bars would be closing in 30 minutes. I hadn't even had a dance yet! Then when the event closed, Waterloo station was also closed and we along with thousands of people whod booked the fireworks were walked VERY SLOWLY to Vauxhall... in heels! There was a huge tension as if a riot was going to kick off! 2 hours later someone pushed a barrier down and by some miracle we found a cab who would take us for an extra £100! NEVER AGAIN! Definitely staying closer to home next year! x
Written January 15, 2015
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