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Address: Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
Phone Number: 442079604200
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the...

Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames. Our origins are in the 1951 Festival of Britain when our largest venue The Royal festival Hall was built. Southbank Centre has now grown to occupy a 21-acre site in the midst of London's vibrant cultural quarter and as well as Royal Festival Hall our venues include Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room for performance based arts and Hayward Gallery which is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest art galleries. Southbank Centre is also home to The Poetry Library in Royal Festival Hall, a popular Roof Garden created by The Eden Project, Jubilee Gardens which is the area in front of the London Eye and a wide range of restaurants, cafes, bars, markets and shops can also be found on our site. Southbank Centre draws on its Festival of Britain heritage to present Festivals For The World. Throughout the year a vibrant programme of themed arts activities takes place both inside and outside our buildings. We offer a very wide range of cultural events from the greatest classical music to performances by contemporary music acts. From dance to performance and spoken word events. 50% of our programme is free so not only do we offer events for all tastes, we offer activities for all pockets too. Whatever you choose to do at Southbank Centre today, we look forward to welcoming you.

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We live in London but rarely visit the touristy areas and wanted something inexpensive to do, so plumped for the south bank as it was easy for us to get to. The view of Big Ben... read more

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We live in London but rarely visit the touristy areas and wanted something inexpensive to do, so plumped for the south bank as it was easy for us to get to. The view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament was superb.We really enjoyed watching the boats on the River Thames. There was lots of cultural things to see,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A fantastic place for culture food and to relax in he centre of the hubbub of London. Try a burrito from the Mexican street kitchen. Amazing

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great time on a lazy Sunday. Excellent drinks and atmosphere. Great entertainment along the front. Will go back time and time again

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great for foodies we visited here at the weekend and wandered along the food market Amazing variety of food Fantastic smells and great people Good street artists Great tasting food Lovely atmosphere

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Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visit a lot, its a good place to go to for entertainment which has a good year round program, the eatery is very good value for money - lunch, snacks, the views and position in London is ideal for walking and going to the Eye, etc'.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my favourite places, especially with the food festival every weekend, free entertainment in the hall and street food from all over the world at exceptional prices. There are street entertainers galore and of course it is on the Thames, so plenty to see for the whole family, great place for people watching too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit the centre frequently for concerts, eating and generally enjoying the ambiance. With the National Theatres and BFI in the vicinity along with the Globe and Sam Wanamaker further downstream, sheer bliss!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited after hearing about the water jets and sandpit and have to say the children had a super time the weather was amazing which really helped. The only thing that shocked me was the price of toilets towards the London eye, sea life ect 50p per person family of 5 it all adds up. but is questionable when 3mins... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A Canadian Circus like no other. Acrobats, Magic, wit and raunchiness..all mad cap fun. Incredibility talented and strong performers and wonderfully wild beards. Getting a booth for up to 9 friends is probably the cheapest way to see it. Dates up until September 27th.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always so much to do and see at this fantastic centre. Great places to eat as well. Suitable for all ages.

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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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