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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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The Europe’s largest art center that comprises the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery is always lively and full of positive... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Europe’s largest art center that comprises the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery is always lively and full of positive atmosphere. Although a great part of it is closed for two years due to the repair and maintenance, here you can always find an interesting exhibition and have a great time... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Southbank Centre is located south of the Thames, just north of the London Eye. The center is a complex of exhibit halls and performance venues, including the Royal Festival Hall. Thousands of artistic performances are offered here every year, and the venue offers a perfect combination of the arts and accessibility. The hall also displays sculptures, which was my interest.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Southbank, for those needing to know, is the stretch that runs between the County Hall building (to the right after Westminster Bridge stairs lead you to the Riverside) right over to Bankside - which is the spot with Tate Modern on it. For this run, the value for money is amazing......London Eye, London Dungeon, eateries, Skate City, BFI Southbank,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went into the Centre on the spur of the moment and saw the virtual orchestra display. We took the time to go through the exhibition and what an experience. What a privilege to see and experience the orchestra virtually. The Planets by Holst was a good choice of music. Please, please go and see it, it is phenomenal.

Thank HermanK449
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to have a drink after work. Beautiful area, lots of people around, delicious Pimms. 😉 With friends, collegues, or even alone to meet new people.

Thank TMariannka
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For some of the best street food in London you should visit the South Bank Centre Food Market, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Snuggling along one side of the Royal Festival Hall you'll find forty or fifty stalls run by independant traders, all serving up freshly-made and delicious dishes. There are a couple of guys roasting a pig and handing... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere along teh banks of teh river is quiet a lovely experience.To add on what a beautiful concert by Shubha Mudgal.The restaurants are also verried and the street market along teh back side is full of varied food for foodies.Vegetarian options limited and some may be dverse to teh smell....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this area has been much improved by the introduction of Underbelly tent and all that entails, all the restaurants as well as the Royal Festival Hall and all it has to offer. No traffic problems here but lots of people enjoying themselves by the river !

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

Totally advice to visit if your visiting London or just passing by. Always interesting exhibitions and interactive ones at times as well. Prices are quite reasonable and you can always go for dinner or lunch and have a walk near the river after.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Situated on the Southbank along from Westminster Bridge, it is one of a number of restaurants in what is called the Southbank Centre. Also a Wagamama, sushi etc. Has outside seating which is great for people watching. Young lady at the entrance seemed really on the ball, and said we can seat you inside right away, or it will be... More 

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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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