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Address: Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7960 4200
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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Another good lunch

Whilst visiting London on business we called into the Southbank Centre for lunch. The food is really fresh and the service quick and courteous, you can choose a sandwich or... read more

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whilst visiting London on business we called into the Southbank Centre for lunch. The food is really fresh and the service quick and courteous, you can choose a sandwich or salad pot and cold drink from the display and there is a queuing system to pay and order hot drinks or hot food. They also offer pots of soup or... More 

Thank AngieP49
Reading, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were expecting to see a river bank lined with wonderful stalls. Nope What's with the food bit?? Makes you think your going into a winter wonderland when it's only food. Very odd and won't bother going again.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We heard a lot about this Christmas market and what probably added to the disappointment was our preconceived ideas of it. We imagined Christmas market stalls spanning the Southbank walk, with mulled wine aplenty, ginger bread and masses of food... What we found was a small collection of stalls under Embankment station bridge, with a another dozen or so stalls... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Always interesting things happening and everyone should take time to check out the current agenda. Strongly recommend the current display in the Strand annexe - the Infinite Mix - a series of video installations with free entry. Video no.10 is not to be missed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are loads of things to do inside and outside of the Southbank Centre. We came here with our three children and they had a grand time. There is a Christmas themed Street food market at the moment, a selection of crazy urban benches and much more. Worth a visit on the weekend when it is bustling with tourists and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a spacious location that run exhibitions and other events now and again. I was here for the world press photography exhibition which was free and also a Brian Tyler musical concert. The place has a few bars and restaurants, it also has an elevator that sings the levels which is very popular among tourists. If you haven't... More 

Thank Sandra K
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came along to the free jazz event. It was ok, the centre is a bit cold not in terms of heating but just is a bit clinical inside. I didn't really feel like I could relax, I had one drink and moved onto a pub with live music for more of a cosy feel

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Chessington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Southbank centre building has nice architecture and is nice in summer where you can sit outside by the banks of the Thames and enjoy a drink. There are lots of things going on inside the Southbank centre from musicals to cultural events.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Street food stalls behind Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre offer an amazing selection of culinary delights from across the world. From curries to New Orleans to Polish to Ethiopian, even craft cider and beer, this is the place to explore. Seating a bit of a challenge but there are communal tables and stairs to sit on. You can use the... More 

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

I went to see Mandela Trilogy Cape Town Opera & Chorus at the Royal Festival Hall. On the day there was a number of stalls outside selling African and Caribbean foods and delights to add to the ocassion. So that was a great treat. Some of the more popular stalls unfortunately sold out of their astronomies quite early on, so... 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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