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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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A must visit when on the Southbank

The Southbank Centre is a must visit when you are close by. Always lots happening, both free and by ticket only. Restaurants and space to sit and just contemplate life. Brilliant.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Southbank Centre is a must visit when you are close by. Always lots happening, both free and by ticket only. Restaurants and space to sit and just contemplate life. Brilliant.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived with printed tickets which designate row and seat number. Unfortunately all the signs indicate only colours and door letters, none of which information is on the tickets. That is a level of incompetence barely believable for a major venue such as this. However, obliging ushers deal with it all, apologizing for the admin failure. Once inside the large hall... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very good fun for all ages both young and old though a bit of sitting on the floor and crouching down and some unsteady areas. The only downside was sometimes the narrator would move on to the next room and you felt rushed to have a look at all the art work before you missed what she was saying in... More 

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

It was a Valentine's Day with this special screening of Brief Encounter, with the soundtrack performed by Southbank Centre's resident orchestra. The London Philharmonic Orchestra. Lucy Fleming started the evening reading a letter for her farther Lt-Col Robert Peter Fleming from her mother actress Celia Johnson. prior to the making of the film and during the making of the film........ More 

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came for the Moomin exhibition and we were all absolutely amazed with the experience. We were taken through several scenes including a huge tent, a cave, a boat, a forest and a snow scene. It was a wonderfully immersive experience that will stay with us forever! We wish we could live in Moominland!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After watching an amazing concert of Jose Gonzalez at the Royal Festival Hall, I just explored the area by foot finding amazing restaurant options and great cocktail places.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good acoustic, nice performance, great time. This is definitely an address to remember. Drinks at the intermission could be better.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We met up with a couple of friends we hadn't seen for ages. We had booked a table with river views several weeks ago but were told at 7pm. that it was 'first come, first served' and were placed on a table near the entrance to the restaurant. We were finally given a table overlooking the Thames as one became... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a large centre for the arts nestled on the banks of the River Thames and one which is always busy with an exhibition or a show - it actually seems like it's own little town when one is inside There are numerous eateries around the centre and outside to suit most appetites and diets

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Firstly I think this is more a tour for nostalgic adults and not really children. Most of the info is about the author and I don't think young children would be particularly interested in that. Having said that the different scenes you are led though are adorable. We visited a tent, a raft, the Moomins kitchen and our favourite -... 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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