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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
+44 20 3879 9555
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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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  • Average6%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
+44 20 3879 9555
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great open space above the Hayward Gallery on the Southbank, consisting of an attractive garden with lots of different spaces to chill out. The cafe is OK but a bit limited in choice and pricey, but very welcome.

Thank 342SteveO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only my second TripAdvisor review (my first being 5 stars for something 12 months ago). But Underbelly was so awful last night that I need to take the time to warn you not to waste your time going there. It is a great idea but...More

Thank Papal1970
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Brutalist 1960s buildings they may be but from Waterloo Bridge one descends down litter strewn steps to what can best be described as a filthy concrete jungle. The food market us diverse and well attended if one wishes of course to eat beneath the traffic...More

Thank Una K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited south bank centre recently after seeing the Inside exhibition advertised from outside. The entrance way wasn't clear and these are some really awfully designed concrete buildings with work going on at present. Seeing the display though was a really nice addition to our...More

Thank Mrstpearce
Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

Scandinavian circus push the limits on acrobatics. With a back story about migration in a politically correct time, well done for being out spoken and raising awareness. Great evening for children and adults Unable to take pictures during the show..

Thank Salma K
Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

We attended this centre at the beginning of September for the first time and (having travelled a long way) were really looking forward to our evening, but sadly had to leave very early as the place was unbearably hot (to the point I thought I...More

Thank Spoton856
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

The Southbank area is a great place to wander through. There's the London Eye, fairground attractions and of course theatres and plenty pubs and restaurants. Always busy with a good vibe and a nice stroll along the banks of the Thames. Spend some time doing...More

Thank Vazbo
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

Very busy and bustling part of London that is right by the River Thames opposite the houses of parliament. The Southbank Centre is a complex of attractions and restaurants including the London Eye, London dungeons, Shrek adventure, and many well known restaurant chains that have...More

Thank rayrest
Reviewed September 3, 2017

I became a South bank member a year ago as I am a Londoner and proud of my city so keen to support facilities. However, I have been sadly disillusioned by the promises made as to the advantages of membership. Firstly, I have never been...More

1  Thank Stephanie058
Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

Visited after the London eye. Plenty of things going on, street food (delicious) street entertainment, lots of different things to keep even the little ones from saying "I'm bored".

Thank sam010101
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
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August 4, 2017|
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Response from Joseph S | Reviewed this property |
I would say that a 3 year old is probably on the young side, it seems to be aimed at 5+ year old children. It all depends on the child, however, some of the activities might be beyond a child under 5.
June 25, 2016|
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Response from Muneeb78 | Reviewed this property |
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June 11, 2016|
Response from WMIM | Reviewed this property |
I take it you mean ''The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl'' at the Royal Festival Hall? It wouldn't be my type of thing but I have checked with a family member who has been (with children in tow) and they told me they found... More