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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
+44 20 7960 4200
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
+44 20 7960 4200
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Reviewed yesterday

We passed by the Southbank Centre on a Saturday evening when everything was in full swing. Great live music and dancing, children dancing though the fountain trying hard not to get wet but not succeeding. Very busy but a great buzz about the place.

Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The south bank centre is a nicely designed mixed use arts venue which hosts an array of interesting exhibits, shows and performances. Tickets can be pricey and i recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment as it can get very busy. There is often the...More

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place. Great energy and very nice street food. This place is really cool and chilled out. A must visit

Thank Ray D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited The Royal Hall in Southbank Center due to a graduation ceremony and we were impressed by the excellent facilities and its acoustic capacity. The whole center though is a place to visit because it combines many activities, amazing view to Thames river and...More

Thank Panagiotis V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its' centrepiece is the Royal Festival Hall, originally built for the 1951 Festival of Britain, but thoroughly refurbished to original specifications about ten years ago. It's primarily a concert hall devoted to orchestral classical music, but has diversified in the range of music offered over...More

Thank futtock21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I currently live in London and have worked at Southbank for a while. Absolutely beautiful views and so much to do! A must-visit for everyone :)

Thank Ceyda C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just relaxing after a exhibition with a pint and stunning views of London. Wished the membership bar didn't have so many rules!!

Thank MarlonMIA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Paid £30 for two adults and our slot got moved from 4 to 4.15pm, the group was far too large for such small spaces, there was about 12 of us in total. You couldn't really look at the displays without stepping on someone else's feet....More

Thank Misscally
Reviewed May 27, 2017

I have been to this food market a few times, it is located behind the Festival Hall, in the past it sold cooked food but also a lot of expensive food like a loaf of bread for £6, it is much better now almost all...More

Thank RonGLondon
Reviewed May 16, 2017

This is a great spot for adults and children, there is lots to do in this place from entertainment to roller disco!! plenty of cafes and bars to choose from to eat and drink, great location for a hot summers day to chill by the...More

Thank Mr n Mrs n
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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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