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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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amazing food, good price, things for everyone, fun attractions, the moving rooms are fountains the move and it is very hard, but possible not to get wet! there i a cabana beach... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

amazing food, good price, things for everyone, fun attractions, the moving rooms are fountains the move and it is very hard, but possible not to get wet! there i a cabana beach during the summer. there ave always thins to do for all ages, including very little ones! there is also a skate park where you can watch or try... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If your in the Southbank area I really reccommend the Street food at the back of the National theatre. A wonderful collection of Internatinal foof. Reccomens the Korean Kitchen Pad Thai and the Italian food. Great coffee from the coffer stall. Great atmosphere . Really good value and quality.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Attended a lecture session part of the "Love festival" and was marvelled by the amount of options, all in this amazing place. There was music, dance, food festival, pop-up shops a library, weddings going on, spaces/activities for families, children... so much to do, see, be part of An amazing space for cultural enrichment, inclusion and enjoyment and I believe, most... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice, quiet restaurant , more like a lounge within the Crown hotel complex. Good service, food of high standard, reasonably priced. Very pleasant lunch. Recommended. Elizabeth K

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The toilets are hot smelly broken and no toilet paper. This is not what I would expect from an establishment like this

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There's simply so much to do and so much variety - certainly something for everyone! From fantastic street performers to the wacky udderbelly festival, there's something to enjoy wherever you turn. Great on a budget, too!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Like an evening in a holiday resort. We love coming to theatre and concerts, even taking visitors up the Eye, eating street food at the back of the Royal Festival Hall (I have never worked out exactly when the street food fair is on), strolling along the river front on a dry and not cold evening. But just this evening,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter went here after seeing David Walliams tweet about it, I wouldn't have known otherwise. So glad we went before it finishes on the 3rd of July. Both of us are huge Roald Dahl fans & enjoyed the whole experience. Definitely worth a visit if you enjoy reading RD books! Carole : )

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Discovered this area when walking along the Thames. Wonderful respite area with covered spaces and eating and drinking. And toilets too! Booked to see a show as part of the London Wonderground festival and saw a terrific show called Raunch....very funny and entertaining though not for prudes. A great bar area is attached to the theatre area. Really recommmend the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Last night my boyfriend and I went to see the amazingly talented Guy Garvey. The 4th floor bar was highly un inspiring, but didn't seem to mind people bringing their own picnic food in. But as a seated venue the royal festival hall was amazing. The sound was so good. It was a totally different experience and audience to the... 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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