Stretching along the River Thames from Lambeth Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge, the South Bank is the cultural heart of London, home to theatres, exhibitions, music, film and free activities as well as fascinating architecture and spectacular views. There are plenty of inspiring things to see and do for all ages, plus many of cafes, bars and restaurants as well as boutique shops. Best of all, it is all on the doorstep of Plaza on the River.
To plan your visit and find out what’s on, see www.southbanklondon.com
ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS
The London Eye is the world’s tallest observation wheel offering spectacular views.
The London Eye River Cruise takes you on a 40-minute circular cruise so you can enjoy the sights from the River Thames.
Silverfleet is three luxury vessels, one iconic river and endless London landmarks. Privately charter one of Silver Fleet’s vessels or alternatively, for smaller parties, there are select events throughout the year where you can book your own private table aboard the Silver Sturgeon.
London Aquarium is has a huge display of global aquatic life with over 350 living species from sharks to stingrays.
Florence Nightingale Museum tells the powerful story of the Lady with the Lamp and hosts brilliant children’s art workshops.
THEATRES, EXHIBITIONS, FILM & MUSIC
Southbank Centre presents everything from music, literature and dance through to performances, exhibitions and fun outdoor installations. Its venues are the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Hayward.
National Theatre presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics. Free music performances in the foyer every weekday plus backstage tours and exhibitions.
BFI Southbank is one of the world’s greatest destinations for film lovers. Enjoy a diverse programme of classic and contemporary cinema.
BFI IMAX is the largest cinema screen in the UK. Experience larger-than-life images, amazing 3-D effects and ultra-realistic digital sound.
Oxo Tower Wharf houses two contemporary art galleries which show regular free exhibitions.
The Old Vic is one of the oldest theatres in London. Now under the artistic direction of Kevin Spacey, the theatre is home to new and classic works.
Young Vic is the UK’s leading home for younger theatre artists, especially directors. It presents great plays for audiences of all ages.
Bernie Spain Gardens is an oasis of green and is also home to the Coin Street Festival, a season of free culturally-themed summer events.
Oxo Tower Wharf is three floors of irresistible design shops selling quality contemporary jewellery, textiles, ceramics and homestyle.
Gabriel’s Wharf is a calm oasis where designers work and sell from their studios which are open to the public.
Southbank Centre is the place for art and design-led gifts