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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's a lot to see and do if you are prepared to cross the river, but don't worry, you won't have to venture far on the other side. Crossing the river by the tube station at Embankment (via steps up to the pedestrian bridge: there...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Southbank is such an amazing place to visit we come with our kiddies sometimes this time it was just the two of us there is so much going on bars, restaurants, cafes, live music, sandpits, walk through water fountains, people playing instruments, magicians, dancers,...More

Thank emma1989Kent
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for something to do! Visit Southbank centre during the weekend and you will come across a number of fantastic food stalls! The aroma of roasted coffee beans, chocolate dipped fruit, corn on the corn, mixed cultures of food: Korean, Greek, Italian, Jamaican to name...More

Thank FoxyMoxie01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hot sunny day in school holidays saw Southbank Centre full of all ages . Kids playing in outdoor fountains others looking around inside . We found a lovely raised garden on left hand side full of different grasses and plants and intersperced with tables for...More

Thank Alan W
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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4 August 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.
26 June 2016|
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Response from Muneeb78 | Reviewed this property |
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11 June 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