Southbank Centre

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South Bank

This riverside titan of arts and entertainment has morphed and expanded in the past few years securing its position as one of the most attractive cultural hotspots in London, helped by its accessible location and proximity to the National Theatre and Tate Modern. The Southbank Centre caters for the widest spectrum of people and interests, peddling visual art, music, literature events and performance in its several venues – the Royal Festival Hall, The Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall (including the Purcell Room) and the Saison Poetry Library. Recently it has become a go-to destination for foodies too. Skylon, a swanky British-themed restaurant within RFH, caters for those with a bit of cash, while a range of spanking new chain restaurants (Wagamama, Strada, Ping Pong) jostle for attention alongside the pie-touting Canteen.

Venue name: Southbank Centre
Address: Belvedere Rd
Opening hours: 10am-11pm Mon-Sun
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
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  • Until Sunday February 21 2016
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  • Children's Until Sunday February 21 2016
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  • Quirky events Until Sunday March 13 2016
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  • Cabaret and standards Sunday February 14 2016
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  • Classical and opera Monday February 29 2016
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  • Classical and opera Thursday March 3 2016
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  • Folk, country and blues Friday March 4 2016
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  • Classical and opera Saturday March 5 2016
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  • Classical and opera Saturday March 5 2016
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  • Classical and opera Sunday March 6 2016
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I am so involve with the Southbank Centre it's ridiculous. Over the summer I had the chance to visit a few different events here: David Byrne's Library and the Big Sing as part of the Meltdown Festival (which Byrne curated this year), as well as a crafting session to make confetti-filled balloons as part of the Festival of Love. Not to mention the beautiful balcony on the Thames on the 5th floor just down from the incredible Saison Poetry Library... wow. Do whatever you can to visit - there is so much happening that there truly is something for everyone. And hey, if all else fails, grab a drink and hang out on the balcony or the outdoor café terrace.


London. My favourite town. I've recently rediscovered the joys of the city, after many years of being blinded by out of town shopping centres. Most weekends, I will journey up by train or tube to meet with my daughter. We shop, chat, eat and walk the length and breadth of Oxford and Regent Street; always ending our day in Carnaby Street or Leicester Square. Many a Sunday, we sit and watch the world go by at the Southbank, stopping to have a bite to eat in one of the many popular eateries. But best of all, is our midweek trips to Theatreland. I've dragged my teenage son to the Donmar, to watch the incredible Corianlanus, the same week I treated my daughter to The Light Princess at the National and then as a family night out we went to see the mesmerizing 'Warhorse'. Next, on the cards, is another Mother and Son day to see 'Blaze' at Peacock Theatre, a Mother and Daughter day to 'Sing-a-long-a Moulin Rouge' and family trip to the wonderful 'Wicked' (we've seen it before!). London has so much to offer and so much to do (even with moaning teenage children).I love it! especially the free events in the summer at The Scope, Southbank and Trafalgar Square.


Try to visit Skylon when you are at the Southbank, the service is good and you can enjoy a drink in a spotlessly clean glass. It's nice to see a variety of musical entertainment coming to the Southbank; chart music does not reflect the wider spectrum of talent.


A good place for shows but also to sit and dream away.


The Southbank Centre is fabulous arts hub in London. It stages a wide variety of theatre and musical performances to cater to all tastes. There are always interesting festivals hosted at Southbank. It is the perfect place to windle away a saturday afternoon.

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I have not found it possible,on the new website, to get a good listing of classical music. It was very well organized in the magazine, and sketchier in the current website, This is not usable.