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.
The Southbank Centre
Time Out says
Posted: Sat Jan 5 2013
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.
What's on at Southbank Centre
Things to do
A weekend jubilee in honour of Africa and the African Diaspora, featuring music, debates, comedy, arts and crafts, dance and fashion. Highlights include a one-off set by Ethiopian vibes maestro Mulatu Astatke, who whips up a simmering blend of Afrobeat...
North London choir, The Angels of Kaos known for their harmonies perform a variety of songs from folk to funk and presented with British Sign Language interpretation.
Things to do, Kids' activities
Back for another year (it first appeared in 2007), Jeppe Hein's interactive fountain is a refreshing addition to summer at Southbank Centre; find it outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Walls of water rise and fall randomly to create a series of constantly...
Solo shows, Big-name talent, Stand-up
Following his ace show 'Dave Gorman's Powerpoint Presentation', the pioneer of docu-comedy continues his love affair with the slideshow software as he teams up with a projector screen for Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point* (*The Powerpoint). He just...
Things to do, Poetry, Comedy
- Critics' choice
Perennial punk poet Clarke delivers his hilarious but dark and deadpan, socio-political, quickfire verse. He'll be rattling at top speed through all-time greats including 'Evidently Chickentown', 'Things are Gonna Get Worse', 'I Married a Monster from...
More weapons-grade filth from the king of trash cinema who returns to the capital with his popular stand-up show. Fans of cult movies like the mind-blowing 'Pink Flamingoes', 'Serial Mom' and 'Hairspray' should book now to avoid disappointment.
Orchestral music, Choral
- Critics' choice
Formed against the odds by conductor Armand Diangienda in poverty-stricken, war-torn Congo, the Orchestre Symphonique de Kimbanguiste is here augmented by members of the BBC Concert Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Hallé Youth...
The London-based outfit formed by composer-producer Aaron Wheeler, performs its experimental music.
Things to do, Festivals, Literature
- Critics' choice
Back for 2014, the London Literature Festival brings together an international line-up of worldclass poets, authors and speakers to celebrate the power of words and their ability to transform lives. This year's liberty-themed festival focusses on justice,...
House and home, Art, craft and hobbies
To celebrate this year's London Design Festival, vintage-inspired interiors brand Mini Moderns will revisit their REMIX project at the Southbank Centre's Festival Terrace shop. Throughout the month, the shop will host talks, an art installation by Matt...
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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.
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.