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.
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Being A Man
The Southbank Centre's Being a Man (BAM) Festival returns for a second year of music, comedy, literature, performance, screenings and discussion exploring the challenges and pressures of modern masculine identity. Discussion topics will include the positive...Festivals Until Sunday November 29 2015Read more
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A showcase of arts by prisoners, offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigration detainees. The exhibition is curated by prison arts charity the Koestler Trust and Southbank Centre and includes fine art, design, literature,...Exhibitions Until Sunday November 29 2015 FreeRead more
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Bump Roller Disco
Do you love nothing more than rolling with your homies? Bump is a wooden-floored roller disco that's popping up under Hungerford Bridge as part of the Southbank Centre's Winter Festival. Skates are included in the ticket price (though pros are welcome...Quirky events Until Sunday January 17 2016Read more
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Southbank Centre Winter Festival
The Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns for 2015 and along with its array of festive shows and performances they will also be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. The annual Christmas market is set to be bigger...Friday December 4 2015 - Monday January 4 2016 FreeRead more
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Family Gamelan Taster Sessions
Learn about the musical traditions of the people of Java, Indonesia, in this family-friendly workshop. Expert instructors will be focusing on gamelan (percussion orchestra) music and come the end, participants will perform a concert together. Suitable...Classes and workshops Sunday December 6 2015Read more
Dickie Beau: Lost in Trans
Alternative drag artist Dickie Beau presents a hallucinatory new performance that 'channels' voices from the past. Playing a host of characters from antiquity, including the nymph Echo and Cyclops, he enacts a powerful metamorphosis of his own.Experimental Thursday December 10 2015 - Friday December 11 2015Read more
Things Easily Forgotten
Catalan artist Xavier Bobés creates an unusual visual theatre piece for five performers, telling the history of Spain in the second half of the twentieth century. Part of the London International Mime Festival 2016.Experimental Wednesday January 20 2016 - Sunday January 24 2016Read more
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Imagine Children's Festival
The kids are in charge at the Southbank Centre once more in February as their two-week children's festival returns. The theme for 2016 is Roald Dahl, and you can expect a wide range of captivating theatre, dance, music, film and comedy plus readings from...Wednesday February 10 2016 - Sunday February 21 2016Read more
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Totally love this area and center and night time is definitely the right time to visit and explore the lights and riverbank area and all the cool activities, bars and events. Here's one of my impression of the area http://travelphotodiscovery.com/discovering-london-at-night-time/
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.
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.