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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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...Until Sunday February 21 2016Read more
Roald Dahl And The Imagination Seekers
An interactive adventure for children, inspired by the works of Dahl. All around the world, the popular author's works are disappearing from youngsters' minds. The audience must try and help the Ancient Guild of Tale Tenders bring them back.Children's Until Sunday February 21 2016Read more
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Bump Roller Disco
Do you love nothing more than rolling with your homies? Then head down to Bump's wooden-floored roller disco that's extending its run under Hungerford Bridge on the Southbank. Skates are included in the ticket price (though pros are welcome to bring their...Quirky events Until Sunday March 13 2016Read more
West End Kids Live
Young performers take to the stage to perform snippets from The Wizard of Oz and pieces inspired by Dr Seuss.Cabaret and standards Sunday February 14 2016Read more
The Purcell School Symphony Orchestra/Alim Beisembayev
Young musicians from the PCSSO perform Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade.Classical and opera Monday February 29 2016Read more
Philharmonia Orchestra: Rachmaninov Project
The orchestra led by conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy perform Sergey Rachmaninov's The Rock and Symphony No.3 and Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto.Classical and opera Thursday March 3 2016Read more
Kentucky Cow Tippers
The North East's finest bluegrass band.Folk, country and blues Friday March 4 2016Read more
OAE Insight Morning
An event looking at music and its social and historical context, featuring discussions of the works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and the Chevalier de Saint-Georges.Classical and opera Saturday March 5 2016Read more
London Philharmonic Orchestra: Shakespeare 400
Ben Gernon conducts Oliver Knussen's Ophelia Dances, Book 1, Op.13 for ensemble and Brett Dean's Wolf-lieder (Wolf songs) for soprano & ensemble.Classical and opera Saturday March 5 2016Read more
Philharmonia Orchestra: First World War Commemoration Concert
The Philharmonia Orchestra led by conductor Jose Serebrier perform Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto and John Powell's world premiere of A Prussian Requiem.Classical and opera Sunday March 6 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.