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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- Troops marching, artillery firing. Ominous place names: Mametz, Fricourt, La Boiselle. Those familiar but certainly faked 'going over the top' shots. Laconic titles: 'Friend and foe help each other' as British and German wounded come in arm in arm...Read more
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Cabana's Copacabana Beach
Fling your towel down on the South Bank this summer with Cabana's tribute to Rio's most famous beach. Eighty-five tonnes of white sand, a Brasilian barbecue in a yellow tram and a caiprinha will have you feeling totally tropical even if Rio 2016 disa...Food and drink events Until Friday September 30 2016 FreeRead more
BBC Radio 3s Composer Of The Week: Live
Donald Macleod is live at Southbank Centre every day for a special edition of Radio 3's Composer Of the Week programme. Come along and listen to the broadcast during the week, featuring as a guest the renowned British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen,...Classical and opera Until Friday October 7 2016Read more
Sound Frontiers: BBC Radio 3 Live
Celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture BBC Radio 3 and Southbank Centre have joined together to celebrate 70 years since the founding of the Third Programme and look to the future with two weeks of immersive and inspiring live broadcasts,...Classical and opera Until Sunday October 2 2016Read more
The London Philharmonic Orchestra: Beethoven
Vladimir Jurowski conducts a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1 and Bruckner's Symphony No 4 (Romantic). With pianist Valery Afanassiev.Classical and opera Wednesday September 28 2016Read more
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Feel the calm of Tree pose while a live classical group plays along to the yoga class on the Soutbank's Festival Terrace. Part of Radio 3's festival celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Third Programme, it's all about the BBC and the Southbank's joint...Classes and workshops Thursday September 29 2016 - Thursday October 6 2016 FreeRead more
Philharmonia Orchestra: Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex
Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex is a chilling retelling of the tragic myth. Presented here in a semi-staged production from director Peter Sellars, Oedipus Rex is a work that abandons sentiment, it confronts the spectator with the true horror of the 'infernal...Classical and opera Thursday September 29 2016Read more
The Aurora Trio
The ensemble, comprising of flautist Emma Halnan, viola-player Joe Bronstein and harpist Heather Wrighton perform pieces by Richard Bissill, Sally Beamish, Gareth Moorcraft and John Buckley.Classical and opera Friday September 30 2016Read more
Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
High-energy roots folk and Americana band featuring award-winning fiddler and dancer Gordie MacKeeman.Traditional music Friday September 30 2016Read more
London Concert Orchestra: The Best Of James Bond
John Rigby conducts the ensemble and singers Louise Dearman and Oliver Tompsett for a performance of iconic music celebrating the UK's most famous secret service agent alongside a tribute to other spies and detectives from around the world.Classical and opera Friday September 30 2016Read more
BBC Radio 3s World On 3: Live
Lopa Kothari presents a special live edition of Radio 3's regular world music programme. This session features world-renowned Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, and Cameroonian singer-songwriter Coco Mbassi, discovered through BBC Introducing...Latin and world Friday September 30 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.