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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- Half the world can repeat half the dialogue of Curtiz’s great wartime (anti-)romance, re-released in a new digital restoration for Valentine’s Day, and half of Hollywood’s scriptwriters worked on it. If Peter Bogdanovich is right to say the Boga...Read 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
A great opportunity to catch a new act on the rise for free in the Southbank Centre bar. Danish vocalist and saxophonist Mads Mathias cites Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr as influences, and uses these as inspiration when penning original...Jazz Friday October 16 2015 FreeRead more
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This line-up of activities, talks and performances at the Southbank Centre will explore 'What's Happening for the Young?', inspired by the 1989 UN Convention on the rights of children. The festival is a three-partner featuring a weekend of workshops,...Festivals Thursday October 22 2015 - Sunday October 25 2015Read more
A journey through the lives of two childhood friends who've been through everything together, including heroin addiction. Featuring a capella singing arranged by contemporary composer Verity Standen.Fringe Thursday October 22 2015 - Saturday November 14 2015Read more
A fantastic seven-piece modern jazz outfit comprised of rising stars. The show is a free event as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015. Read more about the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015.Jazz Friday November 20 2015 FreeRead 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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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.