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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This ten-day festival is a celebration of South Asia's rich culture, with a line-up featuring music, dance, literature, film and fashion. Back for a seventh year in 2016, its programme will once again showcase talent from the UK and the Indian subcontinent,...Festivals Until Monday May 30 2016Read more
Yoshitomo Nara: Marching On The Butterbur Leaf
The Hayward Gallery launches the Waterloo Billboard Commissions with a humorous manga-influenced piece by the Japanese artist.Contemporary art Until Thursday June 30 2016Read 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
Brainiac Live! Science Abuse
Brainiac Live! is on at Southbank in Summer 2016. This review is from the 2013 run. Unless you’re hoping your kids grow up to have a career in blowing stuff up and electrocuting people, it’s probably worth stating from the off that ‘Brainiac Live! Science...Drama Until Sunday June 5 2016Read more
Across, Not Over
Chennai-based choreographer and dancer Preethi Athreya collaborates with soloist Vikram Iyengar to create a simple, focused piece that questions ideas of classicism and beauty, as the dancing body is presented as an image of itself.Folk and ethnic Until Sunday May 29 2016Read more
Australian circus company Circa’s latest offering, 'Closer', has none of the trappings we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in a ‘new circus’ style show; neither grand-scale theatrical narrative nor cabaret-style arch humour. Instead we get five circus artists...Circuses Until Thursday July 14 2016Read more
Closer By Circa
The internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company presents a breathtaking show featuring astounding acrobatics and aerial spectacles up close and personal.Circuses Until Saturday June 11 2016Read more
Shaanti Presents We Are 2nd Generation!
Celebrate 20 years of the best of British-Asian club culture, as DJs provide 90s ragga, hip-hop, rare groove, R&B, drum'n'bass and Eastern breaks.Pop and rock Saturday May 28 2016Read more
Celebrated film music trio SEL fuse Western rock elements with Carnatic and Hindustani vocal traditions.Latin and world Saturday May 28 2016Read more
John Robertson: The Dark Room
The cult Australian stand-up hosts this interactive adventure game, which invites the audience to pit their wits against a deadly maze and potentially win prizes.Improv Saturday May 28 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.