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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A new fashion-focussed event from the Southbank Cente and Mastercard, swapping size 0 models for diverse body shapes and real talk. Sustainability and the relationship between fashion and gender will be explored during events, masterclasses and activities....Festivals Until Sunday July 24 2016Read more
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Festival of Love
The Southbank Centre's having quite the love-in this summer with the return of their Festival of Love – a summery collection of installations, activities, pop-ups and performances that celebrate humankind's most overwhelming emotion. Some weekends will...Until Monday August 29 2016 FreeRead 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
Klanghaus: On Air
Klanghaus will come to Southbank Centre this July, as part of the 'Festival of Love'. This review is from its 2014 run in Edinburgh's Summerhall. So it turns out that the greatest gig venue in the world is the former small animal hospital at the hulking...Interactive Until Friday July 29 2016Read more
The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist formerly know as I Blame Coco plays Krautrock-inspired riffs to pulsing electronic rhythms and performs in her signature alto voice.Dance and electronic Saturday July 23 2016Read more
Folk With Altitude
Seasoned London folk crew The Nest Collective return with another summer series of gigs on the green and pleasant roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Performers include Estonian violinist Maarja Nuut, Haitian roots band Chouk Bwa Libète and Brazilian indie-folk...Folk, country and blues Thursday July 28 2016 - Sunday July 31 2016Read more
An Italian pianist, composer and film collaborator, Einaudi draws from experimental jazz, avant-garde classical and world music. Since 2009, he has been incorporating synthesized electronic sounds into his compositions alongside his fluid piano parts....Classical and opera Thursday July 28 2016 - Sunday July 31 2016Read more
Lokito Ya Congo
The six-piece deliver the rhythms of Congolese music style soukous; an upbeat call to the dance floor.Latin and world Friday July 29 2016Read more
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Spanning two venues across the Thames, Encampment is a season of events at Somerset House and the Southbank about the refugee crisis. On the Southbank, Good Chance theatre's iconic dome arrives direct from the camps at Calais to host games and talks to...Exhibitions Saturday July 30 2016 - Sunday August 7 2016 FreeRead more
Eight bands and over 45 musicians, artists and DJs celebrate jazz and jazz-inspired music and culture.Jazz Sunday July 31 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.