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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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Sibelius & Elgar
Osmo Vanska conducts the orchestra for a performance of works by Sibelius and Elgar.Classical and opera Wednesday October 26 2016Read more
Philharmonia Orchestra: German Romantics, Part One
Karl-Heinz Steffens conducts the orchestra for a performance of Beethoven's Overture, Leonore No 3, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Brahms's Symphony No 2. With violinist Arabella Steinbacher.Classical and opera Thursday October 27 2016Read more
Inspired by the folk sounds of James Taylor, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Joni Mitchell, London based artist Hattie Whitehead takes influence from the old and new.Acoustic Friday October 28 2016Read more
London Philharmonic Orchestra: Towards The Horizon
Osmo Vanska conducts the orchestra for a performance of works by Sibelius and Walton. With violinist Tasmin Little.Classical and opera Friday October 28 2016Read more
The London Concert Orchestra perform the Swedish band's hits Waterloo. Money Money Money, Voulez Vous, The Winner Takes It All, Mamma Mia, SOS, The Name Of The Game, Dancing Queen, I Have A Dream and I Do I Do I Do, with a selection of West End singers...Pop Saturday October 29 2016Read more
London Concert Orchestra: The Best Of John Williams
The LCO performs a tribute to the actor with each piece introduced by Williams on screen. Featuring favourites such as Superman: Theme, Witches Of Eastwick: Devil's Dance and Jurassic Park: Theme.Music Saturday October 29 2016Read more
The Bach Choir
David Hill conducts the choir for a performance of works by Britten, Vaughan Williams, Stanford and Walton.Classical and opera Sunday October 30 2016Read more
London Philharmonic Orchestra with singer Meow Meow
Iain Grandage conducts the orchestra for this evening of music mayhem, featuring singer Meow Meow, pianist Thomas Lauderdale and a trio of musicians from Pink Martini.Classical and opera Tuesday November 1 2016Read more
Francois-Xavier Roth conducts the ensemble, with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, for Claude Debussy's Jeux, Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto For The Left Hand, and the complete ballet version of Ma Mere L'oye, with live animation by Gregoire Pont, and Debussy's...Classical and opera Wednesday November 2 2016Read more
Edward Gardner conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra
Edward Gardner conducts the orchestra, with the Rodolfus Choir and Philharmonia Voices, for Guiseppe Verdi's epic Requiem. With soprano Lise Davidsen, mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, tenor Rene Barbera and bass Alexander Vinogradov.Classical and opera Thursday November 3 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.