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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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
Big Wedding Weekend: The Wedding Party
The 15-piece Big Band Diamond Skyline Orchestra performs the best of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and songs from the Swing Era followed by disco courtesy of DJ Anna Greenwood.Cabaret and standards Saturday August 27 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016Read more
An array of bands and musical duos that include members who are in romantic relationships with each other.Folk, country and blues Sunday August 28 2016Read more
Festival Of Love Closing Party
Family-friendly DJ sets, live performances, and a whole lot of funk as the festival comes to an end.Funk, soul and disco Monday August 29 2016Read more
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The fourth edition of the weekend celebration of Africa and the African diaspora, featuring music, debates, comedy, arts and crafts, dance and fashion, as well as a market and street-food stalls. Highlights include the return of Chineke! Orchestra (Sept...Festivals Wednesday August 31 2016 - Sunday September 4 2016Read more
Cape Town Opera and Chorus are coming to Southbank Centre to perform this musical tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela. Two composers have written a score that navigates a bewildering array of musical styles, from Xhosa folk music to jazz, swing, and...Musicals Wednesday August 31 2016 - Saturday September 3 2016Read more
The African Jazz Cafe
Tomorrow's Warriors Youth Ensemble, conducted by Binker Golding, present some of the continent's best known jazz, Afrobeat and much-loved Freedom Songs.Jazz Wednesday August 31 2016Read more
Featuring two original members of desert blues legends Tinariwen, Terakaft boast the same rolling grooves, mesmeric rhythms, and Tamashek-sung tales of exile, violence and loss. Amazingly, though, they arguably up the ante on their Saharan cousins when...Latin and world Thursday September 1 2016Read more
The Stockholm-born singer-songwriter performs a fusion of original Arabic and blues melodies against a strong African rhythm section.Latin and world Friday September 2 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.