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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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
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
Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids
Having recorded the Grammy Award-nominated 'Oceania' with Björk, performed live on 'Later… with Jools Holland' and broken the Guinness World Record for the 'largest beatbox ensemble', human beatboxer Shlomo clearly isn't shy of a challenge. Which is reassuring,...Monday May 2 2016 - Monday August 29 2016Read more
Pure Gold: Showcasing The Future Of Music
A chance to see the talent of tomorrow, performing as singer-songwriters, bands and DJs and bringing gamelan, contemporary and multi-keyboard works, electronic and installations.Pop Monday May 2 2016Read more
Big names in stand-up, musical comedy, sketch, ventriloquism and magic from around the world come together.Monday May 2 2016Read more
Thomas Dausgaard/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard conducts the orchestra with pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, for Jean Sibelius' Symphony No 7 In C, Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto In A Minor and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 4.Classical and opera Tuesday May 3 2016Read more
Rob Deering’s Beat This
The comedian hosts stand-up from four other acts.Tuesday May 3 2016Read more
Philharmonia Orchestra: Edward Gardner: Elgar
Edward Gardner conducts this performance of Mozart's Overture Die Zauberflote, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 2 and Elgar's Symphony No 2, featuring pianist Martin Helmchen.Classical and opera Thursday May 5 2016Read more
Andy Zaltzman: Election Special
Political satire based on world-wide events from the writer and radio regular.Stand-up Thursday May 5 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.