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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Bump Roller Disco
Do you love nothing more than rolling with your homies? Then head down to Bump's wooden-floored roller disco that's popping up at the Southbank Centre for another year. Skates are included in the ticket price (though pros are welcome to bring their own),...Quirky events Until Sunday January 22 2017Read more
From seasonal songs, to classical, choral, jazz and pop, choirs of all shapes and sizes serenade audiences throughout the festive season.Choir Until Sunday December 18 2016Read more
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Southbank Centre Christmas Market
You’ll find plenty more than baubles and gingerbread to tempt you in the wooden chalets that will make up the Southbank Centre Christmas Market this year. Stock up on festive food and tipples, unique gifts, stocking fillers and treats.The market is just...Markets and fairs Until Sunday January 8 2017 FreeRead more
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Southbank Centre Winter Festival
The Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns for 2016 and along with its array of festive shows and performances they will also be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. NoFit State will be bringing contemporary circus...Festivals Until Wednesday January 25 2017 FreeRead more
Choirs Of The John Lewis Partnership & The Cavendish Ensemble: Christmas Concert
Manvinder Rattan directs the choirs in a festive programme of John Rutter's The Reluctant Dragon, For Narrator, Vocal Ensemble And Orchestra and T Biggin's This Christmas Day, plus carols for choir and audience alike.Classical and opera Monday December 5 2016Read more
NoFit State Circus: Bianco
In the program notes to this returning, revamped collaboration between NoFit State circus and Italian director Firenza Guidi, there’s lot of deep and meaningful talk about ‘a journey through time’ and ‘the story of the fragility of our lost selves’. That’s...Circuses Tuesday December 6 2016 - Sunday January 22 2017Read more
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra: Huawei Winter Concert
Bryn Terfel joins the orchestra, conducted by Gareth Jones, to sing festive works alongside with Hayley Westenra and Alma Deutscher.Classical and opera Tuesday December 6 2016Read more
London Philharmonic Orchestra: Glinka, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky
Vladimir Jurowski conducts the orchestra for a performance of Russian music, featuring works by Glinka, Prokofiev, Dargomyzhsky and Tchaikovsky. With cellist Steven Isserlis.Classical and opera Wednesday December 7 2016Read more
Southwark's Winter Splash
Over 250 of Southwark's primary school children perform holiday songs old and new.Choir Thursday December 8 2016Read more
Philharmonia Orchestra: Philharmonia At The Movies
Alan Bennett presents a night of film music by the great British screen composer George Fenton, who conducts the orchestra, with pianist Clare Hammond, for pieces from The Lady In The Van, Stage Beauty, Anna And The King, Shadowlands, Untold Stories,...Classical and opera Thursday December 8 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.