Discover the South Bank
This area sparkles with attractions – not least the EDF Energy London Eye. Explore our interactive maps to inspire your next visit
With someone special...
Captured in song by the likes of The Kinks and in art by no less than Claude Monet, the South Bank is a beautiful part of central London. It’s perfect for loved ones to stroll along on a crisp weekend morning on the way to an art gallery, or to browse together arm in arm, unobserved in the afternoon crowds. End the day with dinner for two overlooking great views like that world-famous Waterloo sunset.
For a truly special occasion, book yourself a romantic visit in a private capsule designed just for two. Share a bottle of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne, nibble on Hotel Chocolat truffles and spend quality time while taking in the panoramic views accompanied by your own London Eye host. Cupid’s Capsule bookings are available daily.
A leisurely wander around the bustling food stalls of Borough Market at Bankside (the area south of the river, between Blackfriars Bridge and London Bridge), offers a classy way to start the day. Grab a gourmet cup from the Monmouth Coffee Company then browse for prime ingredients to take home for lunch, or find a table at Roast on the first floor and enjoy excellent British dining.
The restaurant on the top floor of Oxo Tower is a great choice for fine modern British dining, while the bustle of the Brasserie is enhanced by live music. On Sunday evenings especially, there is a romantically mellow jazz mood when the live bill features piano and female voice.
Stroll along Jubilee Walk on the South Bank, past the National Theatre, heading east, and you’ll come to Gabriel’s Wharf. Here there are some great little huts selling art, gifts and fashions. Here too, is a leafy oasis where you can sit out (if it’s sunny), grab an ice cream and simply relax.
The trail of unexpected art works that are often scattered around the terraces of the Southbank Centre tell you that one of London’s boldest art galleries is nearby. Until April 28, ‘Light Show’ is a fabulous exhibition bringing together the work of several artists who have used neon, reflections, projections and other light sources to create beautiful sculptures. Booking advisable.
You can’t miss Oxo Tower – it has the large letters OXO written on its tower! On the ground floor, you’ll find galleries and showrooms for independent contemporary designers. One-off fashions, homewares, art and ceramics can all be found here, ideal for those with an eye for style, and the jewellery truly sparkles. Check it out for a one-off piece – a romantic gift or that special ring…
Show your loved one your arty side by snaffling tickets for a production at The Shed – the NT’s pop-up performance space given over to new and adventurous theatre. Rufus Norris directs 'Table' (April 9 to May 18). While you’re here, check out the vintage fashion photography exhibition of Norman Parkinson’s ‘Century of Style’ (until May 12).
With its riverside location and vibrant bar, the BFI is a cut above your average cinema. Check out their varied programme of new and classic films or book a couple of cosy seats at one of the BFI’s special events. For everyone from arthouse cinephiles to lovers of golden era Hollywood, there’s always something special to share when the houselights go down.