An estimated 14 million people come this way each year, and it's easy to see why. Between the London Eye and Tower Bridge, the South Bank offers a two-mile procession of diverting, largely state-funded arts and entertainment venues and events.
The area's modern-day life began in 1951 with the Festival of Britain, staged to boost morale in the wake of World War II. The Royal Festival Hall stands testament to the inclusive spirit of the project; it was later expanded into the Southbank Centre, alongside BFI Southbank and the concrete ziggurat of the National Theatre. But the riverside really took off in the new millennium, with the arrival of the London Eye, Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge and the expansion of Borough Market.
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Being A Man
The Southbank Centre's Being a Man (BAM) Festival returns for a second year of music, comedy, literature, performance, screenings and discussion exploring...
Shakespeare arrives in the Sam Wanamaker playhouse for the first time with this new production of the Bard's play.