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South Bank

Attractions South Bank
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Venue name: South Bank
Transport: Tube: Waterloo/Blackfriars
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This is one of my favourite places in London. Whether you are looking for somewhere nice to eat with a good view, somewhere to entertain the kids or simply to have a stroll for some people watching, there is something for everyone.

During the summer months, there are some great shows on as part of the Udderbelly festival, from trapeze acts to baby discos. In the winter, the South Bank is transformed into a winder wonderland, full of lovely little huts and street food.

This place is always bustling with entertainers and buskers. Definitely a good place to visit, any time of day or year.


Who doesn’t like the Southbank? This is the place to have a nice stroll, all year round. It has everything you need.

A plethora of restaurants for all tastes. Nice views over the river. A long list of attractions (starting with the London Eye itself and an old carrousel). Loads of food trucks. A few buskers for entertainment. A book market under Waterloo bridge.

There’s the Royal Festival Hall, home to all sorts of interesting performances. The South Bank Centre with activities for all and a singing lift (What?!). The National Theatre and BFI for amazing nights’ out. And an awesomely griffitied skate park where you’ll enjoy watching teens do crazy tricks.

In the summer, there are food markets full of international flavours, the Udderbelly festival for big LOLs, and dancing fountains the kids will love to splash in. In the winter, Christmas markets and pop-up events.

You get my point!


It looks like a ugly mass of concrete block buildings but this is one of my favourite places to visit within London. There is always bound to be something going on. There is the Royal Festival Hall playing host to all sorts of interesting performances at very reasonable prices. The South Bank Centre with endless activities which opens late into the evening and is a great spot to meet people with views over London, there is even the singing lift (it's something you'll either love or hate!) and the roof gardens a great little spot to escape to in the summer months. The National theatre and BFI and Haywards Gallery are all in close proximity with great hidden way cafes and places to grab a quick drink or snack. There is always a book market to browse through for inspirations and random finds. Don't forget the dancing fountains that provide plenty of amusement just outside the southbank centre. Occasionally there will be street food markets and events going on including the annual wonderland festival and udderbelly. Watch skaters practice their tricks and flips, half pipes along side the graffitied walls. Several chain restaurants line the concourse. There is a beach in the summer months and pop up food outlets.


South Bank is my favourite after-work hangout during this summer. On sunny days, the area gets directly hit by rays of sunshine which are reflecting from the river. Everything gets busy and everyone is happy standing around with their refreshing drinks. When hunger strikes you, you can just quickly grab food from nearby street food stands or restaurants. For the romantics at heart, stick around until sunset, they are beautiful.


South bank has to be one of my favourite spots to walk in London. There is so much to see in terms of sights or even people watch. I am also lucky enough to live close enough to have my weekly (or monthly these days...) jog down south bank and I must say it takes my breath away (that and the running as well). Along the river are many pubs and restaurants and also the national theatre! another favourite of mine. Definitely could spend an entire day there. 

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The walk along the South Bank from Tower Bridge to Westminster Bridge is particularly enjoyable with plenty to see and do along the way.

Nothing beats walking around here on a hot summer evening. A bit of bar hopping makes it even better.

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