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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The largest UK festival of South Asian culture is back for its eighth year. See dance, music, theatre, visual art and comedy from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and the UK, including the London premiere of Ravi Shankar's only...Festivals Until Monday May 29 2017
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This ten-day festival is a celebration of South Asia's rich culture, with a line-up featuring music, dance, literature, film and fashion. Back for a seventh year in 2016, its programme will once again showcase talent from the UK and the Indian subcontinent,...Festivals Until Monday May 29 2017
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KERB does Alchemy
Spend a day on the South Bank crying spicy tears as KERB’s 27 food traders return to SE1 plating up punchy dishes from across India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. The takeover is a branch of the Southbank’s Alchemy Festival of South Asian...Food and drink events Until Monday May 29 2017 Free
Calling all porn fans! This immersive show is a chance to take a leftfield squint at the filthy business of pornography. It's set at a self-help group for porn addicts, and asks whether a compulsion to watch strangers getting it on is really that harmful....Contemporary theatre Until Saturday July 29 2017
The Diary Of A Hounslow Girl
Nyla Levy stars in a funny and bold coming-of-age story about a 16-year-old British Muslim girl growing up in West London. Presented by Ambreen Razia with Black Theatre Live and directed by Sophie Moniram. Not suitable for under 14s.Comedy Tuesday May 23 2017 - Wednesday May 24 2017
Budapest Festival Orchestra: Bluebeard's Castle
Ivan Fischer conducts Bartok's Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz.100 For Orchestra, interspersed with unaccompanied traditional songs and Duke Bluebeard's Castle - Opera In 1 Act, with Marta Sebestyen, folk singer, Ildiko Komlosi, mezzo-soprano and Krisztian...Classical and opera Tuesday May 23 2017
Daughters Of The Curry Revolution
First generation Mancunian Bangladeshi Afreena Islam stages a show about her immigrant father's life, journeying from the subcontinent to a curry house. Sit down at a table and she'll share stories of growing up in a restaurant, anti-immigration rhetoric,...Drama Friday May 26 2017 - Saturday May 27 2017
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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.