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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Festival of Love
The Southbank Centre's having quite the love-in this summer with the return of their Festival of Love – a summery collection of installations, activities, pop-ups and performances that celebrate humankind's most overwhelming emotion. This year, it falls...Until Monday August 28 2017 Free
The Palace Avenue Dixieland Band
Dressed in vintage attire, the five-piece of sousaphone, banjo, clarinet, tenor saxophone and trumpet recreates the authentic sound of the 1920s by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong's Hot 5s.Jazz Friday June 23 2017
Margaret Thatcher: Queen Of Game Shows
The Iron Lady's back! And now she's hosting a quiz show. Matt Tedford's reimagined version of Maggie Thatcher as a cabaret star is an absolute riot. Expect songs, games, catchphrases and other gameshow nonsense in this hugely enjoyable show. After all,...Character Wednesday June 28 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017
Wandsworth WCET Music Festival
Over 700 children from various schools across Wandsworth, who participate in the Whole Class Ensemble teaching programme, perform three concerts throughout the day: Wind & Brass (11.15am-11.45am and 4pm-4.30pm) and Strings (1.40pm-2.40pm).Music venues Thursday June 29 2017
The Bach Choir
The world premiere of James Macmillan's Blow The Trumpet In The New Moon, Elgar's Cello Concerto and Vaughan Williams's Symphony No 1, A Sea Symphony are performed by the choir, featuring soprano Sally Matthews and baritone Roderick Williams, who are...Classical and opera Thursday June 29 2017
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Get ready to unleash your vocal chords, because the Southbank Centre's 'Chorus Festival' is back. Celebrating the power of singing alongside others and belting out a tune, this time around there are over 40 free performances from choirs across the whole...Festivals Saturday July 1 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017
The Dream Of Gerontius
Edward Elgar's soaring work is a choral classic work that pits one man against God. Here, 'The Dream of Gerontius' is staged in a concert performance with imaginative design by Lucy Carter. Simone Young conducts the ENO chorus and principal singers Gwyn...Classical and opera Saturday July 1 2017 - Sunday July 2 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.