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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Imagine Children’s Festival
Bringing much-needed pizzazz to an otherwise dreary February, Imagine is a mix of shows and workshops, play experiences and exhibitions, music, art and literature. With events for all ages (from babies to teens) and lots of options which are free and...Sunday February 19 2017
Philharmonia Orchestra: Inspirations: Ravel & Ligeti
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the orchestra, with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the Philharmonia Voices, for Gyorgy Ligeti's Piano Concerto, Maurice Ravel's Daphnis Et Chloe and Igor Stravinsky's Funeral Song.Classical and opera Sunday February 19 2017
Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly joins the orchestra for Berlioz's Les Nuits d'ete, Mendelssohn's Overture, The Fair Melusine, Berlioz's Reverie Et Caprice Romance For Violin & Orchestra and Mendelssohn's Symphony No 4 In A, Italian.Classical and opera Monday February 20 2017
Philharmonia Orchestra: Inspirations: Salonen/Aimard
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the Philharmonia Horn Section, for Ludwig Van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5, Emperor, Tansy Davies's Forest, A Concerto For 4 Horns And Orchestra and Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathu...Classical and opera Thursday February 23 2017
Pieter Ampe: So You Can Feel
With his huge ginger beard and day-glo brite dress sense, Pieter Ampe knows how to stand out from the contemporary dance crowd. Part of Southbank Centre's 'Nordic Matters' season, his solo show is about coming of age, sexual energy and whether we all...Thursday February 23 2017 - Friday February 24 2017
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
A massed choir of over 200 singers combines with the full force of the orchestra, conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton, and featuring soprano Sarah Tynan, to perform Karl Orff's monumental Carmina Burana, after Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade.Classical and opera Friday February 24 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.