Royal Festival Hall
Time Out says
The first and largest building in the world-class Southbank Centre arts complex, the enormous RFH has been hosting concerts and performances since 1951. Its capacity of 2,500 makes it one of London’s largest spaces hosting regular classical concerts, but it’s also seen more than its fair share of rock, pop and dance icons, including the illustrious curators of the annual Meltdown Festival.
Beyond the auditorium, the Festival Hall’s spacious modernist foyers are a great place to hang out (you’ll spot plenty of freelancers hitting up the free wifi) and often accommodate free events and concerts at the weekend. The building also houses the National Poetry Library and is home to a number of restaurants and bars for pre- and post-show provisions. Try Southbank Centre Food Market for street food, Skylon for the view or Spiritland for bites with a banging soundtrack.
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Awesome piece of architecture and testament of the beginning of London's post-war period, the only building left from the venue Festival of Britain.
The World Press Photo Exhibition may take only a short time to browse but the images will stay with you for much longer. The images are a mix of items you will definitely recall from the news, as well as the quirky insight into the lives of people from around the world. It is an incredibly worthwhile way to spend an hour along Southbank, a perfect break from the cold after browsing the Christmas markets.
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