Wintertime at Southbank Centre always pulls out all the stops to throw its biggest and best ever Christmas celebration. There's usually a sack-load of Thames-side festive fun planned including one of the best Christmas markets in London, where shoppers can bag gifts, festive produce and sweet treats, and seasonal Christmas shows, guaranteed to brighten up any miserable family members shunning the festive spirit. Check out our highlights below and head down to one of the most festive events in London this winter.
When is Wintertime at Southbank Centre 2018?
Wintertime usually opens mid November and runs until just after Christmas. The majority of the Southbank Centre's outdoor attractions are usually open from 10am-10pm daily. The Southbank Centre is normally entirely closed on Christmas Day, with outdoor attractions staying closed on New Year's Eve.
Where is Wintertime at Southbank Centre 2018?
The nearest train and tube station to the Southbank Centre is Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City Underground lines), though Embankment (Circle and District) and Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo) are just a short walk across a big river away. Many bus routes stop nearby or you can even arrive by boat to Festival Pier.
Is there an entry fee?
The Wintertime market is completely free to wander around, and many of Southbank Centre’s festive events are too. Some events are ticketed.
We’ll be updating this page with events and info for Wintertime at Southbank Centre 2018 as it’s announced.
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Wintertime at Southbank Centre: the highlights
Enter the world of the iconic Swedish foursome in this immersive exhibition charting ABBA's music, lyrics, creative process and influence. Part of the Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters season, the exhibition brings together objects from private archives and ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, including previously unseen archive material, original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs and more.
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What’s more deliciously French than crêpes? Crêpes, galettes and cider. Which makes Mamie’s crêperie-cum-cidrotheque – that’s a cider bar, bébé – basically the culinary equivalent of Brigitte Bardot. Set across three levels of a Covent Garden space, the vibe is cosy-chic, with lots of hanging plants, warm lighting and a little open kitchen – which you can peak into and watch the chefs work their magic. On my visit the basement cider bar was still under construction, so it was pancakes only, ordered via a swish iPad system and dished up in what felt like seconds. First up were the galettes, French savoury pancakes made with buckwheat flour. Combining the chewiness of a dosa with the buttery crispiness of a crêpe, it’s the quality of this flat fella that makes Mamie’s such a big deal. The Forest Complète was excellent – topped with a luxurious melding of emmental, garlic mushrooms, thin-cut ham and beautifully runny egg – but the galette itself is so good you can ask for it plain, a perfect light bite for £3.50. Things are almost as good on the sweet side of the menu. The La Gauguin crêpe was a wonderfully boozy mess of flambéed banana and chantilly cream – and arrived at the table literally on fire. Feeling health-conscious? There’s an option on those iPads to make your crêpe vegan or dairy free. In fact, you can use them to build your own personal crêpe-galette nirvana from a range of luscious toppings (goat’s cheese, blue cheese, honey, sausage… ooh la la!). Once the cidr
Venue says: “La Cousteau is our newest Galette recipe! Homemade leek fondue and smoked salmon come together absolutely perfectly!”