MasterCard has teamed up with Southbank Centre to get your weekend off to the perfect start. MasterCard cardholders can kick things off on Fridays with an exclusive backstage tour of the iconic arts hub. Carry on the party with 2-for-1 drinks at the Royal Festival Hall’s Level 5 Balcony Bar and Terrace – sip on a cool drink and take in unparalleled views of central London and the Thames. You can get a culture fix with 2-for-1 tickets to the Hayward Gallery to browse exhibitions such as Mirror City. Finally, relax with free performances from the hottest emerging folk, jazz, classical and world music artists at Friday Lunch and Friday Tonic with MasterCard.
To celebrate MasterCard’s collaboration with the Southbank Centre, we’re giving away four pairs of tickets to Lena Dunham’s sold out show at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday October 31. The ‘Girls’ writer, director and star will be in conversation with Caitlin Moran for one night only, to celebrate the release of her debut book, ‘Not That Kind of Girl’. We’re also giving away four pairs of tickets to Martha Wainwright’s sold out concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Thursday November 27. This is a rare chance to see the Canadian folk singer-songwriter while her tour stops off in the UK.
The Rosebery Lounge
A suitably sleek salon at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. The real draw here is the afternoon tea. Some pretty serious consideration has gone into the tea selection - apparently their very own 'tea master' has been working with the East India Company to compile a selection nothing short of extensive. Expect, then, some of the finest teas from around the world including Orange Pekoe from Sri Lanka, the Golden Monkey leaf from China and their very own Oriental Afternoon Blend. These leaves are served alongside delicate sandwiches, freshly baked scones, hand-made cakes and madeleines - all created by their team of skilled pastry chefs. In the evening there's a lounge dining menu with a focus on pan-Asian cuisine. Expect dishes such as Thai green curry, tom yum soup and pad Thai.