London area of South Bank guide

What to do and where to stay in London's South Bank neighbourhood

The Southbank Centre is a classic example of brutal 60s concrete architecture. Everyone has an opinion on its distinctive design - famous detractors include Prince Charles, who once described it as a “monstrous carbuncle”. Yet, if the West End is the centre of popular culture in London, it is the Southbank Centre that is the centre of true excellence in the arts. Comprising The Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery, the complex consistently produces classical and world music events and fine art exhibitions of international renown. Just next door the BFI Southbank and the National Theatre are the pinnacle of British cinema and theatre. It also offers the very best riverside spots in central London for soaking up the view and a long series of parks and plazas, dominated by the London Eye. This stretch along the Thames is one of the cultural and social hubs of London with nearby hotels in great demand.

See our recommended nearby South Bank Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

South Bank Hotels

in or near South Bank
Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
1 Addington Street, SE1
Close to Waterloo, the 4 star Park Plaza is - as the name suggests - just behind County Hall. Near to the Thames, it's also convenient ... More
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1
The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is a modern, design-led hotel a short walk from some of the city's most iconic attractions, such as Big Ben and ... More
London Marriott Hotel County Hall
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1
A simply unbeatable location for anyone who loves to keep themselves busy. London's County Hall is at the heart of the South Bank, surrounded by theatres, ... More

South Bank Events

in or near South Bank
A Blast
London > Events > Film Events
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1
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African Metropolis
London > Events > Film Events
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1
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Austin To Boston
London > Events > Film Events
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1
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South Bank Entertainment

in or near South Bank
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The Slug And Lettuce
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
County Hall, 5 Chicheley Street, South Bank, London SE1
Situated in the heart of London at Southbank, and right in front of tourists' favourite the London Eye, The Slug and Lettuce is the perfect place ... More
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BFI IMAX Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1
With a huge 26m x 20m screen, a 12,000 watt digital surround sound-system, and the special multi-dimensional technology of the IMAX format (short for Image Maximum), ... More
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Old Vic Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
103 The Cut, South Bank, London SE1
With the exception of The Globe, the Old Vic has had a greater influence on the history of drama than any theatre standing today. From John ... More

South Bank Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near South Bank
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London Dungeon
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1
The London Dungeon closed its doors on its old Tooley Street home on 31st January 2013 (while London Bridge station is being redeveloped) and the new ... More
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Sea Life London Aquarium
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1
The Sea Life London Aquarium features hundreds of varieties of fish and sea life from around the world. Here you'll come face-to-face with sharks and watch ... More
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The Poetry Library
London > Attractions > Museums
Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1
The most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1914 in Britain, The Poetry Library within the Southbank Centre contains 90,000 items and is still growing. ... More

South Bank Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's South Bank
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Crockatt and Powell
London > Shopping > Books
119-120 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1
If you hate the commercial, branded feel of mega bookshops like Waterstones and Borders this one's a treat. Crockatt and Powell is an independent bookshop that ... More
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I Knit London
London > Shopping > Clothing
106 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1
Stocking a wide range of yarns, needles, patterns and accessories, I Knit London started as a knitting community in Vauxhall in January 2006, meeting at the ... More
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Greensmiths Market
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
27 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1
Greensmiths combines an excellent butcher's (The Ginger Pig), artisan baker's (The Old Post Office Bakery) and Covent Garden Market greengrocer's (Solstice) under one roof - all ... More

South Bank Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near South Bank London?
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Scooterworks Bar and Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
132 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1
Scooterworks may sound like a place to pick up a two wheeled motorised vehicle but the smell of coffee soon suggests there's something more. "We never ... More
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Inshoku
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
23 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1
Japanese cuisine. Booking advised. ... More
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The Fire Station
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
150 Waterloo Road, South Bank, London SE1
Modern British cuisine ... More

South Bank Pubs

The best pubs in or near London South Bank.
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King's Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1
A short walk from the South Bank Centre, The Old Vic and The National Theatre this traditional old watering hole is a good place to have ... More
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The Anchor & Hope
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
36 The Cut, South Bank, London SE1
This is a gastropub that takes both parts of its name seriously, and you can certainly have a good evening just popping in to sample some ... More
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The Thirsty Bear
London > Nightlife > Pubs
62 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1
If you're the kind of drinker who gets thirsty, very thirsty, and you don't have the time or patience to queue for at a very busy ... More

South Bank Nightlife

South Bank clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Bassoon Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, South Bank, London SW1A
The cocktails in the Bassoon Bar are very good, expensive, yes, but very, very good. Not only that but the bar has a piano which is ... More
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Oxo Tower Bar & Brasserie
London > Nightlife > Bars
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1
Boasting one of the best views in town, the Oxo Tower Bar is perfect for combining a spot of leisurely (if static) sightseeing with some classy ... More
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Gordon's Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
47 Villiers Street, South Bank, London WC2N
Home to Samuel Pepys in the 1680s, the building housing Gordon’s is now home to a regular, thriving crowd of drinkers of all ages and all ... More

South Bank Leisure

South Bank gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1
Fancy detoxing in the building where the Greater London Council used to run the city? The Spa at the London Marriott County ... More
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Jubilee Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
3 Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1
The concrete promenade along the South Bank greatly benefits from this large patch of green grass for striders, strollers and sightseers to relax on. Not ... More
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ESPA Life at Corinthia
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Whitehall Place, South Bank, London SW1A
The people at Espa take grooming pretty seriously, and quite rightly, when it comes to appearances it's often best to leave it to the experts. You'll ... More

South Bank Education

in or near South Bank
Straight Up Bartending School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
2nd Floor Dover House, 170 Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1
Learn to make a Martini like a pro at one of the top schools in the world. Bartenders trained here have popped up in some fabulous ... More
London City College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Royal Waterloo House, 51 Waterloo Road, South Bank, London SE1
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English Language Institute
London > Education > English Language Courses
Royal Waterloo House, 51-55 Waterloo Road, South Bank, London SE1
Wide variety of courses offered. Classes of 12-16. Under 200pw.... More

South Bank Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near South Bank.
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London County Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1
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Skylon
London > Business > Venue Hire
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1
The Royal Festival Hall's refurbishment has done away with 'The People's Palace', the marvellously 1950s restaurant that used to occupy this space, and replaced it with ... More
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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1
Located by the River Thames, with sweeping views of the capital from the London Eye to St Paul's Cathedral, the Southbank Centre is a unique metropolitan ... More
 
 
 
 
 
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