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AlchemyBack for its sixth year, Alchemy, a festival of South Asian culture has grown to become the largest festival of Indian and South Asian culture outside India. Covering comedy, theatre, dance and music, highlights of this year's festival include appearances from tabla musician Zakir Hussain, Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal, and Meera Syal who discusses her first novel in sixteen years, The House of Hidden Mothers. On the stage, Indian play, 'Nirbhaya', investigates gender-based violence following the tragic events of the 2012 Delhi bus rape while 'Synchronised' draws ticket-holders off-site to a pool-based production combining synchronised swimming, kathak dance, live music and song. The Jaipur Literature Festival, contemporary kathak dance projects and free interactive installation Pother Golpo - Street Stories of Bangladesh and Dil Phaink are all part of the colourful mix. There's street food inspired by the Alchemy countries in the Festival Village and the Southbank Centre Square by Kerb Market and children's show Arabian Nights (23rd and 24th May) tells the story of Ali Baba, Aladdin and a genie.

About Southbank Centre

London's hub of cultural arts, The Southbank Centre announced in March 2013 that it's set for a £100 million revamp that will see the 1960s design finally move into the 21st century with a proposal that includes a floating glass pavilion, two more roof gardens, a space for riverside arts and a large pedestrian area. More about Southbank Centre

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Waterloo Tube Station
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Lambeth North Tube Station
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Waterloo East Railway Station
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Waterloo Railway Station
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Union Car Park
13 minutes walk
Library Street NCP
13 minutes walk

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Find out what's happening in London throughout 2014 with our comprehensive guide to the best entertainment in the city for the year ahead. From January through to December, 2014 is shaping up to be something special - so read on to get the best out of London town.

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    Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £86† 22% off
    1 Addington Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from Alchemy
    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
    The Royal Horseguards - A Guoman Hotel
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £145† 41% off
    2 Whitehall Court, SW1A | 6 minutes from Alchemy
    Emulating the style of a French chateau, this grand Victorian residence, built in 1884, occupies a prime location within Westminster. It's worth staying at the Grade ... More
    Corinthia Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £285† 36% off
    Whitehall Place, SW1A | 6 minutes from Alchemy
    With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
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    Treasure Island (Over 10s)
    London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 22nd December 2014 to 8th April 2015
    National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, SE1 | 2 minutes from Alchemy
    Seeing Treasure Island activates that "little spark of adolescent runaway that still hankers after adventure and treasure," so says the Financial Times. The National ...More
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    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
    London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 17th December 2014 to 9th May 2015
    Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 6 minutes from Alchemy
    Olivier-Award winner Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing, Jumpy, God of Carnage), who made her name as Debbie Aldridge in Radio 4's The Archers, makes her musical ...More
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    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller
    London > Events > Concerts †Dates: 30th March to 12th April 2015
    London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 10 minutes from Alchemy
    Emma Thompson returns to the London stage for the first time in 25 years to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet ...More
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    Southbank Centre
    London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
    London's hub of cultural arts, The Southbank Centre announced in March 2013 that it's set for a £100 million revamp that will see the 1960s design ... More
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    Southbank Centre: Purcell Room
    London > Entertainment > Classical Music
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
    Housed in the same modernist block as the Royal Festival Hall and sandwiched between it and the Hayward Gallery, the Purcell Room has a 372-seat auditorium, ... More
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    Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall
    London > Entertainment > Live Music
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
    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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    The Poetry Library
    London > Attractions > Museums
    Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
    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
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    South Bank
    London > Attractions >
    SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
    This stretch along the Thames is one of the cultural and social hubs of London with the Southbank Centre - which includes Royal Festival Hall, Queen ... More
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    The Hayward Gallery
    London > Attractions > Art Galleries
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 1 minute from Alchemy
    The Hayward Gallery has been the originator or host of influential exhibitions since 1968. It mounts temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. The gallery, named ... More
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    Foyles Royal Festival Hall
    London > Shopping > Books
    Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
    The family-run Foyles book shop has been in the book selling business since 1906. Around 30,000 books are stocked at this branch on a broad range ... More
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    Konditor & Cook
    London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
    22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Alchemy
    Konditor & Cook specialise in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This, ... More
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    I Knit London
    London > Shopping > Clothing
    106 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Alchemy
    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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    Eat Cafe
    London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
    South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
    Food to go in its simplest form. Freeshly baked bread for hand-made made sandwhiches; home made soups; simple salads. Another high street option for fresh. fast ... More
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    Canteen
    London > Restaurants > British restaurants
    Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
    The menu at Canteen reads like a comforting childhood reminiscence with some sophisticated bunting thrown on top. Devilled kidneys on toast, followed by an excellent slow-roast ... More
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    Strada
    London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
    Unit 6, Royal Festival Hall Riverside, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
    Strada has started something of a pizza revolution. The chain has blossomed thanks largely to its focus on fresh, high quality ingredients, and efficient, friendly service. ... More
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    Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
    London > Education > Universities and Colleges
    1 Sheffield Street, WC2A | 12 minutes from Alchemy
    The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
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    Career Energy
    London > Education > Careers Services
    4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 17 minutes from Alchemy
    Situated in the heart of London, Career Energy – formed in March 2002 - offers comprehensive advice on careers, career change and job searching. They’ll analyse ... More
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    English [Out There!]
    London > Education > English Language Courses
    10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 17 minutes from Alchemy
    English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
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    London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Alchemy
    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 | 4 minutes from Alchemy
    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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    Victoria Embankment Gardens
    London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
    Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 7 minutes from Alchemy
    Created in 1874, the Victoria Embankment Gardens run parallel to the River Thames, creating a green walkway between Waterloo Bridge and Embankment, and are dotted with ... More
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    King's Arms
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Alchemy
    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 Sherlock Holmes
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 7 minutes from Alchemy
    Thirsty Sherlock Holmes fans look no further than this homage to the great detective himself and to original Victorian pubs. While you indulge in a soothing ... More
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    The Thirsty Bear
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    62 Stamford Street, SE1 | 8 minutes from Alchemy
    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
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    Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Belvedere Road, SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
    Designed by the Eden Project and run by Company of Cooks, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is the place to be on a summer's evening ... More
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    Bassoon Bar
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Alchemy
    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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    Gordon's Wine Bar
    London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
    47 Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Alchemy
    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
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    Skylon
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
    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 | Same location as Alchemy
    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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    The Deck at the National Theatre
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Alchemy
    The Deck is a modern roof-top venue with stunning views over the Thames, available for hire at the National Theatre, part of the Southbank Centre which ... More

    Southbank Centre events

    Book ClubBook ClubA talk about a book.2015-03-30T18:30:00+01002015-03-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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    Brahms Requiem & Saint-Saens Symphony No 3 (Organ)Brahms Requiem & Saint-Saens Symphony No 3 (Organ)Wimbledon Choral Society celebrates its 100th season with a performance of works by Brahms and Saint Saens.2015-03-30T19:30:00+01002015-03-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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    Brahms Requiem & Saint-Saens Symphony No 3 (Organ)
    Dame Evelyn Glennie & The Isis EnsembleDame Evelyn Glennie & The Isis EnsembleMusic for percussion and strings including Rachmaninov's Prelude In C Sharp Minor, the UK premiere of Jacques Cohen's Prelude 49 for vibraphone and strings, Eric Ewazen's Concerto for marimba and orchestra and Cohen's arrangement of Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition.2015-03-30T19:30:00+01002015-03-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
    Category: event
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    Dame Evelyn Glennie & The Isis Ensemble
    Sarah Waters: Polari: TalkSarah Waters: Polari: Talk2015-03-30T19:30:00+01002015-03-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
    Category: event
    Today Only
    Sarah Waters: Polari: Talk
    Pitch BachPitch Bach2015-03-30T18:00:00+01002015-04-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
    Category: event
    Free EventNow On
    Pitch Bach
    Voicelab Children's Singing Course (Ages 8-12)Voicelab Children's Singing Course (Ages 8-12)2015-03-30T09:00:00+01002015-04-03T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
    Category: event
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    Voicelab Children's Singing Course (Ages 8-12)
    ChorusChorusBack at the Southbank Centre for its seventh year, Chorus is a celebration of the voice and the power of singing. This year's festival fills Royal Festival Hall with 1,000 voices for Sing Out Sunday on Easter Sunday. In contrast, HUG is an intimate examination of the human voice's power over our emotions in the form of an encounter between 25 singe2015-03-30T00:00:00+01002015-04-12T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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    Now On

    event > Concerts
    PRICINGVarious | Some Free
    DATES30th March to 12th April 2015
    VENUESouthbank Centre
    Back at the Southbank Centre for its seventh year, Chorus is a celebration of the voice and the power of singing. This year's festival fills Royal Festival Hall with 1,000 voices for Sing Out Sunday on Easter Sunday. In contrast, HUG is an intimate examination of the human voice's power over our emotions in the form of an encounter between 25 singe...†More about this event
    History Is NowHistory Is NowHistory Is NowA well-timed exhibition, History is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain offers an inventive way of exploring the country's recent history, giving us an insight into how we got to where we are today as the General Election approaches. Seven UK based artists - John Akomfrah, Simon Fujiwara, Roger Hiorns, Hannah Starkey, Richard Wentworth, and Jane and Lou2015-03-30T00:00:00+01002015-04-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    The Hayward Gallery, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XZ
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    Ongoing

    event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Modern and Contemporary Art
    DATES10th February to 26th April 2015
    VENUEThe Hayward Gallery
    A well-timed exhibition, History is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain offers an inventive way of exploring the country's recent history, giving us an insight into how we got to where we are today as the General Election approaches. Seven UK based artists - John Akomfrah, Simon Fujiwara, Roger Hiorns, Hannah Starkey, Richard Wentworth, and Jane and Lou...†More about this event
    Changing Britain 1945-2015Changing Britain 1945-2015Changing Britain 1945-2015The Southbank Centre looks at the last 70 years of British history in Changing Britain 1945-2015, a 3-month arts festival taking place across the centre's 21-acre site. Taking inspiration from historian David Kynaston's books, part of a series 'Tales of a New Jerusalem' on the social history of England, the festival asks if we still believe in the 2015-03-30T00:00:00+01002015-05-09T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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    event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Festivals
    PRICINGVarious
    DATES30th January to 9th May 2015
    VENUESouthbank Centre
    The Southbank Centre looks at the last 70 years of British history in Changing Britain 1945-2015, a 3-month arts festival taking place across the centre's 21-acre site. Taking inspiration from historian David Kynaston's books, part of a series 'Tales of a New Jerusalem' on the social history of England, the festival asks if we still believe in the ...†More about this event
    Duet Philharmonic OrchestraDuet Philharmonic OrchestraThe orchestra performs music by Richard Strauss, joined by soloist Ailish Tynan and conductor Ronald Corp OBE.2015-03-31T19:30:00+01002015-03-31T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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    Brahms Requiem & Saint-Saens Symphony No 3 (Organ)
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    Music for percussion and strings including Rachmaninov's Prelude In C Sharp Minor, the UK premiere of Jacques Cohen's Prelude 49 ...More

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    Concerts | Until 12th April 2015 

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    Exhibitions | Until 9th May 2015 

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    Ralph Fiennes stars as the radical bachelor Jack Tanner in Man and Superman, Simon Godwin's reinvented version of the grand-scale, ...More

     
     
     
     
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