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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. Bringing a mix of dance, music, talks and debates to the Southbank Centre, Alchemy celebrates literature, film, craft and fashion as well as exploring the culture of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, taking a close look at their relationships with and influence on the UK and vice versa. Festival-goers can expect cutting-edge music, a huge range of free workshops, classes and Bollywood films.

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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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

Waterloo Tube Station
5 minutes walk
Lambeth North Tube Station
10 minutes walk
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

Waterloo East Railway Station
5 minutes walk
Waterloo Railway Station
5 minutes walk
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Car Parks

Union Car Park
13 minutes walk
Library Street NCP
13 minutes walk

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Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £99† 35% 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† 26% 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† 21% 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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Events near Alchemy

Near Alchemy
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Scottsboro Boys
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 4th October 2014 to 21st February 2015
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, South Bank, London WC2H | 11 minutes from Alchemy
It's 1931, nine young black men aged between 12 and 19 are travelling on a train through Scottsboro, looking for a new life. Following a sold ...More
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Near Alchemy
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Sights and Attractions near Alchemy

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Alchemy
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Shopping near Alchemy

The best shops and markets near Alchemy
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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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
63 Stamford Street, 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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Restaurants near Alchemy

What are the best dining options near Alchemy London?
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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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Education near Alchemy

Near Alchemy
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 19 minutes from Alchemy
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
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Alchemy gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Pubs near Alchemy

The best pubs near London Alchemy.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Alchemy clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Meeting venue hire near Alchemy

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Alchemy.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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

Kalakuta MillionairesKalakuta MillionairesThe Brighton-based ensemble performs its mix of Afrobeat and jazz originals.29th January 2015Monday 16th February 2015 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Ongoing
Kalakuta Millionaires
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Gospel
DATES5th November 2014 to 16th February 2015
VENUESouthbank Centre†
The Brighton-based ensemble performs its mix of Afrobeat and jazz originals.
A Taste Of TuscanyA Taste Of TuscanySample wines from the region.29th January 2015Thursday 29th January 2015 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Today Only
A Taste Of Tuscany
event > Leisure
DATESThursday 29th January 2015 - 6.30pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Sample wines from the region.
Louis Lortie PianoLouis Lortie PianoThe pianist performs Faure's Prelude from Pelleas Et Melisande and 9 Preludes, alongside Scriabin's 24 Preludes.29th January 2015Thursday 29th January 2015 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Today Only
Louis Lortie Piano
event > Concerts > Classical
DATESThursday 29th January 2015 - 7.30pm-8.30pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
The pianist performs Faure's Prelude from Pelleas Et Melisande and 9 Preludes, alongside Scriabin's 24 Preludes.
Carnatic Beatbox: Jyotsna Srikanth And ShlomoCarnatic Beatbox: Jyotsna Srikanth And ShlomoCarnatic violinist Jyotsna Srikanth and beatboxer Shlomo collaborate in a concert featuring Indian and Western percussion, piano, jazz trumpet, jazz violin and bass.29th January 2015Thursday 29th January 2015 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Today Only
Carnatic Beatbox: Jyotsna Srikanth And Shlomo
event > Concerts > World Music
DATESThursday 29th January 2015 - 7.45pm-10pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Carnatic violinist Jyotsna Srikanth and beatboxer Shlomo collaborate in a concert featuring Indian and Western percussion, piano, jazz trumpet, jazz violin and bass.
Gamelan Intermediate CourseGamelan Intermediate CourseIntroductory gamelan workshops.29th January 2015Thursday 26th March 2015 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Ongoing
Gamelan Intermediate Course
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Workshops
DATES15th January to 26th March 2015 - 6pm-8pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Introductory gamelan workshops.
Eleni MylovaEleni MylovaThe London-based singer-songwriter performs jazz and electronic music.30th January 2015Friday 30th January 2015 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Eleni Mylova
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Gospel†|†PRICINGFree
DATESFriday 30th January 2015 - 1pm-2pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
The London-based singer-songwriter performs jazz and electronic music.
Sounds Of The WindrushSounds Of The WindrushJazz Jamaica leader Gary Crosby leads a band performing swing, mento and jazz, with calypso artist Alexander D Great.30th January 2015Friday 30th January 2015 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Sounds Of The Windrush
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Gospel†|†PRICINGFree
DATESFriday 30th January 2015 - 5.30pm-7pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Jazz Jamaica leader Gary Crosby leads a band performing swing, mento and jazz, with calypso artist Alexander D Great.
PolariPolariStella Duffy heads the line-up at London's award-winning LGBT literary salon. The award-winning author's books include Theodora, The Room of Lost Things and The Purple Shroud.30th January 2015Friday 30th January 2015 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
On Soon
Polari
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Literary Events & Book Signings
DATESFriday 30th January 2015 - 7.30pm-8.30pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Stella Duffy heads the line-up at London's award-winning LGBT literary salon. The award-winning author's books include Theodora, The Room of Lost Things and The Purple Shroud.
Love Songs From Brazil: Gabriela Di Laccio & Marcelo BratkeLove Songs From Brazil: Gabriela Di Laccio & Marcelo BratkeSoprano Gabriela Di Laccio and pianist Marcelo Bratke perform works by Brazilian composers, including Heitor Villa-Lobos, Cludio Santoro, Dorival Caymmi and Tom Jobim.30th January 2015Friday 30th January 2015 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
On Soon
Love Songs From Brazil: Gabriela Di Laccio & Marcelo Bratke
event > Concerts > Classical
DATESFriday 30th January 2015 - 7.45pm-9.30pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Soprano Gabriela Di Laccio and pianist Marcelo Bratke perform works by Brazilian composers, including Heitor Villa-Lobos, Cludio Santoro, Dorival Caymmi and Tom Jobim.
Friday Night Is Music NightFriday Night Is Music NightA recording of the orchestral music show to mark the BBC Light Programme's 70th anniversary, with the BBC Concert Orchestra performing signature tunes and short excerpts.30th January 2015Friday 30th January 2015 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
On Soon
Friday Night Is Music Night
event > Concerts > Rock & Pop - Rock
DATESFriday 30th January 2015 - 8pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
A recording of the orchestral music show to mark the BBC Light Programme's 70th anniversary, with the BBC Concert Orchestra performing signature tunes and short excerpts.

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Carnatic Beatbox: Jyotsna Srikanth And Shlomo
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A Taste Of Tuscany
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Southbank Centre

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NT Platforms: 10 Years Of Bruntwood Prize For Playwriting: What Makes A Great Play'
Exhibitions | On 29th January 2015 

National Theatre 3 minutes walk from Southbank Centre

Launching the 10th anniversary competition, The 2015 Bruntwood Prize is hosting this panel discussion, chaired by the broadcaster, journalist and ...More

3 Winters
3 Winters
Theatre | Until 3rd February 2015 

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 3 minutes walk from Southbank Centre

Over many years in Croatia from the rise of Communism and democracy, war and joining the European Union, the Kos ...More

 
Rogue Elephant
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The Vaults, Arch 233 5 minutes walk from Southbank Centre

Work-in-progress performances of Richard Marsh's sitcom in which a poet is forced to scrape a living writing rhymes for greetings ...More

Baby Lame: Don't Call It A Comeback!
Theatre | Until 31st January 2015 

The Vaults, Arch 233 5 minutes walk from Southbank Centre

A suitably-dark and crazy show featuring song, dance, film and performance, from the cabaret performer and her madcap family....More

Re-Moulded: Listen/Here: Tour
Tours | On 29th January 2015 

Somerset House 7 minutes walk from Southbank Centre

A tour of the building with a series of immersive performances of music....More

Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik By Candlelight
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St Martin-in-the-Fields 9 minutes walk from Southbank Centre

An atmospheric concert performed by the London Gala Orchestra....More

 

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The Sky Garden atop the Walkie Talkie, a new art gallery from Damien Hirst and Biblioteka, a new £15 ...More

 
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The UK's largest dance event features performances by Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor, Got To Dance ...More

 
The Candlelight Club's St Valentine's Day Ball
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Secret Location

Clandestine pop-up cocktail bar the Candlelight Club is hosting a special Valentine's Day ball. Taking place in a 1920s ballroom, ...More

 
The Charlatans, Factory Floor, The Quietus DJs
Concerts | On 16th March 2015 

Roundhouse

A one-off performance by the respected indie-rock legends, in support of the release of their "triumphant" twelfth studio album, ...More

Valentine's Day Cooking for Two
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Billingsgate Seafood School

If dinner for two cooked by someone else seems all too easy and cliché this Valentine's Day, head to the ...More

 
Livery Companies Pancake Day Race
Exhibitions | On 17th February 2015 

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The City's annual inter-livery Pancake Race sees teams racing around the Guildhall yard at noon on Shrove Tuesday competing for ...More

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