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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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    Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £73† 32% 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† 33% 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† 29% 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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    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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    English National Opera: The Queen of Spades
    London > Events > Concerts †Dates: 6th June to 2nd July 2015 - 7pm-9.45pm
    London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 10 minutes from Alchemy
    Edward Gardner conducts his final production as music director of the ENO, bowing out with Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades before taking up the music directorship ...More
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    The Winter's Tale
    London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 17th October 2015 to 16th January 2016
    Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 11 minutes from Alchemy
    Two years in the making, actor and director Kenneth Branagh presents a five-play, year-long season at the Garrick Theatre in 2015. Launching the season, this reimagined ...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
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    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

    London's Pirate Radio MovementLondon's Pirate Radio MovementInterviews and DJ sets from pirate radio selectors from the 1980s.2015-04-26T14:00:00+01002015-04-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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    Free EventToday Only
    London's Pirate Radio Movement
    The Philharmonia Strings ProjectThe Philharmonia Strings ProjectWorks by Vaughan Williams and Warlock.2015-04-26T17:00:00+01002015-04-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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    Free EventToday Only
    The Philharmonia Strings Project
    Twice Through The Heart: 1979 - 1997Twice Through The Heart: 1979 - 19972015-04-26T17:00:00+01002015-04-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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    Free EventToday Only
    Twice Through The Heart: 1979 - 1997
    Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraAn evening of Romantic masterpieces.2015-04-26T19:30:00+01002015-04-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
    Category: event
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    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Adopting Britain: Guided TourAdopting Britain: Guided TourLearn more about the contribution of migrant groups to Britain's artistic landscape.2015-04-26T13:00:00+01002015-05-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
    Category: event
    Free EventNow On
    Adopting Britain: Guided Tour
    Bec And Tom's Awesome LaundryBec And Tom's Awesome LaundryJoin the pair in a world of silliness, make-believe and bad celebrity impersonations. This critically-acclaimed family comedy show blends storytelling, games and paper puppetry with a large helping of silliness.2015-04-26T16:15:00+01002015-04-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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    Bec And Tom's Awesome Laundry
    A Simple SpaceA Simple SpaceA Simple SpacePresented by Australian company Gravity And Other Myths, A Simple Space has captivated festival audiences around the world and was a huge hit here last year. Now, the seven young acrobats return to the Udderbelly Festival from 21st April to compete for your laughter, gasps and applause with back flips and breathtaking acrobatics - and just a pole a2015-04-26T00:00:00+01002015-05-24T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
    Category: event

    event > Theatre > Physical theatre
    DATES21st April to 24th May 2015
    VENUESouthbank Centre
    Presented by Australian company Gravity And Other Myths, A Simple Space has captivated festival audiences around the world and was a huge hit here last year. Now, the seven young acrobats return to the Udderbelly Festival from 21st April to compete for your laughter, gasps and applause with back flips and breathtaking acrobatics - and just a pole a...†More about this event
    Paula Rego: Rego RetoldPaula Rego: Rego RetoldCarcanet writer Owen Lowery's poetic responses to the work of artist Paula Rego.2015-04-26T11:00:00+01002015-05-03T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
    Category: event
    Free EventNow On
    Paula Rego: Rego Retold
    Rachel Levine: Material AnxietyRachel Levine: Material AnxietyNew works that respond to the material make-up of Concrete, using foam and jesmonite, towelling and silicon, and clay and organza.2015-04-26T11:00:00+01002015-06-14T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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    Free EventNow On
    Rachel Levine: Material Anxiety
    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 Lou2015-04-26T00:00:00+01002015-04-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    The Hayward Gallery, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XZ
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    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

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    With the Udderbelly summer festival brimming with humorous acts, it was only fitting that the Best of the Comedy Store ...More

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    Exhibitions | Until 3rd May 2015 

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    Carcanet writer Owen Lowery's poetic responses to the work of artist Paula Rego....More

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    Changing Britain 1945-2015
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