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Festival of LoveReturning for a second year, Southbank Centre's summer-long Festival of Love celebrates love in all its guises. Last year saw different types of human love explored and the project continues in 2015 with installations, performances and free events, including the second Big Wedding Weekend over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August) when 100 couples are invited to marry in mass ceremonies in the Royal Festival Hall. This year's installations include 'The People' by actor Jim Broadbent and Mark Titchner's 'Love Flags', flying from the roof-tops. There are exhibitions on 'Love and Liquid Fire' by the creator of Soho's iconic neons, Chris Bracey; and theatre for all the family in the pop-up, Roundabout by Paines Plough. Weekends bring themed performances, poetry, workshops and talks whether its the Mandela Weekend (18th and 19th July) celebrating the world leader, or the Urban Weekend (8th and 9th August), bringing together street culture, parkour, street art, BMXing and music. Jeppe Hein's Appearing Rooms fountain returns, as does the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, the urban beach beside the river, and the weekly Southbank Centre Market every Friday to Sunday throughout the summer.

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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Festival of Love† Southbank Centre's Roof Garden on the Queen Elizabeth Hall, photo: Belinda Lawley †

Festival of Love - Southbank Centre's Roof Garden on the Queen Elizabeth Hall, photo: Belinda Lawley

Festival of Love Southbank Centre's Roof Garden on the Queen Elizabeth Hall, photo: Belinda Lawley†

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    Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, WC2B | 9 minutes from Festival of Love
    Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society ...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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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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    London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    Designed by the Eden Project, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is the place to be on a summer's evening for stunning sundown views over the ... More
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    Bassoon Bar
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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 Festival of Love
    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

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