Festival of Love

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Festival of LoveLove in all its guises is celebrated in the summer-long Festival of Love at the Southbank Centre. Different types of human love are explored, from the love of humanity to romantic, erotic love and the breakdown of relationships, to the love for close family and friends, through art, performances, poetry, music, and differently-themed weekends across the Southbank site culminating with a Big Wedding Weekend finale when all couples are invited to marry in mass ceremonies in the Royal Festival Hall. Launching with the Opening Weekend (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June) there are workshops on flirting, talks on love, and a mass Big Sing. Over the summer the love-in continues with exhibitions on 'What Love Is' and 'The Human Factor' as well as screenings - David Lean's classic 'Brief Encounter' is set to live music by the London Philharmonic Orchestra headlining a film series of love stories in the Royal Festival Hall which includes Singalonga Grease and Singalonga Dirty Dancing.

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†

LondonTown.com - Festival of Love Location Map

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
Car Parks

Car Parks

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

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London Marriott Hotel County Hall
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £176† 32% off
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 4 minutes from Festival of Love
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
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £99† 40% off
1 Addington Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from Festival of Love
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† 35% off
2 Whitehall Court, SW1A | 6 minutes from Festival of Love
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
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 20th December 2014 to 9th May 2015
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 6 minutes from Festival of Love
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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The Play That Goes Wrong
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 5th September 2014 to 1st February 2015
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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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 Festival of Love
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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Entertainment near Festival of Love

Near Festival of Love
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Southbank Centre
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Sights and Attractions near Festival of Love

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Festival of Love
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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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
London Eye
London > Attractions > Sights
Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Festival of Love
The EDF Energy London Eye elbowed its way onto the capital's tourist scene as one of the statement pieces to mark the turn of the ... More
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Shopping near Festival of Love

The best shops and markets near Festival of Love
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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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Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
63 Stamford Street, 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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What are the best dining options near Festival of Love London?
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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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Education near Festival of Love

Near Festival of Love
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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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The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 19 minutes from Festival of Love
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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Festival of Love 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 | 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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ESPA Life at Corinthia
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 7 minutes from Festival of Love
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
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The best pubs near London Festival of Love.
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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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Festival of Love 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 Festival of Love
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 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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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Festival of Love.
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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

Southbank Centre events

Pinhole Camera: WorkshopPinhole Camera: WorkshopHave a go at pinhole photography.2nd August 2014Saturday 2nd August 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Today Only
Pinhole Camera: Workshop
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Photography
PRICINGphone for availability Free
DATESSaturday 2nd August 2014 at 11am-1.30pm and 2.30pm-5pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Have a go at pinhole photography.
Organ SymposiumOrgan SymposiumSouthbank collaborates with the British Institute of Organ Studies and the Royal College of Organists to present a programme of organ works.2nd August 2014Saturday 2nd August 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Today Only
Organ Symposium
event > Concerts > Classical
DATESSaturday 2nd August 2014 - 9.30am-6pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Southbank collaborates with the British Institute of Organ Studies and the Royal College of Organists to present a programme of organ works.
Pragma Tea DancePragma Tea DanceCelebrate enduring love with a partner, father, mother, friend - anyone - in a traditional tea dance. Part of the Pragma weekend.2nd August 2014Saturday 2nd August 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventToday Only
Pragma Tea Dance
event > Leisure†|†PRICINGFree
DATESSaturday 2nd August 2014 - 2pm-6pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Celebrate enduring love with a partner, father, mother, friend - anyone - in a traditional tea dance. Part of the Pragma weekend.
Canzoniere Grecanico SalentinoCanzoniere Grecanico SalentinoTraditional Italian ensemble. With support from Mae Trio.2nd August 2014Saturday 2nd August 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Today Only
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Folk
DATESSaturday 2nd August 2014 - 7.30pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Traditional Italian ensemble. With support from Mae Trio.
Festival of LoveFestival of LoveFestival of LoveLove in all its guises is celebrated in the summer-long Festival of Love at the Southbank Centre. Different types of human love are explored, from the love of humanity to romantic, erotic love and the breakdown of relationships, to the love for close family and friends, through art, performances, poetry, music, and differently-themed weekends acros2nd August 2014Sunday 31st August 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Ongoing
Festival of Love
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Festivals
PRICINGVarious
DATES28th June to 31st August 2014
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Love in all its guises is celebrated in the summer-long Festival of Love at the Southbank Centre. Different types of human love are explored, from the love of humanity to romantic, erotic love and the breakdown of relationships, to the love for close family and friends, through art, performances, poetry, music, and differently-themed weekends acros...†More about this event
The Human FactorThe Human FactorThe Human FactorA major survey examining how figurative sculpture has been reinvented from the late-1980s to the present, The Human Factor displays works by contemporary artists including Pawel Althamer, Frank Benson, Huma Bhabha, Thomas Hirschhorn and Jeff Koons. Featuring uncanny images of historical and political figures including Adolf Hitler, John F. Kennedy,2nd August 2014Sunday 7th September 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Ongoing
The Human Factor
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Sculpture
DATES17th June to 7th September 2014
VENUESouthbank Centre†
A major survey examining how figurative sculpture has been reinvented from the late-1980s to the present, The Human Factor displays works by contemporary artists including Pawel Althamer, Frank Benson, Huma Bhabha, Thomas Hirschhorn and Jeff Koons. Featuring uncanny images of historical and political figures including Adolf Hitler, John F. Kennedy,...†More about this event
Jeppe Hein: Appearing RoomsJeppe Hein: Appearing RoomsJeppe Hein: Appearing RoomsTo the art world Jeppe Hein's 'Appearing Rooms' is a delightful mix of sculpture and architecture, playing with the viewers perception of solid forms. To the many kids and families who flock to the South Bank in the summer, the Danish artist's water jets provide a great way to cool off, dashing in and out of the unpredictable spurts of water. Watch2nd August 2014Monday 8th September 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms
event > Kids Events†|†PRICINGFree
DATES1st June to 8th September 2014
VENUESouthbank Centre†
To the art world Jeppe Hein's 'Appearing Rooms' is a delightful mix of sculpture and architecture, playing with the viewers perception of solid forms. To the many kids and families who flock to the South Bank in the summer, the Danish artist's water jets provide a great way to cool off, dashing in and out of the unpredictable spurts of water. Watch...†More about this event
Gifts Of Love And Wisdom: WorkshopGifts Of Love And Wisdom: WorkshopWorkshops inspired by crafts and words.3rd August 2014Sunday 3rd August 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Gifts Of Love And Wisdom: Workshop
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Art Workshop†|†PRICINGFree
DATESSunday 3rd August 2014 - 11am-5pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Workshops inspired by crafts and words.
Big Lunch Seasoned With Tales Of Enduring LoveBig Lunch Seasoned With Tales Of Enduring LoveA celebratory meal with stories of love and kindness.3rd August 2014Sunday 3rd August 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Big Lunch Seasoned With Tales Of Enduring Love
event > Kids Events > Storytelling†|†PRICINGFree
DATESSunday 3rd August 2014 - 1pm-3pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
A celebratory meal with stories of love and kindness.
Emergency TheatreEmergency TheatreA unique theatre installation inspired by the emergency services.4th August 2014Monday 4th August 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Emergency Theatre
event > Theatre > Community Theatre†|†PRICINGFree
DATESMonday 4th August 2014 - 9am-7pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
A unique theatre installation inspired by the emergency services.

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The Human Factor
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Exhibitions | Until 7th September 2014 

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