Festival of the World

THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 9TH SEPTEMBER 2012

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1st June 2012†until†9th September 2012
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Festival of the WorldInspired by the cultural vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the Festival of the World has got it all. From the UK's largest ever poetry festival to an urban beach with a twist, the Southbank Centre will be transformed to show visitors how art can transform lives. Running throughout the summer as London celebrates the 2012 Olympics, the festival is based around Coubertin, a founder of the modern Olympic movement, and his belief that the arts could inspire young people in a manner similar to how sport can. The combination of sport and art is a theme common in many festivals this summer and, with a packed out programme of events at Southbank, you'll be hard pressed not to find something to enjoy here.

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

Festival of the World images

Festival of the World† Credit: Belinda Lawley †

Festival of the World - Credit: Belinda Lawley

Festival of the World Credit: Belinda Lawley†

LondonTown.com - Festival of the World 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† 35% off
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 4 minutes from Festival of the World
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
Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £99† 42% off
1 Addington Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from Festival of the World
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† 36% off
2 Whitehall Court, SW1A | 6 minutes from Festival of the World
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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Events near Festival of the World

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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 the World
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
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 the World
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
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 Festival of the World
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 the World

Near Festival of the World
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Southbank Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of the World
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 the World
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 the World
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 the World

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 the World
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 the World
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 the World

The best shops and markets near Festival of the World
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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 the World
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 Festival of the World
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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
63 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World

What are the best dining options near Festival of the World London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of the World
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 the World
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 the World
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 the World

Near Festival of the World
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Career Energy
London > Education > Careers Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 17 minutes from Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 the World
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 the World 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 the World
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 Festival of the World
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 the World
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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Pubs near Festival of the World

The best pubs near London Festival of the World.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
King's Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Festival of the World
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 the World
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 the World
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 the World 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 the World
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 the World
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 Festival of the World
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 the World.
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Skylon
London > Business > Venue Hire
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of the World
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 Festival of the World
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 the World
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

Madhup Mudgal: North Indian Khyal VocalMadhup Mudgal: North Indian Khyal VocalA performance by one of the leading Indian classical vocalists.22nd July 2014Tuesday 22nd July 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Today Only
Madhup Mudgal: North Indian Khyal Vocal
event > Concerts > Classical
DATESTuesday 22nd July 2014 - 7.45pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
A performance by one of the leading Indian classical vocalists.
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 acros22nd July 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,22nd July 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
Burt BacharachBurt BacharachClassic easy listening and mainstream pop by the long-established, multiple Grammy Award-winning, American singer-songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist.23rd July 2014Saturday 26th July 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
On Soon
Burt Bacharach
event > Concerts > Rock & Pop - Easy Listening
DATESWednesday 23rd and Saturday 26th July 2014 - 7.30pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Classic easy listening and mainstream pop by the long-established, multiple Grammy Award-winning, American singer-songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist.
Cocktail Masterclass With Dogc BartendersCocktail Masterclass With Dogc BartendersMix, shake and infuse cocktails.23rd July 2014Wednesday 27th August 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
On Soon
Cocktail Masterclass With Dogc Bartenders
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Workshops
DATESWednesday 23rd July and Wednesday 27th August 2014 - 8pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Mix, shake and infuse cocktails.
Book ClubBook ClubA talk about a book.23rd July 2014Wednesday 6th August 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Book Club
event > Kids Events > Lifestyle - Literary Events & Book Signings†|†PRICINGFree
DATESWednesday 23rd July and Wednesday 6th August 2014 - 6.30pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
A talk about a book.
Jamie MacDowell And Tom ThumJamie MacDowell And Tom ThumThe Melbourne-based duo performs hip hop and beatbox.23rd July 2014Tuesday 2nd September 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
On Soon
Jamie MacDowell And Tom Thum
event > Concerts > Rock & Pop - Hip Hop
DATES23rd July, 27th July and 2nd September 2014 - 9.30pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
The Melbourne-based duo performs hip hop and beatbox.
Museum Of Broken Relationships: TalkMuseum Of Broken Relationships: TalkA curator's talk about an award-winning museum.24th July 2014Thursday 24th July 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Museum Of Broken Relationships: Talk
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Talks & Lectures†|†PRICINGFree
DATESThursday 24th July 2014
VENUESouthbank Centre†
A curator's talk about an award-winning museum.
Southbank Centre Garden with Kobo Town & Nuru KaneSouthbank Centre Garden with Kobo Town & Nuru Kane24th July 2014Thursday 24th July 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
On Soon
Southbank Centre Garden with Kobo Town & Nuru Kane
event > Concerts > Jazz, Blues, Country and Folk - Country & Western
DATESThursday 24th July 2014 - 7pm-11pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
Mestizo EnsembleMestizo EnsembleThe ensemble performs a diverse blend of traditional Cuban, classical and jazz elements.25th July 2014Friday 25th July 2014 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Mestizo Ensemble
event > Concerts > Classical†|†PRICINGFree
DATESFriday 25th July 2014 - 1pm
VENUESouthbank Centre†
The ensemble performs a diverse blend of traditional Cuban, classical and jazz elements.

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The Human Factor
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Medea
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Theatre | Until 20th September 2014 

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 3 minutes walk from Southbank Centre

Richard Bean, best known for farcical hit 'One Man, Two Guvnors', has penned Great Britain, a topical drama about the ...More

 
Polly Stenham: Hotel
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Theatre | Until 2nd August 2014 

National Theatre 3 minutes walk from Southbank Centre

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Thames Barrier Voyage
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London RIB Voyages 4 minutes walk from Southbank Centre

Travel to the Thames Barrier by boat and take in some of London's top attractions from the river en route ...More

 
Boat Show Comedy Club
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Tattershall Castle 5 minutes walk from Southbank Centre

For the past twelve years the Boat Show Comedy Club aboard the Tattershall Castle has played host to some of ...More

 
1984
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Playhouse Theatre 6 minutes walk from Southbank Centre

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