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The National TrailPart of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations, the National Trail takes visitors on an interactive journey around the building. Created by arts company metro-boulot-dodo, the journey is part treasure hunt and part history tour, uncovering hidden glimpses into the history of the company. Starting at the information desk, visitors will move around the building, solving one clue after another. Those savvy enough will then reach the secret Vault, a world of many treasures.

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Each year the three superb venues in the National Theatre put on a significant proportion of the world's best productions. From intimate character studies in the Dorfman Theatre, to grand spectacles in the Olivier, the National Theatre is the spiritual centre of the British theatrical tradition. More about National Theatre

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Underground Stations

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Waterloo Tube Station
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Southwark Tube Station
9 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
10 minutes walk
Library Street NCP
12 minutes walk

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    20 Upper Ground, SE1 | 6 minutes from The National Trail
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    336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 8 minutes from The National Trail
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    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £33† 26% off
    372 Strand, WC2R | 8 minutes from The National Trail
    This West End Art Deco hotel right on the Strand and next to Covent Garden is in a fantastic location for accessing central London and theatreland. ... More
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    wonder.land
    London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 27th November 2015 to 30th January 2016
    National Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, SE1 | Same location as The National Trail
    A brand new musical inspired by Alice in Wonderland, wonder.land is Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini's hotly anticipated musical take on Lewis Carroll's much admired ...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 | 12 minutes from The National Trail
    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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    War Horse
    London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 28th March 2009 to 13th February 2016
    New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 13 minutes from The National Trail
    This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
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    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    South Bank, South Bank, , South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as The National Trail
    Each year the three superb venues in the National Theatre put on a significant proportion of the world's best productions. From intimate character studies in the ... More
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    Temporary Theatre (formerly The Shed)
    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 | Same location as The National Trail
    Originally called 'The Shed' when it first opened in March 2013, the Temporary Theatre run by and to the front of the National Theatre, is unmissable ... More
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    National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre
    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 | Same location as The National Trail
    Replacing the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, which closed in 2013, the Dorfman Theatre offers a greater capacity, more comfortable seats, better sightlines and enlarged foyer spaces. ... More
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    The Hayward Gallery
    London > Attractions > Art Galleries
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from The National Trail
    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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    Gabriel's Wharf
    London > Attractions > Sights
    Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
    Situated just 2 minutes walk from Oxo Tower Wharf, this paved area becomes an oasis of outdoor eating as soon as the sun comes ... More
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    The Poetry Library
    London > Attractions > Museums
    Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
    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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    Foyles Royal Festival Hall
    London > Shopping > Books
    Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
    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 | 4 minutes from The National Trail
    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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    Oxo Tower and Gabriel's Wharf
    London > Shopping > Arts and Crafts
    Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The National Trail
    As you stare across the river at this bustling, stylish, multi-faceted venue, it’s hard to believe that this riverside warehouse was once a reprocessing plant for ... More
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    Mezzanine
    London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
    National Theatre, Upper Ground - South Bank, SE1 | Same location as The National Trail
    Modern European Cuisine... More
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    Benugo Bar & Kitchen
    London > Restaurants > British restaurants
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from The National Trail
    Benugo is a high class chain of cafes selling handmade sandwiches, salads and desserts. What makes it stand out from the over-crowded coffee shop market is ... More
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    Brasserie Blanc
    London > Restaurants > French restaurants
    9 Belvedere Road, SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
    Seasonal French fare from Raymond Blanc's team is on offer at 20 brasseries across the UK, including seven in London. In 1996, Raymond opened his first ... More
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    Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
    London > Education > Universities and Colleges
    1 Sheffield Street, WC2A | 10 minutes from The National Trail
    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 | 14 minutes from The National Trail
    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 The National Trail
    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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    Agua Bathhouse and Spa
    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 | 6 minutes from The National Trail
    Six private treatment rooms, including a couples' suite and a private thermal suite, make up agua Bathhouse and Spa within Mondrian London at Sea Containers. Bringing ... More
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    London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from The National Trail
    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 | 7 minutes from The National Trail
    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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    The Thirsty Bear
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    62 Stamford Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from The National Trail
    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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    King's Arms
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The National Trail
    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 Anchor & Hope
    London > Restaurants > Gastropub
    36 The Cut, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from The National Trail
    This is a gastropub that takes both parts of its name seriously, and you can certainly have a good evening just popping in to sample some ... More
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    Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Belvedere Road, SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
    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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    Oxo Tower Bar & Brasserie
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from The National Trail
    Boasting one of the best views in town, the Oxo Tower Bar is perfect for combining a spot of leisurely (if static) sightseeing with some classy ... More
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    Dandelyan
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 | 6 minutes from The National Trail
    A sumptuous, Art Deco-inspired interior designed by Tom Dixon and views over the South Bank, Dandelyan is no unwanted weed. Instead it's a cut above your ... More
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    The Deck at the National Theatre
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as The National Trail
    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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    National Theatre
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as The National Trail
    The greatest theatre in the world? Probably. Each year the three superb venues in the National Theatre put on a significant proportion of the world's best ... More
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    Skylon
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
    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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    Light Shining in BuckinghamshireLight Shining in BuckinghamshireLight Shining in BuckinghamshireCaryl Churchill's impassioned drama about a group of rebels, preachers, soldiers and dissenters, who go into battle for the heart and soul of England in the aftermath of a bloody and brutal civil war. Lyndsey Turner, who is set to direct Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre this summer, directs Churchill's early play about the Eng2015-05-27T19:30:00+01002015-06-22T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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    event > Theatre > Dramas
    DATES15th April to 22nd June 2015
    VENUENational Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre
    Caryl Churchill's impassioned drama about a group of rebels, preachers, soldiers and dissenters, who go into battle for the heart and soul of England in the aftermath of a bloody and brutal civil war. Lyndsey Turner, who is set to direct Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre this summer, directs Churchill's early play about the Eng...†More about this event
    Paul Merton: Author EventPaul Merton: Author EventThe comedian discusses his book Only When I Laugh.2015-06-03T18:00:00+01002015-06-03T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
    Category: event
    On Soon
    Paul Merton: Author Event
    The Motherf**ker With The HatThe Motherf**ker With The HatThe Motherf**ker With The HatStephen Adly Guirgis's profane and hilarious Tony award nominated tale of love and addiction in New York City comes to the National Theatre. Centred on a former drug dealer called Jackie, who is released from prison and attempts to get his life back in order, The Motherf**ker with the Hat is a whip-smart look at how love and addiction finds light e2015-06-10T19:30:00+01002015-08-20T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
    Category: event
    On Soon

    event > Theatre > Dramas
    DATES10th June to 20th August 2015
    VENUENational Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre
    Stephen Adly Guirgis's profane and hilarious Tony award nominated tale of love and addiction in New York City comes to the National Theatre. Centred on a former drug dealer called Jackie, who is released from prison and attempts to get his life back in order, The Motherf**ker with the Hat is a whip-smart look at how love and addiction finds light e...†More about this event
    Stephen Adly Guirgis And Indhu Rubasingham On The Motherf**ker With The Hat: TalkStephen Adly Guirgis And Indhu Rubasingham On The Motherf**ker With The Hat: TalkThe writer and director in conversation.2015-06-18T18:00:00+01002015-06-18T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
    Category: event
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    Stephen Adly Guirgis And Indhu Rubasingham On The Motherf**ker With The Hat: Talk
    Focus On Football: TalkFocus On Football: TalkAn informative discussion.2015-06-19T18:30:00+01002015-06-19T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
    Category: event
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    Focus On Football: Talk
    A Declaration From The PeopleA Declaration From The PeopleA company of community actors present a devised performance.2015-06-21T19:30:00+01002015-06-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
    Category: event
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    A Declaration From The People
    Patrick Marber And Ian Rickson On The Red Lion: TalkPatrick Marber And Ian Rickson On The Red Lion: TalkAn informative talk.2015-06-25T18:30:00+01002015-06-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
    Category: event
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    Patrick Marber And Ian Rickson On The Red Lion: Talk
    Three Days in the CountryThree Days in the CountryThree Days in the CountryJohn Simm leads the cast of the National Theatre's production of Three Days in the Country, adpated for the London stage by Closer playwright Patrick Marber whose new work The Red Lion plays in the Dorfman from 3rd June. Simm, known for stage and screen roles in Code of a Killer, The Village, Life on Mars, The Hothouse and Betrayal, stars alongside2015-07-21T00:00:00+01002015-10-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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    event > Theatre > Dramas
    DATES21st July to 21st October 2015
    VENUENational Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre
    John Simm leads the cast of the National Theatre's production of Three Days in the Country, adpated for the London stage by Closer playwright Patrick Marber whose new work The Red Lion plays in the Dorfman from 3rd June. Simm, known for stage and screen roles in Code of a Killer, The Village, Life on Mars, The Hothouse and Betrayal, stars alongside...†More about this event
    People, Places And ThingsPeople, Places And ThingsHeadlong and the National Theatre collaborate on Duncan Macmillan's sobering drama about a young woman, who is compelled to face harsh reality during her stint in rehab. Directed by Jeremy Herrin.2015-08-25T19:30:00+01002015-10-10T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
    Category: event
    People, Places And Things
    Jane EyreJane EyreSally Cookson directs this bold re-imagining of Charlotte Bronte's novel about a spirited heroine's fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms in the face of poverty, injustice and bitter betrayal. A National Theatre co-production with Bristol Old Vic.2015-09-08T19:00:00+01002015-10-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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    Theatre | Until 27th May 2015 

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    Sir Nicholas Hytner's last production at the National before he steps down as Artistic Director will be Tom Stoppard's neuroscience ...More

     
    Comedy in the Dark
    Comedy | Until 6th July 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    So you've heard of dating in the dark and dining in the dark, but how about Comedy in the Dark? ...More

    Best of the Comedy Store
    Comedy | Until 11th July 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

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

    Pajama Men: Pterodactyl Nights
    Comedy | Until 28th May 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    Improv duo take to the stage and present an evening of sketches and character comedy....More

    Daniel Barenboim
    Concerts | On 27th May 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    In May and June Daniel Barenboim performs a cycle of Schubert's piano sonatas at the Southbank Centre. The International Piano ...More

    Arensky Chamber Orchestra: A Hero's Life
    Concerts | On 27th May 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    The orchestra is conducted by W Kunhardt in chamber arrangements of Strauss' Ein Heldenleben and Wagner's Seigfried Idyll....More

    Poetry Comics
    Exhibitions | Until 12th July 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    Illustrated works on display by Kenneth Koch, Joe Brainard and Bianca Stone, as well as a number of examples available ...More

    Rachel Levine: Material Anxiety
    Exhibitions | Until 14th June 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    New works that respond to the material make-up of Concrete, using foam and jesmonite, towelling and silicon, and clay and ...More

    Neha Choksi: Minds To Lose
    Exhibitions | Until 14th June 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    This exhibition presents a series of recent video works, Trilogy On Absenting, together with a new performance devised for Hayward ...More

     
     
     
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