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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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    Mondrian London
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £99† 34% off
    20 Upper Ground, SE1 | 6 minutes from The National Trail
    London landmark Sea Containers House, situated between the OXO Tower and Blackfriars Bridge on the South Bank, has been transformed into the Mondrian London, a luxury ... More
    ME London
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £195† 25% off
    336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 8 minutes from The National Trail
    A luxurious 5-star hotel situated right in the heart of the city, ME London offers guests a lavish accommodation experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide the impeccable guestrooms ... More
    Strand Palace Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £33† 33% 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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    The Play That Goes Wrong
    London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 5th September 2014 to 5th September 2015
    Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, WC2B | 8 minutes from The National Trail
    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 Painkiller
    London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 5th March to 30th April 2016
    Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 12 minutes from The National Trail
    Sean Foley directs this adaptation of Francis Veber's classic play, The Painkiller, as part of Kenneth Branagh's five-play season at the Garrick Theatre. The production sees ...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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    National Theatre
    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, South Bank, London 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, South Bank, London 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, South Bank, London 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, South Bank, London 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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    Courtauld Institute of Art
    London > Education > Arts and Drama
    Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 6 minutes from The National Trail
    The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
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    Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
    London > Education > Universities and Colleges
    1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London 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 > Career 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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    Bernie Spain Gardens
    London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
    Upper Ground, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The National Trail
    Located between Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel's Wharf, Bernie Spain Gardens is a pleasant green space to stop off on a riverside walk along the South ... More
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    Agua Bathhouse and Spa
    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London 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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    The Thirsty Bear
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    62 Stamford Street, South Bank, London 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
    The Anchor & Hope is a gastropub that takes both parts of its name seriously, and you can certainly have a good evening just popping in ... More
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    Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Belvedere Road, South Bank, London 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, South Bank, London 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

    National Theatre events

    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 alongside2015-08-30T00:00:00+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
    Michael Billington: Author's EventMichael Billington: Author's EventBenedict Nightingale chairs a discussion of the theatre critics choice of 101 greatest plays.2015-09-04T18:30:00+01002015-09-04T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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    Michael Billington: Author's Event
    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+01002016-01-10T00:00:00+0000 Where:
    National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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    Jane Eyre
    Husbands And SonsHusbands And SonsAnne-Marie Duff returns to the National to play Lizzie Holroyd in D H Lawrence's powerful drama set in a world of manual labour and working class pride. Director Marianne Elliott will stage the play in the round, with the audience seated on all four sides of the stage, and everyone seated in the Pit will swap seats to the opposite side of the stage2015-10-19T19:00:00+01002016-01-19T00:00:00+0000 Where:
    National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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    Husbands And Sons
    WasteWasteHarley Granville Barker's controversial expose of the political elite of Edwardian England, which was famously banned by the censors in 1907, centres on an ambitious independent politician called Henry Trebell, who falls from grace when his mistress suffers a lethal backstreet abortion. Charles Edwards plays Trebell, directed by Roger Michell.2015-11-03T19:30:00+00002016-01-16T00:00:00+0000 Where:
    National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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    Waste
    Evening At The Talk HouseEvening At The Talk HouseIan Rickson directs the world premiere staging of Wallace Shawn's drama chronicling a reunion at the almost legendary club, The Talk House, presided over by kindly hostess Nellie.2015-11-17T20:00:00+00002016-01-23T00:00:00+0000 Where:
    National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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    Evening At The Talk House
    Here We GoHere We GoCaryl Churchill's short drama about mortality and remembrance, directed by Dominic Cooke, which unfolds at the funeral party for a man with an adventurous past, whose ginger cat now desperately needs a new home.2015-11-25T19:00:00+00002015-12-19T00:00:00+0000 Where:
    National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, † South Bank† † † SE1 9PX
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    Here We Go
    wonder.landwonder.landwonder.landA 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 book. Bullied at school and unhappy at home, Aly, aged 12, escapes to wonder.land. Aly becomes brave and beautiful Alice online but some of the people she meets - the weird Dum and Dee,2015-11-27T00:00:00+00002016-01-30T00:00:00+0000 Where:
    National Theatre, † South Bank† South Bank† † SE1 9PX
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    event > Theatre > Dramas
    DATES27th November 2015 to 30th January 2016
    VENUENational Theatre
    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 book. Bullied at school and unhappy at home, Aly, aged 12, escapes to wonder.land. Aly becomes brave and beautiful Alice online but some of the people she meets - the weird Dum and Dee,...†More about this event

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    People, Places and Things
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    National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre

    The latest collaboration between Headlong and the National, following the acclaimed 'Earthquakes in London' and 'The Effect', People, Places and ...More

     
    Three Days in the Country
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    Theatre | Until 21st October 2015 

    National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre

    John Simm leads the cast of the National Theatre's production of Three Days in the Country, adpated for the London ...More

     
    Carsten Holler: Decision
    Carsten Holler: Decision
    Exhibitions | Until 6th September 2015 

    The Hayward Gallery 2 minutes walk from National Theatre

    Especially-commissioned slides invite courageous visitors to Carsten Holler's summer exhibition at the Hayward to travel from the gallery's iconic glass ...More

     
    Meltdown Festival
    Meltdown Festival
    Concerts | Until 30th August 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    Anna Calvi, Young Marble Giants and Benjamin Clementine are just three of the acts lined up to play at this ...More

     
    Festival of Love
    Festival of Love
    Exhibitions | Until 31st August 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    Returning for a second year, Southbank Centre's summer-long Festival of Love celebrates love in all its guises. Last year saw ...More

     
    A Room for London
    A Room for London
    Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2015 

    Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth Hall 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    Three years after it was originally built as a temporary structure, A Room For London is set to stay open ...More

     
    Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms
    Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms
    Kids Events | Until 27th September 2015 

    Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    To the art world Jeppe Hein's 'Appearing Rooms' is a delightful mix of sculpture and architecture, playing with the viewers ...More

     
    Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall (Under 5s)
    Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall (Under 5s)
    Kids Events | Until 30th August 2015 

    London Wonderground Spiegeltent 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    DJ Monski Mouse invites young children and their parent or carer to dance along to ...More

     
    Briefs
    Briefs
    Theatre | Until 27th September 2015 

    London Wonderground Spiegeltent 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    London Wonderground favourites the Briefs boys return after a dazzling, sell-out run in 2014. Hosted by the vodka swilling transvestite, ...More

     
    London Wonderground
    London Wonderground
    Theatre | Until 27th September 2015 

    London Wonderground Spiegeltent 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

    The splendid London Wonderground Spiegeltent returns for a fourth year, bringing Coney Island-style attractions and cabaret performed in the shadow ...More

     
     
     
     
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