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South Bank

#66 of 1,526 things to do in London
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Address: Lambeth Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge | south to St George's Circus, London SE1, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7202 6918
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

South Bank is a beautiful riverside stretch in the heart of London...

South Bank is a beautiful riverside stretch in the heart of London featuring the Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Imperial War Museum London, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, top hotels, shopping, dining and more. Located walking distance from Covent Garden and Westminster, it is the perfect location for a relaxing stroll or evening of entertainment. Known as the capital's cultural playground, there is a packed programme of art, theatre, exhibitions, music, film and free events make South Bank an inspiring place to explore.

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Best food market in London

Having lived in this part of London for four years as well as having worked at the BFI, I have been a frequent visitor of the South Bank food market and can say with absolute... read more

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Lucy C
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having lived in this part of London for four years as well as having worked at the BFI, I have been a frequent visitor of the South Bank food market and can say with absolute certainty that it is the best food market in London. The food is so varied and is all incredible, and on a nice day it... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You've got it all from the London eye, Big Ben, parliament ans do much more. Lovely river walk, plenty of crossings and places to eat. Like the vendors selling chestnuts too. Depending how far tiny go some great views of St. Paul's, tower bridge ad has Belfast as well as the old county buildings with its aquarium and dungeon. So... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This walkway provides the entrance to the Tate Britain as well as the London Aquarium and the London Dungeon. However I have walked this route many times and would suggest that the first time visitor commences at London Bridge (2 miles) or Tower Bridge (2.5 miles) finishing at Westminster Bridge. Depending on your fitness, stamina and places you decide to... More 

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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is amazing. It has everything you could ask for . Culture. History. Entertainment. Restaurants. Scenery. Peace. Bustle. Transport. A beach. You can easily keep the whole family of all ages amused all day and evening. And it doesn't have to cost a fortune either.

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is always something going on at the South Bank, with musicians, street vendors and entertainers. Then you have the big name attractions like the London Eye, Jubilee Gardens, the Winter Gardens and of course the Southbank Centre where there are plenty of art and cultural events occurring throughout the year. Plenty of places to eat and drink with stunning... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is just out of This world . River Thames , boats cruises just awesome. London isle, you can see London from it. Big Ben, London Bridge the scenery is wow. Lots of eating places and also souvenir shops. A place must to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Starting from Tower bridge we wandered up to Big Ben and parliament throughout the course of the afternoon and back again. About 2.5 - 3 miles from the bridge to Big Ben. Plenty of stop off points along the way to enjoy a coffee or bite to eat. Tower Bridge, London Skyline, HMS Belfast, Big Ben, Parliment, London Eye and... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I walked westward along the River Thames on my way from Blackfriars Bridge toward Lambeth. Walking is the best way to see one of my favorite stretches of London, this, the South Bank. I passed the Southbank Centre where the National Theatre and IMAX Theatre are. I passed busy Waterloo Bridge and the London Eye as it revolved slowly in... More 

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Christmas market that we visited was lovely and I loved the Thai food stall, the pad tai was delicious well worth a visit

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my fave area of the city. Many people will bne surprised by a statement like that. What abou Big Ben, you'll say? Or Westminster Abbey? They are all amazing, of course. But being a solo traveller for quite a while now I sometimes feel the need to be alone. It's impossible to do it in Parliament Square. You... More 

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Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
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