South Bank is an area of incredible history, architecture, culture and regeneration. Situated to the south of the River Thames, just opposite Westminster, South Bank is one of the top tourist destinations in London and is a popular hang out for locals looking for a culture fix. Stretching from Blackfriars Bridge right up to Westminster Bridge, the area is rich and diverse, with something to suit everybody’s idea of a great day out.
Art and Culture
South Bank is packed full of theatres, art galleries, restaurants, bars and everything else that you will need to entrain yourself during a weekend in the city. Home to the Old Vic, New Vic and National Theatres, there are hundreds of plays and musical performance to choose from every day, The Old Vic is a 200 year old national treasure but has a big focus on intruding young people to theatre, with special under 25 ticket prices and a cool bar, The Pit Bar, in the basement of the theatre. Gallery highlights include Tate Modern and the iconic South Bank centre which is thriving hub for arts, culture and music. Film lovers will enjoy a trip to the BFI and design lovers will delight in a visit to the Bargehouse gallery. History buffs will enjoy a trip to The Florence Nightingale Museum, that celebrate the historic ‘Lady of the Lamp’ or a day out at the impressive IVM Gallery to celebrate the achievement of the World Wars.
Food and Entertainment
By day, the pavements of the South Bank are packed full of tourists, families and business people enjoying a spot of lunch by the River, with outdoor seating present no matter what the weather is like. You can enjoy a coffee at big name chains, a lazy lunch at Kitchen or a romantic evening meal at top Pan-Asian bar and restaurant Chino Latino. Once you have eaten, there are many top tourist attractions to enjoy at South Bank, with the chance to see across 40 km of the city on London Eye or take a tour on the London Duck Bus. The Sea Life aquarium will delight children and there is a trendy skatepark for big kids of all ages. A day out is not complete without a spot of retail therapy, so a walk down Gabriel’s Wharf is in order. You can pick up handmade jewellery, one of ceramics, affordable art work and, of course, souvenirs to take home to your friends and family. South Bank prides itself on supporting independents, to you will find one-off items and be happy in the fact that you are supporting small businesses and artists in the area, as well as independent bars and restaurants. There are many top class hotels in the area, so that you can enjoy the delights of the South Bank right on your doorstep. The Marriot Hotel and Mondrian London are just two luxury hotels that offer 5 star services and lots of pampering to make your trip to London complete.