Southbank Centre Updated: 2 months ago

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Southbank Centre is a diverse cultural centre along the Thames and one of the largest in the UK. It hosts a range of events throughout the year, from music concerts and festivals to art exhibitions and theatre productions.

The centre has several venues hosting the events, including the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Hayward Gallery.

The Southbank Centre area has events daily. There are many types of events, such as concerts, theatre, dance, spoken word, discussions with authors, and poetry. There are many types of concerts, from film scores to symphonies and Jazz. One exciting event type is authors discussing their new books with famous authors.

The British Film Institute (BFI) headquarters is also located there. It is the main location of the annual London Film Festival, which includes galas and movie premieres. The BFI IMAX theatre is a few minutes away if you want to see a movie on one of the biggest screen in the UK.


There are also events outside the venues. A very popular one is the Southbank Centre Food Market, open from Friday to Sunday between April and the end of June. The market offers foods from many different cuisines, from Ethiopian to Thai to burgers. It is behind the Royal Festival Hall, opposite the Thames.

The area also has many restaurants where you can relax after a long day of sightseeing.


The centre is situated in a stunning location on the south bank of the Thames. It’s between the Tate Modern to the east and the London Eye to the west. A bridge leads towards the Charing Cross stations and the Trafalgar Square. The bridge crossing the Thames provides a great photo opportunity towards Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

The area is lovely for a stroll alongside the river, and there are plenty of opportunities to get something to eat and drink. You can also find things to buy; for example, there’s an excellent book market, South Bank Book Market, where you can find second-hand books, maps, prints, and postcards. The market is open daily and has been there since 1983. It is a familiar sight to many visiting the area, and many people stop to check if there are new and exciting things for sale.

Hayward Galley also has a shop where you can buy designer collaborations, ceramics, textiles, and prints.

Getting there

Southbank Centre is located between the Waterloo and Charing Cross train stations. Both are about 5 minutes away from the centre. There is a bridge connecting the Southbank Centre to Charing Cross.


Right next to Southbank is the London Eye , so you should consider visiting both when at Southbank.

Nearest Stations

Embankment - 5 min

District Bakerloo Northern Circle London Underground Zone: 1

Waterloo - 6 min

Waterloo & City Bakerloo Northern Jubilee London Underground Zone: 1

Temple - 8 min

District Circle London Underground Zone: 1

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