The world at your feet

The South Bank is like a network of villages. The Southbank Centre, home to the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Hayward Gallery, is one entire community devoted to world-class cultural excellence. Alternatively head east along the river and you will find the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the internationally renowned Tate Modern. Culture really does run through the veins of the South Bank.
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A cultural quarter

This unique stretch of the Thames boasts some of the world’s greatest arts venues, from Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to the National Theatre and the Southbank Centre. Its many smaller venues are home to some of the capital’s most exciting and colourful events, encompassing music, theatre, dance and comedy. With a wealth of other cultural attractions nearby, from the Old Vic theatre to the National Film Theatre, from the Design Museum to the gastronomic hub that is Borough Market, the South Bank is arguably the world’s most exhilarating artistic neighbourhood.

 

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London has been called a
‘world in one city’ and that’s
not just empty rhetoric.

LONELY PLANET, 2011

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Feeding your soul

Film lovers are catered for by the British Film Institute and the nearby BFI IMAX cinema while the area around The Old Vic Theatre, close to Waterloo station, offers a characterful mix of traditional pubs, lively bars and family-run restaurants. More immediate to South Bank Tower itself is the landmark OXO Tower as well as Gabriel’s Wharf, devoted to crafts, design and unpretentious good food.

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