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Southbank Centre

Enjoy a range of cultural events on show by the River Thames at one of the largest centers of art in the world.

The Southbank Center sits on the lively south bank of the River Thames and is one of the most significant centers devoted to the arts in Europe. It claims to be one of the largest arts centers of its kind in the world, boasting three vast buildings. The complex consists of the Hayward Gallery, the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall among other important spaces. Thousands of performances ranging from theater and music productions to literature readings take place in these halls annually. There are many temporary art exhibitions throughout the year.

See theatrical events in one of the halls. Listen to live music and watch dance displays. Some of the activities are free for the public and ticketed events usually offer special prices for children. Watch one of the events for kids, such as junior comedy clubs, singing time and magician shows. 

Peruse the Hayward Gallery, which is home to small exhibitions by budding artists throughout the year. Have a look around the Saison Poetry Library and its special collection of children’s books. 

Buy a snack at the Real Food Market, which is on from Friday until Sunday every week. Dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés around the center.

The complex dates back to the Festival of Britain in the 1950s. The event was designed to showcase the country’s recovery from World War II. The Royal Festival Hall is still standing from the original festival. The center now attracts about 22 million visitors each year. The halls open in the morning and close late at night every day.

You can find the Southbank Center in the middle of the South Bank area by the River Thames. Take the London Underground to Embankment then cross the Hungerford Bridge or make the 5-minute walk from Waterloo Station. Nearby attractions include the London Eye and the Sea Life London Aquarium.


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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London ¥16,583
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Westminster Underground Station is 6 minutes.

    The Strand Palace Hotel ¥20,845
    The Strand Palace Hotel

    The Strand Palace Hotel

    372 The Strand, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market and Piccadilly Circus. London Dungeon and Big Ben are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 6 minutes.

      Park Plaza London Waterloo ¥17,510
      Park Plaza London Waterloo

      Park Plaza London Waterloo

      6 Hercules Road, London, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Vaults, Imperial War Museum, and Florence Nightingale Museum. Old Vic and Southbank Centre Book Market are also within 10 minutes. Lambeth North Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and London Waterloo Station is 9 minutes.

        Sea Containers London ¥23,069
        Sea Containers London

        Sea Containers London

        20 Upper Ground, London, England
           
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tate Modern and Coca-Cola London Eye. The Shard and Big Ben are also within 1 mi (2 km). Southwark Underground Station is 8 minutes by foot and Blackfriars Underground Station is 8 minutes.

          Park Plaza County Hall London ¥45,048
          Park Plaza County Hall London

          Park Plaza County Hall London

          1 Addington Street, London, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            The hotel is perfectly located on the vibrant South Bank, by Westminster Bridge overlooking the River Thames and is within walking distance of many of the city’s most famous attractions including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Being just 2 minutes away from London Waterloo station, Park Plaza County Hall London is the ideal choice for a London visit, whether it is for business or leisure.

            Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo ¥15,651
            Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo

            Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo

            157 Waterloo Road, South Bank, London, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal National Theatre, Coca-Cola London Eye, and Westminster Bridge. St. Thomas' Hospital and London Dungeon are also within 15 minutes. London Waterloo Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.

              Marlin Waterloo ¥23,263
              Marlin Waterloo

              Marlin Waterloo

              111 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge, and Coca-Cola London Eye. Big Ben and London Dungeon are also within 15 minutes. Lambeth North Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Waterloo Underground Station is 9 minutes.

                St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel ¥15,449
                St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel

                St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel

                Bedford Avenue, London, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street, and Shaftesbury Avenue. The British Museum and Russell Square are also within 10 minutes. Tottenham Court Road Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Goodge Street Underground Station is 5 minutes.