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South Bank

#68 of 1,599 things to do in London
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Address: Lambeth Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge | south to St George's Circus, London SE1, England
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+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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Perfect for an early morning run

We stayed in a hotel on the South Bank, and the pedestrian walkway along the river was perfect for an early morning run. There are people out and about, but the walkway is mostly... read more

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We stayed in a hotel on the South Bank, and the pedestrian walkway along the river was perfect for an early morning run. There are people out and about, but the walkway is mostly wide, and flat, and has views across the river to St. Paul's and other parts of London. The South Bank is also a nice place to... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

South bank is amazing place to go and get a taste of london, you will find entertainment, musicians, a lot of art, (if you like murals there is a tunnel just across the london eye full of amazing art, but just look around south bank amazing art) everyday you will find live entertainters to keep you and the children happy,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A lot of good things to see here including London Eye, Tate Modern, BFI, Imax, Millennium Bridge, Sea Life and many other places to see.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Along the Thames, just outside of the Waterloo Station, lies a day of music, entertainment and fun. From the London Eye, to watching the street vendors, there are things to do everywhere you turn. Kids love the merry-go-round and parents love the views and musicians. Just under the London Eye is also the launch for several boat tours on the... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Along the River Thames, next to the London Eye, let yourself wander and be lost in this cultural and arts zone. this is a cultural, music, creativity and arts zone. There is so much to do here, and so many interesting spaces here, where you really see the talent and variety of people. When you get tired or hungry, head... More 

Thank Vishna
St Ives, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

South Bank is the place to go in London for a day of culture. Galleries, theatres, cinemas, restaurants, markets and the ever fascinating River Thames.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The South Bank has really come on, and as a result can be crazy busy - especially around the aquarium and the Eye - but brace yourselves because it has to be done. Wear comfy walking shoes, take your time, stop and drink coffee and watch the world go by, pop into Wagamas or Borough Market for lunch, look at... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking from festival hall to Westminster bridge would be a nice stroll. Unfortunately, it is the busiest place in the world, so you spend the whole time trying to avoid the crowds. Probably nice early morning.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked from the Tower Bridge to the London Eye and it was a wonderful walk. Lots to take in, city views, buskers, bars and just people watching on a nice day. It is a great walk.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked from Waterloo Bridge toward Blackfriars - enjoyong the sights and sounds and hustle and bustle of the people. The crowds have moved away from the red shed (which is now done) to the new bars that have opened at the other end of the NT.

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