South Bank
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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 cultural heart of London, 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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Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
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  • Waterloo • 3 min walk
  • Embankment • 8 min walk
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LostALot22
Chicago, IL10,936 contributions
Nov 2022 • Business
If you have the time the walk from Tower Bridge to the Eye is awesome. It’s somewhat far but it’s a great walk and you will see a lot of interesting things. I loved it.
Written 18 November 2022
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,588 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Walking along the Thames at South Bank is a pleasant experience on a summer’s day. Lots to see and do, or simply admire the array of things going on around you. Many of London’s iconic attractions are close by so you can easily spend several hours in the area. The shops and cafes are good for a break too.
Written 12 October 2022
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Bluebellknoll000
Edinburgh, UK409 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We had a trip on the London Eye then had a wander about here. There are lots of cute little shops, buskers and eateries. If you turn right (or left) at the skate park, there is a good market tucked away, with loads of amazing stalls and outdoor benches. Would particularly recommend the bibimbap from the Korean stall. It was amazing!
Written 24 September 2022
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Phil B
16 contributions
Aug 2022
I lived in London for 22 years. I worked around the south bank for twelve, and also in Westminster for a further four. I used to enjoy the walk along the south bank of the Thames between Blackfriars and Westminster Bridges.

Not any more.

I visited on Saturday with my partner, who's visually and hearing impaired, and her sister. It was very busy, as might be expected on a summer weekend. The views across the Thames were good, although, like many, I can't help thinking that the skyscrapers built in recent years have not enhanced the skyline of a historic city. The book market under Waterloo Bridge was interesting as always, a good place to pick up an antique map if that's your thing.

But these positives, that have been around for years, were outweighed by some negatives that are more recent developments.

The crowds were part of the problem; the pathways along the side of the river are of differing widths, with shops and attractions in places (like around the Oxo building) that make it difficult to get along, especially two abreast (as you must when helping someone who is disabled).

We stopped at a pub - I won't mention the name, but it has a good view of the river - and had two identical rounds of drinks and some snacks. The drinks came to £22.10 one time and £19.80 another; it's not the first time I've been charged unpredictable prices in a London pub since lockdown, but it's an incentive to steer clear of the touristy ones (which seem to be worse for this). (The same round would have cost about £7 in my local Wetherspoons).

Then there were the cyclists. Parts of the footpath along the south bank are clearly marked - on bollards - as 'no cycling, no e-scooters'; this didn't stop a couple of youths pulling wheelies on that section on Santander rental bikes. When you're helping someone with visual issues in a crowded space that's the last thing you want.

Further along there was a noisy, graffiti-splattered skateboard park. Attractive it wasn't, at least to our eyes (and ears).

The icing on the cake was our attempt to cross York Road, to get back to Waterloo station. Just as we got the 'green man' to cross the pelican crossing , a hoard of perhaps a hundred youths in dark clothes (some masked) came along on cycles, pulling wheelies, shouting abuse at pedestrians - including us - and rode past, completely ignoring the red light, the 'keep left' signs and the fact that there were pedestrians - including my partner wearing a disability badge - on the crossing.

There were no police around to see or attempt to control this, or to help us.

After that experience, will we be happy going back to this part of Central London? Of course not.
Written 29 August 2022
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Birgitta-Kenneth
Solna, Sweden1,232 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Home of the London-Eye with a large number of activities, bars, tivolit, restaurants in the vicinity. Right on the path along the Thames and always a lot of things goung on.
Written 24 August 2022
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Aug 2022 • Couples
Always lovely walking down here. It’s always busy and lively but the atmosphere and buskers are fantastic. I truly think it’s the heart of London
Written 23 August 2022
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Darcey008
Bromley, UK244 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
We visited the Southbank yesterday it’s a lovely area lots going on some nice restaurants and good views but…it’s filthy ! The pavements are dirty badly stained and need a good jet wash it feels like it’s been totally neglected …the stairs to the upper level had glass on both sides which you couldn’t see through it was so dirty …broken and cracked paving slabs and litter …come on London clean it up it’s a disgrace !!
Written 31 July 2022
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Lia P
Colchester, UK4 contributions
Jul 2022
We have always loved the South Bank, I have been going with my family since I was a baby and still go now! Yes it's busy, but not overwhelmingly so. Lots of talented buskers and artists (you will be sure to find a little souvenir to take back) - not to mention the variety of food stalls and restaurants.

If you're ever in London I highly recommend going to the South Bank, you won't regret it!
Written 20 July 2022
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DianeAberdare
Aberdare, UK29 contributions
Jul 2022
on weekends there are lots of different food stalls. a few tables and benches in the middle where you can just sit and enjoy your meal., get a strawberry waffle and lots and lots of different dishes. Good place to chat to others. Great walking down the side of the river., not to be missed
Written 20 July 2022
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Elaine W
Brighton and Hove, UK6 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
The service and food at Marshas! After a lot of walking to be seated by their lovely host, then Jullian being the coolest and friendliest waiter! Was such a perfect end to a great day!! Thanks guys!
Written 2 July 2022
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