South Bank
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South Bank is a beautiful riverside stretch in the heart of London featuring the London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Hayward Gallery, the British Film Institute (BFI) and the London Dungeon, as well as top hotels, shopping and dining destinations. Located within walking distance of Covent Garden, Westminster and Bankside, it is the perfect location for a relaxing stroll by the river or for an evening of world-class entertainment. Known as the cultural heart of London, a packed programme of art, theatre, exhibitions, music, film and free events, make South Bank an inspiring place to explore. South Bank is a wonderful corner of central London to spend time outdoors with its beautiful riverside promenade, the Jubilee Gardens park, Ernie's Beach (one of central London's last remaining publically accessible tidal beaches) and dozens of open-air restaurants and cafes to enjoy.
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Neighbourhood: Southbank
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.
How to get there
  • Waterloo • 3 min walk
  • Southwark • 6 min walk
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  • thara r
    Epsom, United Kingdom398 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heya
    Heya. All of it. I spent the entire day here today. You will need at least two solid hours in order to look at everything on offer as well. Make sure to take lots of good photos too. Walk around and appreciate the entire area. Buy nice food from one of the many different street food stalls in addition. Also alternatively have Chinese dim sum. Visit the mini stalls on top of that. Try to see if you can go on the London Eye. Rent a river boat. Then make your way to the cinema. All in all a really good day out.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 June 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,913 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist Locale
    The South Bank of London was first regenerated in the 1950's with the Festival of Britain. This led to the construction of the Royal Festival Hall which is still used for concerts to this day. After the closure of County Hall this was repurposed and now houses the Sea Life Centre and also a McDonalds. Further downstream the Globe Theatre was built to recreate the original location where William Shakespeare's plays can now be seen. There is also the Tate Modern art gallery which is free to enter and is on the site of a former power station. Right outside it is the Millennium Bridge which will take you over the River Thames to St Paul's Cathedral. When this Bridge first opened in 2000 it was known as the Wibbly Wobbly Bridge as when people were crossing it was moving and people felt ill. Following closure these issues were resolved. These are just some of the bigger attractions on the South Bank of the Thames. There are plenty of other things to see. It is pedestrianised so safe to walk but watch out for people on e-scooters. Highly recommended for entertainment and views.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 July 2023
  • holidayhoney65
    Chessington, United Kingdom1,459 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy, bustling area a short walk from Waterloo with lots to see and do
    Busy, bustling area on the river a short walk from Waterloo station with loads of bars, restaurants, street food and things to see and do including the london eye, festival hall, sea life, boat trips, street entertainers to name a few. You can easy spend a few hours here stopping for drinks, food, do an activity or just watch the world go by. Defiantly worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
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travelbug
South Carolina117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This area of London is bustling with people. Lots of shops, attractions, museums, restaurants and green spaces. A wonderful way to spend the day.
Written 13 May 2024
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Stephanie C
Mundelein, IL2,252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Great place to walk along the south bank. You’ll find food, boat rides and beautiful scenery. Even in the rain I enjoyed people watching while drinking tea.
Written 24 November 2023
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Claire F
Farnham, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Fantastic service from William and great food. Catered flawlessly for allergies
Thankyou - will come again!
Written 24 October 2023
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holidayhoney65
Chessington, UK1,459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Busy, bustling area on the river a short walk from Waterloo station with loads of bars, restaurants, street food and things to see and do including the london eye, festival hall, sea life, boat trips, street entertainers to name a few. You can easy spend a few hours here stopping for drinks, food, do an activity or just watch the world go by. Defiantly worth a visit.
Written 30 July 2023
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The South Bank of London was first regenerated in the 1950's with the Festival of Britain. This led to the construction of the Royal Festival Hall which is still used for concerts to this day.

After the closure of County Hall this was repurposed and now houses the Sea Life Centre and also a McDonalds.

Further downstream the Globe Theatre was built to recreate the original location where William Shakespeare's plays can now be seen.

There is also the Tate Modern art gallery which is free to enter and is on the site of a former power station.

Right outside it is the Millennium Bridge which will take you over the River Thames to St Paul's Cathedral. When this Bridge first opened in 2000 it was known as the Wibbly Wobbly Bridge as when people were crossing it was moving and people felt ill. Following closure these issues were resolved.

These are just some of the bigger attractions on the South Bank of the Thames. There are plenty of other things to see. It is pedestrianised so safe to walk but watch out for people on e-scooters.

Highly recommended for entertainment and views.
Written 26 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

thara r
Epsom, UK398 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Heya. All of it. I spent the entire day here today. You will need at least two solid hours in order to look at everything on offer as well. Make sure to take lots of good photos too. Walk around and appreciate the entire area. Buy nice food from one of the many different street food stalls in addition. Also alternatively have Chinese dim sum. Visit the mini stalls on top of that. Try to see if you can go on the London Eye. Rent a river boat. Then make your way to the cinema. All in all a really good day out.
Written 24 June 2023
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Deb W
Reno, NV2,462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Our hotel was on this side of the river. The area along the Thames was always crowded with people. So much to do in this area.
Written 21 May 2023
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Steve
Clacton-on-Sea, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We are lucky to be able to visit London many times only 1.5 hours from our home, we often go for the day, Its a must go walk, no cost lots of places to see, well worth a visit
Written 31 March 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN4,967 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Located on the south bank of the Thames between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge. This highly touristed area is best known for the London Eye but is also the location of the Royal Festival Hall and is the start of the scenic South Bank Walking Path that stretches all along the river to Tower Bridge and provides great views across the Thames. There are usually street performers present and many places to sit and take in the sights and sounds of this busy area.
Written 6 February 2023
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA20,177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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