Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre
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Convention CentresTheatre & Performances
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre in the midst of London's vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. This includes Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery. We also curate the outdoor spaces along the riverfront and around our venues, providing free art for millions of people every year.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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The area
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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
  • Embankment • 5 min walk
  • Waterloo • 5 min walk
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HelpfulAngel
Atlanta, GA1,227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Loved this Christmas market, from the decor, to the live music, to the smells wafting from all the food vendors, mulled wine, hot whiskey (something I had never tried before) hot apple cider, hot chocolate....Everything was delicious and kept you warm and toasty as you looked at all the stalls. After that you can take a walk by the harbor and look at the London eye and the boats and happy people. Loved the atmosphere and the spirit of Christmas here!
Written 14 December 2023
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Jacqui O
Bermuda16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Although the location is lovely, the decorations were beautiful, the food options were plentiful and smelled amazing, there was almost no stalls for Christmas shopping - so I think calling this a “Market” is a bit misleading.
Written 1 December 2023
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Andrew Niznik
United Kingdom74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We went to this shopping centre as it had a girrafe restaurant.I genuinely just thought it was a restaurant and shopping hub.It went so above our expectations.I soon realised it was on the site of the Royal festival hall art gallery and concert hall.It was lovely to see that they kept the original buildings there but modernised it.It was a really nice thing to see there are also so many restaurants to choose from and a couple of shops too.They even had a splash waterfall for people.They even had a top cafe too.They also had a skate park,funfair and Just at the back of the London eye.They even have Shreck’s adventure and sea life nearby.They also have a BFI IMAX cinema nearby.They’re also is a Thames clippers stop right outside girrafe which is very convenient.They also have the millennium bridge which you can walk down to acsess Charring cross station (national rail)and Embankment(northern,district and circle line),they also have Waterloo at the other end which is served by northern,jubilee,Waterloo and city and bakerloo lines.I would highly recommend you visit this shopping centre.
Written 17 August 2023
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LindaL502
London, UK1,588 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Tried to take an autistic family member to a family-friendly event, but discovered that tablets (and even books!) are banned after 5pm, apparently to encourage people to socialise and "have fun!" My family member needs to use a tablet as a disability access aid to cope with crowds, she's fine once the event starts, but needs a tablet to cope with waiting in the foyer as the foyer is extremely crowded.

It's shameful to ban autistic people from using tablets. How does that help anyone? An autistic person sitting quietly in the corner of a cafe using a tablet silently literally does not affect anyone.

Their website even says that you're not even allowed to read a book or use their phone during the interval because their building is dedicated to "socialising and fun", not sure what they expect single concert-goers to do during intervals?
Written 1 June 2023
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Ben C
Inglesbatch, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
My wife and I ,both elderly, booked to go to the Festival Hall but for covid and railstrike reasons we couldn't. All attempts to get a refund were rebuffed including a letter to the Chief Executive which was just passed to customer services. We have received a voucher to use at the Festival Hall and, though it is not what we want we are grateful. Getting to London from where we are based is a major and expensive exercise however and we need to plan well ahead. But attempts to get coherent information about each venue has proved very difficult. Customer Service has been poor.
Customers should be fully conscious of the potential difficulties if they have any possibility of cancellation. The Siuthbank Centre is not willing to be understanding or flexible.
Written 23 March 2023
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Heliks O
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Southbank Centre is one of my favourite places in London - everything about it: the outdoor atmosphere with the book sellers, the skateboarders, the outdoor art installations, the open-air market in winter or people walking & chatting along the Thames on a sunny day in summer. It's rare to have a big indoor space in London where you can grab a tea at night, or sit and chat quietly. Free exhibitions and community events are worth checking out as well.
Written 24 February 2023
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worldcitizen
104 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
If I did not experienced it, I would not believe the total cahos and poor choices that Southbanks did for the firework event. Security was arranged last minute with random staff at the gates that were not indicated and opened late. Zero information given to the crowd, at entrance there was no bag check for security concerns, a supervisor instructed the agents in front of line of people waiting “ no bag check, but make sure that they have no alcoholic beverages because the restaurants need to make money”…so people could have potentially bring a gun in, as long as did not have a bottle of beer. The area allocated to the paying guests was in front of the train bridge that blocked most of London Eye. The worst event management yet
Written 2 January 2023
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RobboFood
Stafford, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We recently attended the Southbank Center to see the Off Menu: The Christmas Dinner Party
and had a great experience. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and we were able to quickly get served at the bar without any issues. The atmosphere was also very good, with a lively and engaged audience.

Overall, we would highly recommend the Southbank Center for any performance.
Written 26 December 2022
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Leeder47
Duffield, UK460 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Met the family to watch Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol.
The Elizabeth Hall venue is excellent, with comfortable seating & a good choice of drinks for the interval. An excellent choice for a show.
Written 17 December 2022
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Arnold G
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
I used to be a member of this historical building,But am afraid they offer absolutely nothing for your annual membership,the staff have appalling manners,who do not emphasise for individual needs,such as my autistic 6yr old daughter at the time,as she is nearly 11 now,and when they have different functions,the never ever approach members,if we would like to contribute to talks on various seminars,I will like to have a meeting with the people in charge of this historical building,to try to get these peoples mindset to come out of the draconian time's that they still stuck in
Written 26 November 2022
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