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South Bank is one of those places that people just love. Fact.

In London, south of the River Thames, the atmosphere is relaxed and bohemian. There are a host of fun and exciting things to do in the South Bank, from strolling along the riverside to having a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants or whiling away an afternoon in a museum or theatre. The South Bank is widely seen as London’s cultural heart; a lively hub for creativity, entertainment, and the arts.

Here, you are never far from quirky eateries, fascinating art galleries, and concert halls - The National Film Theatre, The London Eye, and the South Bank Entertainment Centre are just a few! London's Southbank also offers unprecedented public transport access to the rest of the capital. It’s no surprise that the South Bank is a highly desirable tourist and residential location in London. South Bank is located in Central London in zone 1, opposite the City of Westminster; it’s a narrow pedestrianised bank over a mile long by the River Thames. It is a significant tourist district, stretching from the Design Museum in the east to the London Eye in the west.

Wondering how to get to the South Bank? Several major railway stations are within walking distance. The river is also a great means of transport, with piers along the South Bank at the London Eye, Royal Festival Hall, Bankside and London Bridge. A series of bridges also connect the area to the northern bank of the Thames, including the Golden Jubilee and Millennium pedestrian bridges.

Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden are all just 10 minutes’ walk away.
Primary Schools Secondary Schools
Charles Dickens Primary School - Outstanding Oasis Academy South Bank - Outstanding
Oasis Academy Johanna - Good City of London Academy (Southwark) - Good

Jubilee Gardens

The lush green pastures of Jubilee Gardens, was formerly the site of the “Dome of Discovery” and the adjacent “Skylon” during the Festival of Britain in 1951. The Festival was a national exhibition held throughout the UK, organised by the government to give the British a feeling of recovery in the aftermath of war, and the Dome of Discovery was a temporary exhibition. The dome was controversially demolished and its materials sold as scrap, which rather peculiarly was then turned into a series of commemorative paper-knives!

After being left for many years as a derelict site, Jubilee Gardens was subsequently created in 1977 to mark the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The park is the site of a memorial to the casualties of the International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War, especially the British Battalion which took very heavy casualties.

The park is the perfect place to get some of the best shots of the Coca-Cola London Eye, which stands directly before it.

Address: Belvedere Rd, Bishop's, London SE1 7PG
Follow: @jubliee_gardens

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is a world-famous, multi-venue arts centre in London, with a dynamic year-round festivals programme and an inclusive ethos. It is also the UK's largest arts centre, founded with the Festival of Britain in 1951. It's a place where people can experience world-class art and culture that stimulates, inspires, educates and amazes. 

Our festival programme encompasses art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. It reaches 6.25 million people per year, and encompasses more than 5,000 events featuring world-class artists from across the globe.

Address: Belvedere Road; London, SE1
Follow: @southbankcentre

Southbank Food Market

They have a host of new safety measures in place, and have been verified 'Good to Go' by VisitBritain which ensures that they are following all Government and Industry Covid-19 Guidelines.
Southbank Centre Food Market offers fantastic street food, a great range of beers, wines and cocktails, delicious coffee, tea and sweet treats – with a selection of fresh produce to take home, and guest traders each week.

All  stallholders are committed to providing food that bursts with fresh, vibrant flavours, inspired by cuisines from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. No wonder it is one of London’s top food destinations.

Address: Belvedere Rd London SE1 8XX 
Follow: @southbankcentre

The Tate Modern

Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world is housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames. The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see amazing work for free by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, DalÍ­, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.

Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Follow: @tate 


Skylon serves up modern British cuisine bringing a seasonal contemporary approach to the kitchen. The restaurant offers stunning views over the Thames from its position on the third floor of the Royal Festival Hall.

Skylon takes its name from the iconic structure that was built on the South Bank for the 1951 Festival of Britain. It's design echoes the style of the Royal Festival Hall during the same period with some contemporary touches, such as the uniquely designed chandeliers and surfaces of bronze, walnut and slate.

As of July 2020, it has a brand new outdoor bar! Seating up to 80 on the terrace, you can now take in the views of the South Bank from Skylon's very own terrace. Please note, tables outside will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Address: Belvedere Rd, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX
Follow: @skylonrestaurant

OXO Tower

Drawing in Londoners for over two decades, OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie is an iconic landmark on London’s South Bank, comprising three venues on the eighth floor of the OXO Tower. Guests can take in the unparalleled views of St Paul’s and the city’s skyline while enjoying seasonal British food, afternoon tea or cocktails.

Featuring an expansive garden terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows, OXO is a place for celebration. With a focus on flavour, provenance and high-quality produce and a wine list of over 800 wines, it offers a dining experience to celebrate an array of occasions.

Address: Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
Follow: @oxo_tower

Eight Casson Square

Located at the heart of the capital’s cultural district, Eight Casson Square offers a lifestyle like no other, with a vibrant mix of arts, entertainment, active outdoor space and lively restaurants right on the doorstep. Westminster, the City and the West End are all within walking distance, while Waterloo’s Underground/Overground stations connect you to the rest of the city and beyond. Residents can access Waterloo station without even leaving the building, via a brand-new station entrance-foyer within the tower.

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