The South Bank is right in the heart of London and gives you an incredible view of some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge, whilst also being a hub for arts, culture and many activities suitable for any member of the family. For anyone staying in Hotels in central London, the London South Bank is only a twenty minute walk from Piccadilly Circus Square and there you will find everything you need to enjoy an afternoon, whether it is a theatre performance, a film, a great restaurant or iconic London attraction.
The London Dungeons used to be situated next to County Hall near London Bridge station but recently changed location to County Hall next to the London Eye, making it directly on the South Bank with Waterloo being the nearest station. The London Dungeon celebrates London’s macabre history, taking visitors on an interactive tour exploring legends such as Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. You also get a chance to explore the history of the black plague and Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot, all led by actors playing characters such as The Judge and The Executioner. There are also exhilarating rides to embark on, making this one of the most interactive historical experiences out there.
The National Theatre was founded in 1963 and is currently based on London’s South Bank after moving from its previous location at the Old Vic Theatre. The National Theatre is dedicated to the promotion of Biriths Theatre old and new and has several plays performed daily, aimed at many different age ranges. This year sees the likes of Bryan Cranston take the stage in an adaptation of the American Film Network, whilst Shakespeare’s works are often performed at the Theatre. The Theatre is also dedicated to the teaching of theatre and education in theatre, constantly finding ways to make it accessible to the general public and therefore a great place to visit for some true British Culture and an entertaining night out for any guests at the Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington and beyond.
British Film Institute
The British Film Institute is located next to the National Theatre on the South Bank and like the National Theatre has its own terrace bar and restaurant where you can sit and relax next to the River Thames if the weather permits. If the weather isn’t holding up then you can watch one fot he amny films held within the futuristic BFI building. The BFI is responsible for the archiving of international films and the works of film makers whilst also being a place of learning and a central hub for film festivals all year round, including the BFI Flare Festival and the London Film Festival. Film tickets are cheap, and range from new releases to old gems.
The London Eye is one of the best ways to see London from high up. The stunning vista you gain from one of the 36 ovoid capsules is brilliant, and gives you enough time to spot many London landmarks, and beyond. The wheel takes about half an hour to complete an entire revolution and, if you’ve never visited the city before, is a great way to get your bearings and really appreciate the magnitude of the city.
Restaurants and shops
Alongside the South Bank Skate Park, you can find many book stalls, restaurants, bars and shops along the South Bank. All have indoor and outdoor seating areas which mean that you can adapt to the unpredictable London weather. Places of interest include a large Foyles Bookshop, a Wahacas bar and restaurant and the Terrace Restaurant.