A locals' guide to South Bank
"Nothing screams London more than the South Bank, the capital's bustling epicentre..."James Glen
"The buzz around Waterloo really gives you the vibrant London vibe..."Thomas Holmes
"There's plenty of attractions along South Bank to be explored..."Thomas Holmes
Where do South Bank locals go?
Bateaux London Cruises
A great way to see London with a variety of different cruises along the Thames. You can even opt for Sunday lunch whilst listening to a live jazz band!
Submitted by Alina
A yearly festival on the South Bank celebrating London's creative culture - music, comedy, food and so much more!
Submitted by Daisy
Very impressive meat dishes cooked in a proper American smoker. The ribs are fantastic!
Submitted by Sarah-Jane
Where better to view some of the country's modern art than along the South Bank.
Submitted by Alex
Ting at the Shangri-La
On the 35th floor of the Shard, Ting delivers the astonishing views that you would expect. What I didn't expect was the incredible food that was pretty good value for money - £55 for four mouth-watering courses and the prettiest dessert I've ever seen!
Submitted by Rachel
The Thirsty Bear
The only pub where you can pull your own pints from your table! Every table also has its own iPad from which you can order drinks and food - the novelty will never wear off!
Submitted by Rosie
The View From the Shard
A really nice afternoon out if you are new to London, have visitors or just want something to do one day. Amazing uninterrupted views over London and on a clear day you can see for over 30 miles!
Submitted by Hollie
The best coffee on a bridge! They also sell delicious cocktails and food too.
Submitted by Stuart
Tate Modern Kitchen & Bar
Nothing quite like sitting down with a cold, crisp glass of wine after a stroll along the south bank. The bar on the 6th floor of Tate Modern also comes with one of the best views in town AND the added benefit of supporting a fantastic arts institution. Later weekend opening times make this a great place to watch the sunset.
Submitted by Rachel
Neal's Yard Dairy
Sourcing and selling the best of British and Irish cheeses. Make sure you check out Neal's Yard Dairy when you're wandering through Borough Market.
Submitted by John
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Whilst there have been many new entries into the London burger market, GBK remains a firm favourite. The Don burger is a thing of beauty!
Submitted by Dan
Wahaca's Mexican Street Kitchen
Enjoy a burrito and a beer at this Mexican street kitchen on the Southbank, just outside the Royal Festival Hall! Arriba!
Submitted by Dan
Flat Iron Square
An outdoor food and entertainment venue under the railway arches in Bankside.
Submitted by Kristina
An industrial, but welcoming bar and restaurant hidden behind Tate Modern.
Submitted by Stephen
Why do you find South Bank a great place to live?
"The vibrant atmosphere, walking along the river to Gabriel's wharf, Waterloo sunsets, best transport connections, always something new to look at around the Royal Festival Hall, the real food market. IMAX cinema. New apartments being built at Doon Street and Shell Centre and South Bank Tower, so more people will be able to live and enjoy the area. Property prices will double in 5years."
"Close to everything, fantastic transport links, central London living at its best!"
What do you like about South Bank?
Did you know?
"By Westminster Bridge, there is a doorway on the plinth which holds the South Bank Lion. In the Bond film, Die Another Day, this leads to a fictional tube station called Vauxhall Cross housing Q's workshop!"
Explore South Bank
Child-friendly activities near South Bank
Our Teacher's A TrollRoundabout Theatre
Paines Plough and Half Moon present a family comedy in Paines Plough's award-winning pop-up theatre, Roundabout. Two terrible twins with a talent for turmoil rule their school with terror and tyranny - until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp fangs and a long spiky tail. Website
Up Club-Drop InThe Unicorn Theatre
Join the Unicorn Play Club for free drop-in activities from portrait painting and potato printing to giant jenga and more! Just turn up to join. Website
Mini Mozart- Babies and Toddlers Concert and ClassSt-Martin-in-the-Fields
Although you are welcome to book your baby into his/her older sibling's class, if like us, you were crazy enough to have two kids close together, we have another option for you. At some venues we offer a specific mixed Babies & Toddlers class where babies enjoy the class with their adults and the older sibling interacts with the teacher. (0 - 4 yrs) Packed with piano & percussion, bursting with Bach & bubbles, and flush with fairy tales and flutes. Website
Magic Carpet Storytelling Sundayshome in Bloomsbury, Central London or I can travel within London
Let your under 5s be entertained and informed about different paintings at the National Gallery every Sunday in their Magic Carpet Storytelling workshops. A great way for them to learn and have fun!
Rhyme TimeCharing Cross Library
What a hidden gem this rhyme time is ... and it is going to get better. Robin Martin brings her wonderful voice and entertainment talents to the Charing Cross rhyme time in addition to the Wednesday session at the Mayfair library. Robin definitely adds West End panache to the Under Fives library sessions. Under 5's Website
Object ConversationsImperial War Museum London
Explore objects from the collections and see they connect with iconic objects on display in the new atrium and Terraced Galleries. Feel the weight of a shrapnel piece from the First World War and come to grips with real objects from the museum's collections.
Seven Dials Under 5s Stay and PlayCovent Garden Community Centre/ Seven Dials Club
Organised by local parents. In the Mercer Room at Covent Garden Community Centre. Large private room, toys provided Website
About South Bank
The South Bank is an area of Central London,located immediately adjacent to the south bank of the River Thames. It forms a long and narrow section of riverside development within the London Borough of Lambeth and the London Borough of Southwark. The South Bank stretches two square miles (5 square kilometres) along the southern bank of the River Thames. The western section is in the London Borough of Lambeth and the eastern section is in the London Borough of Southwark. The area is hemmed in between the river to the north and the viaducts of the approaches to Waterloo, Charing Cross, Cannon Street and London Bridge railway stations to the south.
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