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Tate Modern

Tate Modern

Where better to view some of the country's modern art than along the South Bank.

Porky's

Porky's

Very impressive meat dishes cooked in a proper American smoker. The ribs are fantastic!

The Refinery

The Refinery

An industrial, but welcoming bar and restaurant hidden behind Tate Modern.

Udderbelly Festival

Udderbelly Festival

A yearly festival on the South Bank celebrating London's creative culture - music, comedy, food and so much more!

Olivelli

Olivelli

A cheap and cheerful Italian serving the cheesiest lasagne in London!

Golden Hinde II

Golden Hinde II

Is there anything more English than Morris dancing in front of Sir Francis Drake's galleon!?

Toulouse Lautrec

Toulouse Lautrec

Live music and great food!

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

Not a bad way to start your day with breakfast at the Shard!

Bateaux London Cruises

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!

The Young Vic

The Young Vic

A small theatre where all the seating has good angles. Reasonable ticket prices and performances by extremely talented people. There is also a food and drink area.

Wahaca's Mexican Street Kitchen

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!

POTUS Bar & Restaurant

POTUS Bar & Restaurant

A modern new bar located on the Albert Embankment. It offers modern interiors with fantastic music, great vibes and a place to go for after work drinks. Located in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, it comprises of great American food and cocktails inspired by past American presidents, hence the name POTUS (President of the United States)

Neal's Yard Dairy

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.

Mercato Metropolitano

Mercato Metropolitano

The food and the vibe.. Urban Farmers Market & street food supremo!

The Clink Prison Museum

The Clink Prison Museum

Set on the site of one of England's oldest prisons, this museum is a great day out for all the family!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Southwark, Borough, Elephant and Castle, Kennington, City, Covent Garden, Walworth, Westminster, Barbican and Holborn

"One of London's most popular markets, Borough food market is open to the public from Wednesday through to Saturday, can trace its history back to the eleventh century, but in 1754, it had got so big and congested, that Parliament decreed to abolish it. A year later, some local residents acquired an alternative location nearby and it started up again."

An absolute foodie's dream...stock up or just treat yourself to some great street food from the finest suppliers!

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The regeneration of the Lambeth area is continuing at a pace...keep your eye on this part of London.

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There are some fantastic properties in Elephant & Castle like those in Strata SE1 that have amazing views!

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Roundabout 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

The Grove Dad's Group (1st Sat of month)

The Grove Children and Family Centre
Are you a first time dad or are you a dad of many? Come along for a session of fun with your little ones, breakfast included. Date: First Saturday of every month Website

Object Conversations

Imperial 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.

Up Club-Drop In

The 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

Music Club


After a warm up together, each week includes a singing session, a drumming session and a tuned percussion and/or guitar session for every child in a smaller group, before coming back together for whole group singing or playing at the end of the session. This allows children to explore breathing and vocal techniques, rhythm work, instruments (especially percussion), working as a group and individually, listening skills, improvisation and composition. Website

New Mum New You

All Saints Community Centre
A 12-week programme combining post-natal exercise with nutrition tips for mum and baby​. Website

Parent and toddler group

Tate South Lambeth library
n active session for parents & toddlers to participate in during term time. Website

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