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Golden Hinde II

Golden Hinde II

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

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.

Konditor & Cook

Konditor & Cook

They have a few stores around, but this is the best. Curly Whirly cake is the food stuff of legends, the most chocolatey chocolate cake ever!

London Grind

London Grind

The best coffee on a bridge! They also sell delicious cocktails and food too.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

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

The Thirsty Bear

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!

Tate Modern Kitchen & Bar

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.

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!

The Refinery

The Refinery

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

Olivelli

Olivelli

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

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.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

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!

Ting at the Shangri-La

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!

Mercato Metropolitano

Mercato Metropolitano

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

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

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

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Borough, City, Elephant and Castle, Covent Garden, Barbican, Kennington, Holborn, West End, Westminster and Clerkenwell

"On 25th June 2001, a dolphin was spotted in the Thames swimming as far as Blackfriars Bridge."

For me the Southbank is one of the finest places to take a stroll in the whole of the city.

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

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There's plenty of attractions along South Bank to be explored...

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  1. Southwark is home to London Bridge station for easy access to anywhere, and the attractions of The Shard, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and Borough Market promote different cultures from all over the world. Steeped in history with butlers wharf as well as one of the largest universities of Europe in Kings College. With amazing views of Tower Bridge every night, i can't think of anywhere else in the world I would rather be right now.

  2. Eclectic mix of residential, commercial & cultural facilities. No need for cars, walk along the Southbank & take in the finest views of the capital, ie St. Pauls, Westminster, The London Eye, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, National Theatre & of course the beautiful Thames River winding it's round to the City & beyond. Experience London at it's best.

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Child-friendly activities near Southwark

Our Teacher's A Troll

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

Crazy Chimps

Crazy Chimps
Go ape and be pampered at Crazy Chimps in Kennington - an indoor playzone, café and beauty salon for kids (and adults!) Crazy Chimps has play areas and equipment suitable for little ones between the ages of three months to 13 years old. And there's something for all sizes with the castle, slide, swings, trampoline, ball pit, educational play equipment and touch-screen games. There are further facilities for arts and crafts, a cinema, disco and indoor entrainment room, and, if it all gets a bit too much, there's even a quiet reading area with iPads for everyone to use. 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.

NCT SE1 Bumps and Babes Group

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Bumps and Babes groups are informal get togethers which are there to help parents to meet one another in a local venue. Anyone is welcome to come to a Bumps and Babes group. You don't have to be a NCT member. Website

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

Mini Moles babies group

Museum of London Shop
Learn, play and explore together. Website

Little Moles toddlers group

Museum of London Shop
This is a fun session for children who are walking-5 years and their carers and involves hands-on creative activities, exploring the galleries, songs, stories and refreshments. Website

About Southwark

Southwark is a district of London, and the administrative headquarters of the London Borough of Southwark. Situated 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Charing Cross, it forms one of the oldest parts of central London and fronts the River Thames to the north. It historically formed an ancient borough in the county of Surrey, made up of a number of parishes, which increasingly came under the influence and jurisdiction of the City of London. As an inner district of London, Southwark experienced rapid depopulation during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Borough is generally an area of mixed development, with council estates, major office developments, social housing and high value residential gated communities side by side with each other.

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