I often visit the smallest of the Southbank Centre concert halls to see new artists perform. It has excellent acoustics for chamber music, and is an intimate setting for chamber recitals. This is the place to hear young performers who have won some major competitions. It gives them the opportunity to perform in a prestigious venue.
The South Bank is a beautiflul area to explore along the river with restaurants, theatres, cinemas and market stalls.
There's a wonderful market, bookshops, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, the London Eye - literally everything you could possibly want. Great for kids too.
Mooch around Southbank, there's galleries, food markets and places to eat and drink. Plus take in the sights of the London eye and the Thames.
Theatres, concert halls and a cutting edge art gallery presenting over 1200 events each year.
The South Bank is one of the best cutural areas in London, well worth a stroll along the river.
“The BFI IMAX is an IMAX cinema in the South Bank district of London, just north of Waterloo station. It is owned by the British Film Institute and since July 2012 has been operated by Odeon Cinemas. The BFI London IMAX is the largest cinema screen in Britain. It measures 26m by 20m with a total screen size of 520m². The auditorium seats 485.”
“London’s best contemporary art gallery has plenty of interactive activities for kids. It’s inside the former Bankside Power Station and younger kids can run around the vast Turbine Hall. Kids aged 3 and older can sketch their own masterpieces at the Bloomberg digital drawing bar and then have their art projected onto the gallery’s walls. The Sonic Trails app is especially designed to take kids on sound journey through the gallery, while the Tate Kids Collection Case is a scavenger-hunt-like exploration of the Materials and Objects display. (1 restaurant) ages: 3+ tube: Blackfriars of Southwark open: Daily 10:00 to 18:00 costs: Kids under 12 get free access to all exhibitions; adults pay for special exhibitions only”
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“This giant ferris wheel offers fantastic views of greater London. It takes 30 minutes to go around and the wheel moves at such a calm speed it’s not scary for any ages. Passengers are completely enclosed in air conditioned and heated glass pods that fit 25 people. ages: 3+ tube: Waterloo or Westminster open: Daily 10:00 to 20:30 most of the year, 10:00 to 18:00 much of the winter (check website for specific dates). Closed for yearly maintenance in January. costs: Standard ticket is £24.30 for adults, £19.80 for kids 3 to 15. £33.30 adults, £28.20 kids for Fast Track tickets to bypass queues. Booking online saves up to 15% on all tickets”
“If you are a fan of classic or contemporary films then head to BFI. Grab a bite to eat the the restaurant there before hand, they do pre-cinema deals.”