Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Southbank Centre

Enjoy a range of cultural events on show by the River Thames at one of the largest centers of art in the world.

The Southbank Center sits on the lively south bank of the River Thames and is one of the most significant centers devoted to the arts in Europe. It claims to be one of the largest arts centers of its kind in the world, boasting three vast buildings. The complex consists of the Hayward Gallery, the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall among other important spaces. Thousands of performances ranging from theater and music productions to literature readings take place in these halls annually. There are many temporary art exhibitions throughout the year.

See theatrical events in one of the halls. Listen to live music and watch dance displays. Some of the activities are free for the public and ticketed events usually offer special prices for children. Watch one of the events for kids, such as junior comedy clubs, singing time and magician shows. 

Peruse the Hayward Gallery, which is home to small exhibitions by budding artists throughout the year. Have a look around the Saison Poetry Library and its special collection of children’s books. 

Buy a snack at the Real Food Market, which is on from Friday until Sunday every week. Dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés around the center.

The complex dates back to the Festival of Britain in the 1950s. The event was designed to showcase the country’s recovery from World War II. The Royal Festival Hall is still standing from the original festival. The center now attracts about 22 million visitors each year. The halls open in the morning and close late at night every day.

You can find the Southbank Center in the middle of the South Bank area by the River Thames. Take the London Underground to Embankment then cross the Hungerford Bridge or make the 5-minute walk from Waterloo Station. Nearby attractions include the London Eye and the Sea Life London Aquarium.


Guide to Exploring Southbank Centre


Map

Top Hotel Deals

See all 2,873 Hotels near Southbank Centre
£134
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London
4.4
of 5, from 2,909 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This fantastic new hotel is located on the South Bank, near London Eye. Waterloo and Westminster stations are within 5 minutes walk, making easier to travel and ideal choice for city break or business trip.

£125
The Strand Palace Hotel

The Strand Palace Hotel

372 The Strand, London
3.9
of 5, from 2,563 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from London Transport Museum and Covent Garden Market. King's College London and Royal Opera House are also within 10 minutes.

£134
Park Plaza County Hall London

Park Plaza County Hall London

1 Addington Street, London
4.4
of 5, from 1,299 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The hotel is perfectly located on the vibrant South Bank, by Westminster Bridge overlooking the River Thames and is within walking distance of many of the city’s most famous attractions including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Being just 2 minutes away from London Waterloo station, Park Plaza County Hall London is the ideal choice for a London visit, whether it is for business or leisure.

£157
Mondrian London

Mondrian London

20 Upper Ground, London
4.6
of 5, from 301 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lambeth, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal National Theatre, Tate Modern, and Southbank Centre. London Eye and St. Paul's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.

£106
Park Plaza London Waterloo

Park Plaza London Waterloo

6 Hercules Road, London
4.5
of 5, from 348 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lambeth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florence Nightingale Museum, The Vaults, and Imperial War Museum. Old Vic and Southbank Centre Book Market are also within 10 minutes.

£107
Marlin Waterloo

Marlin Waterloo

111 Westminster Bridge Road, London
4.3
of 5, from 101 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lambeth, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Imperial War Museum, London Eye, and London Dungeon. Sea Life London Aquarium and Southbank Centre are also within 15 minutes.

£108
Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square

Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square

8 Northumberland Ave, London
4.2
of 5, from 837 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of London, this hotel is within walking distance of Benjamin Franklin House, Trafalgar Square, and Nelson's Column. Also nearby are Big Ben and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

£102
Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo

Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo

157 Waterloo Road, London
4.5
of 5, from 837 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lambeth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Imperial War Museum and Royal National Theatre. London Eye and London Dungeon are also within 15 minutes.