Lotti’s day at the Southbank was very action-packed. From skateboarders to sand artists, there’s always so much to see! Home to tons of art, theatre, music and food, it’s impossible not to have a great day out at the Southbank.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to food on the Southbank, with lots of restaurants and cafés to investigate. Take your tastebuds on holiday at wagamama, Yo! Sushi, or the innovative Wahaca built out of refurbished storage containers! Giraffe is an especially great option for kids, or try the café in the Southbank Centre if you fancy grabbing a quick lunch.
The Southbank skate park has always been integral to London’s cultural history, and tons of skateboarders practise there every day. If you’re passing by, take a rest and watch their impressive moves.
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Every summer, the Southbank has a riverside beach on the walk, so your little ones can enjoy building sandcastles and playing while overlooking the Thames. Much cleaner than the actual sand by the Thames, the Riverside Beach brings a little bit of that summer holiday feeling to a day out in London.
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When the weather gets a little bit colder, the legendary Christmas market on the Southbank is the perfect destination to get in the festive mood. With a cup of mulled wine or a warm pretzel in hand, enjoy the magical lights that line the whole of the Southbank. Pick up great Christmas decorations or some hand-crafted presents to go with one of our adorable gift sets.
Showcasing some of the most original and diverse theatre in England, the National Theatre is an excellent place to consider for a night out. The eye-catching building, which overlooks the Thames, is home to 3 theatres, as well as restaurants and a riverside bar.
The Southbank book market is a great place to pick up a well-loved copy of a classic, or find something new and magical to read. If you’re a book-lover, it’s easy to spend hours here, so make sure you take a look!
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Founder’s Arms Café
Not only does the Founder’s Arms have an breathtaking view, its menu offers a range of irresistible food filled with English classics. Whether you simply want a drink whilst taking in the sights or you need a square meal to up your energy to investigate the rest of the Southbank, the Founder’s Arms offers a wide range to satisfy any craving.
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Always hosting exciting exhibitions as well as a huge contemporary art collection, the Tate Modern definitely warrants a visit. Entry is free, while under 12s can get in free at any exhibition. Don’t forget to take kids to the Drawing Bar next to the café, and if you decide to grab a bite to eat, make sure to enjoy the incredible views of the river.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
An iconic London landmark which forms an integral part of the capital’s skyline, St Paul’s is an unmissable attraction. You have to pay for admission, but it’s certainly worth it for the interiors. However, the Cathedral is just as impressive from the outside, so feel free to take in all that glorious architecture for as long as you like.
Floating Dreams installation
This stunning installation by Ik-Joong Kang tells the story of those who fled from North Korea to South Korea during the conflict between the two countries. Presented via 500 drawings, the piece appears to float on the Thames, and offers a significant message as well as a genuinely awe-inspiring sight.
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See if you can spot the incredibly clever works of the assorted artists who draw on the sand by the side of the Thames. Perfectly visible from the Southbank and depicting everything from politicians to dinosaurs, there’s no clue as to when a piece of sand art will show up, but they’re consistently brilliant!