4 things you need to do around the South Bank
Just a few steps away from the bright lights of the West End, the South Bank is a vibrant cultural centre of London, with the Southbank Centre alone welcoming over six million attendees each year. Right beside the River Thames, tourists and locals can walk past some of the largest theatres in the capital, as well as smaller, cabaret productions that take place as part of the Underbelly Festival. With plenty to see and do close by to the river, don’t miss out on your chance for a live experience like no other on the South Bank.
South Bank activities you need to experience
See a show at the National Theatre
A beating heart of the artistic nation, productions at the National Theatre are at the cutting edge of theatre today. With a regularly-changing line-up of shows throughout the year, there really is something for everyone at the National.
Circus 1903 at the Royal Festival Hall
Experience the weird, wild and wonderful at Circus 1903, returning to the Southbank Centre this Christmas. From contortionists and high-wire trapeze artists to jugglers and puppet elephants. Turning the Royal Festival Hall into a big top for just three weeks at the end of 2019, don’t miss your chance to see this circus production coming into town once more, with dangerous acts from all corners of the globe coming to London.
Witness for the Prosecution
The first production to be staged inside the unique setting of London County Hall, Witness for the Prosecution is one of two Agatha Christie whodunnits in the West End, along with The Mousetrap. As you take your ringside court seat in the specially-designed auditorium, you’ll follow the trial of Leonard Vole as he’s charged with the murder of Emily French. When Leonard’s wife takes to the stand, will she testify for or against her husband? Filled with unexpected twists and turns, decide whether Leonard Vole will walk free at Witness for the Prosecution and see if you can crack the case.
Coca-Cola London Eye River Cruise
As well as the variety of shows and events available, the South Bank is also home to some of the country’s famed and most recognisable attractions, including the London Eye. Offering passengers the chance to see a panoramic view of up to 25 miles from central London, see the capital from great heights. Once you’ve stepped off the London Eye, see the city from the River Thames onboard a river cruise, with a tour guide providing insightful knowledge and commentary about the city’s history, geography and culture. If you’re wanting to fill a trip to the South Bank with adventure and excitement, you’ll want to go on a Coca-Cola London Eye River Cruise.
Want to spend even more time cruising down the River Thames? Check out our guide that’s filled with the best ways to see London while on the water.