The South Bank London has to be one of the most entertaining and fascinating parts of Modern London. It used to be a dark run down place full of criminals and ladies of the night hundreds of years ago. Now it has been transformed into a place of entertainment and the hub of local London Political Power.
Over the last 30 years the whole of the South bank has been rejuvenated with many new exciting modern buildings emerging such as Europe's tallest building, The Shard.
There are so many things to do for the any visitor that it is simply impossible to list them all here. what i will do though is highlight the best, the most unusual and the ones I love best.
Museums in the south bank london area
The Clink Prison Museum - Discover the gruesome prison from Dickens days.
Design Museum - Everything from the humble telephone to out of this world lamp shades.
Fashion and textile Museum - Glamour and style the U.K. way.
Florence Nightingale Museum - Nursing and the story of the lady with the lamp.
Imperial War Museum - British conflicts from the 19th century.
Museum of Garden History - Housed in a beautiful medieval church.
Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret Museum - A real life 18th century teaching theatre.
Film Museum - Movies and props
Kirkaldy Machine Museum - A giant pumping machine from a bygone age.
Cuming Museum - Local history museum
Royal Pharmaceutical Museum - The origins if medicine.
Contemporary Applied Arts - Gallery showcasing contemporary ceramics, glass, textiles and jewellery.Address;89 Southwark Street, SE1 0HX
Jubilee Gardens (next to the London Eye)
A new green space for London with park land, flower beds and modern playground.
Southwark Cathedral (London Bridge)
This area has been a place of Christian worship for over 1,000 years.
Architecture Foundation (Ground Floor East, 136–148 Tooley St)
Various exhibitions and events take place throughout the year.
A historic Wharf built between in 1871 used as a shipping and warehouse complex. It is now luxury flats and restaurants and the name given to the surrounding area. It overlooks London Bridge and St Katharine Docks.
The Old Vic Theatre - The Cut, London SE1
One of the best loved theatres in the world. The building is 192 years old and has a rich history of great theatre performances which continues today.
The most famous publicly funded British theatre companies. Housed in the South bank center buildings next to the Thames.
BFI IMAX - 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, Waterloo
The biggest screen in Britain. A luxury 500 seat cinema.
London Duck Tours - (Chicheley Street) - James Bond and D-Day Tours.
Tours lasts around 75 minutes.
Tate Modern (Bankside)
Gallery for modern art housed in a huge old riverside warehouse on south bank london
Shakespeares Globe (21 New Globe Walk, Bankside)
A exhibition space dedicated to Shakespeare's work and the theatre where his work was commissioned for.
London Eye ( Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road)
Take a trip on London's newest and most tourist attraction. See London from the air in the comfort of a glass pod.
A center for the arts including theatre, music concerts, exhibition galleries and more. A place to relax, shop and eat alongside the River Thames.
There are many free public spaces and often there are impromptu free music performances to enjoy.
Sea Life London Aquarium (County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road)
Discover the world of the sea creatures in this modern interactive environment.
Note : Attractions like these can be expensive so make sure that you get the most from your money by buying special packages such as:
Oxo Tower Restaurant £££ European - Fine Dining - (OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street)
Gillray's Steakhouse and Bar £££ (London Marriott Hotel County Hall)
Woolfson & Tay Bookshop Cafe and Gallery ££ ( Bermondsey Square)
Eat ( Oxo Tower Wharf) £ Takeaway Pasta and sandwiches
House of Crepes | Pieminster | Sarnis | Gourmet Pizza Co ££
Canteen | Feng Sushi | Giraffe | River Terrace Cafe | Strada | Wagamama | YO! Sushi ££
Gabriel's Wharf (Coin Street) - Shops open Tues. - Sun 11am - 6pm
Mix of shops and studios, bars and restaurants. This small river side shopping area has an arty feel and you can pick up some fantastic original items such as jewelry and ceramics.
Oxo Tower (Bargehouse Street) 50 retail units- designer-makers.
Borough Market - Open : Thur 11am to 5pm, Fri 12 - 6pm, Sat 8am - 5pm
London's best food market where you can find the best British and international fresh produce.
Hay's Galleria (Hay's Lane, off Tooley Street)
Originally the area was a landing spot in the 1850's for tea clippers. Now a covered shopping centre with craft stalls and shops.
Plaza on the River
18 Albert Embankment
Luxury accommodation near Tate Britain
20 Lavington Street
Designer style at affordable prices.
169 Tower Bridge Road
Want to stay longer or have a large family then these light airy apartments are just the ticket.
London Bridge Hotel
8-18 London Bridge Street
Stylish Hotel next to London Bridge.
Marriott London County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road, County Hall
5 star accommodation in a landmark location.
These are the tube stations in the south bank london area.
Waterloo Station (York Road)
Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines
Southwark Station (Blackfriars Road and The Cut)
Lambeth North (Westminster Bridge Road and Baylis Road)
Elephant and Castle Station
Bakerloo and Northern Line
Borough Station (Borough High Street)
London Bridge Station
Jubilee and Northern Lines
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