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Looking out over the Thames, with open views of the city’s rapidly changing skyline, the 1978 Sea Containers House building, which has echoes of a great cruise liner berthed on the river’s edge, was designed by the celebrated American modernist architect Warren Platner ( renowned for his ocean liner interiors.)
It took over one year to construct the copper hull with marine ply, where each and every copper shingle, together with tens of thousands of copper rivets, were hand painted to create an intentionally aged finish. 160,000 nails were used to construct the copper hull.
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It's Underbelly Festival's 10th Birthday in South Bank this summer and it's going to be their BIGGEST YET!
cabaret & more
Underbelly have been coming to South Bank for 10 years this summer and they're celebrating with their biggest programme yet, jam-packed with explosive live entertainment.
Open from April until the end of September, Underbelly Festival South Bank brings the best in live circus, comedy, cabaret and family entertainment to the heart of London. They've got an amazing line-up of shows in a fantastic city-centre, pop-up festival world. You can enjoy international street food and after work drinks in one of London's largest outdoor bars and a true festival atmosphere on the banks of the Thames.
Florentine Restaurant & Bar
Florentine is the new restaurant and bar in London's buzzing South Bank, just minutes from Waterloo station
at Park Plaza Waterloo
Florentine is an all-day dining restaurant and bar minutes from London South Bank’s trendy Lower Marsh and Waterloo, opposite Lambeth North tube station.
Florentine serves a Brasserie-style menu and a bar featuring the best of British bubbles and craft beers as well as a range of signature cocktails, with DJ sessions throughout the evenings and weekends for a refreshing, relaxed vibe.
Florentine’s menu is simple and eclectic, with a range of freshly-made dishes including flatbreads baked in our feature oven, a tantalising Ostrich egg dish to share and all-day classics from Eggs Florentine to our mouthwatering Tomahawk steak. We serve British bubbles by the bottle, such as Chapel Down and Camel Valley, craft beers by Brewdog and Portobello Brewing Co. and cocktails using our own homemade syrups and infusions.
Discover this new gallery gem in Oxo Tower Wharf.
Take a stroll along South Bank's leafy riverside.
Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Thames as it winds through the capital. Soak up the South Bank atmosphere, London's home of art, culture and unique architecture. Cross the bridges for circular walks with spectacular views.
The Riverside Walkway attracts visitors from all over the world and is also a valuable resource enjoyed by all who live or work in the area. It is also used as a venue for unusual and unique events - keep your eyes peeled for exciting pop-ups.
The Green Room
A new dining destination located behind the National Theatre.
The Green Room is a contemporary restaurant, bar and garden developed by local social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders in collaboration with the National Theatre.
Serving delicious, ethically-sourced British diner food and roast dinners on Sundays, it’s a unique temporary architectural experiment which offers an airy, contemporary space featuring props and scenery recycled from National Theatre shows.
gallery@oxo showcases a varied programme of photography, contemporary design, architecture and issue-based exhibitions.
The No.1 sightseeing tour on the Thames - choose from afternoon tea, sundowner and even Elvis cruises.
MBNA Thames Clippers
Stylish river fleet, running every 20 minutes between key London piers.
Jubilee Gardens is a beautifully landscaped park situated in the heart of South Bank, behind the London Eye.
Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar
South Bank's premier steak restaurant and cocktail bar.
Steakhouse & Bar
If you're headed to Gillray's, bring an empty stomach and high expectations. Situated in full view of Parliament, the seat of British democratic administration, Gillray's fine food is as remarkable as its surroundings.
Everything about Gillray's is a seeming nod to British culture and heritage. Their meat is sourced from British farms. Their bar boasts not only fantastic staff but over 100 types of gin. Their service is of the highest quality in the British sense - subtle, yet polished. Even their decor is reflective of the old-world grandeur of the Houses of Parliament. During afternoon tea, a tray is neatly delivered to your table and drinks are filled (or refilled) in a smooth, near unnoticeable ballet of table service.
Their bar is open late and serves a mixture of classic and contemporary cocktails, a wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits.
Kitchen National Theatre
Kitchen is National Theatre's all-day cafe.
Kitchen is the National Theatre's all-day café - it's the perfect pit stop for lunch with friends, tea and cake or a pre-show light bite.
The contemporary cafe serves up a range of freshly cooked meals - with a menu that changes daily, but affordable examples include tuna provencale linguine and steak and ale pie.
Alternatively choose a baked treat from the giant cake table which you can't miss in the centre of the cafe. With it's location directly opposite the river, enjoy the large outdoor eating areas in warmer months.
The internationally-renowned venue presents new writing, classics, comedies and musicals.
A four-screen cinema venue showing a huge selection of classic and contemporary films.
IWM London tells the stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war through the depth, breadth and impact of their Galleries, displays and events.
Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger, or 'ready to eat' is a hugely successful UK brand of cafes, renowned for its organic and fresh produce.
Pret creates handmade natural food avoiding the obscure chemical, additives and preservatives common to so much of the 'prepared' and 'fast' food on the market. Pret operates a bit like a restaurant. They build kitchens in (or very near) every shop. They also offer their unsold food to charity at the end of each day rather than keeping it to sell the next day.
Pizza Express Italian restaurants provide exceptional quality food such as pizza and pasta as well as live music, takeaway and table bookings, always in style.
Enviably located just off the Southbank Centre, directly opposite the Royal Festival Hall main entrance, Pizza Express is close to major attractions like the London Eye and the Aquarium. It's extremely spacious but with a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere – making the place ideal for every sort of occasion.
Dim Sum, cocktails and tea with exotic flowers that bloom within the cup. Ping Pong is fresh and stylish. Outdoor seating.
The menu featuring delicious dim sum dishes is extensive and highly trained dim sum chefs and cocktail experts ensure continual taste innovation and faultless preparation.
The restaurant at Southbank Centre has two floors, featuring the floating Lotus Lounge, a buzzing cocktail bar and an outside terrace.
Please note that this restaurant has a minimum booking requirement of eight people or more, for more information on group bookings and events please contact them. Alternatively, just drop in.
Park Plaza County Hall's restaurant, specialising in contemporary Italian cuisine.
Devour a truly authentic Italian supper in the stylish surrounding of L'Italiano, which can be found in Park Plaza County Hall.
Minutes from Westminster Bridge and South Bank, this sophisticated, family-friendly restaurant is ideal for hotel guests, after-work catch-ups and those who adore fine mediterranean cuisine.
Enjoy crisp pizzas baked to perfection in a clay oven, a delicious selection of anti-pasti or mouthwatering meat cuts from the grill.
L'Italiano has its own children's menu which offers three courses for £12.95. Children are also invited to special pizza-making classes most Saturdays at 3 pm.