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Great South Bank Outdoors

April 1st, 2018 | by Jennifer Edwards

Great South Bank Outdoors

Whether it’s a winter’s walk down the river, hot chocolate in hand, or summertime al fresco dining, get down to London’s South Bank to enjoy the great outdoors! We’ve got family friendly picnic areas, the perfect winter walking route, best terraces and due to unreliable British weather, even a few spots that feel outdoors but the rain can’t get to you.  

  • Geraldine Mary Hemsworth Park at IWM London

    For a family day out on a budget, look no further than IWM London (Imperial War Museum). Admission to the main galleries is free of charge, while the surrounding gardens are perfect for a picnic. The Geraldine Mary Hemsworth Park was opened in 1934 and gifted to the mothers of Southwark. Today it is a haven for frazzled 21st-century parents, who can relax on the grass while their kids let off steam. There’s even an outdoor café so you can treat them to an ice cream when they’re tired out.

    For more information on IWM London, click here. 

    IWM London
  • South Bank Parks and Gardens

    Despite its close proximity to the bustle of Lower Marsh Market, the lawns and wildflowers of Waterloo Millennium Green make it a peaceful picnic spot, perfect for tired office workers in need of fresh air and a screen break.

    You’ll find the Jubilee Gardens situated underneath the London Eye. Opened in 1977 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee, the Gardens were redeveloped in 2012 and now boast a sustainable park, new flowerbeds, trees, granite pathways and a contemporary playground. They make an idyllic location to pause for a family picnic midway through a day out on the South Bank.

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  • Gabriel’s Wharf/Queen’s Walk

    The cafés and restaurants of Gabriel’s Wharf share an outdoor dining area, ideal for a summer snack, or you can relax on the lawns at Bernie Spain Gardens – right on the banks of the Thames. Sightseers should take a stroll along the Queen’s Walk, a leafy riverside promenade where photo opportunities abound.

    For more information on Gabriel’s Wharf, click here. 

    Gabriel's Wharf
  • OXO Tower Rooftop Terrace

    As if a harbinger of the coming warmer months, OXO Tower’s famous rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to soak up the gorgeous views of the city, as well as a bit of sun! Spring and summertime al fresco dining at this London landmark is an experience not to be missed. Just don’t forget to book in advance!

    For more information on OXO Tower, click here. 

    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

    The Southbank Centre’s "secret" garden is a true oasis in the heart of London, complete with allotments and fruit trees, not to mention stunning views across the city. It’s the perfect place for refreshment before you head into the centre to enjoy the exciting and diverse programme of events on offer. 

    For more information on Southbank Centre, click here.

    Southbank Centre
  • Thames Clippers/ River Roamer

    If you wilt at thought of a stuffy tube train, and London traffic jams get you down, why not take to the river with Thames Clippers? The River Roamer tickets offer unlimited travel for a whole day, so you can hop on and off at your leisure and enjoy the sights of London in the fresh air.

    For more information on MBNA Thames Clippers, click here. 

    MBNA Thames Clippers
  • 12th Knot Terrace

    The nautically named 12th Knot at Sea Containers London pays homage to the Bright Young Things: the decadent set of Londoners who filled 1920s gossip columns. Indulge your inner bohemian with a cocktail in the sumptuous bar, before gliding out to the magnificent balcony to drink in the panoramic vista as the sun sets across the city.

    For more information on Sea Containers London, click here. 

    Sea Containers London
  • Coca-Cola London Eye

    Take a trip on one of London's most iconic landmarks and enjoy one of the best views the City has to offer. 

    As the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel, this is nothing short of spectacular. 

    Book now. 

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  • The Green Room

    Brought to you by the National Theatre, The Green Room is a neighbourhood bar and restaurant set in a lush garden, created and maintained by local volunteers. While away a summer evening sipping a G&T from a deckchair on the lawn, or find a picnic table and order yourself a bite to eat from the casual menu.

    For more information on the Green Room, click here. 

    The Green Room
  • Marriott Hotel Pool

    We can’t always rely on the English climate so we’ve included this one, even though, strictly speaking, it’s indoors. A dip in the 25m pool at the Marriott Hotel with its vast skylights and palm trees will give you that holiday feeling whatever the weather!

    For more information on the Marriott Hotel, click here.

    London Marriott Hotel County Hall
  • Skylon

    Another one that’s not, technically speaking, outdoors, but Skylon’s floor-to-ceiling windows affording unobstructed views across the Thames mean that you might as well be. We recommend indulging in an aperitif at the famous central bar, right in the middle of the restaurant and covered in climbing plants and flowers, giving you the feeling of being in an English garden.  

    For more information on Skylon, click here. 

    Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill

Find The Venues

  • 1 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ 

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  • 2 - Coca-Cola London Eye

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7PB 


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  • 3 - Gabriel's Wharf

    Gabriel’s Wharf,
    56 Upper Ground,
    South Bank,
    SE1 9PP

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  • 4 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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  • 5 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 6 - MBNA Thames Clippers

    Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK

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  • 7 - Sea Containers London

    Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 8 - Coca-Cola London Eye

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7PB 


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  • 9 - The Green Room

    101 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PP

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  • 10 - London Marriott Hotel County Hall

    London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, South Bank London SE1 7PB

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  • 11 - Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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