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Guide to Nightlife in South Bank

May 10th, 2019 | by Ella Stern

Guide to Nightlife in South Bank

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets. There are cocktails to be drunk, film and theatre to get immersed in, music to listen to and plenty of food to be eaten. With unique shows, late night exhibition openings, evenings to spend amongst sharks and penguins and night time riverside walks, South Bank has a whole new offering after dark.

  • Art Yard at Bankside hotel

    Bankside Hotel's restaurant, Art Yard is the place to go to hang out, enjoy art and eat well. Art Yard serves up fresh and locally sourced seasonal food, reflective and rejuvenating cocktails and local beers and wines from off the beaten track. In addition to delicious dining the design led hotel  surrounds you in modern art and eclectic furniture. 

    Find out more and book.

    Bankside
  • Spiritland

    A space for music lovers. A late-night celebration of food, drink and music at the ground floor of Royal Festival Hall. With a 2:00am licence, guest DJs are invited to play music for elegant lounging on Spiritland's unique new sound system. There are residencies running throughout the year from Touching Bass, Chuggy, Jean-Claude (If Music), Nick Luscombe and more to come.

    Find out more.

    Spiritland
  • Concrete Lates with Boiler Room

    Bringing club culture to South Bank,  Concrete Lates - in partnership with Boiler Room, curates and promotes a line-up of cutting edge DJs and musicians, with a focus on under-represented and emerging artists in electronic music, for fixtures May - December 2019.

    Find out more and book.

    Southbank Centre
  • Underbelly Late's

    Underbelly have a host of shows for you to stay up late with. Party into the night with the singalongs, Alternative Eurovision, vintage musicals and so much more. See what tickles your fancy. 

    Alternative Eurovision

    Who will be crowned the 2019 champion?

    Underbelly are celebrating their 10th anniversary, hip, hip, hooray! Come party as they once again delve into the glamorously absurd world of Eurovision – where the cream of the cabaret crop fight for the most lauded award around. Crazy, kitsch, classic and calamitous, expect a range of performances set to twist minds.

    Silent Disco Show 

    Part show, part disco, ALL PARTY! With electric live performances and three channels of music to choose from on your glowing headphones, Silent Disco Show is a kaleidoscope of dancing, DJs and decadence.

    Massaoke

    For the uninitiated, Massaoke is a huge sing-along party with a brilliant live band, where everyone sings together guided by giant video lyrics, and the crowd is the star of the show.

    Kansas Smitty 

    Kansas Smitty’s house bands reputation in london has always been synonymous with New Orleans. For this one off show on London’s Underbelly Festival Southbank they join forces with a roster of special guests, for a night inspired by the self-proclaimed ""inventor of jazz"" Jelly Roll Morton’s infamous interview with song collector Alan Lomax.

    Pussy Liquors Kitty Glitter 

    After last years wedding of the season, the feminist, patriarchy smashing, sex positive, kick-ass kittens of Pussy Liquor are back with a brand new cacophonous, cotton-candy-chaos-cabaret: Kitty Glitter! 

    Miss Kiddy and the Cads

    Miss Kiddy and the Cads - the UK’s hottest vintage musical extravaganza - returns to The Underbelly Festival for two nights of Hollywood glamour, sensational music and extreme vintage decadence! 

    Blunderland 

    This hedonistic party of queer underground excess features the finest acts in international circus, cabaret, and burlesque, tinged with an unmistakable glow of club kid euphoria and arthouse weird.

    Underbelly Festival South Bank
  • Evening Stroll

    For zero cost and one of the best things do to in the city - a riverside stroll. Nothing beats a walk along the river with the bright lights and stunning sites of night time London. Enjoy the Queens Walk for a lit up London. 

  • Sea Life London LAtes

    Join SEA LIFE London Aquarium’s London LATES events where you can dip beneath the surface for an Adult only VIP late opening. 

    Enjoy a welcome glass of Prosecco upon arrival, before acquainting yourself with the sharks, rays and jellyfish that reside within. Steel yourself to stride across the glass walkway with sharks swimming inches beneath your feet, and explore the Atlantic Cove area and our Pacific Wreck display where you can enjoy a drink at the bar.

    Find out more. 

    SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • Lyaness

    Created by multi award-winning Ryan Chetiyawardana AKA Mr Lyan (“The World’s Most Awarded Bartender”) Lyaness endevours to create a cocktail bar that goes beyond the simple focus of what’s in your glass. The menu is sectioned around ingredients instead of cocktails; it might seem a little odd, but the Lyaness team can connect you to your ideal drink. Along with stunning interiors, find the house DJs playing an eclectic mix of rock, funk and disco over the weekend.

    Find out more.

    Sea Containers London
  • Sea Life London Silent Disco

    Get down amongst the fishes at this super silent disco. 

    Enjoy one of Sea Life London’s signature parties while under the sea! So don some glowing headphones and tune into one of three channels to be immersed into the world of water – and as part of your trip, also enjoy a curated ‘chill-out tour’ of the brand new, fascinating jellyfish experience. It’s enlightening, sensory and it costs just £29. Plus, you’ll also receive a welcome drink on arrival. Shell yeah.

    Find out more and book. 

    SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • London Dungeon Lates

     London Dungeon Lates mashes up theatre, special effects and intriguing storytelling with wit, humour, and plenty of edge of the seat surprises for an after-hours experience like no other!

    Book now....if you dare.  

    The London Dungeon
  • 12th Knot

    Looking for a roof top to enjoy? Look no further than 12th Knot – the eclectic rooftop bar overlooking the River Thames and London's skyline. With stylish seating, cocktails celebrating seasonal ingredients, DJs and live music - all set against an unrivalled backdrop of the River Thames and London.

    Find out more.

    Sea Containers London
  • BFI Riverfront

    Head to BFI for a film then on to Riverfront where can you can enjoy spectacular views of Waterloo Bridge and the River Thames. Offering an Italian menu ideal for sharing, from homemade pizzettas and pasta to gelato from the Gelato Bar. 
     

    Upstairs the Balcony Bar offers a unique never seen before view of Waterloo Bridge, whose concrete structure forms the ceiling of the space. 

    You can also enjoy a pre-cinema dinner or a lively DJ set with drinks on Saturday nights.

    Count us in. 

    Riverfront Bar & Kitchen
  • OXO Tower restaurant bar and brasserie

    OXO Tower Restaurant is elegant and iconic, offering a seasonal British menu, a wine list of over 800 wines and a fantastic traditional afternoon tea. OXO Tower Brasserie offers dining from a bold and modern British menu, and its open kitchen and live jazz performances create an irresistibly buzzy atmosphere. OXO Tower Bar presents a cutting-edge, ever-evolving list of cocktails and fantastic snacking.

    Find out more and book. 

    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
  • Shrek's Adventure Lates

    This brilliantly bonkers adventure is perfect for a post-work jolly with your pals. Stir up the nostalgia as you journey through 10 live interactive shows inspired by characters from your childhood with a script full of cheekiness and peppered with adult humour and double entendres.

    Release your inner child as you’re whisked away from London to a magical DreamWorks world featuring a 4D bus experience with Donkey in the driving seat- what could go wrong?!

    Relax into the adventure with a magical tipple upon arrival and grab a shot with Doris, the resident Bar maid, at the Poison Apple Pub… you know the one just off Drury Lane!

    Find out more and book. 

    Shrek’s Adventure! London
  • a night out on the river with City Cruises

    Wine, dine and dance on this great dinner cruise on the Thames, see spectacular views and enjoy show songs and top hits sung by a live performer. Your evening begins the moment you step aboard and are handed a welcome glass of fizz as our singer begins to entertain you and a friendly waiter serves a delicious starter. 

    Your ticket includes:

    • A three-hour river cruise
    • A delicious four course meal
    • Sparkling wine on arrival
    • Half bottle of wine per guest (or upgrade to Moët & Chandon)
    • Live performer and dancing till late
       

    Book now.

    City Cruises
  • BFI Southbank

    There is nothing like a night at the cinema, discovering a new film. The four-screen cinema venue shows a huge selection of classic and contemporary films each year, with new and re-releases, film seasons, and director and actor retrospectives..

    See what's showing.

    BFI Southbank

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Bankside

    Bankside Hotel 2 Blackfriars Rd London UK SE1 9JU 

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  • 2 - Spiritland

    Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

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  • 3 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 4 - Underbelly Festival South Bank

    Belvedere Road Coach Park
    London SE1 8XX

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  • 6 - SEA LIFE London Aquarium

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London
    SE1 7PB

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  • 7 - Sea Containers London

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

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  • 8 - SEA LIFE London Aquarium

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London
    SE1 7PB

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  • 9 - The London Dungeon

    Riverside Building
    County Hall
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7PB 

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  • 10 - Sea Containers London

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

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  • 11 - Riverfront Bar & Kitchen

    Riverfont Bar & Kitchen, BFI Southbank, South Bank London SE1 8XT

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  • 12 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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  • 13 - Shrek’s Adventure! London

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London
    SE1 7PB 

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  • 14 - City Cruises

    Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7PB

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  • 15 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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