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New Year, New Experiences

December 20th, 2019 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

New Year, New Experiences in South Bank

The phrase New Year, New You has been adopted into January's popular lexicon for a few years now, but you don't have to make radical changes to take up new experiences. You might be intending to make sure you catch one of The National Theatre's or Old Vic's new landmark productions; learn a new skill at Morley College; finally try your hand at yoga or maybe you simply want to give Veganuary a go for the first time. Either way, South Bank offers plenty of fantastic new experiences and opportunities to kick start some new habits, so check our 'New Year, New Experiences' guide if you need a friendly pointer in the right direction. 


  • Broaden your Horizons at BFI Southbank

    Determined to be that bit more cultural this year? BFI Southbank always have numerous foreign and classic films showing, helping to engage wider audiences with films that you wouldn’t ordinarily get the chance to see on the big screen.

    And this January and February, BFI Southbank will be hosting a season dedicated to the brilliant mind of Federico Fellini, who is widely recognised as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. So, if you’re looking to familiarise yourself with some of the true classics of foreign cinema, with masterpieces such as, La Dolce Vita and Roma, then there probably isn’t a better place to start!

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    BFI Southbank
  • Stretch Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

    How many times have you uttered the sentence; “I’ve always been meaning to take up yoga”? If you’ve never followed through on your well meaning attempt to become fitter and more flexible, then Sea Containers London are hosting the ultimate skyline yoga sessions for people with all levels of experience. Teaming up with Core Collective, who were founded on the pursuit of collective self-improvement not perfection, these fortnightly classes take place in 12th Knot on the top of Sea Containers Hotel.

    Taking place on Sunday and Monday mornings, there are two different classes to choose from at just £6 each; Stretch & Mobility and Power Yoga.  All levels of experience are welcome, so even if you consider yourself a bit of a pro, but want to mix up your regular yoga routine, then Skyline Stretch is definitely something to try, especially as it’s around for only six more 2020 dates. And if you need that extra bit of motivation, then surely the views from the top of Sea Containers will be enough to inspire you.

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    Sea Containers London
  • Give Veganuary a Go

    You can barely breathe the word January now without people asking whether or not you’re going vegan or sober for the month. These annual cleanses have boomed in popularity in recent years and if you’re thinking of taking up the former this month, then have no fear, as Tsouni Cooper of Yes It’s All Vegan fame recently compiled an awesome guide to South Bank’s best vegan choices.

    From vegan Scotch Eggs - yes they’re a thing and you won’t be missing the original – to delicious yet hearty lunch and dinner options and even afternoon teas, check out the guide if you’re looking for some vegan inspiration. It covers some of South Bank’s most recognisable names as well as hidden gems you may not have heard of.

    Read our South Bank Vegan Guide

  • Start Your Own Podcast with Southbank Centre

    It may seem like every man and their dog has a podcast nowadays, but that’s simply because there are so many topics that people are willing to discover and hear about. If you have a passion for podcasts and think you have a great idea, but none of the know-how, then Southbank Centre are here to help with monthly podcasting courses. What’s more, these courses are completely free.

    Join other young people and the Violet Nights team on one of their episodes recorded in front of a live audience, experience what it’s really like to produce, edit and publish a podcast. Discover how to develop your own ideas for a series, think about episodes or topics you want to cover, who to interview and the range of formats to choose from.

    Learn crucial skills, including how to record, edit and mix audio; how to write scripts, eye-catching titles and descriptions; how to publish podcasts and how best to share content across social media.

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    Southbank Centre
  • Get Theatrical With A Season of New Plays

    Keen to see some more theatre in 2020? Well South Bank is throwing some big hitters into the mix, with world famous names performing at The Old Vic and National Theatre, which is sure to kick off the new decade in style. The likes of Timothee Chalomet, Daniel Radcliffe and Eileen Atkins grace the stage of The Old Vic, whilst Maxine Peake, Raif Spall, Lesley Manville and Hugo Weaving will all be starring in plays at the National Theatre.

    From adaptations of classics such as Samuel Becket’s Endgame to new plays from the world of theatre's best upcoming writers and directors, including The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood. There's loads to see and with so many different plays, it's up to you to choose what you want to see, so check out our dedicated guide to a new season of theatre in the South Bank.

    Read Our South Bank Theatre Guide

  • Learn a New Skill at Morley

    Founded in 1889, Morley College is one of the UK’s leading centres for adult education, best known for music and the visual arts, with over 13,000 students studying each year. So if there’s a skill you’ve set yourself the task of learning in 2020 then look no further as there is a high chance you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for at Morley. They over 20 courses at Advanced Level in subjects including Art and Design, Fashion, Music Education, Business, Humanities and more.

    If you're keen to find out how Morley College can unlock your potential, there will be an Open Evening on 29 January to help get you started.

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    Morley College

Find The Venues

  • 1 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 2 - Sea Containers London

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

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  • 4 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 6 - Morley College

    61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

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