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What's Reopening & When?

March 29th, 2021 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

What's Reopening & When?

With lockdown easing and businesses announcing their reopening dates, it’s hard to keep track of it all. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide of all the key dates coming up, so you can plan your return to South Bank, when you’re comfortable, in full confidence of the facts.

  • Southbank Centre

    South Bank in the summer is never the same without the Southbank Centre. Normally packed with free outdoor events and festivals and places to enjoy the sun such as the Queen Elizabeth Rooftop Garden and the iconic Appearing Rooms fountain.

    On 19 May, the Hayward Gallery will open its doors with two new exhibitions. Matthew Barney: Redoubt and Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust will both run until 25 July.

    On the 28 May, the Royal Festival Hall will start performing socially distant shows before reopening to full audiences on 21 June. The National Poetry Library, which can be found in the Royal Festival Hall will also be open to the public from 28 May too.

    And to tide you over until then, Southbank Food Market will be serving up delicious delights from 30 April!

    Image Credit - India Roper Evans

    Southbank Centre
  • The National Theatre

    The National Theatre will burst back on stage with two new plays in June. 

    After Life based on the film by Hirokazu Kore-eda and written by Jack Thorne will reopen the Dorfman theatre on 2 June. The play depicts the story of a group of strangers as they grapple with an impossible question - If you could spend eternity with just one precious memory, what would it be? - as they find themselves in a bureaucratic waiting room between life and death.

    Two weeks later on 16 June, the Olivier Theatre will reopen too, with Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, starring Michael Sheen, Karl Johnson and Siân Phillips and directed by Lyndsey Turner.  

    Public booking for these plays opens on 30 April and can be accessed here.

    National Theatre
  • OXO Tower Restaurant

    Like many bars and restaurants, OXO Tower Restaurant reopened on 12 April, but with their rooftop terrace providing stunning views over the river situated on the top floor of Oxo Tower, there won't be many more scenic venues to celebrate the return of outdoor dining, that's for sure.

    OXO are now taking bookings from the 12 April onwards, with only limited spaces available on their terrace, make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment. Just think of that rooftop cocktail in the Spring sunshine!

  • Limin' Beach Club

    Bringing the flavours and vibes of the sunny Caribbean to Gabriel's Wharf and South Bank, Limin' Beach Club returns on 12 April. With cocktails, BBQ and a large vegan menu, Limin' celebrates everything from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. What better place to soak up the summer sunshine?

    Limin' Beach Club
  • South Bank Book Market

    Everyone's favourite book market has resumed trading. Pop along for a browse and see if you can pick up a second hand classic. Reminiscent of the book traders which line the banks of the Seine in Paris, you'll always find a healthy number of literature lovers leafing through the market's ten stalls in the shade of Waterloo Bridge.

    To get you in the mood for its return, we recently spoke with three generations of the same family that have worked at the market since its inception in 1982, you can read the article here.

  • The Green Room

    Boasting a fantastic, large outside seating area, The Green Room, located behind the National Theatre will also be opening from 12 April. This alfresco dining spot serves delicious pizzas and cocktails, with a large open-air neighbourhood garden surrounded by aromatic homegrown herbs for their chefs and bartenders to work with. The menu will be guided by sustainability, making as much as possible in-house. The team behind the Green Room also opened Marsha on Gabriel's Wharf too, so expect great things.

  • South Bank Centre Restaurants

    On April 12th, you will be able to book a table in many of the restaurants in and around the Southbank Centre site. Las Iguanas, Honest Burgers, Giraffe and Wagamama will all open their outdoor dining areas giving you a whole host of options to enjoy. 

  • Sea Containers Hotel

    Looking for a weekend city break? One of South Bank's most stylish hotels will be opening their rooms to guests once more on May 17th.

    You can take advantage of 10% off at Sea Containers rooms as part of their Bloom Baby Bloom offer. In the meantime, the restaurant terrace will open for outdoor dining on 16 April with plans to resume indoor dining on 19 May.


  • City Cruises

    From 16th April, ThamesJet from City Cruises will relaunch, giving you the chance to take an adrenaline fuelled, full throttle trip down the Thames, providing a totally unique way of seeing the city. Until 31 May, they are also offering full Thamesjet bubble boat hire for £199 (down from £429) for up to six socially distanced passengers. 

    Then, from 17 May, City Cruises will resume all sightseeing cruises, including services from South Bank's London Eye Pier.

    City Cruises
  • BFI Riverfront

    You may not be able to catch a film at BFI Southbank just yet, but their outdoor terrace is up there with the best places to sit and watch the world go by on South Bank, especially as it lies opposite the Book Market under Waterloo Bridge. There's no booking required, you can simply turn up and enjoy a coffee, beer or a meal over a catch up with friends and family.

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 2 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 4 - Limin' Beach Club



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  • 9 - City Cruises

    Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7PB

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