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One Hour in South Bank

May 21st, 2019 | by Ella Stern

One Hour in South Bank

Time to kill between meetings or just want to freshen up your lunch break? Well step away from the computer screen and go and explore. Here’s how to make the most of a spare hour…that doesn’t involve you scrolling through Instagram or checking emails! 

  • See an exhibition at the National Theatre

    See a different side to the National Theatre and pop into their free exhibitions. Currently showing is ‘Ronan Mckenzie Photographs.’

    Inspired by Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Helen Edmundson’s adaption for the National Theatre, photographer Ronan Mckenzie has been commissioned by the National Theatre to respond to the post war journeys undertaken by Caribbean men and women between 1948 -1971. Photographed in Leigh-on-Sea on the shores of the Thames estuary, McKenzie’s documentary style images subtly connect ideas of seascapes, water, arrivals and new beginnings to Levy’s Small Island.


    National Theatre
  • Gallery@OXO

    Pop into Gallery@OXO. The small but lively space Showcases some of the best photography, contemporary design, architecture and issue-based exhibitions in London. All exhibitions are free, so go ans have a wander in.

  • Peer into the window of National Theatre

    You don’t even need to be inside the National Theatre to see some truly spectacular things.  Peer into their working studios where their props are produced. As one of the largest factories in central London, you’ll find hundreds of skilled craftspeople, practitioners and artists working together to produce world-class theatre.  

    National Theatre
  • Browse the independent designers at Oxo Tower Wharf

    Need a gift or looking to treat yourself? Why not browse the independent design shops based in OXO Tower Wharf. Home to contemporary designers and cafes there is no doubt you'll leave feeling inspired. With handmade artisan bags, jewellery and interiors, some even being made right in front of you, you’re sure to find something unique.


    Oxo Tower Wharf
  • Southbank Centre Food Market

    Use your lunchtime wisely and get yourself fed and watered at the Southbank Centre Food Market. With stallholders that are committed to providing food that bursts with fresh, vibrant flavours, inspired by cuisines from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, no wonder this is one of London’s top food destinations.

    Southbank Centre
  • Relax in one of South Bank's green spaces

    Enjoy some of South Bank’s green spaces. We might be central London, but South Bank has plenty of green spaces to kick back and relax in. We’ve rounded up our favourites here.

  • Zip Now London

    Back for the summer, Zip Now London is here to assist you in soaring through the London skies. With four wires, grab your friends or family and ride alongside each other.

    Opening June. 

    Book tickets now.

    Zip Now London
  • Express lunch at OXO Tower

    Indulge in a delicious lunch at OXO Tower Bar for only £18. Enjoy breath-taking views over the Thames whilst tucking into a hearty main course accompanied by a glass of house wine, a beer or a soft drink for £18.

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    OXO Tower Bar
  • Queen's Walk

    Simply stroll. One of our favourite things to do is go for a walk down the river. With iconic sites to see, and so much activity going on, there really isn’t anything like it.


Find The Venues

  • 1 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 2 - gallery@oxo

    Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH

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  • 3 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 4 - Oxo Tower Wharf

    The Oxo Tower
    Bargehouse Street
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PH 

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  • 5 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 7 - Zip Now London

    Archbishop's Park, Carlisle Lane, Lambeth, London SE1 7JY

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  • 8 - OXO Tower Bar

    8th Floor Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

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