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South Bank Christmas Shopping Guide

November 13th, 2019 | by Ella Stern

South Bank Christmas Shopping Guide

Yup, it’s time to start thinking about presents. And it feels like every year the list seems to be getting longer and longer. But fear not, South Bank is your hidden weapon when it comes to loading Santa’s sleigh. With a mix of shops selling handmade, design led and artisan gifts, get ready to be the favourite this Christmas morning. Not only have we shared our favourite shops with you, but the shops themselves have picked their favourite piece. See their top picks and start crossing off the list. 

  • Festival Terrace Shop

    The Festival Terrace shop is Southbank Centre’s biggest shop. Filled to brim with unique design led products that reflect their diverse festival programme.

    Top pick:

    Perfect for the Autumn and Winter season is the Net and Ball scarf available in Mustard and Denim.  £80. 

    ‘The pattern known as 'Net & Ball' was originally created by Peter Moro and Leslie Martin for the carpet in Royal Festival Hall when it opened at the Festival of Britain in 1951. 

    It is based on a square wave seen with an oscilloscope - the visual representation of sound.’ 

    Shop here.


    Southbank Centre
  • Plastic Freedom Pop Up at Sea Containers London

    Popping up in the industrial Gallery at Sea Containers London, Plastic Freedom will have gifts for everyone, that will be sure to open the gift-receivers eyes into the world of living plastic free. And whether it’s your loved ones, family members or small people that you’re wanting to treat this festive season, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that everything you buy will be completely free of single-use plastic. 

    Top Picks:

    The Pine & Cedar Self Care Co Aromatherapy Candle.

    These candles are all designed with your wellbeing and taking time for self care, which is something we need to make time to do.

    Bean & Boy Gin & Tonic Soap.

    This is the perfect gift for any gin lover! The amazing blend of juniper, rosemary and orange essential oils in a delicately scented bar designed for use on hands, body and face. 

    6-8 December

    10am – 5pm

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    Sea Containers London
  • IWM Shop

    The IWM shop provide the opportunity to buy unique and inspiring gifts based on our diverse collections. The museum records and tells the stories of those who have lived, fought and died in conflict since 1914. Your purchase ensures these stories are heard.

    Top pick:

    Spitfire Snow Scene Christmas Jumper

    ‘Our 2019 Christmas jumper features one of the most iconic aircraft in British history- the Spitfire. Flying over snowy peaks, this jumper has a surprise feature on the reverse. This is our favourite IWM Christmas jumper yet!’

    Shop here.


    IWM London
  • BFI Shop

    DVD’s, Blu-rays and books – the BFI shop is a film lovers haven. Shop online or in the physical shop located on Belvedere Road.

    Top pick:

    The BFI Membership Gift Pack.

    Give your film-loving friends and family the ultimate gift this Christmas with BFI Membership.

    Shop now.


    BFI Southbank Filmstore
  • Hayward Gallery Shop

    Newly re-opened you’ll find exclusive designer collaborations ceramics, textiles, books and more.

    The latest exclusive range is in celebration of the Bridget Riley exhibition.

    Top pick:

    Bridget Riley Canvas Tote Bag £35

    Exclusive to Hayward Gallery, this tote bag design was made by Bridget Riley on occasion of her major retrospective exhibition, at the Hayward Gallery from 23 October 2019 to 26 January 2020.  

    Shop here.

    Southbank Centre
  • National Theatre

    The National Theatre shop offers an unrivalled selection of playtexts and specialist performing arts titles, as well as a carefully curated range of books and gifts.

    Top Pick:  

    ‘Costume at the National Theatre is a beautiful new book exploring what goes into designing and creating the unique costumes seen in National Theatre productions. Overflowing with stunning images, it offers a unique tour of the NT Costume department.’

    Available from the NT Bookshop and online with an exclusive £5 off, for £19.99.

    National Theatre
  • Philip Watts at Oxo Tower Wharf

    Oxo Tower Wharf is home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designers, 25 designer – maker studios whose products range from jewellery and accessories to home furnishings and lightings.

    Top Pick:

    Design Curator, Sophie choice is the work of Philip Watts. problem solving, sustainable and of course totally swoon-worthy. These brilliant blocks of bronze will sit on your bedside table, anchoring down your pesky phone and tabled cables in place, no more scrabbling around on the floor to find the end of your lead. 

    They are exclusively available at the Oxo Tower Wharf.

    Find the Philip Watts showroom on the first floor, courtyard side, in amongst our designer-maker shops and studios.

    Oxo Tower Wharf

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 2 - Sea Containers London

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

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  • 3 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ 

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  • 4 - BFI Southbank Filmstore

    Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

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  • 5 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 6 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 7 - Oxo Tower Wharf

    The Oxo Tower
    Bargehouse Street
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PH 

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