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Get to know the cultural heart of London by wandering the streets of South Bank. Located adjacent to the famous Thames River, the neighborhood features an eclectic mix of shops, cafes, restaurants, and artistic venues. Stroll down the riverside walk with views of the House of Parliament, or admire fine art at the Hayward Gallery, the largest public art space in the UK. Take your time exploring the many local bars and cafes, or take a cruise down the river for more London sightseeing. Check the neighborhood’s website for a list of upcoming free outdoor festivals and concerts. Plan your visit to South Bank and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our London online trip itinerary planner .
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  • Lovely time spent wandering the South Bank after a visit to London Dungeon. Once you get away from the huge crowds at the London Eye it's great to walk along taking in the fine river views and watchin...  more »
  • Lively. Full of street artists. Beautiful fountain and benches. Not to be missed.
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  • London South Bank is truly beautiful with now marvellous skyscrapers reaching up into the sky. Activites on the River Thames very interesting as well. A marvellous walk - spellbinding  more »

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