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Things to Do on the South Bank

London's South Bank is always buzzing, especially in summer. Here's our handy guide to make the most of your time there.

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London’s South Bank is one of London’s main hubs for culture. It’s where you’re guaranteed to eat great food, drink delicious drinks, see impressive art, experience new experiences and discover something new.

The South Bank is an undeniable destination and there’s so much to do there. We’ve rounded-up the best things to do on the South Bank so you can streamline your visit and only do the best of the best that it has to offer. Enjoy!

Things to Do on the South Bank

Have a BBQ Picnic

Things to Do on the South Bank

Soak up the sun this summer with the best seat in the house, found at Jimmy’s BBQ Club. It returns this year with a new addition, Patch & Picnic, where guests can book their own riverside patch to enjoy a special BBQ Club picnic hamper full of goodies whilst relaxing and playing croquet and Swingball.

Go for a Ride Along the Thames

best things to do on the South Bank

When on the South Bank, you’re right by the Thames. The Thames runs throughout London and is a fantastic way to see all the sights in one go, without having to walk for hours and hours. Board the Thames with MBNA Thames Clippers with a hop-on-hop-off ticket which means you can stop where you like, explore a certain area of the city, and see it in a way you’ve never seen it before – from the water. Whether you’re a Londoner or a tourist, this is a great family-friendly fun summer activity. The Family Roamer ticket covers two adults and up to three children, costing £35.60 when you book online.

Have Afternoon Tea

Things to Do on the South Bank

Step away from the bustle of the streets and into Sea Containers London, an artistic and glamorous hotel overlooking the Thames. Inside the hotel you’ll find Lyaness where Fancy Tea is served. From sausage rolls to devilled eggs, the menu is traditional and uses ingredients made in house, accompanied by hand crafted cocktails.

Visit the Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Exhibitions, performances, workshops – it’s all happening at the Southbank Centre, the heart of culture on the South Bank. One of their art exhibitions running until September in the Hayward Gallery is Kiss My Genders, an exhibit holding up a mirror to society’s expectations of gender. Find out more here.

Eat Oysters Alfresco

Things to Do on the South Bank

Applebee’s of Borough Market are hosting a summer pop-up on the South Bank where they’ll be serving their famous fish and chips along with negronis and oysters all summer long. Until the end of September guests can enjoy fresh oysters at the oyster and champagne bar, and play boule in the sandpit whilst the live music creates a fun and laidback atmosphere.

Go to the Tate Modern

Tate Modern Exterior

The Tate Modern sits on the South Bank and has many free exhibitions to view. Read our highlights here.

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