The South Bank is one of London’s most iconic places. Whether you’re visiting in the heart of summer or the midst of winter, there’s always something to see and something to do. From street entertainment to food to tourist attractions, you’ll always walk away with a smile on your face. And for 2020 the summer is looking as bright as ever with lots of events planned. Let’s have a look, shall we?
Celebrate summer at the Southbank Centre
One of the best venues in London, the Southbank Centre is home to many different things. Galleries, talks, tours, teas, theatres and more – there’s always something on for audiences of any type. Uplifting musical, Malory Towers is on in July, based on Enid Blyton’s books and is great for all the family to enjoy. But one of the most popular events in the South Bank each year has to be the Meltdown Festival. Each year a famous musician curates the event and this year, the 27th event, it’s curated by music legend Grace Jones. With music from Solange, Skunk Anansie and Baaba Maal just to name a few, it’s going to be an event to remember. So put 12th till 21st June in your calendar!
Marvel at the street entertainment
From The Barbican Rooms Hotel to the South Bank is just a tube or bus ride away and it’s definitely worth it, especially when there’s lots of free street entertainment to enjoy. At the South Bank, it’s not just a case of people rocking up and donning on their statue outfits – street entertainment is a huge part of the Queen’s Walk. In fact, there are annual auditions for street entertainers to get their place on the popular pavement parade, so expect nothing but the best. Whether you’re just walking by or sitting out in the sun and watching them, there’s always a spectacle to enjoy. Jugglers, magicians, statue performers, musicians – there’s a lot to take in but our favourites are always steel drum performers – it just goes so well with the London summer sun.
As well as street performers, there’s often a variety of street food to enjoy too. You don’t have to travel around the capital to look for restaurants in London City because you can have it right here. Head to the South Bank on the weekend and the Southbank Centre Food Market will be open, where you can enjoy different foods along with cocktails and drinks. A perfect way to spend the day.
The beach by the river
As well as being home to loads of entertainment over the summer, the Southbank Centre also has its own sandy beach! With 85 tonnes of golden sand, all you need to bring is your bucket and spade. If you can’t make it to the beach this summer then this is the perfect substitute. And if you’re travelling into London but want to experience the sand beneath your feet without having to travel out of town, then this is for you.
There’s something to do every day at London’s South Bank. During the summer it’s even more exciting. And the combination of sun, performers and the backdrop of the River Thames make it a fun place to visit.