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SOUTH BANK

Just a short hop over Waterloo Bridge from the West End lies the stretch of river frontage between Westminster and London Bridges know as South Bank. The area was developed for the Festival of Britain in 1951 and many of the post-war architectural landmarks give the area its distinctive character. Cultural highlights include the Royal Festival Hall, National Theatre and Hayward Gallery to name but a few, plus the omni-present London Eye.

Starting at Jubilee Gardens & the Southbank Centre, a pleasant stroll East along the riverfront allows you to take in the sights, sounds and smells of this buzzing district, from the various galleries and cultural institutions including the Tate Modern, right up to the foodie mecca that is Borough Market. Travel a little further inland to discover what the fast emerging area of Southwark has to offer.

EAT
Hixter Bankside | 16 Great Guidlford Street SE1 0HS
Mark Hixs latest offering oozes cool and is situated in an old metal box factory, serving fantastic British grub
Union Street Cafe | 47-51 Great Suffolk Street SE1 0BS
Gordon Ramsays bow Union Street Cafe is housed within a converted warehouse, top notch Italian food and great cocktails to boot
Wahaca | Southank Centre SE1 8XX
The Wahaca Southbank Experiment is constructed from shipping containers and where they test all new dishes, those making the grade go on to feature in their other outlets. Experimental eating in an experimental venue.
DRINK
Marks Bar | Hixter | 16 Great Guildford Street SE1 0HS
A very cool sunken bar with equally cool furniture makes this a great place for a cocktail or two.
OXO Tower | Barge House Street SE1 9PH
Definitely not a new kid on the block but still a great place to go to relax and take in the fantastic views towards St. Pauls.
The Drawing Room | BFI Southbank SE1 8XT
Not sure we should let this little secret out but if you look for the hidden door behind the bookcase in Benugo, youll be in for a treat...
BEST BITS
The Southbank Centre
The Southbank Centre is always a hive of activity for all things cultural, from music to art to theatre. It is also a great place just to mooch about and take in the atmosphere
The Real Food Market
The Real Food Market is held weekly at the Southbank Centre from Friday to Sunday. It showcases great produce from the rising stars of the street food scene. Definitely not to be missed.
OPEN SPACE
Jubilee Gardens
A fantastic new green and sustainable open space complete with a contemporary playground.
The River
What could be more tranquil than a stroll along the riverside path - open space at its best
The Tate Modern Community Garden
A great place that was opened in 2007 especially for the local community
Bernie Spain Gardens
Nestled between the Oxo Tower and Gabriels Wharf and home to the Coin Street summer festival
TRIVIA
The IMAX has the largest cinematic screen in the whole of Britain and a seating capacity of just fewer than 500 people.

Waterloo Bridge opened in 1945, being built by a largely female workforce during the second World War and is therefore known as the Ladies Bridge. It was the only Thames bridge to suffer bomb damage during the war.

The original Shakespeares Globe was 750 feet away from the modern replica. In the 16th century, the new site would have been in the river!

On the north-east pontoon of Hungerford foot bridge, is a "skateboard graveyard", into which broken decks are pitched.
A-B
TUBE
Waterloo (Northern & Jubilee Lines) | Southwark (Jubilee Line)
BUS
Regular bus services from outside Waterloo station
BIKE
Boris bike docking stations located all around the area
RIVER
Regular river bus services available from Festival Pier
TRAIN
Regular mainline services to the South and South East from Waterloo and Waterloo East
News, views and the word from the street
Sep 21st 2017

TAVISTOCK BOW - IN THE KNOW Edition 5

The latest issue of INTHEKNOW¬†has hit the streets, packed full of West End insights from our team and some fantastic contributors. We take a look at the renaissance going on in Chinatown, with Shaftebury’s ANDREW PRICE giving us his tips for eats and drinks in this issue’s WHATSHOT feature, and we highlight a number of…

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