The largest single-run arts venue in the world, the Southbank Centre was created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain. It occupies 21 acres in the midst of the South Bank’s vibrant cultural quarter, and takes in iconic venues like the Royal Festival Hall, The Hayward Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. From visual art to music and literature, the Centre has a wide-ranging programme, and hosts everything from regular artisanal food markets to an annual city beach and the experimental music event Meltdown. For food lovers, there is the destination restaurant, Skylon, which offers fine British cooking and panoramic views of the Thames. Outside, a cluster of undemanding chain restaurants are a good option for a cheap pre-performance bite.
Tel: 020 7960 4200