South Bank

Sensational public attractions and spectacular people-watching along the banks of the Thames.

South Bank encourages you to experience London from new perspectives. Take in sweeping panoramas of the city from atop the London Eye or paradigm-challenging perfomances at the National Theatre—the neighborhood’s offerings are responsible for some of London’s most sensational public attractions and prominent cultural pursuits. Highly acclaimed for its riverside gathering spaces, wry street art, and skateboard-friendly underpasses, South Bank’s dripping-with-culture central commons remain a London favorite among locals and visitors alike.

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On the Map

South Bank is within LB of Lambeth and bordered by Lambeth, The West End, Southwark, City of London, City of Westminster, and LB of Southwark

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The London Eye: 5 minute walk
The Tower of London: 20 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 75 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 55 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 21 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 9 minutes on the tube

The Cultural Heart of London

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Theatre, art, music, literature, film, dance, and festivals attract locals and tourists to London's South Bank.

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What's not to love?

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From the National Theatre to the Southbank Centre, culture saturates this neighborhood on the banks of the Thames.

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On the South Bank, rooftops become event spaces.

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And at the Hayward Gallery, trees become canvases.

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The South Bank's dense crowds and numerous shops can begin to feel object-oriented. Walk toward the nearest underpass and be reminded of London's wry wit.

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Cheeky street art and under-the-bridge book sellers add to the South Bank's verdant appeal.

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Society On the South Bank

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Diverse groups of people enliven the South Bank. Locals, tourists, and theatre-goers frequent the South Bank's riverside promenade.

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The area's undercroft is famous for its freewheeling residents. Bikers, skaters, booksellers, and street artists spend their time in the space below the bridge.

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All sorts of creative types congregate on the South Bank. It's nice to find calm in all the commotion.

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Bars and Cafes Along the Bank

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Cafes and restaurants swarm the South Bank. Take your seat at dinner before you take your seat at one of the plays, performances, or films you're apt to see in the neighborhood.

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Gabriel's Wharf's restaurants and eateries share the space with design shops and local handicraft stores.

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London At Your Level

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Standing on the South Bank, you're greeted with panoramic visions of London's iconic landmarks and signature architectural style.

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Take in the view of St Paul's Cathedral and The Gherkin from your roost along the river.

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Be reminded of London's nautical past as ships navigate through the Thames.

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The European Union's tallest building, the Shard, soars in the distance.

When the Lights Go Down In the City

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At night, the South Bank hardly settles down. Evening lights introduce visitors to the neighborhood's nocturnal side, all under the watchful guise of The London Eye.

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The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben stand aglow in city lights.

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The South Bank's towers and restaurants shine, too.

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Everything is illuminated.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Daniel Burman is a professional photographer based in London. Since graduating from St. Martins School of Art, he's produced creative images for artists, musicians, and other fascinating people. His work regularly appears in places like The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, The Independent, and The Times.

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