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South Bank
Packed with cultural hot spots and boasting a uniquely laid-back atmosphere, the South Bank district is a must for anyone curious about London life. Locals and visitors alike stroll the riverbank for striking views of Westminster and beyond, or pop into any of the museums, galleries, theaters, or pubs for which the area is famous.

The Basics
South Bank boasts many of London’s top landmarks, and a number of city sightseeing tours offer the opportunity to explore by foot or boat. The London Eye and the London Dungeon are popular family-friendly attractions, while art enthusiasts flock to the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Southbank Centre hosts many cultural events across its venues, and the National Theatre, Young Vic, and Old Vic offer affordable and trendy West End alternatives.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Popular with hip locals, culture vultures, and families, the vibrant district offers something for everyone.
  • London’s national museums and galleries are free to visit, but shows and special exhibitions charge an entry fee.
  • South Bank’s brutalist architecture can lead to big puddles in the rainy months, so it’s a good idea to pack an umbrella and water-repellent shoes.
  • The wide, paved riverside paths are wheelchair-friendly and most attractions offer access, though some do have restrictions.

How to Get There
Waterloo Station, nestled in the heart of South Bank, is served by the Jubilee, Bakerloo, and Northern lines, as well as direct National Rail links to Clapham Junction. Westminster, Blackfriars, and Embankment stations are also located nearby. South Bank is easily accessed by river bus and city cruiser, with London Eye and Festival piers serving the area.

When to Get There
As throughout the rest of London, there is always something happening along the South Bank, making it well worth a visit at any time of year. Winter brings Christmas markets and festive decorations, while funfairs and festivals arrive between April and August.

South Bank Through the Ages
Though South Bank as it exists today is a relatively new district, the south bank of the Thames has been an entertainment hub since the Middle Ages. Even in Elizabethan England, it provided a popular escape from heavy regulation in the city, with draws including Shakespeare’s own Globe Theatre. Today, a reconstructed Globe sits farther along the bank, and visitors can catch a show from the traditional standing yard.
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off TourHop-on Hop-off Tours

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with dozens of possible stops, including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus TourHop-on Hop-off Tours

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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Must see London with a local: private & personalizedPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Must see London with a local: private & personalized

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Make your London adventure a personal one on a private 8-hour sightseeing tour. Your tailor made itinerary can include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the city’s hidden gems, and much more. It's up to you. Thanks to the expert navigation skills of your Londoner guide, you’re able to explore in an efficient, but leisurely manner. Leave with exclusive tips on what to see, eat, and do with the rest of your vacation.
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South London food tour with a local: Borough market, Southbank & London BridgeCultural Tours

South London food tour with a local: Borough market, Southbank & London Bridge

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Enjoy a fully personalized half-day tasting tour around London, customized to your tastes and preferences. Sample up to eight savory and sweet British delicacies, from Cumberland sausages and artisanal chocolates to traditional jellied eel, as you explore the city on foot. Possible stops include baked goods at Borough Market, a classic roast at the Southbank Centre, or a British craft beer or ale on Charles Street.
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The Original Tour London: Night TourHop-on Hop-off Tours

The Original Tour London: Night Tour

The city bursts into life at night and London looks spectacular with twinkling lights cutting through the darkness. You may have already visited top attractions during the day, but our London night tours give you the chance to see everything in a whole new light. Watch the sunset over the city and be dazzled as famous attractions such as the Houses of Parliament and the Coca-Cola London Eye light up. Join us on our night tour bus around London and watch the city come alive in the evening.The Original Tour of London by night follows our Yellow Route, which also operates during the day. You will pass most of London’s famous landmarks as well as crossing the river Thames, giving you spectacular views of London by night.Some of the landmarks on our night tour include:Buckingham PalaceDowning StreetTrafalgar SquareBig BenHouses of ParliamentWestminster AbbeySt Paul’s CathedralTower of London
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Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre & See 30+ London Sights Tour!Theater, Shows & Musicals

Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre & See 30+ London Sights Tour!

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London attracts visitors from across the world to its landmarks and attractions, but navigating the streets to explore solo cuts into valuable sightseeing time. On this walking tour, leave the map behind and follow your guide to famous sites like the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. Catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and learn of London’s theater history at Shakespeare's Globe.
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The Original Tour London: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Madame TussaudsHop-on Hop-off Tours

The Original Tour London: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Madame Tussauds

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Sightsee in London with a money-saving ticket that combines a hop-on hop-off Original Tour bus with entry to Madam Tussauds, the iconic waxwork museum. The family-friendly combo ticket lets you discover the capital with ease: Explore with three different hop-on hop-off bus routes, see the sights from the water on a Thames River cruise, and brush shoulders with celebrities at Madam Tussauds.
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Private Walking Tour: Pokemon AdventurePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Walking Tour: Pokemon Adventure

Embark on this private Pokemon Go Adventure. This Pokemon London adventures aim to increase your Pokemon knowledge via pokestops, hunting specific Pokemon for your pokedex, improving your catching capabilities and increasing your own team gym prestige.
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2 hours in London with a local host: private & personalizedPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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2 hours in London with a local host: private & personalized

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Experience London like a local on this private 2-hour walking tour and maximize your time with a custom-made itinerary. Perhaps check off famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London; discover neighborhoods like Soho and Covent Garden; or get insider tips on where to shop, dine, or party in the city.
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London Landmarks & Secret Gems, Historic Pub and British Bikes with Local GuidesBike & Mountain Bike Tours

London Landmarks & Secret Gems, Historic Pub and British Bikes with Local Guides

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Pedal around the sights in style on this small-group, 3.5-hour bike tour of central London. Hop on board your classic English Pashley bicycle and follow your guide down quiet backstreets, past famous landmarks and along the banks of the Thames River. Take in iconic sights like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Southbank and Covent Garden, then get off-the-beaten-track as you discover the street art of Banksy and even have a go at your own graffiti tag.
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Discover London along the riverCultural Tours

Discover London along the river

When it comes to cultural diversity, London is up there with the best of them, and if you head south of the river you'll experience a whole other atmosphere that celebrates London's arty side. With one of our London hosts by your side, you can tap into that creative energy as you explore museums, contemporary and forward-thinking art galleries and even a Shakespearean theatre. Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Thames, working up an appetite that you can then quell with innovative foods from one of London's most eclectic food markets. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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The Tower of London: Explore it's often gruesome history on a walking audio tourHistorical & Heritage Tours

The Tower of London: Explore it's often gruesome history on a walking audio tour

Explore the history of the Tower of London before you go into the Tower! Some of the city's most fascinating and bloody histories occurred outside and around the Tower. Learn about the origins of Londons first bridge across the Thames and how you are not quite walking in its footsteps. Find out where the guns of HMS Belfast are actually pointed and as you walk across Londons iconic Tower Bridge you will find out the death-defying history of transport minding the gap.The tour is created and voiced by J P Holdstock an English author of murder mystery historical fiction books. His passion for the medieval history of London and its people is evident in his tour. Get ready to journey back in time as he tells the sometimes gruesome stories from the 12th and 13th centuries.
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Southbank or Westminster Photography Tour at NightWalking Tours

Southbank or Westminster Photography Tour at Night

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See an alternative side of London while honing your photography skills on this 2-hour evening photography tour. Master basic techniques or improve existing camera skills alongside an expert guide and capture flawless shots of London’s illuminated landmarks. Choose between a creative workshop in Westminster, home to the iconic Big Ben, London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament, or opt to photograph London’s famous skyline from Southbank on the Thames River.
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Brutalism for BeginnersHistorical & Heritage Tours

Brutalism for Beginners

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We will walk around London, visit a great number of sites, learn about concrete and its historic and social significance, and spend time admiring and photographing these at most dramatic angles. Loved by some, loathed by others, the rugged urban fortresses we will be locating are excellent examples of the most influential architectural style of the 60s and the 70's that changed the landscape of our cities forever..
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South Bank Photography Tour - Small GroupPhotography Tours

South Bank Photography Tour - Small Group

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Capture the infectious energy of London’s South Bank on this 4-hour photography walking tour. Your professional photographer guide will show you how to adjust aperture, shutter speed and depth of field to snap candid portraits of the street entertainers and market vendors that line the River Thames. With tour places limited to six, you’ll enjoy one-on-one tuition to help you achieve winning shots of landmarks like the London Eye, Big Ben and St Paul's Cathedral.
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Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

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Enjoy two classic London experiences with this combined Thames River cruise and Tower of London ticket, all for one great-value price. With your admission ticket, head inside the infamous Tower of London and explore the grounds, towers and Crown Jewels exhibition independently as you uncover the palace-fortress’ blood-soaked, 900-year history. On the same day, take a leisurely sightseeing cruise on the historical Thames. Settle on a comfortable cruise boat and soak up panoramic views of famous sights such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye from the water.
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London Thames River Dinner CruiseWine Tasting & Winery Tours

London Thames River Dinner Cruise

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Take to the Thames for a sparkling 2.45-hour river dinner sailing past London’s waterfront sights. Settle at your table to savor a delectable 5-course dinner and admire floodlit city sights such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye and Big Ben as you eat and relax, and enjoy enchanting live entertainment.
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London Lights TourCultural Tours

London Lights Tour

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Walk the South Bank of the River Thames and marvel at the lights and colors of central London at night on this tour. Instead of joining a large tour group and fighting over good spots for photographing the picturesque London cityscape, join this intimate small group tour and get stunning night shots of landmarks like the Tower Bridge and the London Eye. Book your spots quickly, though, as there are only a handful of tours each week.
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South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter The Tower of LondonCultural Tours

South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter The Tower of London

London’s South Bank area is home to more than a dozen of the city’s top attractions, so see them all in just a few hours on this insightful walking tour. In addition to the famous London Bridge, see the Clink Prison, the Globe Theatre, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Shard, while hearing London legends and trivia from an entertaining guide. Finally, be dazzled by the crown jewels with included admission to the Tower of London.
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Shakespeare Walking Tour in LondonCultural Tours

Shakespeare Walking Tour in London

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Retrace the footsteps of iconic playwright William Shakespeare on this 3-hour walking tour of central London. Visit London’s lively South Bank and the legendary Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, plus see the site of the original theatre and its competitor, the Rose Theatre. Additional attractions include the Shakespeare stained glass window at Southwark Cathedral, Winchester Palace, the Golden Hind and the Anchor Pub.
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Private Tour: South Bank Photography Walking Tour in LondonPhotography Tours

Private Tour: South Bank Photography Walking Tour in London

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Combine a 4-hour walking tour along London’s atmospheric South Bank with an expert-led photography class tailored to your interests and knowledge level. Pass iconic landmarks like Big Ben, the London Eye and Westminster Bridge, set against a photogenic backdrop of the Thames River. Your private guide will show you how to get the best possible shots with your camera and point out little-known viewpoints to make your photos unique and memorable.
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South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter Westminster AbbeyCultural Tours

South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter Westminster Abbey

See over 15 London sights & enter Westminster Abbey in 1 day Kids : only pay for the attraction ticket. Walking tour is freeYou'll be guided on a 2 hour exploration of the London Bridge area. You will see 15 of London's best known sights on this walking tour. Including London Bridge, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Clink Prison, The Shard and The Globe Theatre. Also, be rewarded with a brilliant panoramic view of St Paul's Cathedral to the Square Mile. Our guides are full of interesting facts and funny stories about London that are sure to entertain.After which, enter Westminster Abbey. Since 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been in Westminster Abbey.Your guide will direct you to the attraction but will not enter it with you. • See the Top 15 sights in London • Walk through the world famous London Bridge Area • Stretch your neck looking up at the Shard • Walk on London Bridge • Learn about London's history • Enter Westminster Abbey
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"The Authentic British Food Tour" (Try many British Foods!)

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We aim to convince you that British Food is not that bad :)In a small group, you will discover the South Bank & Borough Market. These are two of the most loved areas of London which offer the most delicious and best variety of food in town.Here we will discover the best of British food from local artisans.This will give you a good idea of the history and tastes of one of the World's most dynamic citiesFoods you will try include: Bacon SandwichSconesTea presentationAward-Winning Sausage Roll Fish & Chips CiderBeer & English Pub SnacksSample of British Cheese (or alternative) At the start we will head through the South Bank, stopping at renowned landmarks such as Shakespeare’s Globe, The Anchor Pub and Borough Market (1000-year-old Food Market: oldest in Europe). We will nibble, taste & try food all along the route while you discover some unusual facts & stories about this incredible neighbourhood and its landmarks.
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Private Tour: "The Authentic British Food Tour" (Try 10 British Foods)

We aim to convince you that British Food is not that bad :)In a private group, you will discover the South Bank & Borough Market. These are two of the most loved areas of London which offer the most delicious and best variety of food in town.Here we will discover the best of British food from local artisans.This will give you a good idea of the history and tastes of one of the World's most dynamic citiesFoods you will try include: Bacon SandwichSconesTea presentationAward-Winning Sausage Roll Fish & Chips CiderBeer & English Pub SnacksSample of British Cheese (or alternative) At the start we will head through the South Bank, stopping at renowned landmarks such as Shakespeare’s Globe, The Anchor Pub and Borough Market (1000-year-old Food Market: oldest in Europe). We will nibble, taste & try food all along the route while you discover some unusual facts & stories about this incredible neighbourhood and its landmarks.
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