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Things to do in South Bank

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in South Bank. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite South Bank attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in South Bank to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in South Bank.

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  • London Eye

    Originally built for the new millennium, this mammoth Ferris wheel has 32 dangling pods (each holds 25 people sitting or standing) that gracefully ... More
  • National Theatre

    This cultural juggernaut has three different stages (Olivier, Lyttelton, Cottesloe) and an innovative artistic director, Nicholas Hytner (who also ... More
  • South Bank

    A walk along the river’s South Bank from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge is a pleasant mile-and-a-half stroll that can include stops at the Lond... More
  • Tate Modern

    Housed in a hulking converted power station, this vast modern art showplace opened in 2000 but still breaks new ground with installations. Each yea... More

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