The South Bank is the increasingly popular area south of the river Thames. It is the ideal place for long walks enjoying amazing views of some of Central London’s key attractions. Indeed the area is home to one of the most iconic sites of the capital, the London Eye on the western side, and the iconic landmark of Tower Bridge on the eastern side . In between are a variety of amazing touristic sights to be discovered including the London Aquarium, the Tate Modern and the Shakespeare’s Globe.
The South Bank area covers the South London Boroughs of Lambeth as well as Southwark. This vast central region is bordered by the Thames River to the North and West, Tower Bridge and Bridge Road to the East, and Elephant and Castle as well as Bermondsey to the South.
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South Bank Top Attractions
Best sites to visit in South Bank and London Bridge:
- Clink Prison Museum
- HMS Belfast
- Imperial War Museum
- London Aquarium
- London Dungeon
- London Eye
- Millennium Bridge
- Shakespeare Globe
- Tate Modern
- Tower Bridge
Clink Prison Museum
The Clink Prison is a well known Museum located in Southwark offering visitors an historic experience of inmates stories and various torture devices. The sight is situated on the location of the original Clink, considered England’s oldest prison, dating back to 1144. The prison was once own by the Bishop of Winchester to better control the South Bank area of London.
HMS Belfast is an amazing historic and war museum located on a Royal Navy ship which is permanently stationed on the River Thames, next to the Tower Bridge. The museum visitors can experience what it was like to live and work on board a warship during various wars including the Second World War and the Korean War. One can immerse itself into the interactive Operations Room and become in charge of the ship or be part of the ship’s community in a day to day live.
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum is a popular attractions in the South Bank of London offering a large numbers of military vehicles , aircrafts, various military equipments as well as a vast collection of personal and official documents, films and various images. The museum first opened in 1917 during the First World War with a mission to better understand Britain’s war effort as well as its impact on society.
The Sea Life London Aquarium, with more than 500 various species is London’s and Europe’s largest collection of aquatic creatures. With over a million visitors a year it is one of the capital’s most visited attraction and is especially popular with kids. It is perfectly situated on the ground floor of the County Hall, right next to the famous London Eye. The aquarium which first opened in March 1997 reopened in April 2009 after months of major refurbishments at a total cost of £5 million under the precise supervision of architect Kay Elliott.
The London Dungeon is one of the most popular tourist attraction in the South Bank of London, offering an historical and entertaining experience. Incorporating a variety of rides, special effects and live actors it recreates some of London’s most scariest events and personalities. The museum is divided into various sections or interactive scenes including the Crypt of All Hallows Church, the Labyrinth of the Lost, the Great Plague of London, the Great Fire of London, the Surgery: Blood & Guts, the Torture Chamber, the Courtroom, the Bedlam, the Traitor Boat Ride to Hell, the Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper, Bloody Mary Killer Queen and the Extremis Drop Ride to Doom.
The London Eye is one of the most iconic sights of the capital. It is visited by over 3.5 million people a year making it the UK’s most popular paid attraction. The structure is 135 metres high in a perfect central location on the River Thames opposite the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Inside its 25 people capsules it provides the greatest views of central London spanning up to 40 km in each directions, from the City and Canary Wharf to the east to as far back as the Windsor castle to the West.
The Millennium Bridge is a unique pedestrians suspension bridge which crosses the River Thames, separating the Tate Modern on the Southern Bank and the St-Paul cathedral and the City of London School on the northern side. Since it was reopened in 2002, the Bridge has become one of the key landmark of central London .
The Shakespeare’s Globe situated on the bank of the river Thames is an almost identical reconstruction of the Globe Theatre. The Elizabethan playhouse was destroyed on many occasions including by fire in 1613, with the current version dating back to 1997. It became famous for being the home of Lord Chamberlain’s Men playing company which Shakespeare belonged.
The Tate Modern is one of London’s most popular museum of modern art, proudly sitting on the banks of the river Thames, next to the iconic Millennium bridge. It has a very unique shape due to its previous role as a power station and find inside some of the world’s most interesting temporary exhibitions from Gauguin to Damien Hirst. Together with the Tate Britain and other museums across the country, it is part of the group known as simply the Tate. The entry is free except for specific exhibitions.
Along with the London Eye, the Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic symbols of London. It was completed in 1894 and is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames. It is located next to the famous Tower of London, which gives it its name. Inside the towers you may visit the Tower Bridge exhibition about the history of the bridge.
South Bank top hotels
The following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 Stars hotels on the South Bank of London as voted by the users based on value for money, location, staff performance and comfort criteria’s. To view the full list of South Bank accommodations you may visit our partner site Agoda London – Southwark and Waterloo.
Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel
4 Stars / 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, Southwark and Waterloo, London, United Kingdom
With its striking architecture and state-of-the-art facilities, this new hotel, opened in 2006, offers upscale, contemporary rooms close to one of London’s best known landmarks. The Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel, part of the More London Development, has large, stylish rooms with high-speed Internet access, plasma televisions, pay-per-view movies and video games. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel. The Ruba Bar and Larder Restaurant serve excellent international cuisine and refreshments, and guests have access to the More London 37º health club with a gym, sauna and swimming pool. London Bridge underground station is only a two-minute walk away, putting all of London’s attractions within easy reach.
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Novotel London Waterloo Hotel
4 Stars / 113 Lambeth Road, Southwark and Waterloo, London, United Kingdom SE1 7LS
Right by the River Thames, this hotel is in a superior location for seeing London’s most iconic attractions. Within walking distance of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the Novotel London Waterloo offers bright and modern air-conditioned rooms in a location handy to all the must-see tourist spots. Westminster Abbey is about ten minutes away on foot, and the South Bank and London Eye are an easy stroll down the bank of the Thames, an area with a constant supply of tour buses and black cabs. The major Waterloo railway interchange is a ten-minute walk away two minutes by cab providing easy access to all the shops, palaces and parks of central London. Another perk of this location is the free parking that can be found on the surrounding streets.
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Mercure London City Bankside Hotel
4 Stars / 71-79 Southwark Street, Southwark and Waterloo, London, United Kingdom SE1 0JA
The Mercure London City Bankside Hotel blends classic service with premium quality. This four star hotel is centrally located in the bustling city of London. Located nearby are many famous attractions including the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Fans of Shakespeare should read Bill Bryson’s biography on Shakespeare as it will really bring the Globe Theatre to life. The hotel offers 144 en suite bedrooms, each of which features luxurious furnishings. For business travelers, the 4 meeting rooms that can hold up to 60 people are also highly rated. Guests are recommended to have a delicious meal at the famous Loft Restaurant, known for its international cuisine offerings and selection of fine wines.
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H10 London Waterloo Hotel
4 Stars / 284 to 302 Waterloo Road, Southwark and Waterloo, London, United Kingdom
As London’s unique luxury hotel, H10 London Waterloo blends top-class English service with ideal location. Located within walking distance are the Waterloo tube station, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. The hotel offers 177 bedrooms, each of which showcases comfortable and modern decor. In addition, there is an on-site fitness room, as well as a health and beauty center where a wide array of massages and treatments are available for your indulgence. Guests are recommended to sample the food at the in-house restaurant, Three O Two, as it features delectable fare in an ultra-modern setting. For business travelers, the 4 meeting rooms can be conformed to meet your needs, and of course, free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
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