Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in The South Bank

Tate Modern

One of London's most amazing attractions, this outstanding modern- and contemporary-art gallery is housed in the creatively revamped Bankside Power Station south of the Millennium Bridge. A spellbinding synthesis of…
Top Choice Historic Building in The South Bank

Shakespeare's Globe

Unlike other venues for Shakespearean plays, the new Globe was designed to resemble the original as closely as possible, which means having the arena open to the fickle London skies, leaving the 700 ‘groundlings’ (s…
Top Choice Viewpoint in The South Bank

London Eye

Standing 135m high in a fairly flat city, the London Eye affords views 25 miles in every direction, weather permitting. Interactive tablets provide great information (in six languages) about landmarks as they appear…
Top Choice Market in The South Bank

Borough Market

Located in this spot in some form or another since the 13th century (possibly since 1014), ‘London’s Larder’ has enjoyed an astonishing renaissance in the past 15 years. Always overflowing with food lovers, invetera…
Top Choice Arts Centre in The South Bank

Southbank Centre

The flagship venue of the Southbank Centre, Europe's largest centre for performing and visual arts, is the Royal Festival Hall. Its gently curved facade of glass and Portland stone is more humane than its 1970s brut…
Top Choice Historic Building in The South Bank

London Dungeon

Older kids tend to love the London Dungeon, as the terrifying queues during school holidays and weekends test­ify. It's all spooky music, ghostly boat rides, macabre hangman's drop-rides, fake blood and actors dress…
Top Choice Church in The South Bank

Southwark Cathedral

The earliest surviving parts of this relatively small cathedral are the retrochoir at the eastern end, which contains four chapels and was part of the 13th-century Priory of St Mary Overie, some ancient arcading by …
Theatre in The South Bank

National Theatre

The nation’s flagship theatre complex comprises three auditoriums for performances. Likened by Prince Charles to a nuclear power station, the theatre's purpose-designed architecture is considered an icon of the brut…
Notable Building in The South Bank

The Shard

Puncturing the skies above London, the dramatic splinter-like form of the Shard has rapidly become an icon of London. The viewing platforms on floors 69 and 72 are open to the public and the views are, as you'd expe…
Museum in The South Bank

Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

This unique museum, 32 steps up a spiral stairway in the tower of St Thomas Church (1703), is the unlikely home of Britain's oldest operating theatre. Rediscovered in 1956, the garret was used by the apothecary of S…