Top things to do in The South Bank

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

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’ (standing spectators) to weather London’s spect…
Top Choice Theatre in The South Bank

Shakespeare’s Globe

If you love Shakespeare and the theatre, the Globe will knock your theatrical socks off. This authentic Shakespearean theatre is a wooden 'O' without a roof over the central stage area, and although there are covere…
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), this fantastic market is a sight in its own right. Expect it to be crowded – even on days with limited traders (Monday and T…
Top Choice Italian in The South Bank

Padella

A fantastic part of the foodie enclave of Borough Market, Padella is a small, energetic bistro specialising in handmade pasta dishes, inspired by the owners’ extensive culinary adventures in Italy. The portions are …
Top Choice Modern European in The South Bank

Skylon

This excellent restaurant inside the Royal Festival Hall is divided into grill and fine-dining sections by a large bar. The decor is cutting-edge 1950s, with muted colours and period chairs (trendy then, trendier no…
Top Choice Microbrewery in The South Bank

Brew By Numbers

This microbrewery's raison d'être is experimentation. Everything from its 'scientific' branding (the numbers refer to the type of beer – porter, pale ale etc – and recipe) to its enthusiasm for exploring new beer st…
Top Choice Bar in The South Bank

Oblix

The views from Oblix on the 32nd floor of the Shard aren’t quite as impressive as the panoramas from the 69th-floor viewing platform, but you’ll still be wowed. Relax with a cocktail (from £13.50) in the stylish bar…
Top Choice Eastern European in The South Bank

Baltic

In a bright and airy, high-ceilinged dining room with glass roof and wooden beams, Baltic is travel on a plate: dumplings and blini, pickle and smoke, rich stews and braised meat. From Polish to Georgian, the flavou…