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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 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), ‘London’s Larder’ has enjoyed an astonishing renaissance in the past 15 years. Always overflowing with food lovers, invetera…
Top Choice Theatre in The South Bank

National Theatre

England’s flagship theatre showcases a mix of classic and contemporary plays performed by excellent casts in three theatres (Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman). Artistic director Rufus Norris, who started in April 2015…
Top Choice Italian in The South Bank

Padella

Yet another fantastic addition to 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…
Top Choice Bar in The South Bank

Oblix

On the 32nd floor of the Shard, Oblix offers mesmerising vistas of London. You can come for anything from a coffee (£3.50) to a cocktail (from £13.50) and enjoy virtually the same views as the official viewing galle…
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 Pub in The South Bank

King’s Arms

Relaxed and charming, this neighbourhood boozer at the corner of a terraced Waterloo backstreet was a funeral parlour in a previous life. The large traditional bar area, complete with open fire in winter, serves up …