About South Bank
The South Bank was slower to develop than the North Bank of the Thames, due in part to receiving less sunlight. It was developed as an entertainment district in the Middle Ages, home to theatres, bear baiting and even prostitution. In the 18th Century the area was taken over as an industrial location and blocked off from the public, before being redefined for culture and entertainment again in 1951 during the Festival of Britain. This location has continued to be a cultural hub of the City ever since, and is now home to the Royal National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye - one of London’s most popular landmarks. The area benefits from extensive transport links and considerable footfall throughout the year, benefitting businesses and attractions based here.
Setting up your business here
The South Bank is largely home to the Media, Creative and Entertainment industries, but is also popular with financial companies as it enjoys close proximity to the ‘Square Mile’, the City’s financial district. The range of transport links close by make it ideal for networking and connectivity, and with London South Bank University based here there is a wide talent pool available close by to benefit business.
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Things to do in South Bank
South Bank has so many things to do and see that it can be difficult to choose something to do from one day to the next. The Sea Life London Aquarium is a famous attraction which draws millions of visitors every year, and offers a spectacular view of the underwater world. For more introspective enjoyment, The Poetry Library is also based here and offers access to some of the world’s best poetry and prose. The Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre is the home of the Philharmonic Orchestra, and hosts operas, ballets and concerts on a regular basis. For post-work drinks there are plenty of watering holes to choose from. Bassoon Bar is one of the more upmarket, and is somewhat expensive but offers fantastic cocktails and the chance to rub shoulders with its celebrity clientele. Gordon’s Wine Bar is a more affordable option, and is steeped in history as it was once home to Samuel Pepys. The Fire Station is a good venue for dinner or a quick bite, with an intimate restaurant as well as a casual bar area to choose from.
- Tube lines: Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City
- Mainline stations: Waterloo, Charing Cross
- Nearest motorways: M4
- Nearest airports: London City, Heathrow
- Other: Buses and taxis. Boats from Westminster, Waterloo Millennium, Embankment and Festival piers