South Bank, Central London
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Area Guide South Bank
The South Bank lies right next to the River Thames, across from the City of Westminster: its core is bordered by Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.
The area has undergone many changes over the years, including its transition from an industrial land in the 18th Century, to a centre for culture and entertainment in 1951 during the Festival of Britain.
Setting up your business here
Being London’s hive of culture, South Bank is naturally one of the most vibrant parts of the city. The prosperous area is also a prestigious location to have business in, largely for housing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, as well as being the country’s most prominent arts centre.
South Bank is also valuable for its rich selection of amenities as well as excellent transport links: the area is very accessible, especially from the Waterloo station, and it is a convenient journey to and from other Central London locales.
Culture and Entertainment
Steeped in culture, South Bank is a common favourite for an array of places, such as the Hayward Gallery , the BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX cinemas, Royal Festival Hall , and the Royal National Theatre.
Other key landmarks that make for great activities include the London Dungeons opposite the Eye, the Sea Life London Aquarium at County Hall, as well as The London Eye and the Jubilee Gardens, both of which sit next to the County Hall.
Good food is certainly one of the South Bank’s strengths. There are various popular restaurants in and around the area, many of which can be found in the vicinity of the Southbank Centre. One fantastic option to consider is YO! Sushi; the 'kaiten' sushi bar style makes for a novel setting and community atmosphere and it’s also great to see the chefs preparing the food right in front of you.
Wahaca – one of the latest additions to the centre – is another name we recommend: it stands out not only for its superb Mexican flavours, but for being built out of eight shipping containers! There’s also the option of eating café style food at EAT (Festival Riverside) or desserts at the charming Belgian bakery, Le Pain Quotidien. Cold weather? Pick up a traditional Italian hot chocolate at Café Verango 1882.
- Underground Stations: Waterloo, Charing Cross, Southwark, Temple
- Tube lines: Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City
- Mainline stations: Waterloo, Charing Cross, Waterloo East
- Nearest airports: London City (48 min), Heathrow (1 hr)
- Nearest motorways: M4