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Address: Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
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+44 20 7960 4200
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the...

Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames. Our origins are in the 1951 Festival of Britain when our largest venue The Royal festival Hall was built. Southbank Centre has now grown to occupy a 21-acre site in the midst of London's vibrant cultural quarter and as well as Royal Festival Hall our venues include Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room for performance based arts and Hayward Gallery which is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest art galleries. Southbank Centre is also home to The Poetry Library in Royal Festival Hall, a popular Roof Garden created by The Eden Project, Jubilee Gardens which is the area in front of the London Eye and a wide range of restaurants, cafes, bars, markets and shops can also be found on our site. Southbank Centre draws on its Festival of Britain heritage to present Festivals For The World. Throughout the year a vibrant programme of themed arts activities takes place both inside and outside our buildings. We offer a very wide range of cultural events from the greatest classical music to performances by contemporary music acts. From dance to performance and spoken word events. 50% of our programme is free so not only do we offer events for all tastes, we offer activities for all pockets too. Whatever you choose to do at Southbank Centre today, we look forward to welcoming you.

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Adventures in moominland

Got treated to go round for my birthday from my friend. I loved the moomins when I was younger and love to catch an episode even now in my 30's. We learned a lot about the author... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Rachel S
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Got treated to go round for my birthday from my friend. I loved the moomins when I was younger and love to catch an episode even now in my 30's. We learned a lot about the author and the set out was good. I do however agree there wasn't enough moomins and the person acting as a tour guide didn't... More 

Thank Rachel S
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Extremely disappointed. Although the sets were lovely, they only contained two or three original drawings in each, and very few of the Moominland characters were represented. There was some information given about the author, Tove Jansson. The biggest mistake, in my opinion, was the organisers decision to have the tour guide act as an intrepid explorer searching for Moomins. It... More 

Thank SarahP390
West Yorkshire
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not as much about the Moomins as expected but great insight into the author's life. The rooms or sets make it, great going from the tent to the cave, into jungles and through bookcases. I thought I might be the only adult without children but adults only seem to be in the majority. It seems more of an exhibition for... More 

Thank Susie M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A little disappointing... A brief story of Tove Jansson's life, however the exhibition is lacking Moomintrolls. It's ok, but not worth the £15.

Thank Ryon8
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit this place twice a year and we always having a lot of fun.Every time we are lucky to do even some free activities.

Thank Yvona M
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped here with a few friends after work on a sunny day as somewhere to sit outside and enjoy a drink. The terrace area provides fabulous views across the river and is a great sun trap but also tourist trap. A small outside bar serves drinks rapidly but at quite a cost (2 Pimms and 2 small beers costing nearly... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Family outing as my daughters liked the Moomins when they were small. Interesting exploration through the authors life. On a sunny day it was lovely to sit on the bank of the Thames at the cafe. There is plenty to do and see nearby when you have finished.

Thank Thirty_nine39
Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visted Moomins. Excellent walk round different sets led by superb guide. More about the author and the artwork so more suitable for adults and older children youger ones mightget bored. Sets are superb esp the forest one. Entrance is on ground floor through a giant book! Had a drink before went in and listen to live orchestra practuce was excellent.... More 

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Come up to the South Bank Centre for a concert. A full house of concert goers and skeleton staff and what appears a couple of coffee machines. That is why we always bring a flask with us. Poor, slow service at high prices.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went to see Adventures in Moominland at the Royal Festival Hall part of the Southbank Centre. By the way - if you're thinking of going to the Moomin exhibition - make sure you stand and wait by the big book prop things as you enter the building for the start of your tour. It's right by... More 

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Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
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