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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
+44 20 3879 9555
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Belvedere Road | South Bank, London SE1 8XX, England
+44 20 3879 9555
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

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...More

Thank SarahP390
Reviewed 21 April 2017

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...More

Thank Susie M
Reviewed 16 April 2017 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
Reviewed 15 April 2017 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
Reviewed 14 April 2017 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...More

Thank wiltshiretraveller1
Reviewed 11 April 2017 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...More

Thank Thirty_nine39
Reviewed 9 April 2017

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...More

Thank richm15
Reviewed 2 April 2017 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 31 March 2017 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...More

Thank Gayle R
Reviewed 31 March 2017

We are big fans of the Moomins so booked a few days in London in order to see this at the South Bank. Wasn't sure what to expect - an exhibition? We arrived and were looking for toilets when a member of staff came to...More

Thank Emma S
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
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4 August 2017|
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Response from Joseph S | Reviewed this property |
I would say that a 3 year old is probably on the young side, it seems to be aimed at 5+ year old children. It all depends on the child, however, some of the activities might be beyond a child under 5.
25 June 2016|
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Response from Muneeb78 | Reviewed this property |
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11 June 2016|
Response from WMIM | Reviewed this property |
I take it you mean ''The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl'' at the Royal Festival Hall? It wouldn't be my type of thing but I have checked with a family member who has been (with children in tow) and they told me they found... More