Since being created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, the Southbank Centre has committed itself to make art available for everyone. It hosts a variety of cultural events both within the centre’s venues and along the streets of the Southbank.
Art of all forms is displayed at these events, from music, dance and spoken word performances to visual arts and theatre shows. Events are often free, given the Southbank Centre’s all-inclusive attitude. The centre attracts a more diverse audience than any other UK venue.
The Southbank Centre’s venues include the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery and the Poetry Library. As well as its art venues, the Southbank is home to many different restaurants, cafes and shops both in and outside of the Southbank Centre itself. From the Southbank Centre’s own shop to the secondhand books sold on the pavement under Waterloo Bridge, there are plenty of places to explore.
Located near world-famous attractions such as the London Eye, Borough Market and the Tate Modern, the Southbank Centre sits in a vibrant, diverse location which is considered by tourists and Londoners alike as one of the most vital parts of the city itself.