London Living - South Bank
Walk along this picture-postcard stretch of river, and brace yourself for a sharp burst of London at its best. The South Bank stretches from London Bridge to Westminster Bridge, and every inch of its path is lined with a colourful blend of must-see landmarks and cultural hotspots.
Those who are lucky enough to call the South Bank home, love its proximity to the City, which is just a short walk over one of the many bridges that link north and south. Commuters have a range of stations and bus routes at their disposal, and of course there’s the Thames for those days when there’s no better way to travel than by boat. With onboard bars and open-top seating, river buses are fast becoming the ‘in thing’ for Londoners choosing a more relaxed route to the office.
It may be just a stone’s throw from the West End, but that hasn’t stopped the South Bank from making its own name as a ‘go-to’ for theatregoers: its fleet of theatres repeatedly entice some of the biggest names in showbiz. Home to the Globe, the Old Vic, the Young Vic and the British Film Institute, this is one of London’s most vibrant entertainment hubs.
The South Bank is also something of a foodie’s dream. Thanks to the likes of the Oxo Tower, Skylon and Pont de la Tour, the area is something of a mecca for connoisseurs; while a growing staple of family-friendly restaurants and nearby Borough Market offer something for every palate, whatever the occasion.
And there’s plenty to do after dinner too. The South Bank is home to some of the Capital’s most iconic pubs, including The George in Borough which was reportedly Shakespeare’s stomping ground. For something a little more contemporary, The Royal Festival Hall’s Spiritland is a homage to music, with an impressive cocktail menu, an enviable DJ line up and a 2 am licence to boot. And for those who don’t want to burn the midnight oil, the bar’s weekend DJ brunches could be just the tonic. With something for everyone, the South Bank really is the best place to kick back and soak up the vibes in London.