Southbank Centre - Prices, opening hours, news, events and exhibitions

About the Southbank Centre

Major arts complex comprising a number of theatres, galleries and bars.

Famous for its 1960s brutalist concrete design, the venue itself is free to wander around.


IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Southbank Centre,
Belvedere Road,
London,
SE1 8XX

Link to Southbank Centre's website

 

Exhibitions open at the moment

Chihoi: The Train
A slideshow of selected artworks from Hong Kong artist Chihoi’s graphic novel, based on a story written by Taiwanese poet Hung Hung, evokes a dreamlike train journey.
Chihoi: The Train
All Day
Southwark
Ends on Sun 19th June
2022-02-26
2022-06-19

Future events at Southbank Centre

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

 

Southbank Centre Map

 

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to wear a face mask when visiting?

The UK government does not require face masks to be work indoors at the moment, but many venues ask people to wear them, and can refuse entry if they need to.

What's the nearest railway station to Southbank Centre

The nearest station is London Waterloo which is 0.2 miles away.


Southbank Centre - Latest News

London’s Pocket Parks: Southbank roof garden, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: Southbank roof garden, SE1

High up on the concrete landscape that’s the Southbank Centre can be found a decade-old pocket park that’s home to over 200 wild native plants.

Southbank Centre confirms plans to reopen from May
Southbank Centre confirms plans to reopen from May

A year after the Southbank Centre warned that it could face mothballing the entire site, it will reopen its doors to the public once again.

Tickets Alerts: 50th anniversary concert of Tubular Bells
Tickets Alerts: 50th anniversary concert of Tubular Bells

This autumn marks the 50th anniversary of the conception of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, and the SouthBank Centre will be having an anniversary live concert.

Winter lights festival coming to the South Bank
Winter lights festival coming to the South Bank

While the SouthBank Centre remains closed, they are putting on some outdoor events, and this year that will include a winter lights festival.

Hayward Gallery reopens in August with deals for NHS and locals
Hayward Gallery reopens in August with deals for NHS and locals

The Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery has announced that it will reopen from this Saturday (1st August), with discounts for NHS workers and local residents.

Southbank Centre could be mothballed without urgent funding
Southbank Centre could be mothballed without urgent funding

The Southbank Centre is warning that it may not be able to reopen, unless it is able to either secure a rescue package or find a way of providing concerts with larger audiences.

Tickets Alert: The XKCD author is visiting London
Tickets Alert: The XKCD author is visiting London

If you’re the sort of person who reads this blog, then the thought of the XKCD author, Randall Munroe coming to London probably made you let out a little squeak of excitement.

Tickets Alert – 2001: A Space Odyssey with live music
Tickets Alert – 2001: A Space Odyssey with live music

There are few films that can be genuinely said to be worthy of both a big screen and an Orchestra and choir to provide live music.

ABBA exhibition troops to Waterloo This Winter
ABBA exhibition troops to Waterloo This Winter

Turns out there’s an ABBA museum in Stockholm, and it’s coming to London later this year.

A cascade of Sami chevrons in the Southbank Centre
A cascade of Sami chevrons in the Southbank Centre

A thousand woven chevrons hang over the heads of visitors to the SouthBank Centre at the moment, adding droplets of colour the ceilings above.

Unbuilt London: A giant glass wave over the South Bank
Unbuilt London: A giant glass wave over the South Bank

When culture seekers walk along the south bank admiring the views and skateboards, they should do so under a giant glass and steel canopy weaving its way along the Thames.

Museum Meals – The Southbank Centre
Museum Meals – The Southbank Centre

At the moment, the Southbank Center has a semi-permanent display about the history of the 1951 Festival of Britain, which sort of makes at least one small corner of the estate, a museum for my purposes.

Praise for the new SouthBank Centre Website
Praise for the new SouthBank Centre Website

Readers with very good memories may recall that just over a year ago, I wrote a polemic about how the SouthBank Centre’s website had redesigned its listings page in a way that made them essentially useless.

The Southbank Centre’s new events listings page – a rant
The Southbank Centre’s new events listings page – a rant

Whenever a website is redesigned I am apprehensive, hoping for lots of good things, but dreading that something useful might be removed.

Wastescape at the SouthBank Centre
Wastescape at the SouthBank Centre

Nestled into a dark corner of the pathway maze that is the SouthBank Centre is a concrete cave with white plastic stalactites and stalagmites growing around the walkway and up the stairs.

A new type of tube train is shown off at the South Bank
A new type of tube train is shown off at the South Bank

If you were heading down into a certain tube station recently via the escalator, you might have been slightly alarmed to see this advancing back up towards you.

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