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Chopin sculpture outside the Royal Festival Hall
Chopin sculpture outside the Royal Festival Hall

Chopin sculpture outside the Royal Festival Hall

There's an abstract sculpture to the Polish composer and pianist, Frédéric Chopin outside the Royal Festival Hall, but on the side where it's not that obvious to spot.

Jun
09
2021
A cluster of sideways buildings to replace the ITV tower
A cluster of sideways buildings to replace the ITV tower

A cluster of sideways buildings to replace the ITV tower

A solitary tower on the Southbank could be replaced by a cluster of wide office blocks if plans by Make Architects are approved.

Mar
02
2021
An exhibition of costumes at the National Theatre
An exhibition of costumes at the National Theatre

An exhibition of costumes at the National Theatre

From rags to glamorous gowns, the theatre is a wonderment of fantasy that is often brought to life as much by the costumes, as the acting and stage sets. The costumes are also one of the more dynamic aspects of

Feb
04
2020
Expanding IBM’s brutalist office on the Southbank
Expanding IBM’s brutalist office on the Southbank

Expanding IBM’s brutalist office on the Southbank

The Southbank's brutalist office block occupied by IBM could be getting bigger if plans by the owners are approved by the council.

Dec
18
2019
The best brutalist staircase in London
The best brutalist staircase in London

The best brutalist staircase in London

There are many contenders for best staircase in London, but I am going to pitch this little known staircase on the Southbank for the title.

Dec
10
2019
Waterloo tube station reopens its Southbank entrance
Waterloo tube station reopens its Southbank entrance

Waterloo tube station reopens its Southbank entrance

Rather later than planned, the Southbank entrance to Waterloo tube station finally reopened to the public over the weekend.

May
26
2019
See the remnants of an old wooden road at Waterloo
See the remnants of an old wooden road at Waterloo

See the remnants of an old wooden road at Waterloo

The streets of London were once paved with wood, and in a few places, echoes of that little-known period of road history can be seen - such as at Waterloo.

Feb
13
2019
A history of the South Bank Lion
A history of the South Bank Lion

A history of the South Bank Lion

Standing proud above the tourists on Westminster Bridge is a statue of a noble lion who gave hope to London during WW2 and was saved by a King.

Feb
11
2019
For one day only – 50p tickets to the Hayward Gallery
For one day only – 50p tickets to the Hayward Gallery

For one day only – 50p tickets to the Hayward Gallery

This Wednesday, to mark its 50th anniversary, entry to the Southbank's Hayward Gallery will cost just 50p - instead of the more usual £14.50 they charge to go in.

Jul
09
2018
Concrete Dreams at the Southbank Centre
Concrete Dreams at the Southbank Centre

Concrete Dreams at the Southbank Centre

To mark its reopening following refurbishment works, the brutalist heart of the Southbank has thrown open its backstage to the public for an artistic minded tour.

Apr
15
2018
The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon
The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon

The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon

There are a good many photos of the Festival of Britain, but curiously, few show one of its more exciting, if flawed ideas -- a radio telescope beaming messages to the moon from the centre of London.

Mar
18
2017
A nostalgic look at the “office of the future” – 1960s style
A nostalgic look at the “office of the future” – 1960s style

A nostalgic look at the “office of the future” – 1960s style

A series of films by the Rank Organisation presents a glossy exciting look at modern life, in this case, the Shell Centre in London -- the office of the future.

Jan
08
2017
Private fast lane for fast walking pedestrians at Waterloo
Private fast lane for fast walking pedestrians at Waterloo

Private fast lane for fast walking pedestrians at Waterloo

Part of a busy pedestrian route near Waterloo station is about to be partially sealed off -- for a PR stunt.

Sep
21
2016
Unbuilt London: A giant glass wave over the South Bank
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.

Sep
10
2016
Model Steam Train at the SouthBank
Model Steam Train at the SouthBank

Model Steam Train at the SouthBank

Running along the riverside at the moment just outside the SouthBank Centre can be found a model steam railway.

Dec
03
2014
There is a Big Red Shed on the SouthBank
There is a Big Red Shed on the SouthBank

There is a Big Red Shed on the SouthBank

If you have passed by the Southbank recently or crossed over Waterloo Bridge in a red bus, you might have struggled to avoid seeing a big red shed that has appeared next to the National Theatre.

Mar
21
2013
A trip in a very special vintage double-decker bus
A trip in a very special vintage double-decker bus

A trip in a very special vintage double-decker bus

Sometimes when you plan a visit to an exhibition, you get rather more than you expected. Today was such a moment, as a visit to a small – and frankly, not worth the effort – exhibition about past and future

Aug
13
2011
Turning the deep level air-raid shelters into cheap hotels
Turning the deep level air-raid shelters into cheap hotels

Turning the deep level air-raid shelters into cheap hotels

60 years ago, the Festival of Britain opened, largely at the South Bank in London, but it was actually a nationwide festival with events all across the country. However, London was the focus, and the city was barely recovering from

Apr
25
2011

The Watchmen PR Failure

Last night, I wandered along to the Southbank to see what was being touted as a fairly major PR stunt for the forthcoming Watchmen movie. The event was billed as: “Dr Manhattan, the blue skinned, super-powered being beloved of all

Mar
05
2009

How to get tickets to watch Have I Got News for You

Update: The procedure has changed since the below was written. Click on the link for the latest details of how to request tickets to see

Mar
02
2009