Southwark & The South Bank (Bankside)
The South Bank of the Thames was London's wrong side of the tracks as far back as the 1500s. It was rowdy place, where Londoner's partook of the taverns, prostitutes, bear gardens and the theatre, including Shakespeare's Globe. Today, the South Bank is London's left bank, where the arts flourish.
The government funded Millennium Mile stretches from Westminster Bridge to the Design Museum and is full of things to see and do.
The new Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian bridge, spans the Thames dropping you at the Tate Modern. If you cross at Westminster Bridge, you'll be at the London Aquarium with the London Eye to you left, as in the picture above. Cross at London Bridge and you'll be at Southwark Cathedral. It really doesn't matter where you cross the Thames, however, as you can see from the listing of South Bank attractions and sights below. Make sure to check southbanklondon.com's calendar of free events because there's always something to see or listen to.
You can also check Londonse1, a South Bank/Bankside community Web site for news.
ATTRACTIONS AND SIGHTS
Tate Modern, the redeveloped Bankside Power Station on the South Bank, is Britain's new museum of modern art.
The Globe Theatre - Shakespeare's theatre reconstructed.
The Rose Theatre - Bankside's first theatre where Shakespeare learned his craft.
The Anchor Inn, centuries old riverside pub
The Clink Prison Museum
The Clink (Hidden London)
The Golden Hinde, a replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship.
George Inn, have lunch at this historic tavern.
London Aquarium one of Europe's largest. Flash site
Florence Nightengale Museum, Lambeth Palace Road.
London Eye A different kind of experience and what a view
Hayward Gallery at the South Bank Centre
Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. Concerts and exhibitions.
Operating Theatre Museum
Museum of Moving Image, South Bank Arts Complex. (Sorry, closed for redevelopment).
National Film Theatre, South Bank Arts Complex. Retrospectives on films and directors.
Museum of Garden History, Lambeth
OXO Tower, design shops like not other, two restaurants, a cafe and gallery.
Gabriel's Wharf, an artful melange of shops, bards, eateries, studios and a venue for free events.
Lambeth Palace, London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Imperial War Museum
The Old Vic, London's oldest theatre
The Young Vic, cutting edge productions. Small scale contemporary theatre.
The Bear Gardens
Royal National Theatre
Design Museum South Bank by Tower Bridge.
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