the london southbank is a great place to have a lazy stroll during the warm summer months. this little strip of land gets its name from being on the southern bank of the river thames in central london. along the southbank, you’ll find the shakespeare globe theatre, the royal festival hall, the national theatre, and the london eye.
london is definitely a great place to be if you’re a fan of theatre. at the shakespeare globe theatre, you can see shakespeare’s plays in an authentic period setting. the royal festival hall hosts concerts, while the national theatre is home to dramatic, artsy plays. this past summer, i often went to the southbank, since i live within easy walking distance. over the summer, the national theatre usually sets up giant green couches outside of its front doors. these are fun to lounge around on and to take photos of. =)
i also had the pleasure of going to the royal festival hall’s weekend food festivals. the cheese and wine festival, as well as the charcuterie festival, were particularly memorable for me – it’s great to just wander around in the early autumn weather and munch on some free samples. =) the southbank centre also hosts weekend food markets, every week, behind the royal festival hall.
if you’re still hungry after the food markets, then walk down to the river towards the london eye. along the way, you’ll pass beneath the hungerford bridge, which is flanked by the beautiful golden jubilee footbridges – the view from the footbridges is spectacular, and it’s a nice place to take photos of the thames and parliament. but before you start crossing the bridge, why not grab an ice cream? in the summer and early autumn, london is flooded with classic ice cream trucks; there are usually a couple of them parked along the southbank, between the hungerford bridge and the london eye. i usually get my ice cream from an old-school cornish ice cream truck, which serves up rich, creamy ice cream made from cornwall’s famous clotted cream. there are many street performers in this area, so get some ice cream and take some time to soak in the sights and sounds.
not far from the ice cream trucks is the london eye, an iconic landmark that offers great night views of parliament. the best time to take a ride up the london eye is during sunset. if you have a tripod, then definitely bring it with you, since you can get some magnificent night photos of parliament from atop the london eye. =)
- golden jubilee footbridge, hungerford bridge: