The South Bank and London Bridge

The South Bank in London has undergone a big transformation in recent years. The area around Waterloo used to be known as cardboard city.  Now it is a bustling part of London for locals and tourists alike.

London Eye

One of the most popular and newest London attractions of the city, it sits at 135 metres high on the banks of the River Thames.  The London Eye was built for the millennium and since then, it has attracted 3.75 million people on average each year.  Visitors can book tickets in advance or take their chances with queuing, some days there is not a long line and it can take as little as 15 minutes to board.  Tickets are £18.50 for adults and children under 4 are free.

Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre attracts more than 22 million visitors each year and is home to the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Salson Poetry Library.  The Southbank Centre is the largest single run arts centre in the world.  During the summer months, the banks of the river Thames have many activities for the people of all ages.

The Tate Modern

Walking away from Waterloo towards London Bridge, visitors will come across what was a former warehouse.  It is now the Tate Modern, a free art museum housing modern and contemporary art from 1900 until today. There are often special exhibitions taking place which charge a small fee.  The Tate Modern is one of the most visited modern art galleries in the world, with 4.7 million tourists each year.

Shakespeare Globe Theatre

Opened in 1997, this new theatre was built just 200 metres from the original Globe Theatre, made in the same way as the theatre was in Shakespeare’s time.  Tours are available all year round but the theatre season is only during the warmer months as there is no ceiling at the Globe.  There is a circular stage in the middle of the building with three tiers of seating.  There is a 1,300 person capacity and for those who are after a cheaper ticker, there is room for 700 people to stand.

London Bridge

The area that was once outside the city walls and an undesirable part of London is now a bustling and trendy part of town.  There is plenty to see around London Bridge including Borough market, Southwark Cathedral, Clink Prison and the most recent addition is the Shard which is the tallest building in Europe. From the 72 nd floor visitors can see amazing views of London. For those feeling flush, they can rent one of the many new London apartments in this exclusive building.

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