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A Trip Down the South Bank

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Published August 9th 2012
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The South Bank is one of my favourite spots in London. It somehow manages to encapsulate everything about the city in one narrow strip of land.

For a start, some of the best views of the city can be seen, capturing the Palace of Westminster, St Pauls, the London Eye, and countless high rise office blocks. The knowledge that somehow you are within spitting distance of some of the most recognisable buildings in the world somehow adds to the atmosphere.

Tourists generally make it about as far as the Eye, however just a short stroll along the South Bank towards Charing Cross Station will bring you to a lively walkway in which something always seems to be going on, from Christmas Markets to street art and other forms of Al Fresco entertainment. It really is a sport in which the capital comes to life.

The more adventurous souls will find themselves drawn to the Oxo Tower, a little further along, and if art is something that interests you, then that adventurous soul will be rewarded. Along with the Oxo Tower art gallery, there are some pretty cool art shops and smaller galleries. Even though you won't be far from Tate Modern at this point, it's well worth stopping and checking out these smaller galleries.

If you find that all this walking is making you hungry, stop in at Gabriel's Wharf. A lovely collection of restaurants and other eateries, your almost bound to find something to take your fancy, as well as picking up a little bit of shopping from some cool little boutique shops. The Oxo Tower building also features some pretty smart shops as well.

Of course, the South Bank is also the home of some great theatre, be it at the National Theatre or the Royal Festival Hall. There is plenty of choice as far as evening entertainment is concerned, it's certainly not just a daytime space on the South Bank. Music, theatre, and cinema fans will all find something to their tastes.

The South Bank is a great space, whether or not you have a planned activity in mind, or just want to explore the capital. The relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surroundings will give any visitor a wonderful experience. There is plenty to occupy all ages, and enough to see to make for a great day out.
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