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Southbank Centre

Located on the southern bank of the River Thames, Southbank Centre lies at the heart of an arts quarter stretching from the The National Theatre and BFI Southbank to Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe.

You’ll find The Chocolate Festival outside The Royal Festival Hall in Southbank Centre Square, an open pedestrianised space, overlooked by The Hayward Gallery and The Poetry Library.

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Getting Here

Southbank Centre is a short walk away from Covent Garden and Westminster and minutes from the Waterloo, Charing Cross and Embankment London Underground and British Rail stations.

Nearest underground stations: Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City lines) Embankment (Circle and District lines)

Nearest railway stations: Waterloo, Waterloo East, Charing Cross

Find the best route for getting to Southbank Centre by visiting Transport for London’s Journey Planner.

By bus: Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, in York Road, in Belvedere Road and in Stamford Street.

By river: Boats stop at Festival Pier.

By bike: Bike stands are located in Southbank Centre Square.

By car:There is parking available if you are driving to Southbank Centre.


For information on step-free access to Southbank Centre, see Southbank Centre’s Photo Access Maps.

Things to see and do

After an afternoon’s indulgence at The Chocolate Festival, why not enjoy a concert, film, performance or exhibition at one of Southbank Centre’s world-class cultural venues that include The Royal Festival HallQueen Elizabeth Hall, The Purcell Room, The Hayward Gallery and The Poetry Library.

A trip on The EDF Energy London Eye makes a spectacular finale to any day out. It is just a short stroll further along the riverbank. 

Where to eat and drink

Right next to The Chocolate Festival is the award-winning Canteen. Here you’ll find an all-day dining menu of high quality British food at reasonable prices. A little further along on Southbank Centre Square is the fabulous dim sum restaurant Ping Pong.

Walk up the stairs from Southbank Centre Square towards the River Thames and you find yourself on a walkway that leads to Hungerford Bridge. The Royal Festival Hall is located to your right. Here you’ll find eateries galore, from South American Las Iguanas and Belgian bakery Le Pain Quotidien, to Caffè Vergnano 1882 and Feng Sushi.

Festival Riverside is located in front of The Royal Festival Hall, just follow the steps down from the terrace to the riverbank. Visitors can choose from the family-friendly Giraffe, Italian Strada, Japanese YO! Sushi, pan Asian wagamama and cafe EAT.

If you fancy a drink, relax with a glass of wine on Festival Terrace or enjoy cocktails in stylish surroundings at  Skylon situated in the Royal Festival Hall. There’s also the Riverside Terrace Café on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall, and Central Bar in the foyer. For something edgier try Concrete, a bar/café housed in the Hayward Gallery.



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