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Southbank for under a tenner

1st Jun 2018

The Southbank is the perfect location to visit; no matter what mood you’re in (be it happy, loving, adventurous) or what your budget might be, there’s something to do for EVERYONE. Let’s explore the many things you can do on the Southbank, if you’re trying to save the pennies.


The Laughing  Stock – Treat your taste buds with some of the best street food that London has to offer. The Laughing Stock are well-versed in feeding hungry festival goers, having delivered dynamic street food at Underbelly Festival for the past five years.  All meat comes from Bowers of Stockbridge where the pigs are organic and the chickens run free (massive tick on the checklist) and it’s run by two Michelin trained chefs.

Price: Very affordable

Dates: 6 April 2018 - 30 September 2018 

Location: Underbelly Festival


Instagram Poetry - Yes, you have read correctly. The National Poetry Library plays host to the world’s first Instagram poetry exhibition. Instagram has been used by the new generation of poets to create and share their work with the world, leading to millions of followers and book deals. “The exhibition provides the perfect introduction to this emergent form of poetry.”

Price: Free

Dates: 26 April 2018 - 1 July 2018

Location: National Poetry Library, level 5, blue side, Royal Festival Hall


A Childs Guide to Brutalism - A brilliant exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall showcasing brutalist architecture for both children and adults. “Working with a group of school children from Ashmole Primary School in Lambeth (which was built in 1968), we explored this distinctive style of architecture through the eyes of children.” This new exhibition provides a view into the architectural style that heavily influenced the scenery in the 1960’s.

Price: Free

Dates: 9 April 2018 - 1 July 2018

Location: Royal Festival Hall


Robert Hooper: Latitude – Do you have a love for wildlife photography? Check out acclaimed photographer Robert Hooper’s exhibition of stunning “wildlife and landscapes images from the Artic to the Antarctic”. Make sure you put this in the diary, as the exhibition kicks off on 27 July.

Price: Free

Date: 27 July 2018 - 19 August 2018

Location: OXO Tower


Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden – Unload your mind amongst the colourful wildflowers and take in the stunning views of the central London atop Queen Elizabeth Hall. A bar and café awaits you serving “soft drinks, alcohol, tea and coffee, a range of sandwiches and other snacks”.

Price: Free

Date: 25 May 2018 - 30 September 2018

Location: Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden


Elixir – If you’re feeling a little cheeky and want to pat yourself on the back for saving the pennies, treat yourself to an evening of award winning entertainment. Elixir follows the story of three enthusiastic and acrobatic scientists who attempt to create the elixir of life.   

Get ready for a circus show unlike any you have seen before (oh yeah!)

Price: £15.50

Dates: 12 June 2018 - 23 June 2018

Location: Underbelly Festival


Don’t let money dictate your fun, there are plenty of exciting things to do on the Southbank just waiting for you to enjoy.

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