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Top Winter Events

November 14th, 2017 | by Jennifer Edwards

Top Winter Events

Want to know what’s happening across South Bank this winter? Read our low-down to find out everything from the top film seasons at BFI Southbank to the cool new pop-ups at the Southbank Centre Winter Market. Bright Nights start here!

  • 1

    Gabriel’s Wharf Magical Christmas

    Gabriel's Wharf is a calm little haven through the hustle and bustle of London - complete with twinkling lights, Christmas trees, lots of boutiques perfect for unique gifts and a selection of cafes and restaurants to rest and relax. Located just off the riverside, Gabriel’s Wharf (and the designer-maker shops just along from it at Oxo Tower Wharf), is the perfect place for stress-free shopping this festive season.

    Check out the brand new "The Garden Shack" for on-trend cacti and house plants in beautiful ceramics, or Nordic Nic Nac for handmade hats and scarves. There are lots of designer-maker shops around which are ideal for presents, we've got your back!

    For more information on this free event, click HERE.

    Gabriel's Wharf
  • 2

    Little Rippers Film Club

    Throughout the winter months, House of Vans London (South Bank’s best-kept secret, located underneath Waterloo station) are hosting festive-themed films in their free 100 seat cinema. Yes, you heard that correctly, there is a free cinema in South Bank – it’s comfy and it sometimes even has free popcorn. The Little Ripper’s film club is aimed at kids, however, we feel that as we trundle towards Christmas, we all become big kids anyway – who doesn’t want to see Paddington, Elf or How the Grinch Stole Christmas at this time of year? Especially with all that Christmas shopping, a free cinema outing is just the right antidote.

    For more information on House of Vans London, click HERE. 

    House Of Vans
  • 3

    Gillray’s Seasonal Menu

    We like to think of the London Marriott Hotel at County Hall as the home of Christmas – with its wood panelled rooms, plush carpets and beautiful views overlooking the river Thames and on to the Houses of Parliament. It’s always cosy, you’re always well looked after and there are always sumptuous flower bouquets – we are fans, can you tell? We recommend heading to Gillray’s, their gastro-pub inspired restaurant which focuses on fresh, local English produce. There is a positively decadent seasonal menu on offer for just £29 for 3 courses plus the bartender’s signature cocktail, or £22 for 2 courses.

    There’s smoked trout with dill crème fraiche and duck paté with gin and currant chutney with brioche soldiers to start and Gillray’s famous steak and chips for mains (O’Shea’s 200g rib eye steak, triple cooked chips and peppercorn sauce – it’s one of London’s best, if not THE best steak you’ll ever have). To finish, enjoy the likes of lemon meringue pie, sticky toffee pudding or chocolate pot… then roll over to the bar area and enjoy the fantastic views with a digestif in hand. It is the season to indulge, after all.

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 

    Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar
  • 4

    Lates & Christmas Grotto

    Shrek is such a crowd pleaser – a quirky take on the classic fairy tale, with enough innuendo and laughs to keep grown-ups entertained… Cue all kidults to Shrek's Adventure London for Lates - a special adults-only after-hours tour to Far Faaaaaaaar Away - a brilliantly bonkers adventure of mayhem, perfect for a post-work jolly with your mates. Fuel up with two deliciously alcoholic beverages before you run riot through 10 live interactive shows, sprinkled with a healthy dose of adult humour and double entendres. If you do have the little nippers about, then opt for Shrek’s Christmas Grotto for a more restrained experience. 

    To find out more, click HERE.

    Shrek’s Adventure! London
  • 5

    SEA LIFE After Dark

    There’s something quite magical about aquariums – and SEA LIFE London Aquarium is one of the country’s best – with giant floor to ceiling tanks and tunnels where you can see sharks, stingrays and beautiful jellyfish, pulsing so elegantly through the water… What makes it even more magical is an after dark experience – without the kids tearing around, you can enjoy the aquarium in all serenity, with a glass of bubbly in hand.

    Go on, dip beneath the surface for a VIP late opening. Find out more HERE.

    SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • 6

    Wintertime Festival

    Where do we even start with Southbank Centre? A powerhouse of festivity, Southbank Centre’s Wintertime Festival positively pumps out Christmas spirit in great wafts of joy far and wide across the capital. This year it takes on a Nordic spin, with everything from spreading the Scandi concept of Hygge through cosy pop-ups such as the Rekorderlig cider lodge, to a Finnish rooftop sauna, complete with fantastic views of the city. There’s also the mighty Slava’s Snowshow, a breath-taking performance, which has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. All this and more await…

    For more information on Southbank Centre’s Wintertime Festival, click HERE.

    Southbank Centre
  • 7

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    The next instalment of Star Wars is back this festive season, and where else would you want to watch this spectacular visual feast than at the biggest screen in the UK, the BFI IMAX?
    Soar through space and enjoy seat shuddering battle scenes as Rey, after finally discovering Luke Skywalker, begins her training in the ways of the Force.

    For more information and to book IMAX tickets, click HERE.

  • 8

    Christmas and NYE Cruises

    For something a little different, try City Cruises on for size – they offer amazing parties on the river, complete with live music, entertainment, food, and free-flowing drinks to keep the spirits high!

    Christmas parties include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, 3-course traditional festive dinner, half a bottle of wine per person followed by tea or coffee, as well as a DJ and dancing so make sure you don your most sparkling outfit for the occasion! New Year needs no explanation – the river is the best spot to see the fireworks, no question. Just sit back on the upper deck, glass of bubbly in hand as the fireworks shower across the night sky.

    For more information on City Cruises’ Christmas and New Year’s cruises, click HERE.

    City Cruises
  • 9

    Explore the river by night

    See London’s sparkling lights twinkle from the warm, snug cabins of MBNA Thames Clipper’s high-speed catamarans. Glide down the Thames and see the city from a whole new perspective.

    For more information and to book, click HERE.

    MBNA Thames Clippers
  • 10

    New Year’s Eve in Rumpus Room

    We have one question for you: why wouldn’t you want to celebrate NYE at a bar called Rumpus Room? If that doesn’t sound like a raucous amount of fun, then we honestly don’t know what does. Rumpus Room is renowned for its legendary parties, set atop the London Mondrian Hotel with breath-taking views across the city. The bar is oh so very cool, sleek, verdant and bright, featuring some of London’s hottest bands and DJ’s. Celebrate the start of 2018 Rumpus Room style – that means with a Champagne reception followed by an open bar and a 5-piece band, followed by a live DJ set. In true Rumpus Room style, they’ll even keep the party going strong by re-fuelling partygoers with bacon sandwiches at 1 am! Now that’s what we’re talking about.

    For more information and to book tickets, click HERE.

    Mondrian London
  • 11

    London Dungeon Lates

    For something a little bit different and a tad risqué – head to the Dungeon for London Dungeon Lates – a mash-up of theatre, special effects and storytelling with a healthy dose of wit, humour, and edge of the seat surprises for an after-hours experience like no other.

    Before descending into the bowels of the Dungeon, steel your nerves with a tot of gin or an authentic Victorian cocktail in the decadent Gin Palace Bar. After delving into the dressing-up box, you’ll embark on a thrill-filled journey through 1,000 years of London’s murky past – guided by a cast of London’s most infamous rogues and villains.

    For more information and to book tickets, click HERE.

    The London Dungeon
  • 12

    Champagne Experience

    Whether you’re visiting our fair city or a born and bred Londoner, if you haven’t been on the Eye yet, you’re missing out. It’s become one of London’s true landmarks – our skyline wouldn’t be the same without it. Sure, it’s not as high as the shard, but let us ask you this: does the shard go round in circles? No. You get to stand in a glass pod, and see amazing views of London from its position opposite the Houses of Parliament – plus, you can even enjoy a glass of the good stuff with the fabulous Champagne experience – for only £10 more than the price of a normal ticket, we think this is definitively worth it.

    For more information and to book, click HERE.

    Coca-Cola London Eye
  • 13

    Network at National Theatre

    You can rest easy going to the National Theatre, knowing that you’re in safe theatrical hands. They always have an experimental and cutting-edge programme of theatre on offer, constantly pushing barriers and exploring new ideas, always keeping us engaged and curious. This winter season they are bringing Network, the cult satirical film of the 70’s, famous for its line “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” to the stage. Starring Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame, the play has received sterling reviews so far, including 5 stars from The Guardian and 4 stars from What’s On Stage.

    For more information and to book, click HERE.

    National Theatre
  • 14

    A Christmas Carol

    Everyone enjoys a bit of Charles Dickens’ come Christmas-time, and what better way to channel the festive spirit than with the timeless classic A Christmas Carol? Directed by Matthew Warchus, this joyous new adaptation by Jack Thorne is not to be missed. A big-hearted production full of music and cheer, starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge.

    We recommend choosing a performance on a Thursday – Saturday, so you can head to Mark’s Bar post-show. This is The Old Vic’s late-night drinking cocktail bar, managed by legendary London restauranteur and bar manager Mark Hix. Serving delicious cocktails, craft beers and a selection of wines, this is the perfect place chill after the performance, and it’s open until 2 am!

    For more information and to book tickets, click HERE.

    The Old Vic
  • 15

    Winter Warmers

    To celebrate the merriest time of year, OXO’s bartenders have created a range of festive cocktails to help get everyone in the holiday spirit. These deliciously-warming festive tipples will be available for a limited time this winter and include a classic mulled wine made with OXO’s secret recipe, a Cerise au Chocolat (Chambord, Grey Goose, Goldschlager, chocolate bitters and cherry syrup topped with Champagne) or La Poire Toddy For gin and vodka lovers.

    And, of course, we won’t even mention the view, which is one of the best in London – the perfect accompaniment alongside good company and perfectly mixed cocktails. For more information, click HERE.

    We also can't get enough of OXO's Winter Not Afternoon Tea, which comes complete with mini Christmas Puddings with brandy butter, Bailey's cheesecake, mince pies and hot Toddy's and mulled wine... the perfect winter pick me up! For more info on this, click HERE. 

    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie
  • 16

    Festive specials at Park Plaza

    From sharing a “cheers” over a glass of bubbly at the relaxed Florentine restaurant at Park Plaza London Waterloo, to a “bonne santé” and “Joyeux Noel” at French restaurant Brasserie Joel at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, there is no shortage of special festive treats in store this winter. Modern pan-Asian restaurant and Latino bar Chino Latino at Park Plaza London Riverbank offers a traditional Christmas day menu, which includes a glass of Perrier Jouet Brut Champagne, pigs in blankets, compulsory Brussel sprouts and a generous helping of perfectly roasted potatoes.

    Park Plaza London Waterloo
  • 17

    Skylon’s Saxy Brunch

    This can be a very busy time of year, however, it’s important to make sure you take some time to slow the tempo right down and enjoy quality downtime with friends and family. We’re massive fans of brunching because it seems to do just that – a nice long leisurely meal, with top-ups of tea, coffee, or booze as and when you want it. Enter Skylon’s Saxy Brunch for the newest brunch offering in South Bank, offering a deluxe brunch menu comprising of two courses with bottomless bubbles for just £35pp (add a dessert for £5pp). To be enjoyed with live DJ and sax music, every Saturday from 11.30 am until 2.30pm in the Restaurant and until 3 pm in the Grill.

    For more information and to book, click HERE.

    Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill
  • 18

    Thriller season

    With all this joy floating about this time of year, the more cynical amongst us may enjoy a foray into the darker recesses of human behaviour, with BFI Southbank’s blockbuster season of thrillers including the likes of Psycho, North By Northwest and The Silence of the Lambs.

    For the full film programme and to book, click HERE.

    BFI Southbank
  • 19

    Meet Miss Nightingale

    The Florence Nightingale Museum is a bouji little museum, tucked away within St Thomas’ Hospital. Celebrating the life and work of the best-known figure in nursing history, the museum, which opened in 1989, now forms a key part of London’s medical heritage. Come and meet Miss Nightingale and hear all about how she became known as the “Lady with the Lamp”, how she became a nurse, why she went to the Crimea and how she improved the conditions for the soldiers and nurses.

    Selected days – click HERE for more details.

    Florence Nightingale Museum
  • 20

    The Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11

    Responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 are examined in The Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11 at The Imperial War Museum, a ground-breaking, major new art exhibition featuring over 40 British and international artists including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

    For more information and to book tickets, click HERE.

    IWM London
  • 21


    Hailed as London’s alternative festive experience, Winterville comes to Clapham Common this year and features an ice rink, street feast, backyard cinema, roller disco, plonk golf and loads of free events. Brought to you by the co-founders of Field Day and Street Feast, you can guarantee it’s going to be a good’un. From 23 November until 1 January.

    For more information including all the events & activities, click HERE.

  • 22

    Morley College's Winter Fair

    Pick up unique, handcrafted gifts for Christmas, enjoy live performances and demonstrations and take part in taster sessions happening throughout the day at Morley College’s annual winter fair on 3 December, from 11 am - 3 pm. You can also try delicious street food, mulled wine and mince pies! Taster sessions include Zumba, flamenco dancing, salsa in Spanish, choral singing and even millinery. Who knows, it might spark an interest to take up a course as a new year’s resolution?

    For more information, click HERE.

    Morley College
  • 23

    Witness for the Prosecution

    South Bank’s newest attraction is Witness for the Prosecution, an immersive theatrical performance, held at the iconic London County Hall. Step into the magnificent surroundings for the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping play of justice, passion and betrayal.

    For more information and to book tickets, click HERE.

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Gabriel's Wharf

    Gabriel’s Wharf,
    56 Upper Ground,
    South Bank,
    SE1 9PP

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  • 2 - House Of Vans

    Main entrance
    Arches 228 – 232
    Station Approach Road
    SE1 8SW 

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  • 3 - Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar

    London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB


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  • 4 - Shrek’s Adventure! London

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    SE1 7PB 

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  • 5 - SEA LIFE London Aquarium

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    SE1 7PB

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  • 6 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 7 - BFI IMAX

    BFI IMAX, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, London SE1 8XR

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  • 8 - City Cruises

    Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7PB

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  • 9 - MBNA Thames Clippers

    Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK

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  • 10 - Mondrian London

    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 11 - The London Dungeon

    Riverside Building
    County Hall
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7PB 

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  • 12 - Coca-Cola London Eye

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7PB 


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  • 13 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 14 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 15 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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  • 16 - Park Plaza London Waterloo

    6 Hercules Road,
    London SE1 7DP 

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  • 17 - Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 18 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 19 - Florence Nightingale Museum

    Gassiot House

    2 Lambeth Palace Road

    London SE1 7EW

    (in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital)


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  • 20 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road
    London SE1 6HZ 

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  • 21 - Lambeth

    Olive Morris House, 18 Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2 1RD

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  • 22 - Morley College

    61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

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