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Easter in South Bank

March 16th, 2018 | by Jennifer Edwards

Easter in South Bank

We're not quite out of the woods when it comes to the chilly weather, however, we're quite positive that things are looking up - the days are getting longer and the daffodils are out! Easter is here and it's time to plan how to spend that precious time off. Whether you're heading to South Bank with your family, with friends or on your own - we have a host of suggestions on what to do, see and eat in what has been dubbed "London's Cultural Quarter". 

  • Easter Extravaganza at Gabriel's Wharf

    Gabriel's Wharf is a little enclave of unique designer-maker shops, restaurants and cafes, right off the bustling South Bank. On Easter Saturday, head on over to what is London’s oldest pop-up, as Gabriel’s Wharf Easter Extravaganza returns for another year of chocolatey treats, crafts for the children and live music performed by the highly acclaimed Daughters of Davis.

    Kids will be sent on a mission to find treats, hidden amongst the wharf shops, while adults can partake in a grown-ups Scavenger Hunt, which includes the chance to win a £50 gift voucher which can be spent at Gabriel’s Wharf!

    For more information, click HERE. 

    Gabriel's Wharf
  • Saxy Brunch

    "Let's do brunch" - seemingly THE thing to do in London (and further afield) at the moment. And you have to admit, it's a pretty sweet situation - luxuriate in a lie in, too late for breakfast but roll into lunch no problem. Turn up, and relax. Coffee is served, hot flakey croissants, salmon, perfectly poached eggs and the almighty smashed avo on sourdough bread await. 

    Situated at Southbank Centre, the beating cultural heart of London, Skylon is the perfect weekend destination to spend a day with friends, live entertainment, stunning views over the Thames and scrumptious food and drink!

    Available from 11.30 am until 2.30pm in the Restaurant and until 3 pm in the Grill Saxy Brunch will now also be available on Sundays at Skylon - includes live DJ and Sax music. To see you through the leisurely latter half of the weekend, Skylon have added the option of bottomless red wine... 

    Perfect! For more information and to book, click HERE. 

    Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill
  • House of Vans

    House of Vans is one of South Bank's most unique hidden gems. Tucked away under Waterloo station's train tracks lies a spaghetti of "secret" tunnels, which are now occupied by the House of Vans brand, which has created a playground of (totally free) fun, including a skate park, a 100-seat cinema, an exhibition space, concert hall and even restaurant/ cafe, called The Wall SE1

    It's the perfect place to come and hang out - away from the crowds and easy on the wallet. Kids will have a whale of a time with a free skate lesson, whilst you can kick back with a coffee, or head to the cinema for a season of Women on Film at the moment, including La Vie En RoseThe Help, Million Dollar Baby and Thelma & Louise

    For more information, click HERE. 

    House Of Vans
  • Swap Easter Eggs for Dragon Eggs at Shrek’s Adventure this Easter!

    Over at Shrek's Adventure! London, they're known for putting a bit of a twist on a classic fairy-tale, and this Easter holiday is no different. 

    Once you've landed back in London after your trip to the land of Far Far Away, head to the Isle of Berk to test your Viking skills this Easter holiday as you come face-to-face with a newly hatched Nadder dragon. Watch as the baby dragon emerges from its egg in front of your eyes and feed him with a specially designed bottle. 

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 


    Shrek’s Adventure! London
  • Roast with a view

    Doesn't a meal cooked for you taste so much better than if you've been slaving over it in the kitchen for the previous few hours? However, home-cooked roasts are so delicious, aren't they...

    Gillray's have hit the nail on the head by creating a deliciously comforting, perfect Sunday roast, including fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside potatoes, the richest gravy and seasonal veggies at their best. They source the majority of our products from within 150 miles of the restaurant using Kent and Essex based farms. And specially for Easter Sunday, there will be kids activities (colouring, Easter egg hunt,..) at Leaders Bar so you can enjoy their lunch whilst the kids have fun.

    All to be enjoyed with breathtaking views right on to the river Thames and on to the London Eye, Houses of Parliament & Big Ben. 

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 

    London Marriott Hotel County Hall
  • Spring to life

    Enjoy an overnight stay in London at the luxurious Mondrian Hotel this spring, now with 20% off with this special offer. 

    Take some time out and enjoy a proper mini-break in the city - with the capital's top art galleries, theatres and restaurants literally walking distance away. Then, take a leisurely stroll back to your hotel and have a little explore of the fantastic Sea Containers Restaurant, the acclaimed cocktail bar Dandelyan, or listen to some live music with breathtaking views at Rumpus Room. There'll be no need to look at your watch to catch the next train home - you can then hit the hay at one of Mondrian's luxury rooms. 

    This offer also includes full buffet breakfast in Sea Containers restaurant, exclusively for direct bookings. 

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 

    Mondrian London
  • Magical Pass

    Thinking of doing multiple South Bank attractions in one go? We strongly suggest getting a Merlin's Magical London Pass - you can save up to £90 per person and experience ALL five of Merlin’s  Magical London attractions with one great value pass at £55.

    This includes The Coca-Cola London Eye, The London Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, Shrek's Adventure! London and SEA LIFE London. 

    You can visit the attractions in whichever order you want and you could even come back for up to five amazing days out with the one pass - it’s valid for 90 days!

    It’s the ultimate way to see all of London’s unmissable attractions, working out at just £11 per attraction.

    For more information and to book, click HERE.

    Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Southbank Centre fun

    There's always so much going on at Southbank Centre it can be somewhat overwhelming, so we've picked our favourites for family fun during the Easter break. 

    The Gamelan workshops are free and a lot of fun. Gamelan is a beautiful sounding and quite an impressive percussion orchestra from Java, Indonesia. There are a series of options, from "Dragon Babies" - gamelan for 3-5 year-olds, for kids and adults too. 

    For all the Swedish pop sensation ABBA out there, check out the Super Troupers exhibition! Led by a personal tour guide and the voice of narrator Jarvis Cocker, you'll journey through nine immersive rooms exploring the music, lyrics and lives of one of the world’s most unforgettable bands.

    Our last suggestion is the brand new Andreas Gursky exhibition at the newly re-opened Hayward Gallery. The acclaimed German photographer is known for his large-scale, spectacular photographs portraying the global economy and contemporary life. 

    Southbank Centre
  • The IMAX Experience

    If you haven't experienced the seat-shuddering, all-consuming, gigantic screen so big you have to turn your head to see one side of the screen from the other - then you're seriously missing out. 

    The IMAX experience is a cinematic experience like no other - and STAR Wars or a nail-biting adventure film such as Tomb Raider is the best thing to see on such a scale. 

    Head to IMAX this Easter with the kids in tow - they'll love you for it. 

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 

  • Afternoon Tea on the Thames

    With spring on the way (yes, if we will it enough it will come), why not head out for some fresh sea (or in this case, river) air, with a cruise down the Thames with City Cruises? 

    Whether you're visiting London or were born and bred in this fair city, a cruise down the river Thames is a delightful experience (and a

    Because we don't want to overdo things - all this healthy air can sometimes be a bit much - we suggest a delicious afternoon tea whilst the sights of London glide past you. See London from a whole new perspective while you tuck into tea, scones and all the trimmings of a traditional afternoon tea on the Thames. Such fun!

    For more information, and to book, click HERE. 

    City Cruises
  • Hop On, Hop Off

    Explore London in style with Thames Clippers' fleet of high-speed catamarans - the wild west champions of the river, they're the fastest, most frequent fleet on the river, the baddest boats around.

    Linking London’s attractions so you can experience everything the city has to offer, Thames Clippers call at London Eye Pier for the South Bank every 20 minutes. Their hop-on, hop-off all day River Roamers are a great way to see more of the capital, calling at 17 piers across the city. Kids go free with a Family River Roamer, just £32 when booked online.

    There's also free activity books available on board and at piers during the Easter holidays, where the little ones can learn the ropes to become a captain!

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 

    MBNA Thames Clippers
  • Get some thrills

    London is known throughout the world as an old, historic city, full of winding, cobbled alleyways, hidden secrets and a dark, at times frightening past. From the torture chambers at the Tower of London, the savage beheadings in medieval times and the thousands of ghost sightings - we have something to scream about...

    come face to face with your deepest, darkest fears and feel the thrills as they make your spine tingle at the London Dungeon - scary true stories, 'orrible actors and thrilling rides! 

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 

    The London Dungeon
  • Night out at the theatre

    The National Theatre is in top form this season, with a selection of fantastic performances to choose from. 

    Looking for something light and fun to take the kids along to? We recommend Pinnochio - a spectacular new production, brought to the stage by the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical, featuring unforgettable music and songs from the Walt Disney film including I’ve Got No Strings, Give a Little Whistle and When You Wish Upon a Star in dazzling new arrangements, Pinocchio comes to life as never before.

    Choose The Great Wave, an epic new thriller, for something a little more serious. It tells the story of teenage sisters Hanako and Reiko, who are caught up in a storm. Reiko survives while Hanako is lost to the sea. Their mother, however, can’t shake the feeling her missing daughter is still alive, and soon family tragedy takes on a global political dimension.

    For an ultimate classic (kids will like this too) opt for Macbeth, Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris. Starring Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff. 

    National Theatre
  • Fanny & Alexander

    See legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s rich, funny and humane masterpiece Fanny & Alexander, adapted for the stage at The Old Vic and starring Penelope Wilton. 

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 

    The Old Vic
  • Feast on London

    This April, enjoy three courses and a cocktail for £33 in the Brasserie - an amazing deal which is part of the London-wide Feast on London celebrations this April, a celebration of London’s culinary heritage.

    To check out the sumptuous menu, and to book, click HERE. 

    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie
  • Smell the roses

    Chino Latino is a multi-award winning modern Pan-Asian cuisine restaurant with a Latin cocktail bar, located right up on the top floor of Park Plaza London Riverbank. 

    The bar will be launching a series of floral cocktails with the onset of spring. The bar is a fabulous location to sit back and admire the view with a lemon balm gin infused with jasmine flowering tea, a spray of rosewater and plenty of edible flowers... Instagram here we come. 

    For more information on Chino Latino and to book, click HERE. 

    Chino Latino
  • Wild, wild west

    With a number of westerns hitting our screens in 2018, refresh your memory on the true classics with Sergio Leone at BFI Southbank. 

    Leone's Dollars films paved the way for Clint Eastwood to break Europe and for Leone to have an enduring influence on later cinema. With hundreds of westerns coming out of Europe during the 60s and early 70s, Leone’s were some of the best. 

    Catch gems such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and a Fist Full of Dollars at BFI Southbank, throughout April. 

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 

    BFI Southbank
  • Meet Miss Nightingale

    Discover the story of Florence Nightingale this Easter break and come meet her for real at the Florence Nightingale Museum. 

    On Wednesday 4th and 11th April (performances start at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.00pm), you can hear all about how Miss Nightingale became known as the “Lady with the Lamp”. Find out how she became a nurse, why she went to the Crimea and how she improved the conditions for the soldiers and nurses.

    For more information on the Florence Nightingale Museum, click HERE. 

    Florence Nightingale Museum
  • Art in an age of terror

    See the UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since 9/11 at (surprisingly) the Imperial War Museum, London. 

    The museum actually holds a very important collection of art, and Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 features more than 40 British and international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

    A thought-provoking and fascinating exhibition. 

    For more information, click HERE. 

    IWM London
  • Morley College Gallery

    Did you know that Morley College, located in London's South Bank, also has a fantastic gallery space, with a wide selection of revolving exhibitions?

    Their programme of exhibitions and events supports the creative development of artists working across all art forms and at all stages of their careers: students, emerging and established. See the Colour and Light 2018 exhibit, which highlights the quality of engraved and leaded light glass work being produced by Morley students in the glass studio. Or perhaps attend a lecture on art and fashion, which attempts to show the link between a Parka, Empress Sisi, a Soup can and the HND Fashion students. 

    Make sure you check out the full list of events and exhibitions on the Morley College website. 

    Morley College
  • Rainforest Adventure

    There's a brand new Rainforest Adventure at SEA LIFE London! 

    The perfect Easter break outing with the kids, immerse yourself in a world of creepy crawlies, charming crocs and curious critters as you adventure through the jungle. Come just centimetres away from the Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula, and race a colony of leafcutter ants to find the queen before watching the feeding frenzy of the UK's biggest collection of Piranha's. 

    Opening March 24. 

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 

    SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • Witness for the prosecution

    Feel completely immersed in the fiction of Agatha Christie at Witness for the Prosecution - a gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal that will leave you on the edge of your seat throughout. 

    Set in the historic ancient courtrooms or County Hall - creating the most atmospheric and authentic of settings - you'll feel like you're taking part in a real trial!

    For more information and to book, click HERE.

    Witness for the Prosecution

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Gabriel's Wharf

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

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  • 2 - Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 3 - House Of Vans

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

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  • 4 - Shrek’s Adventure! London

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    SE1 7PB 

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  • 5 - London Marriott Hotel County Hall

    London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, South Bank London SE1 7PB

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  • 6 - Mondrian London

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

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  • 7 - Coca-Cola London Eye

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7PB 


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  • 8 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 9 - BFI IMAX

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

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  • 10 - City Cruises

    Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7PB

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  • 11 - MBNA Thames Clippers

    Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK

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  • 12 - The London Dungeon

    Riverside Building
    County Hall
    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 - Chino Latino

    Park Plaza London Riverbank, Park Plaza Riverbank, 18 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 7TJ

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  • 17 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 18 - Florence Nightingale Museum

    Gassiot House

    2 Lambeth Palace Road

    London SE1 7EW

    (in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital)


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  • 19 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road
    London SE1 6HZ 

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  • 20 - Morley College

    61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

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  • 21 - SEA LIFE London Aquarium

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    SE1 7PB

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  • 22 - Witness for the Prosecution

    London County Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 7PB

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