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30+ Attractions on London’s South Bank

Here there are more than 30 places to visit on London’s South Bank and more than 40 additional places to visit, in and around London, shown in this sites Gallery ⇐, most of which can be photographed.

South Bank Attractions

This indicates a click-on link to a photographic article with a further link to the location’s website.

This  indicates a direct link to the location’s website. 

Locations can be found on this Google Map where one can enter the name of a location in the Search box and/or click-on + to magnify.

Several Miles East of Bankside

Fabulous Maritime Greenwich ⇐ includes extensive parklands, several free venues,  numerous photographic opportunities, the Fan Museum, the Naval College Painted Hall and Chapel, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, the Planetarium, the Cutty Sark, craft market, a comedy club, theatre, picturehouse, numerous eateries and a notable history.

The most straightforward travel route is by use of the Docklands Light Railway to the “Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich” station. Alternatively the DLR to Deptford then the No 53 bus to the top gardens (saves walking up the hill)

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Just East of Bankside

Tower Bridge Exhibition ⇐   ⇒. Visit inside to see the architecture, machinery and high level views including the glass floor.

Nearest station is Tower Hill.

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and the The Tower of London ⇐  ⇒. on the North Bank, includes Tower of London - Outsidewalking the battlements, the White Tower (armaments and armour) The Fusiliers Museum, Royal Chapel and Crown Jewels.  You can photograph for non-commercial purposes everything except the last two.

Nearest station is Tower Hill.

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Back to the South Bank and the nearest station to the following venues is London Bridge.

Whites Grounds Skate Park ⇒.

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HMS Belfast ⇒.   Access is from the South Bank. The easiest way to get there is the walkway at the corner Morgan’s Lane (see Google map) near London Bridge station.

View what life was like on board for the crew at war and at sea from WW2 to 1963.  Best to check the website/contact for photographic opportunity inside the ship.

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London Bridge City Pier ⇒.  Boat trips to/from North Greenwich (east) and Embankment (west).

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The Shard Viewing Platform ⇒.  At the top of the tallest buildingRanbow over Shard of Glass London

in the European Union.  It can be expensive but, according to their website there is  “no time restriction on your stay”.

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London Bridge Experience ⇒.  Billed as the UK’s scariest year round attraction, complete with tombs.

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Southwark Cathedral ⇐ ⇒.  A site of worship for more than aSouthwark Cathedral The Nave thousand years, it has some extraordinary stained glass and a curious legend attached. It is free to enter and an amateur photographer’s permit can be obtained from the cathedral shop for £2.50.  The cathedral is in continuous use, so do check the link (and on to the website) for the times of services.

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The Clink Prison Museum ⇒.  Built upon the original site of the ClinkClink Prison Museum Prison (1144) and gave all other prisons their pseudonym. Do see the link for opening times.

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Along Bankside

The Golden Hinde II ⇒.  A replica of Sir Frances Drake’s ship.  The Golden Hindeoriginal was used to circumnavigate the globe between 1577 and 1580.  Available for fun and interactive tours.

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Anchor Pub ⇒.  From where you can get a first view of St Paul’s The Anchor Pub on Southbank Cathedral across the Thames.  A tavern has been on this site for more than 800 years and was rebuilt in 1676 after being destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

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The Rose Playhouse ⇒.  The first Elizabethan theatre on Bankside and Rose Theatre Plaquecontinues to entertain audiences today. Please see the website link for “Whats on” .

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The Globe Theatre ⇒. A replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre justGlobe Theatre a few hundred yards from where the original stood.  The theatre provides tours, exhibitions and plays. Please see the website link for opening times,  available options and “Whats on”.

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Millennium Bridge ⇒(Wiki).  That’s the one that, as soon as it was opened, had to be closed for two years to fix the alarming swaying motion and was known to Londoner’s as the “wobbly bridge”.  It is now used extensively by pedestrians and is a convenient means of passage between the South Bank and St Paul’s Cathedral.

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St Paul’s Cathedral ⇐ ⇒.  Although this is on the North Bank, it isSt Paul's Cathedral Ceiling 3 but a short walk across the footbridge.  There is a charge for admission and there are only a few days each year when photography is allowed.  It does have some extraordinary architecture and decor, There are many more photographs attached to the above link.

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South Bank Street Performers mostly in the vicinity of the footbridge.

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and often includes a Bubbleer more pictures ⇐. Bubbles on London's South Bank DSC_3107

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The Tate Modern ⇐ ⇒.  is a large modern art gallery very close to theTate Modern DSC_2982 footbridge on the South Bank.  There are a great variety of works including some of political history and ideology. It is free to enter and you may photograph for non-commercial purposes.

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Near to The Tate Modern and Millenium Footbridge ⇓.

Bankside Gallery ⇒. An educational charity of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.  Artwork is also for sale.

Purdy Hicks⇒.  Art Dealers .

Nearer to The London Eye (Giant Ferrris Wheel) and nearest underground station is Waterloo

National Theatre ⇒. Whats on.

Southbank Skate Park . 

Hayward Gallery . Closed for two years from October 2015 for essential repairs..

Queen Elizabeth Hall⇒. Closed for two years from October 2015 for essential repairs.

South Bank Centre , A variety of events and festivals dedicated to the arts.

London Wonderground . Circus, cabaret, fairground and family entertainment.

London Eye . Giant Ferris Wheel (as seen from St James Park St James Park - London Eyeon the north side of the Thames).

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Between the London Eye and Westminster Bridge

Sea Life . Aquarium.

The London Dungeon . “We are a thrill-filled journey through London’s murky past.  You get 110 minutes of laughs, scares, theatre, shocks, rides, special effects, characters, jokes, mazes and storytelling”.

Shrek’s Adventure ⇒. “Join Donkey on his magical 4D flying bus before journeying through 10 interactive live shows in a walk and ride madcap adventure”.

Westminster Palace ⇐ ⇒.  As seen from the South Bank across Westminster 1Westminster Bridge. The link leads to information about tours inside the Palace.

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West of Westminster Bridge on the South Bank

Florence Nightingale Museum .

 

Lambeth Palace and Park ⇒.

 

Garden Museum ⇒. at Lambeth.

 

 

 

 

 

Tate Britain ⇐  ⇒. On the North Bank but only a short walk over Vauxhall Bridge. The Tate Britain houses a quite large collection of classical works and modern pieces.

 

 

 

 


Super Bubbles on London’s South Bank

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Alien Relaxes Under Duvet

Along London’s South Bank there are a variety of street performers including singers, performance artists and bubbleeers.  Here are some pics of amazing bubbles outside the Tate Modern Art Gallery.  Being outside a modern art gallery, I’ve added a little whimsy.  😀

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A little dog defends the world from bubbles by giving them a good barking at.   Job done, he then had little snooze.

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Lifeboat Emerges From Jelly World

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Prehistoric Alligator Gives Large Frog a Ride

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Swimmer Leaps Out of Water – Frightened by Prehistoric Alligator

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Jumbo Jet

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Jumbo Jet Makes Emergency Landing on Massive Bubble Bath – Frightens Prehistoric Alligator – Frog’s Had Enough and Goes Home on Bus

Well, might have.  😀


Southwark Cathedral Interiors, Stained Glass and Legend

21 pics. Southwark Cathedral has some of the finest stained glass that I’ve seen anywhere.  It is free to enter and a non-commercial photographers permit/sticker can be purchased from the shop for £2.50.  The Wiki hiistory is here and the cathedral’s website is here

The site of Southwark Cathedral has been a place of worship for more than a 1000 years and has a curious legend attached to its origins (see below).  It is is very close to London Bridge Station and near to Bankside, The South Bank, The New Globe Theatre, The Tate Modern and many other venues of interest (South Bank Attractions »). 

Beside the cathedral is the Borough food market where one can purchase almost anything from Falafel to Thai food.

For a closer view please click on an image and then again to magnify.

Southwark Cathedral End of Nave and Font

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Southwark Cathedral Choir and Sanctuary

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Southwark Cathedral Sanctuary

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Stained Glass

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Southwark Cathedral Stained Glass Harvard Alumni -

Restored by Harvard Alumni after WWII bomb damage

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Artifacts

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The site of the original Globe Theatre is nearby and William Shakepeare lived in the parish for several years.

Southwark Cathedral Cat.

This is the cathedral’s present owner.  Well, he thinks he is and that he put the cat in cathedral. 🙂 .

“Everybody else is having a lie down so why not me”.  🙂

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Southwark Cathedral LegendThe Legend of Mary Ovarie

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Not far from the cathedral, on Bankside, there is a replica of Drake’s ship the Golden Hinde. Beside the ship is a stone tablet with the strange legend of Mary Ovarie and the origins of Southwark Cathedral.

You can click on the image to expand and magnify, but some of the writing is a little faded so it is reproduced below.

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“Legend suggests that before the construction of London Bridge in the tenth century a ferry existed here. Ferrying passengers across the River Thames was a lucrative trade. John Overs who, with his watermen and apprentices, kept the “traverse ferrie over the Thames”, made such a good living that he was able to acquire a considerable estate on the south bank of the river.

John Overs was a notorious miser and devised a plan to save money. He would feign death believing that his family and servants would fast out of respect and thereby save a day’s provisions. However, when he carried out the plan, the servants were so overjoyed at his death that they began to feast and make merry. In a rage the old man leapt out of bed to the horror of his servants, one of whom picked up a broken oar and “thinking to kill the Devil at the first blow, actually struck out his brains”.

The ferryman’s distressed daughter Mary sent for her lover, who in haste to claim the inheritance fell from his horse and broke his neck. Mary was so overcome by these misfortunes that she devoted her inheritance to founding a convent into which she retreated.

This became the priory of Saint Mary Overie, Mary having been made a saint on account of her charity. During the Reformation the church of St Mary Overie was renamed St Saviour’s Church. In 1905 it became Southwark Cathedral and the collegiate church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie.”

   Well, would you Adam and Eve it.