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Southbank Centre: Our most recommended tours and activities

London Dungeon Entrance Tickets

1. London Dungeon Entrance Tickets

The London Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to the capital’s most perilous past. See, hear and feel the chillingly amusing characters of the 'bad old days’ as they come to life before you. Step inside Sweeney Todd’s infamous barber shop on Fleet Street and let him give your life a short back and sides. Then tread cautiously through the streets of Whitechapel, as Jack the Ripper could be lurking just around the corner. End your visit by being sentenced for your crimes and sent to Newgate Prison Ride to Doom. On the off chance you survive all of that, round off your journey with a visit to the Dungeon Tavern; hear the latest gossip and share a drink with the locals.

London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

2. London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

Explore the River Thames as it weaves through the heart of London and discover fascinating history around every bend. Today, you can experience the splendor of this great city from the relaxed comfort of a modern, all-weather and wheelchair-friendly sightseeing boat. Informative commentary interlaced with colorful tales of the city's past will keep your mind engaged as you cruise down the Thames! Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Greenwich Pier, London Eye Pier, and Tower Pier, sailing every day of the year except Christmas Day. With a regular timetable, and evening cruises all summer, you can enjoy a full-day on the river in comfort. Hop on and off the boat as many times as you wish to explore sights such as the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Borough Market, South Bank Centre, and the London Eye. Or grab a refreshment from the on-board bar and relax as you sail past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, the Royal Festival Hall, Cleopatra's Needle, Somerset House, the Millennium Footbridge, Shakespeare's Globe, Monument, H.M.S.Belfast, and much more.

London: Vintage Bus Tour and London Eye Ticket

3. London: Vintage Bus Tour and London Eye Ticket

Travel back in time on a 4-hour tour of London. The combined sightseeing tour includes a ride on a vintage double-decker Routemaster bus and a short trip along the River Thames. End your excursion with spectacular views of the city from one of the panoramic pods of the London Eye. Head off for a tour of the city onboard a vintage double-decker bus. Pass historic attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. Admire Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. Swap land for water and take a short trip along the River Thames, looking out for Shakespeare’s Globe, HMS Belfast, London Bridge, and much more. Back on dry land, re-join the bus and head for Buckingham Palace, home to the British royal family. On the morning tour, you'll arrive in time to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, as soldiers dressed in their iconic uniforms march to military music. If there is no Changing of the Guard, you'll have a photo stop at the palace instead. Complete your London excursion with spectacular views across London’s rooftops as you enjoy a complete circuit of the London Eye, the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Settle into one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules, which take approximately 30 minutes to revolve entirely. See Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey from a unique, elevated perspective.

London: Brutalist Architecture & History Walking Tour

4. London: Brutalist Architecture & History Walking Tour

See London's most significant Brutalist landmarks with a walking tour. Loved by some, loathed by others, see rugged urban fortresses which serve excellent examples of Brutalism, the most striking and dramatic architectural style of the 60s and the 70s. Explore the central neighborhoods of London with your guide. Hear more about the history of post-war architecture and the increased use of concrete. Discuss Modernist monumental architecture, as well as its cultural, social, and environmental impact in the world. Find out about key characters in European Modernism, as well as the global events that influenced and informed London's post-war landscape. Admire or recoil at notable examples of Brutalism that you will see, such as the Institute of Education and the National Theatre. Learn more about the ongoing struggle among local authorities, preservation societies, and residents on how best to use these distinctive buildings in the future.

London: Ales, Alehouses, Coffeehouses and Pubs Guided Tour

5. London: Ales, Alehouses, Coffeehouses and Pubs Guided Tour

The tour starts with a history of drinking and London, starting with the Romans. The tensions between beverages and their cultures is discovered and delved into as well as the evolution of the bar, from tavern, to alehouse, to gin palace, to pub. The rise of the coffeehouse and its importance and responses is learned - with references from the 17th Century. There are visits to numerous places which highlight the content of the tour: some of the best places in London to visit for a drink are visited, or listed for reference. The talk and tour is guided by a qualified guide and historian dressed as a Saxon Alemaker.

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What people are saying about Southbank Centre

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,611 reviews

We went as a family of 4 which included a 14 Yr old and 10 Yr old. We all thought this was the highlight of our trip. We had a lot of fun and many jumpscares!!! was quite interactive and informative. The only downside was the rides were not working but we were given option to change dates but we decided to go ahead and really loved was nice at the end to end up in the bar for a drink and a juice..highly recommend.

Interactive, entertaining and informative are the three words I would choose to best describe the experience. The characters were wholly convincing. I was chosen twice during the tour as a “subject” and enjoyed every second of it.

Nos lo passamos muy bien, los decorados chuliísimos y muy buenos actores. Vas del susto a la risa. Se nos pasaron volando las 2 horas

The commentary and bartenders were great. Friendly and fun.

Great tour- just try to start early as it gets crowded