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Southbank Centre: Our most recommended tours and activities

London: Entry Ticket to London Dungeon

1. London: Entry Ticket to London Dungeon

Get entry tickets to the London Dungeon, a uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to the city's most perilous past. See, hear, and feel the chillingly amusing characters of the 'bad old days’ as they come to life. Upgrade your experience to include a cocktail in the tavern. 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. During the festive season from December to January, all boats will be decorated and kids will get Christmas coloring sheet and pencils to keep them entertained while parents relax by sipping on a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie from our fully stocked bar. 'Tis the season to be jolly!

London: Brutalist Architecture & History Walking Tour

3. 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: Vintage Bus Tour and London Eye Ticket

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Southbank Centre

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,946 reviews

No indication on the gratuity of a disabled person.

I bought 4 tickets at 18€ for my husband and me as well as for a couple of friends whose gentleman is disabled. Arrived on the spot we were told that we had bought 2 tickets too much insofar as our friend did not have to pay as well as his companion. So I paid 72€ instead of 36€...

Really fun and exciting experience for adults and children to take part in London's history. Your senses will come into play during the tour and you will not be disappointed!

Excellent commentary on sites along the river. Entertaining. Sufficient bar set up for our cruising purposes.

Everything as stated was correct. No problems and would recommend

Super good experience. It can only be recommended.