From food to music, check out what's on in and around the Southbank Centre.
The Centre focuses mainly on classical music, such as majestic symphonic orchestra productions for a night of high culture. It's also known for offbeat shows from big-name pop and rock stars from previous decades and today. Check the listings, and you could be in for a real treat.
The restaurants lining the various levels immediately outside the Southbank Centre open up a world of cuisine for visitors to London. Eat at familiar franchises or try something a little more independent. There are plenty of bars here too, with a focus on mid-range options that will make for an unforgettable night out without breaking the bank.
Food and book markets here mean that whether you want a quick bite on the go or a novel to sit and read by the river, you could spend many hours browsing these stalls. The food market is open every weekend, including bank holidays, and includes everything from pizzas to Thai cuisine. The book market is open every day until around 7pm, depending on the time of year.
You couldn't be better placed for exploring the best sights of the city.
The covered market here specialises in artisanal goods, particularly beauty and food products. It's great for a bit of luxury window shopping or picking up a special souvenir or gift. There are often open-air music performances in the square, as well, and plenty of shops in the surrounding streets to keep you busy all day.
Also close by is the heart of political life in the UK. See Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, as well as the 11th century Westminster Abbey. You can also tour the Houses of Parliament via guided tour, to learn more about how these halls of power operate.
A great family-friendly choice, this is one of the world's biggest aquariums and features a staggering variety of marine life. Take the Shark Walk to see these majestic creatures swim below you, or reserve a VIP scuba diving experience. The Ocean Tunnel also shouldn't be missed.