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Places to visit

London's South Bank and Bankside

Explore London's southern shores

Arrive in London at Waterloo or cross the Millennium and Waterloo bridges and you'll find yourself heading straight for the southern side of the Thames. 

At Bankside, the Tate Modern, a former power station, houses the world’s best contemporary art, including the likes of Ai Weiwei and Francis Bacon. Head the other way along the river and you'll encounter Southwark Cathedral, the floating museum of HMS Belfast and the iconic Tower Bridge where you can see far-reaching view of the capital and watch the traffic stream by through a glass floor. Want to go even higher? Then head towards London Bridge for The View from the Shard. 

Along the river at South Bank, the National Theatre, National Film Theatre, Royal Festival Hall form London's cultural heartland. At Christmas a thriving market extends under the Golden Jubilee Bridges towards the London Eye and in summer numerous pop-up food vans line the waterfront. So much to see and that's before you take a ride in one of the Eye's pods.

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