What's on in the South Bank

Monday 29 September 2014 by Maya Singer Hobbs London’s South Bank can often seem a rather neglected part of the city, but there’s actually a lot more here than you might first imagine. For instance: the Southbank Centre hosts a multitude of fantastic shows each year, restaurants and bars line the River Thames and you’ll also find the UK’s biggest IMAX here. Find out more below!

Alibis: Sigmar Polke

9th October – 8th February, Tate Modern

Polke covered an incredibly broad range of media during his 50 year career, including painting, drawing, photography, film, sculpture, slide projections and many more. This retrospective is one of the first times all of his different media forms have been brought together in one exhibition, giving the observer a small insight into his extraordinarily diverse talent.    

Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales for Young and Old

21st November – 15th February, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf

In this immersive fairytale experience, award-winning author Philip Pullman adapts 6 Grimm Tales into a stunning, and sometimes terrifying, piece of theatre. Hold your breath as you accompany Hansel and Gretel into the witches cottage, follow Red Riding Hood through the woods and be enchanted by the spectacular sets and costumes as you’re taken back in time to a world of princesses, frogs and classic battles between good and evil.  

Landscape Photographer of the Year

1st December – 31st January, London Waterloo

Moving from the National Theatre, the Landscape photographer of the year will be displayed on the newly completed Mezzanine level of London Waterloo station, meaning waiting for a train will no longer be a headache, and might leave you wishing you had longer. The exhibition includes beautiful images of both rural and urban scenery and will make you want to pick up a camera and see your environment in a whole new light.  

Treasure Island

5th January – 8th April, Olivier Theatre

In a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is brought to life and encourages us to question our assumptions. Jim is now the granddaughter of the inn-keeper and shows that pirates and treasure are most certainly a girl thing too!  

Changing Britain

30th January – 9th May, The Southbank Centre

Covering 70 years of British history, Changing Britain focuses on society, culture and politics, cumulating in the general election on Thursday 7 May.  It is broken down into three time periods; 1945 – 79, 1979 – 97 and 1997 – 2015 each of which are examined over a weekend each, looking at the historical backdrop and the changing views within society. Guests should expect talks, debates, exhibitions, concerts and installations. There are also a number of one-off events and long running exhibitions throughout the period, please check the website.  

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Year round, Tower Bridge

The history of one of the world’s most famous bridges is examined in this permanent exhibition. Featuring the original Victorian engines, a high level walkway, panoramic views, and, for those not afraid of heights, the recently unveiled glass floor!      

To find out what’s on when you’re visiting, click here.

SACO Serviced Apartments has two locations South of the River; SACO Waterloo and SACO - St George Wharf. Why not stay here and admire some great views of the River Thames whilst being just a stone’s throw away from many of the events taking place here this year. Whether you’ll be here for one night or one month, there is plenty to look forward to this year in the city!

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