Art has the power to transform lives and must be available to all of us.
That’s one of the main maxims this centre lives by, and so the Southbank Centre is a world famous centre dedicated to all the arts.
Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain (and the only landmark that remains from that event as of today), it offers a wide range of cultural events and activities, with focus being placed on world music, dance, literature and the visual arts. The Centre itself includes the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, the Hayward Gallery, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Saison Poetry Library as the buildings that comprise it.
There are also restaurants, cafes, bars and shops to enjoy. And so with three million annual visitors, the Southbank Centre is one of the most popular landmarks in London, a place in which those interested in the arts (or just London life in general) should one day visit.