If you are in South East London (Deptford or Greenwich), you ought to visit the Laban Dance Centre . This highly unusual building recently won the RIBA Stirling Prize for "the building which has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year" (2003).
From the outside, the translucent polycarbonate cladding makes this building look like it has been wrapped in coloured tissue paper. Inside, the extraordinary use of bold colour (vivid pink, lime green etc.) and high impact textures (gloss black painted concrete, white plastic, polished ash, mirror glass etc.) is surprisingly effective (see the additional photos).
The building was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, who also did Tate Modern.
If you come here to see a performance you will get to see most of the building, but they also have a cafe that anyone can go to.
A godsend for an area that has been a bit of a desert when it comes to eating out. OK the area's not as atmospheric as Greenwich, but you're here for the food.
Some fun pizzas from a clay oven.
Booking is a must always very busy.
Favorite Dish: Working our way through the menu.
If you want a nice, fun, up-close river experience, we can recommend the low tide walks in Deptford Creek which are run by the Creekside Environmental Centre.
You can walk a mile or so up and down the river bed looking at the wildlife (flounders, crabs, birds etc.) and learling about the history of the creek. You also get a great view of the Laban Dance Centre.
They supply you with waders and staves so you don't get wet or muddy. It is great fun and very informative, and you get a completely different view of the river from the bottom!