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    GABRIEL'S WHARF

    by davidjo Written Dec 5, 2012

    Gabriel's wharf is on the south side of the river on the west side Blackfriars Bridge. Originally the area was just garages but now they have been converted in to shops and restaurants and is quite a popular area. The wharf opened in 1988 and the shops are exclusively for small businesses who design and manufacture their own products. Nearby there are benches to rest your weary legs upon while you enjoy the view of the Thames.

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    LARGEST SINGLE RUN ARTS CENTRE IN THE WORLD

    by davidjo Written Dec 5, 2012

    The Southbank centre is the largest consists of the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Purcell Room and the Poetry Library. There are too many performances and details to list here so just look at the website below.
    There is also a skateboarding area in the vicinity.
    http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/

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    Interesting shopping and food.

    by planxty Written Oct 23, 2012

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    Wandering the Southbank now, the visitor will be struck with the vibrancy of the place but it is not so long ago that it was not so. It was fairly run down and one of the less salubrious areas of the city despite it's proximity to the City (the financial district). Things are much changed now, generally for the better with a huge regeneration. Unlike similar projects to the East, this was largely generated by local people and businessmen under the auspices of an organisation called Coin Street. The website attached to this tip is their homepage. As well as this place they have been responsible for developing social housing, the Bernie Spain Gardens adjacent and the regeneration of the nearby OXO Tower.

    Apart from the numerous and quite eclectic eating options here, the great thing about this place is that most of the small units contain one person galleries and the like which means you are quite likely to buy your art, jewellery or whatever from the person who made it. Not bad for cntral London. Even if you don't want to buy anything, this place is worth a look just to see what decent inner city re-generation can look like if done correctly.

    Incidentally, I am not endorsing the particular shop pictured as I didn't even go in, it is here merely to give you an idea of the type of retail unit you will encounter should you visit.

    Gabriel's Wharf complex, Southbank, london, UK. Gabriel's Wharf complex, Southbank, london, UK. Gabriel's Wharf complex, Southbank, london, UK.
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    Catch it while you can.

    by planxty Written Oct 8, 2012

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    I have made no secret on my VT pages about my views on modern art. Basically I don't like it, or maybe I just don't understand it, which is equally likely. the Southbank seems to have more than it's fair share of the phenomenon one way and another and, whilst researching the 2012 London VT Treasure Hunt, I came upon yet more of it in the form of a sculpture exhibition. Some of it was quite aesthetically pleasing and some of it, frankly baffling. I genuinely fail to see the artistic merit in some of these pieces. However, that is probably a discussion for another time and place.

    For those of you who are into this sort of thing, the eight pieces on display are by Jilly Sutton, Michael Lyons, Charles Hadcock, Martin Griffiths, Oliver Barratt and Sheila Vollmer. I must say they are not names that mean anything to me but a look at the attached website indicates to me that they are well-respected an it appears that public display of their work is quite a big deal.

    Finally, to the title of this tip, which I am writing in October 2012. This exhibition is only scheduled to be here until the end of 2012 so, as I say, catch it while you can.

    Sculpture exhibition, Southbank, London, UK. Sculpture exhibition, Southbank, London, UK. Sculpture exhibition, Southbank, London, UK. Sculpture exhibition, Southbank, London, UK. Sculpture exhibition, Southbank, London, UK.
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    A most dramatic knight.

    by planxty Written Sep 20, 2012

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    If you were asked to name the greatest ever British classical actors a few names would srping to mind but undoubtedly high on everyone's list would be the late Baron Olivier, better known to all as Laurence Olivier, a huge presence on the British stage and worldwide screen for many decades. Although the great man died in 1989, he is still spoken of with reverence amongst thespians.

    Apart from the huge catalogue of wonderful performances, Baron Olivier has left something more of a legacy, specifically on the South Bank of the Thames in London. He was the founding director of the National Theatre outside which his statue so appropriately stands and occupied the post from 1963 - 1973.

    Without listing them all here, a look at the image of the plaque will show you the nature of the people who contributed to the statue. From Sir Anthony Hopkins to Mark Knopfler and Dame Joan Plowright to Equity (the Actors Union in the UK) it really is an impressive list and reflects the genius of the man.

    If you are walking along the Southbank, and I suggest you do as it is a great walk, pause for a minute here and look at the great man captured in his Hamlet pose. A lovely little statue.

    Laurence Olivier statue, Southbank, London, UK. Laurence Olivier statue, Southbank, London, UK.
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    Enjoy the south bank

    by uglyscot Written Jul 13, 2011

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    Get off the train at Waterloo Station and head towards South Bank Centre. This is the hub of activity. It has a completely diffferent atmosphere to the Embankment.
    We attended a literary event there, then had a snack on the terrace, before exploring the surroundings
    July 2011 there was a display of beach cabins, a 'fair' and people painting on the pavement, standing like statues etc t was bright and colourful and brought a smile to my face.

    beach cabin event pavement artist poetry by refugees eating at South Bank  Centre the purple cow- udder the belly
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    Shakespeare's Globe Theater - Worth a Visit!

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jun 3, 2011

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    I'm not sure if you have to be a fan or Shakespeare, a fan of theatre, neither, or both to enjoy a visit to the Globe Theater but I found it fascinating. Built in 1599, this original was destroyed by fire in 1613. Another theater was (re)built in 1614 on the original site but closed in 1642. It wasn't until 1996 that a reconstruction of the original theater was built and opened, about 750 feet from the original site.

    Located on London's South Bank, the globe, circular in design, was a 3 storey open-air amphitheatre about 100 feet in diameter. It could hold almost 3,000 people. Many of those people, called "groundlings", paid only a penny to stand in the "pit" (at the base of the stage) to watch a performance. Today the new theater holds about 1,500 people total of which 600 are standing.

    If you come for a performance bring or rent a seat cushion, as the wooden benches are rather hard. Check the website or call the box office for performance information.

    There is a Globe Exhibition to the right of the theater with displays and hands-on exhibits as well.

    Exhibition and Globe Theatre Tour: 9:00am - 5.30pm (last admission at 5:00pm).

    There is a charge for tours which run every 15-30 minutes.

    Admission for exhibition and theater tour:

    Adult: £11.50
    Senior (60+): £10.00
    Student (with valid ID): £10.00
    Children (5-15): £7.00
    Children (under 5): Free
    Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children): £32.00


    Please note that all visitor information is correct as of this update.

    Inside the Globe Theater
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    Surrealism at its best! Dali Universe

    by thecatsmeow Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A permanent exhibition devoted to the works of Salvador Dalí, located in the former home of the Greater London Councile. Over 600 of Dali's works are on display, including the wold's most complete display of Dalí sculptures.
    Four of Dalí's 20 ft monumental sculptures have been placed on the riverside walkway.
    Dali was a Surrealist and many people still do not know what that is. They just think he was a bit off. Surrealism is a style in which fantastical visual imagery from the subconscious mind is used with no intention of making the work logically comprehensible.
    Dali influenced the scene with his personal flavor of surrealism. The basis of Dali’s Work was a personally inspired system which he called the ‘Paranoiac Critical’ method. Dali explained this as "a spontaneous method of irrational knowledge based on the interpretative-critical association of delirious phenomena." This method was really an extension of Dali’s own fevered personality, the nature of which he summed up when he said, at an opening on an exhibition of his in work in 1934, ‘The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad.’
    Dali was set apart from the group of surrealists in his time due to his right-wing politics (during this period leftism was the fashion among Surrealists, and in fact in almost all intellectual circles). If you enjoy art this is a must see!

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  • Southbank Theater Pub- Footsteps to the Moon

    by travelvixen Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Only 10 pounds per ticket or 7 pounds for students, Footsteps to the Moon is a musical about some escaped lunatics caught in the middle of a war and how the world around them is acutally as mad as they are. The subject is dark yet lightened by humour and the music is also quite uplifting. It is extremely slick and very professionally presented by actors normally working in the West End on such successes as Bombay Dreams and others. The nature of the venue is such that the audience feels as if we are part of the show, part of the experience. It is incredible.

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    Dalí Universe

    by martin_nl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On South Bank in front of County Hall you can see various sculptures of the Spanish artist Salvador Dalí's work. Inside the County Hall building you can find a gallery dedicated to Dali's work. There are over 500 works displayed. Some of Dalí's work can be experienced as a bit shocking. He himself says that his specialty isn't exactly modesty. His work in my opinion is very interesting and different for sure!

    Dal�� elephant sculpture on Southbank
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  • BFI Imax Cinema

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I can't honestly say I have been here to see a film...... but I did TRY!! I was late.... the film had already started!!! So it seemed a bit pointless and I wasn't going to wait for the next showing.

    I have heard it's great fun and kids love it though!

    (and anyway.... those 3D glasses don't suit me!)

    Looks a bit like a gasworks doesn't it?

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    THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

    by BerniShand Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A sprawling complex of theatres on the South Bank, this is the home of the London Philharmonic orchestra and the venue for many varied events
    in the complex are various bars and its a great place to drop in for a drink, there is a large balcony with great views over the river

    there is also a shop selling CDs and other performing artys related items

    view from the balcony
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    Hayward Gallery

    by gordonilla Updated Mar 13, 2011

    Open daily from 10.00 to 18.00, with the late nights being Thursday and Friday (until 20.00)

    There is a cafe and a shop.

    During my visit in March 2011, I saw The British Art Show 7 - "In the Days of the Comet". It runs every 5 years.

    Exterior (1) Exterior (2) Interior (1) Interior (2) Interior (3)

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    The Globe Theatre

    by uglyscot Updated Nov 18, 2009

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    The Globe Theatre as it is today is a reconstruction of an Elizabethan theatre. Sam Wanamaker, an American actor/director had the dream of giving London back one of its most famous theatres . Plans were drawn up using descriptions and etchings from contemporary documents. The end result would not perhaps make Shakespeare feel at home , if he were to return today, but neither would it be completely alien .
    The Globe is circular and open to the skies. The audience stand and react with the players as they perform on stage- not with rotten tomatoes, eggs or oranges though.
    The wooden frame building with the lath and plaster filling and thatched roof is near, but not on ,the original street. A flag was flown when a performance was in progress.
    In addition to the actual theatre the new complex has an exhibition section and educational programme.

    It was begun 1987 and completed 1997.
    Both Shakespeare and Sam Wanamaker are commemorated in nearby Southwark Cathedral..

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    Viva la Quinta Brigada.

    by planxty Written Jul 22, 2009

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    It's funny how things happen sometimes. I am currently re-reading George Orwell's "Fighting in Spain" after many years. For those of you not familiar with the book, it recounts how the author went to Spain in the 1930's to fight against the Fascists of General Franco, who were supported at that time by the Nazis. People came literally from all over the world to fight, in what was known as the International Brigade.

    Fast forward to last Saturday when I attended a wonderful VT meet and Treasure Hunt, superbly organised by the indefatigable Jo (Jo 104). We were divided into teams and sent off to find the answer to clues. Now I must have walked past this statue dozens of times and I have never even stopped to look at it. It is a memorial to the British people who fought in the International Brigade, and I think it is rather attractive. Worth a look if you are anywhere near the London Eye.

    It was sculpted by Ian Walters and unveiled in 1985. Oh, if you are wondering about the title of the tip, it is the title of a Christy Moore song about the same subject. I couldn't stop humming it for the rest of the day!

    International Brigade monument, London, UK. International Brigade monument, London, UK. International Brigade monument, London, UK.
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