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AlchemyReturning to the Southbank Centre for 2016, Alchemy is a festival of South Asian culture that has grown to become the largest festival of Indian and South Asian culture outside India. Incorporating comedy, theatre, dance and music, this year's festival highlights include famed Indian musical trio Shankar-Eshaan-Loy, a new tabla concerto by Zakir Hussain, a mix of music and politics from politically active music group Laal and homegrown music collective Asian Dub Foundation, and actor, comedian and YouTube sensation Mawaan Rizwan. There will also be street food from KERB food market, a new commission from artist Nikhil Chopra and free events such as panel debates, talks, workshops and social dances.

About Southbank Centre

London's hub of cultural arts, The Southbank Centre announced in March 2013 that it's set for a £100 million revamp that will see the 1960s design finally move into the 21st century with a proposal that includes a floating glass pavilion, two more roof gardens, a space for riverside arts and a large pedestrian area. More about Southbank Centre

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Union Car Park
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Library Street NCP
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Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £99† 23% off
1 Addington Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from Alchemy
Close to Waterloo, the 4 star Park Plaza is - as the name suggests - just behind County Hall. Near to the Thames, it's also convenient ... More
The Royal Horseguards - A Guoman Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £130† 39% off
2 Whitehall Court, SW1A | 6 minutes from Alchemy
Emulating the style of a French chateau, this grand Victorian residence, built in 1884, occupies a prime location within Westminster. It's worth staying at the Grade ... More
Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £325† 24% off
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 6 minutes from Alchemy
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
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The End of Longing
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 2nd February to 14th May 2016
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 6 minutes from Alchemy
Perhaps in an attempt to shake off his association with Chandler forever (unlikely), Friends star Matthew Perry has written his first ever play. ...More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
1984
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 14th June to 3rd September 2016
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 6 minutes from Alchemy
Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan revive their production of George Orwell's seminal novel 1984 this year. After premiering at the Nottingham Playhouse in ...More
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Funny Girl
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 9th April to 8th October 2016
Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R | 7 minutes from Alchemy
Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith makes her much awaited return to the West End in 2016 to star in Funny Girl, which transfers from ...More
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Southbank Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
London's hub of cultural arts, The Southbank Centre announced in March 2013 that it's set for a £100 million revamp that will see the 1960s design ... More
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Southbank Centre: Purcell Room
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
Housed in the same modernist block as the Royal Festival Hall and sandwiched between it and the Hayward Gallery, the Purcell Room has a 372-seat auditorium, ... More
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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall
London > Entertainment > Live Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
Located by the River Thames, with sweeping views of the capital from the London Eye to St Paul's Cathedral, the Southbank Centre is a unique metropolitan ... More
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Alchemy
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The Poetry Library
London > Attractions > Museums
Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
The most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1914 in Britain, The Poetry Library within the Southbank Centre contains 90,000 items and is still growing. ... More
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South Bank
London > Attractions >
South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
This stretch along the Thames is one of the cultural and social hubs of London with the Southbank Centre - which includes Royal Festival Hall, Queen ... More
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The Hayward Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 1 minute from Alchemy
The Hayward Gallery has been the originator or host of influential exhibitions since 1968. It mounts temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. The gallery, named ... More
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The best shops and markets near Alchemy
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Foyles Royal Festival Hall
London > Shopping > Books
Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
The family-run Foyles book shop has been in the book selling business since 1906. Around 30,000 books are stocked at this branch on a broad range ... More
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Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Alchemy
Konditor & Cook specialise in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This, ... More
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I Knit London
London > Shopping > Clothing
106 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Alchemy
Stocking a wide range of yarns, needles, patterns and accessories, I Knit London started as a knitting community in Vauxhall in January 2006, meeting at the ... More
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Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
Food to go in its simplest form. Freeshly baked bread for hand-made made sandwhiches; home made soups; simple salads. Another high street option for fresh. fast ... More
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Strada
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
Unit 6, Royal Festival Hall Riverside, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
Strada has started something of a pizza revolution. The chain has blossomed thanks largely to its focus on fresh, high quality ingredients, and efficient, friendly service. ... More
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Giraffe
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
Unit 1, Royal Festival Hall Riverside, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
If you happen to be with the kids on the South Bank this summer this is a great little eatery in which to recharge their batteries. ... More
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Near Alchemy
London City College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Royal Waterloo House, 51 Waterloo Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Alchemy
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English Language Institute
London > Education > English Language Courses
Royal Waterloo House, 51-55 Waterloo Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Alchemy
Wide variety of courses offered. Classes of 12-16. Under £200pw.... More
Institution of Electrical Engineers
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Savoy Place, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 6 minutes from Alchemy
... More
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Alchemy
Fancy detoxing in the building where the Greater London Council used to run the city? The Spa at the London Marriott County ... More
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Jubilee Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
3 Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Alchemy
The concrete promenade along the South Bank greatly benefits from this large patch of green grass for striders, strollers and sightseers to relax on. Not ... More
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Bernie Spain Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Upper Ground, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Alchemy
Located between Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel's Wharf, Bernie Spain Gardens is a pleasant green space to stop off on a riverside walk along the South ... More
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The best pubs near London Alchemy.
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King's Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Alchemy
A short walk from the South Bank Centre, The Old Vic and The National Theatre this traditional old watering hole is a good place to have ... More
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The Sherlock Holmes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 7 minutes from Alchemy
Thirsty Sherlock Holmes fans look no further than this homage to the great detective himself and to original Victorian pubs. While you indulge in a soothing ... More
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The Thirsty Bear
London > Nightlife > Pubs
62 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Alchemy
If you're the kind of drinker who gets thirsty, very thirsty, and you don't have the time or patience to queue for at a very busy ... More
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Alchemy clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
Designed by the Eden Project, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is the place to be on a summer's evening for stunning sundown views over the ... More
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Bassoon Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Alchemy
The cocktails in the Bassoon Bar are very good, expensive, yes, but very, very good. Not only that but the bar has a piano which is ... More
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Gordon's Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
47 Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Alchemy
Home to Samuel Pepys in the 1680s, the building housing Gordon’s is now home to a regular, thriving crowd of drinkers of all ages and all ... More
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Skylon
London > Business > Venue Hire
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
The Royal Festival Hall's refurbishment has done away with 'The People's Palace', the marvellously 1950s restaurant that used to occupy this space, and replaced it with ... More
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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Alchemy
Located by the River Thames, with sweeping views of the capital from the London Eye to St Paul's Cathedral, the Southbank Centre is a unique metropolitan ... More
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The Deck at the National Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Alchemy
The Deck is a modern roof-top venue with stunning views over the Thames, available for hire at the National Theatre, part of the Southbank Centre which ... More

Southbank Centre events

Comedy In The DarkComedy In The DarkA selection of acts perform their stand-up routines in total darkness.2016-05-05T00:00:00+01002016-07-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Ongoing
Comedy In The Dark
Gamelan Intermediate CourseGamelan Intermediate CourseThis intermediate course caters for gamelan students with at least two year's prior playing experience.2016-05-05T18:00:00+01002016-05-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Today Only
Gamelan Intermediate Course
Meltdown Music JournalismMeltdown Music JournalismYoung writers are invited to learn how to write about music and try out their skills at Meltdown.2016-05-05T18:00:00+01002016-05-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
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Meltdown Music Journalism
Meltdown Music Journalism (Ages 18-25)Meltdown Music Journalism (Ages 18-25)Magazine and online editor and writer Amanda Holloway leads six sessions.2016-05-05T18:00:00+01002016-05-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
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Meltdown Music Journalism (Ages 18-25)
Philharmonia Orchestra: Edward Gardner: ElgarPhilharmonia Orchestra: Edward Gardner: ElgarEdward Gardner conducts this performance of Mozart's Overture Die Zauberflote, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 2 and Elgar's Symphony No 2, featuring pianist Martin Helmchen.2016-05-05T19:30:00+01002016-05-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
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Philharmonia Orchestra: Edward Gardner: Elgar
Gamelan Advanced CourseGamelan Advanced CourseAn advanced class for gamelan musicians with more than four years' playing experience.2016-05-05T20:00:00+01002016-05-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
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Gamelan Advanced Course
Andy Zaltzman: Election SpecialAndy Zaltzman: Election SpecialPolitical satire based on world-wide events from the writer and radio regular.2016-05-05T21:00:00+01002016-05-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
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Andy Zaltzman: Election Special
Behind The Scenes Tour: Royal Festival HallBehind The Scenes Tour: Royal Festival HallExperience life backstage with access to restricted areas of this historic building.2016-05-05T14:00:00+01002016-05-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Now On
Behind The Scenes Tour: Royal Festival Hall
Architecture TourArchitecture TourDiscover the creative design of the building.2016-05-05T18:00:00+01002016-05-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Now On
Architecture Tour
Udderbelly FestivalUdderbelly FestivalUdderbelly Festival Look out for an upside-down purple cow as you're crossing over the Golden Jubilee footbridge to the Southbank Centre from mid-April - failing that, just listen out for the belly laughs - and you'll find your way to London's funniest summer event. The colourful, comic, curvaceous cow marks the spot of the Udderbelly - a two-month festival of 2016-05-05T00:00:00+01002016-07-17T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
Category: event
Ongoing

event > Comedy > Comedy Festivals
PRICINGVarious prices (most tickets under £20)
DATES7th April to 17th July 2016
VENUESouthbank Centre
Look out for an upside-down purple cow as you're crossing over the Golden Jubilee footbridge to the Southbank Centre from mid-April - failing that, just listen out for the belly laughs - and you'll find your way to London's funniest summer event. The colourful, comic, curvaceous cow marks the spot of the Udderbelly - a two-month festival of ...†More about this event

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The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
Dance | Until 10th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Alchemy

After creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet in 2011 - the company's first full length ...More

 
Frankenstein
Dance | Until 27th May 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Alchemy

The Royal Opera House hosts the world premiere of Liam Scarlett's new full-length ballet, ...More

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Alchemy

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
The Royal Opera: Tannhauser
Concerts | Until 15th May 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Alchemy

Tim Albery's critically acclaimed 2010 production of Wagner's early opera, Tannhauser, returns to the Royal Opera ...More

Lucia Di Lammermoor
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Concerts | Until 19th May 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Alchemy

Diana Damrau and Aleksandra Kurzak lead a world-class cast in Katie Mitchell's new production of Lucia di ...More

 
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Foodie Events | Until 29th September 2016 

Balthazar 2 minutes walk from Alchemy

Plumped up lips made from sponge, chocolate torte as gel eyeliner, and rhubarb and ginger cream lined up like brush-on ...More

 
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 30th July 2016 

Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from Alchemy

One of the less well-known West-End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses since ...More

 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 7th January 2017 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Alchemy

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 14th January 2017 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from Alchemy

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey ...More

 
Hand to God
Theatre | Until 11th June 2016 

Vaudeville Theatre 3 minutes walk from Alchemy

Taking into account its favour with the critics and several Tony nominations, irreverent puppet comedy ...More

 
 
 
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