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Festival of LoveReturning for a second year, Southbank Centre's summer-long Festival of Love celebrates love in all its guises. Last year saw different types of human love explored and the project continues in 2015 with installations, performances and free events, including the second Big Wedding Weekend over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August) when 100 couples are invited to marry in mass ceremonies in the Royal Festival Hall. This year's installations include 'The People' by actor Jim Broadbent and Mark Titchner's 'Love Flags', flying from the roof-tops. There are exhibitions on 'Love and Liquid Fire' by the creator of Soho's iconic neons, Chris Bracey; and theatre for all the family in the pop-up, Roundabout by Paines Plough. Weekends bring themed performances, poetry, workshops and talks whether its the Mandela Weekend (18th and 19th July) celebrating the world leader, or the Urban Weekend (8th and 9th August), bringing together street culture, parkour, street art, BMXing and music. Jeppe Hein's Appearing Rooms fountain returns, as does the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, the urban beach beside the river, and the weekly Southbank Centre Market every Friday to Sunday throughout the summer.

 

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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Festival of Love  Southbank Centre's Roof Garden on the Queen Elizabeth Hall, photo: Belinda Lawley  

   
Festival of Love - Southbank Centre's Roof Garden on the Queen Elizabeth Hall, photo: Belinda Lawley

Festival of Love Southbank Centre's Roof Garden on the Queen Elizabeth Hall, photo: Belinda Lawley 

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Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £93  25% off
1 Addington Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from Festival of Love
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
 
 
 
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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 Festival of Love
Perhaps in an attempt to shake off his association with Chandler forever (unlikely), Friends star Matthew Perry has written his first ever play. ...More
 
 
 
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Guys and Dolls
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 10th December 2015 to 12th March 2016
Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R | 7 minutes from Festival of Love
Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Guys and Dolls transfers to the West End this December, taking place at the Savoy Theatre. A big hit at the ...More
 
 
 
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Funny Girl
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 9th April to 2nd July 2016
Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R | 7 minutes from Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Poetry Library
London > Attractions > Museums
Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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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Foyles Royal Festival Hall
London > Shopping > Books
Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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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London City College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Royal Waterloo House, 51 Waterloo Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Festival of Love
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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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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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King's Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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 Festival of Love
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

 
Ronald Corp's Behold, The SeaRonald Corp's Behold, The SeaHighgate Choral Society performs Ronald Corp's Behold, the Sea and Vaughan Williams's Sea Symphony with Rebecca Evans (soprano), Roderick Williams (baritone), The London Chorus and New London Children's Choir at the Royal Festival Hall.2016-03-07T00:00:00+00002016-03-07T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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The Rattler: World PremiereThe Rattler: World PremiereA new interactive retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.2016-03-19T00:00:00+00002016-03-19T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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The Rattler: World Premiere
Deacon BlueDeacon BlueAfter over 30 years together the Glasgow-formed six-piece still presents an energetic pop and blues-infused rock performance including hit singles Dignity and Real Gone Kid.2016-11-16T00:00:00+00002016-11-16T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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Deacon Blue
Shhh...Bang!Shhh...Bang!Children's dance and theatre performance.2016-02-10T00:00:00+00002016-02-12T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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Shhh...Bang!
The Secret Life Of SuitcasesThe Secret Life Of SuitcasesAilie Cohen and Lewis Hetherington present a piece of adventurous puppet theatre for youngsters.2016-02-18T00:00:00+00002016-02-21T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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The Secret Life Of Suitcases
Roald Dahl And The Imagination Seekers (Ages 6-9)Roald Dahl And The Imagination Seekers (Ages 6-9)An interactive adventure for children, inspired by the works of Dahl.2016-02-13T00:00:00+00002016-02-21T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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Roald Dahl And The Imagination Seekers (Ages 6-9)
David Titterington, OrganDavid Titterington, OrganInternational concert organist David Titterington performs Buxtehude's Toccata In D Minor BuxWV 155, Sally Beamish's Chaconne, Nielsen's Commotio Op 58, Brahms's Prelude And Fugue In A minor WoO 9, Franck's Grande Piece Symphonique In F Sharp Minor Op 17.2016-02-08T19:30:00+00002016-02-08T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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Barnardo's National Choral Competition and Concert 2016Barnardo's National Choral Competition and Concert 2016Finalists of the Under 12s and 18s catergory perform a range of choral works.2016-02-09T18:30:00+00002016-02-09T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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Barnardo's National Choral Competition and Concert 2016
Creative Writing: Illustrating & Writing For ChildrenCreative Writing: Illustrating & Writing For ChildrenJoin author and illustrator Sally on a creative journey from picture books to graphic novels.2016-02-09T18:30:00+00002016-02-09T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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Creative Writing: Illustrating & Writing For Children
Mess AroundMess AroundMulti-sensory, tactile play experiences for young children.2016-02-10T10:30:00+00002016-02-10T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Southbank Centre,   Belvedere Road      SE1 8XX
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L'Etoile
Concerts | Until 24th February 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Festival Of Love

French director Mariame Clement gets her Royal Opera House debut with L'Etoile this February. ...More

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Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Festival Of Love

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

 
Antonio Pappano And The Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House: The Mighty Handful
Concerts | On 8th February 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Festival Of Love

Pappano conducts an all-Russian programme of Rimsky-Korsakov's Prelude and the Battle Of Kerzhenets and Flight Of The Bumblebee, Borodin's Symphony ...More

Trade Off Monday
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 8th February 2016 

The Roadhouse 1 minute walk from Festival Of Love

Take part in Rockeoke and sing with the live band. Plus indie and pop music from resident DJ Elle Tiyo....More

Night Shift
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Exhibitions | Until 10th April 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from Festival Of Love

Opening on the first weekend of what was meant to be the first weekend of the night tube - before ...More

 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 4th June 2016 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Festival Of Love

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 24th September 2016 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from Festival Of Love

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 Festival Of Love

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

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Theatre | Until 13th February 2016 

The Donmar Warehouse 3 minutes walk from Festival Of Love

The Donmar Warehouse's Christmas offering is the revival of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, with Janet McTeer and Dominic West ...More

 
Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!
Theatre | Until 22nd October 2016 

Novello Theatre 3 minutes walk from Festival Of Love

Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the ...More

 
 
 
 
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