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London Literature FestivalReturning for its tenth year, the 2016 London Literature Festival takes on the theme Living in Future Times, celebrating the world's most visionary writers and artists. Held at the Southbank Centre, the festival will rediscover far-sighted classic and examine how we are living in an era that has been predicted by science fiction. It opens with two events marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of HG Wells, widely considered the father of science fiction. Christopher Eccleston performs a reading of HG Wells' classic The Time Machine and there will be a discussion on the author's relationship with women, broadcast live from the Clore Ballroom. Further highlights include a Q&A screening with Louis Theroux for his first theatrical feature documentary, My Scientology Movie; a celebration and exploration of David Bowie's life and legacy; and the Young Adult Literature Weekender, offering exciting opportunities to the next generation of writers.

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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Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
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1 Addington Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from London Literature Festival
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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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London Literature Festival, Belvedere Road, SE1 | Same location as London Literature Festival
Bilal Shahid, the singer and actor from London, brings his hip hop, R&B and soul originals to the stage....More
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London > Events > Concerts †Dates: Sunday 28th May 2017 - 6.30pm
London Literature Festival, Belvedere Road, SE1 | Same location as London Literature Festival
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Alice's Adventures Underground
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 15th April to 10th September 2017
London Literature Festival, 10 Leake Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from London Literature Festival
Les Enfants Terribles and ebp's Olivier Award nominated wonderland, a huge hit here at the the Vaults deep underneath Waterloo Station two years ago, returns. Invited ...More
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Southbank Centre
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Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as London Literature Festival
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Southbank Centre: Purcell Room
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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
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South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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Konditor & Cook
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22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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
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Unit 1, Royal Festival Hall Riverside, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as London Literature Festival
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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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 7 minutes from London Literature Festival
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 12 minutes from London Literature Festival
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The London Film School
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24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 13 minutes from London Literature Festival
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
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Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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
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10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 7 minutes from London Literature Festival
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
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62 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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 London Literature Festival
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
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Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as London Literature Festival
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
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Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as London Literature Festival
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The Deck at the National Theatre
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South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from London Literature Festival
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Philip Glass And Laurie Anderson - American StylePhilip Glass And Laurie Anderson - American StyleThe two artists collaborate in the creation of new music based around improvisation and experimentation.2017-05-28T00:00:00+01002017-06-18T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Philip Glass And Laurie Anderson - American Style
BilalBilalBilal Shahid, the singer and actor from London, brings his hip hop, R&B and soul originals to the stage.2017-05-28T18:00:00+01002017-05-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Rafi Peer Sufi DrummerRafi Peer Sufi DrummerThe dhol drummer from Pakistan performs Sufi shrine music.2017-05-28T18:30:00+01002017-05-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Rafi Peer Mystic Music Sufi Festival Abida ParveenRafi Peer Mystic Music Sufi Festival Abida ParveenA performance of Sufi music (Sufiana kalaam), by the Pakistani singer.2017-05-28T19:30:00+01002017-05-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Mawaan Rizwan - Twerk In ProgressMawaan Rizwan - Twerk In ProgressAbsurd songs and trippy poems about the profound meaninglessness of life from the BBC3 regular.2017-05-28T20:00:00+01002017-05-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Shiva Soundsystem Presents Supersonic BuddhaShiva Soundsystem Presents Supersonic BuddhaDJ Nerm, plus guests including Oceantide and Bobby Tank, among others, provides electronic music to the dancefloor.2017-05-28T21:00:00+01002017-05-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Tales Of BirbalTales Of BirbalMashi Theatre tells the tales of Birbal.2017-05-28T12:00:00+01002017-05-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Tales Of Birbal
AlchemyAlchemyAlchemyReturning to the Southbank Centre for 2017, 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, it's an eclectic programme that this year commences with Sukanya, Ravi Shankar's first-ever opera that he worked on ju2017-05-28T00:00:00+01002017-05-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Festivals
PRICINGVarious
DATES19th to 29th May 2017
VENUESouthbank Centre
Returning to the Southbank Centre for 2017, 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, it's an eclectic programme that this year commences with Sukanya, Ravi Shankar's first-ever opera that he worked on ju...†More about this event
Five Rivers: A Portrait Of PartitionFive Rivers: A Portrait Of PartitionSheba Remy Kharbanda and William Charles Moss's work video and sound installation projected video and sound installation and deals with e sub-continent's partition post British occupancy.2017-05-28T10:00:00+01002017-05-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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Five Rivers: A Portrait Of Partition
KhatKhatA handmade textile installation, created specifically for The Clore Ballroom and Alchemy by designers, architects and craftsmen: Salman Jawed, Mustafa Mehdi, Faiza Adamjee, Zaid Hameed, Ali Asghar and Hina Fancy from Karachi, Pakistan.2017-05-28T10:00:00+01002017-05-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Southbank Centre, † Belvedere Road† † † SE1 8XX
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