South Bank Big Top  

 
 
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Behind the National Theatre Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 8XX
 
 
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South Bank Big TopA glorious art deco Spiegeltent by the National Theatre, the South Bank Big Top is a pop-up venue set up in autumn 2010 to house the circus show La Soiree following the closure of the Hippodrome in central London. With an auditorium of carved wood, polished mirrors, crystal and leadlight, guests will be instantly transported to the glamour of a bygone era.

 

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Sea Containers London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
20 Upper Ground, SE1 | 3 minutes from South Bank Big Top
London landmark Sea Containers House, situated between the OXO Tower and Blackfriars Bridge on the South Bank, was transformed into the Mondrian London in 2014 before ... More
 
 
 
Holiday Inn Express London Southwark
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £49  23% off
103-109 Southwark Street, SE1 | 7 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Located in the bustling heart of London's arts scene, with the capital's finest theatres, concert halls and cinemas just a short stroll away, this is a ... More
 
 
 
Crowne Plaza London The City
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £63  29% off
19 New Bridge Street, EC4V | 8 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Located in the very heart of the Square Mile, Crowne Plaza London The City is a newly renovated hotel set on the site of Henry VIII's ... More
 
 
 
 
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Rambert
London > Entertainment > Theatres
99 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 1 minute from South Bank Big Top
Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, who was heavily influenced by her work with Diaghilev, Stravinsky and the Ballet Russes, Rambert dance company is one of ... More
 
 
 
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National Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
South Bank, South Bank, , South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Each year the three superb venues in the National Theatre put on a significant proportion of the world's best productions. From intimate character studies in the ... More
 
 
 
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National Theatre: Dorfman
London > Entertainment > Theatres
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from South Bank Big Top
In place of the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, which closed in 2013, the Dorfman Theatre offers a greater capacity, more comfortable seats, better sightlines and enlarged ... More
 
 
 
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A Letter In Mind 'Everyday Things'
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Nov 2020 - 11am-6pm
South Bank Big Top, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, SE1 | 2 minutes from South Bank Big Top
...More
 
 
 
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Among The Trees
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 1st August to 31st October 2020 - Various Times
South Bank Big Top, Belvedere Road, SE1 | 6 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Artworks from the late 1960s up to present day that highlight and explore our relationships with trees and forests, with works by Robert Adams, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, ...More
 
 
 
Justin Adams And Mauro Durante
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Sunday 22nd November 2020 - 7.45pm
South Bank Big Top, Belvedere Road, SE1 | 6 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Guitarist and composer Justin Adams seeks comfort in the trance rhythms of Taranta with violinist and frame drummer Mauro Durante....More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near South Bank Big Top
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Gabriel's Wharf
London > Attractions > Sights
Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 1 minute from South Bank Big Top
Situated just 2 minutes walk from Oxo Tower Wharf, this paved area becomes an oasis of outdoor eating as soon as the sun comes ... More
 
 
 
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Oxo Tower Wharf
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Bargehouse Street, Off Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Originally a power station, later a reprocessing plant owned by the Oxo Company, the bold, Art Deco Oxo Tower was marked out as ripe for demolition ... More
 
 
 
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Southbank Centre Beach
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Queens Walk, SE1 | 4 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Every summer, from the end of May until the beginning of September, the Southbank Centre brings the beach to ... More
 
 
 
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Oxo Tower and Gabriel's Wharf
London > Shopping > Arts and Crafts
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from South Bank Big Top
As you stare across the river at this bustling, stylish, multi-faceted venue, it’s hard to believe that this riverside warehouse was once a reprocessing plant for ... More
 
 
 
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Konditor
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Konditor specialises in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This, the first ... 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 | 6 minutes from South Bank Big Top
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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Gourmet Pizza
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
Upper Ground, Gabriels Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 | 1 minute from South Bank Big Top
Italian Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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RSJ
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
13A Coin Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 1 minute from South Bank Big Top
French cuisine. Booking advised. Separate room for parties. Tables on patio. ... More
 
 
 
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Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
Oxo Tower, Wharf Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from South Bank Big Top
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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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 7 minutes from South Bank Big Top
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 11 minutes from South Bank Big Top
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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Career Energy
London > Education > Career Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 14 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Situated in the heart of London, Career Energy – formed in March 2002 - offers comprehensive advice on careers, career change and job searching. They’ll analyse ... More
 
 
 
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Bernie Spain Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Upper Ground, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 1 minute from South Bank Big Top
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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Agua Spa London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Six private treatment rooms, including a couples' suite and a private thermal suite, make up agua Spa within Sea Containers London. Bringing a new concept ... More
 
 
 
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Chang's Hapkido Academy
London > Leisure > Martial Arts
Topnotch Health Club, 3 Tudor Street, City, London EC4Y | 7 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Grandmaster Gedo Chang's Hapkido martial arts schools emphasises practical self-defence, confidence, balance and fitness. The ancient Korean martial art of Hapkido is made up of three components: ... More
 
 
 
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The Thirsty Bear
London > Nightlife > Pubs
62 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from South Bank Big Top
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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King's Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from South Bank Big Top
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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Doggett's Coat and Badge
London > Nightlife > Pubs
1 Blackfriars Bridge, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Functional, multi-purpose pub whose saving grace is its excellent Southbank location and views of the river. Doggett's Coat and Badge could hardly be described as a ... More
 
 
 
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Oxo Tower Bar & Brasserie
London > Nightlife > Bars
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Boasting one of the best views in town, the Oxo Tower Bar is perfect for combining a spot of leisurely (if static) sightseeing with some classy ... More
 
 
 
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Lyaness
London > Nightlife > Bars
Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 | 3 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Pioneering mixology maestro Ryan Chetiyawardana shook the industry as hard as he shakes his cocktails in 2018 when he announced the closure of his ... More
 
 
 
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12th Knot
London > Nightlife > Bars
20 Upper Ground, Sea Containers London, SE1 | 3 minutes from South Bank Big Top
Found on the top floor of Sea Containers London the 12th Knot is the crowning glory of the glamorous riverside hotel. ... More
 
 
 
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The Deck at the National Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from South Bank Big Top
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
 
 
 
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National Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from South Bank Big Top
The greatest theatre in the world? Probably. Each year the three superb venues in the National Theatre put on a significant proportion of the world's best ... More
 
 
 
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Skylon
London > Business > Venue Hire
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from South Bank Big Top
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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The Unforgotten
Exhibitions | Until 31st October 2020 

The Young Vic 7 minutes walk from South Bank Big Top

Artists Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey and Anna Fleischle contribute to the ongoing conversation within the Black Lives Matter movement with an installation ...More

Andy Warhol
Exhibitions | Until 15th November 2020 

Tate Modern 8 minutes walk from South Bank Big Top

A major retrospective of the American pop artist's work, featuring well-known images such as the iconic pop prints of Marilyn ...More

Hyundai Commission: Kara Walker
Exhibitions | Until 8th November 2020 

Tate Modern 8 minutes walk from South Bank Big Top

A large-scale installation by the New York-based artist, entitled Fons Americanus, transforming the Turbine Hall to reflect her concerns regarding ...More

Dora Maurer
Exhibitions | Until 24th January 2021 

Tate Modern 8 minutes walk from South Bank Big Top

A year-long exhibition brings together some 35 works by the Hungarian artist, including graphic works, photographs, films and paintings created ...More

Bruce Nauman
Exhibitions | Until 21st February 2021 

Tate Modern 8 minutes walk from South Bank Big Top

Immersive installations with an emphasis on sound and moving image by the Indiana-born artist, shown alongside poetic sculptures and neon ...More

The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
Theatre | Until 2nd May 2021 

Duchess Theatre 10 minutes walk from South Bank Big Top

Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone ...More

 
The Guinea Pig Club
Comedy | Until 27th October 2020 

Tattershall Castle 10 minutes walk from South Bank Big Top

New material from top acts on the circuit and rising stars....More

Hidden London: The Exhibition
Hidden London: The Exhibition
Exhibitions | Until 1st January 2021 

London Transport Museum 11 minutes walk from South Bank Big Top

Experience an 'abandoned' Tube station and discover stories about Churchill in the Blitz at the London Transport Museum's exhibition, Hidden ...More

 
Future Engineers
Future Engineers
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2020 

London Transport Museum 11 minutes walk from South Bank Big Top

Explore the world of transport engineering in the Future Engineers gallery, a permanent display at the London Transport Museum since ...More

 
Good
Good
Theatre | Until 19th December 2020 

Playhouse Theatre 11 minutes walk from South Bank Big Top

David Tennant, the well loved actor best known for playing Doctor Who, returns to the West End to star in ...More

 
 
 
 
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