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Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £112  31% off
1 Addington Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from Books etc
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 £127  36% off
2 Whitehall Court, SW1A | 6 minutes from Books etc
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  29% off
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 6 minutes from Books etc
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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Foyles Royal Festival Hall
London > Shopping > Books
Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Books etc
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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Crockatt and Powell
London > Shopping > Books
119-120 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Books etc
If you hate the commercial, branded feel of mega bookshops like Waterstones and Borders this one's a treat. Crockatt and Powell is an independent bookshop that ... More
 
 
 
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Stanfords
London > Shopping > Books
12-14 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 11 minutes from Books etc
Intrepid explorers already know where to travel for the best selection of maps and travel books. Stanfords should be the first pit stop on any journey. ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near Books etc
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Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Books etc
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 Books etc
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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Greensmiths Market
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
27 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Books etc
Greensmiths combines an excellent butcher's (The Ginger Pig), artisan baker's (The Old Post Office Bakery) and Covent Garden Market greengrocer's (Solstice) under one roof - all ... More
 
 
 
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Trevor Ashley: Liza's Back! (Is Broken)
London > Events > Comedy  Dates: 27th Jun to 2nd Jul 2017 - Various Times
Books etc, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, SE1 | Same location as Books etc
Tribute to the iconic Liza Minnelli that explores the roles that Minnelli should have played over the last 40 years....More
 
 
 
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Lates with a bite: 7 Deadly Sins edition
London > Events > Tours  Dates: Friday 30th June 2017 - 7pm
Books etc, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 4 minutes from Books etc
Attractions & Museums, Guided Tour....More
 
 
 
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Alice's Adventures Underground
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 15th April to 10th September 2017
Books etc, 10 Leake Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from Books etc
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
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Books etc
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 Books etc
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 Books etc
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 Books etc
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The Poetry Library
London > Attractions > Museums
Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Books etc
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 Books etc
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 Books etc
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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Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Books etc
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 Books etc
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 Books etc
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 Books etc
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 7 minutes from Books etc
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 | 12 minutes from Books etc
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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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 13 minutes from Books etc
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... 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 Books etc
Fancy detoxing in the building where the Greater London Council used to run the city? The Spa at the London Marriott County ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Jubilee Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
3 Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Books etc
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Bernie Spain Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Upper Ground, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Books etc
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 Books etc.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
King's Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Books etc
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Sherlock Holmes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 7 minutes from Books etc
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 Books etc
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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Books etc clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Books etc
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Bassoon Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Books etc
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Gordon's Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
47 Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Books etc
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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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Books etc.
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Skylon
London > Business > Venue Hire
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Books etc
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as Books etc
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Deck at the National Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Books etc
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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Belief and Beyond Belief
Belief and Beyond Belief
Exhibitions | Until 17th December 2017 

Southbank Centre

Professor Stephen Hawking opens the year-long Belief and Beyond Belief festival appearing at an exclusive event marking his 75th birthday ...More

 
Festival of Love
Festival of Love
Exhibitions | Until 28th August 2017 

Southbank Centre

Back at the Southbank Centre for a fourth year, the summer-long Festival of Love celebrates love in all its guises ...More

 
Trevor Ashley: Liza's Back! (Is Broken)
Comedy | Until 2nd July 2017 

London Wonderground Spiegeltent

Tribute to the iconic Liza Minnelli that explores the roles that Minnelli should have played over the last 40 years....More

Catch Me (Attrape Moi)
Theatre | Until 9th July 2017 

London Wonderground Spiegeltent

Six performers will impress you with feats of skill and daring (including some dramatic turns on a trampoline wall) in ...More

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Common
Theatre | Until 12th July 2017 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 2 minutes walk from Books Etc

Jeremy Herrin directs DC Moore's darkly funny drama starring Anne-Marie Duff as incorrigible rogue and thief Mary, who becomes embroiled ...More

 
Angels In America: Part One: Millennium Approaches
Angels In America: Part One: Millennium Approaches
Theatre | Until 19th August 2017 

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 3 minutes walk from Books Etc

The first instalment of a new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America, comes to the ...More

 
Underbelly Festival
Underbelly Festival
Theatre | Until 30th September 2017 

Jubilee Gardens 4 minutes walk from Books Etc

This year, the Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground merge together to form the Underbelly Festival. Taking place in the same ...More

 
Alice's Adventures Underground
Alice's Adventures Underground
Theatre | Until 10th September 2017 

The Vaults, Arch 233 5 minutes walk from Books Etc

Les Enfants Terribles and ebp's Olivier Award nominated wonderland, a huge hit here at the the Vaults deep underneath Waterloo ...More

 
Adventures in Wonderland
Adventures in Wonderland
Kids Events | Until 3rd September 2017 

The Vaults, Arch 233 5 minutes walk from Books Etc

Further to the main adult show, Alice's Adventures Underground, the Vaults under Waterloo also hosts the return of the children's ...More

 
The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes
The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes
Exhibitions | Until 15th October 2017 

Doon Street Car Park 6 minutes walk from Books Etc

A life-size Batmobile, built from half a million LEGO bricks, is just one of the 120 models on display in ...More

 

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