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Get festive on the South Bank

8th December 2015
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Far from its ‘wrong side of the river’ image of old, the South Bank is now a vibrant, Instagram-friendly London wonder and never more so than in winter.

So much is crammed into a few short miles of the Thames bank, and as winter gets into full swing it really comes into its own.

These are just a few ways to spend your winter days and nights on the South Bank:

Christmas Specials at House of Vans

House Of Vans

Relatively new South Bank cultural hub (it opened in August 2014), House Of Vans is getting in on the Christmas act with double-bills of classic Christmas films, showing every Sunday.

This coming weekend sees a double of Scrooged and Bad Santa, and the 13th December brings together The Grinch and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

What’s more it’s FREE – although with limited seats (100 to be exact) it is first come, first served.

They also have a load of Christmassy exhibitions and workshops, as well as their skate park, diner and bar.

When: Until 20th December 2015
Price: FREE

www.houseofvanslondon.com

Winter Festival at Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre’s massive Winter Festival is back for another year. If you can’t find something to float your wintery boat there’s probably something wrong with you!

The Winter Market brings wooden chalets crammed with festive food, drinks and gifts. It’s worth it just to grab some mulled wine on the riverbank.

For lovely winter booze - The Rekorderlig Cider Lodge brings a taste of Scandinavia (food and drink) to the South Bank in its two storey lodge.

While ice skating maybe be the more seasonal option, the Bump Rollerdisco is a worthy alternative – it’s inside so that at least ensures you not getting rained on.

There’s also performances La Soirée and Slava’s Snowshow ,festive concerts, social dances, choirs, a weekend dedicated to charitable causes and winter festivities.

For the New Year, the South Bank Centre has some special up its sleeve with their Vintage New Year’s Eve Party. Over five-floors the Royal Festival Hall is opening seven vintage nightclubs, a dining hall, a hair and beauty salon, photo studios and a private terrace overlooking the Thames for a stunning view of London’s world-famous fireworks.

When: Various times till 17th January 2016
Price: Free and a variety of prices
www.southbanklondon.com/winter-at-southbank-centre 

Get your skates on at Eyeskate

Eyeskate

There’s some pretty special spots to ice skate in the capital, but only one has an illuminated London Eye as the backdrop.

When: Until 3rd January 2016
Price: From £9.45

www.southbanklondon.com/eye-skate

Get a Winter Cocktail Experience with a view

Why not top up a spin on the ice with a cocktail experience like no other! Sip expertly made cocktails created by The Cocktail Trading Co. whilst gazing over the sites of London from the London Eye? We’ve been up and tried them and they are delicious and STRONG!

When: Until 3rd January 2016
Price: From £40.50 per person

www.southbanklondon.com/frostival

Watch Santa Swim

Sea Life London Aquarium

It’s the question I bet you really wanted answering – ‘can Santa swim’? Well at 11:45am every day our big red Christmas buddy will be taking a dip and hand-feeding SEA LIFE London’s rare green sea turtles Boris and Phoenix, dozens of rays, and colourful shoals of tropical fish.

When: Until 23rd December 2015
Price: From £19.98
www.southbanklondon.com/santa-swims

Step into wonder.land

wonder.land

If there’s one show that’s got us excited it’s the new musical from Damon Albarn. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic story, wonder.land is a coming-of-age adventure that explores the blurred boundaries between our online and offline lives.

Combining live theatre and digital technology with striking costumes, sets, lighting and video projections, plus a score from Albarn this is probably going to be most bizarre and brilliant musical in a long while.

When: Until 15th March 2016
Price: From £15
www.southbanklondon.com/wonder-land

Fall in LOVE with a film

LOVE

Christmas is perfect for all that lovey-dovey stuff. Why not celebrate with BFI Southbank’s LOVE season – a two-month celebration of cinematic romance. See certified classics such as Brief Encounter, comedies including Four Weddings and a Funeral and the darker side of love shown in Fatal Attraction.

When: Until 31st December 2015
Price: From £8.35. 2 For 1 tickets on Mondays (excludes previews and special events)
www.southbanklondon.com/love

 This is just a taste of what is going on the South Bank this festive season. Check out the rest of the happenings at: www.southbanklondon.com




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