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'What we see depends mainly on what we look for'.
This visual South Bank riverside sightseeing route takes you along a section of London’s famous River Thames on both the north and the south bank between the Golden Jubilee Bridge and Waterloo Bridge. This 2 Km walk starts and ends at Embankment Station and takes you along the South Bank to the art and entertainment areas of the Royal Festival Hall and National Theatre. It then heads across the river towards the tranquil Victoria Embankment Gardens before finishing up at Embankment Station. This post shows you a hyper-lapse video view of South Bank River Circuit and helps you know the area through maps, 360 VR views, facts and a photo gallery. This area does get a little busy around the South Bank, so I always like to visit this area in the early morning. This is a very enjoyable route as there is a lot of activity on the South Bank and peace and quite on the Westminster side of the river. There are also great views of London from both sides of the river and from the top of the Royal Festival Hall and National Theatre.
Royal Festival Hall
Victoria Embankment Gardens
Golden Jubilee Bridge
BFI (British Film Institute)
See The Route - A Video Run
This hyper-lapse style familiarisation video of the South Bank circuit will show you what the route looks like as if you were running at 20mph. It starts and finishes at Embankment station. The video also has photo inserts for a small selection of the venues and sites that you will see along the route.
Know the Area - Maps and Information
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This photo route was originally part of the River Thames before it was reclaimed when the Embankment was built in 1870. Further renovation took place along the south bank in 1951 when the Festival of Britain took place, and the building of the National Theatre and Queens Walk in 1976.
It is an entertaining photo route along by the Southbank Centre, with its relaxing within Victoria Embankment Garden on the western side.
The route starts off at Embankment Station, which was opened in 1870 to provided a rail service from Westminster to Blackfriars. It then takes you across the south facing Golden Jubilee Bridge with its great views across the river towards the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.
After a brief stop to admire the London Eye, head back towards the Royal Festival Hall. Try going to the food market at the back of the Royal Festival Hall or to the Haywood Art Gallery , or visit the inside of the Royal Festival Hall for both entertainment and views from the upper levels.
Once you come back down to the Queens walk, you will pass the skate park within the Undercroft before passing the equally famous second-hand booksellers under Waterloo Bridge. You will then be by the Royal National Theatre and BFI Southbank (British Film Institute) both of which are well worth a longer visit.
The route then takes you across Waterloo Bridge for great view of the City of London, before ending up at Somerset House - a major historical building that includes the Gilbert Collection, Hermitage Rooms, Royal Navy Rooms and Courtauld Gallery. Your path then drops down to Victoria Embankment into Victoria Embankment Gardens. This was opened to the public in 1896 and is now home to some great riverside buildings such as the Savoy, Cleopatra’s Needle, the Adelphi and Shell Mex House. The park is relaxing and full of statues, many of which are ordinary people and groups who have been successful and had a positive social impact on the country. The route finished back at Embankment and Charing Cross – where again there are plenty of refreshment opportunities
There are many historically significant statues, buildings and monuments in this area, but it is not always easy to find information about them. This ‘Site View Gallery’ give a description of a few of them.
The biggest screen in Britain is the BFI IMAX that is located in the middle of the roundabout between the Southbank Centre and Waterloo Station. It measures 26m by 20m and is owned by the British Film Institute.
There’s an outdoor book market under Waterloo Bridge
There’s a skateboard cemetery on norther side of the Golden Jubilee Bridge.
The South Bank Lion is part of a pair. They were originally located on the top of the Red Lion Brewery near the site of the Royal Festival Hall - the other is at Twickenham Stadium.
County Hall was once the headquarters of London County Council and Greater London Council until 1986. Today, much of the building is used to house tourist attractions and hotels.
The Royal Festival Hall is the only surviving building from the 1951 Festival of Britain complex.
Waterloo Bridge Facts
The first Waterloo Bridge was opened on 18 June 1817, the second anniversary of the battle of Waterloo – It was going to be called the Strand Bridge but the Duke of Wellington renamed it.
The current Waterloo Bridge, (built in the 40's), was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed the classic red telephone boxes, and Battersea and Bankside Power Stations- (now the Tate Modern)
Waterloo Bridge is nicknamed the Ladies' Bridge because it was built by a largely female workforce during World War II. Ironically, it was the only bridge to be damaged by German bombs during the war.
The roof of the National Theatre is home to around 60,000 bees and you can buy their honey in the National Theatre's shop.
The National Theatre was originally housed in the Old Vic theatre.
The Savoy Facts
The Savoy Hotel was built by the impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte with profits from his Gilbert and Sullivan opera productions - it opened on 6 August 1889.
The Savoy was the first hotel in the UK to have electric elevators, en-suite bathrooms, and to be lit by electricity
Those who have stayed there include Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, Claude Money, and Audrey Hepburn.
Kasper the Cat is available for table with 13 people.
You are required to drive on the right when entering the entrance to the Savoy from the Strand
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