South Bank is awash with Totally Thames events this September. Think awe-inspiring installations, free exhibitions and riverside dining. Take a look at our top tips and highlights below...

Culture Tips

One of the unmissable highlights isLight up the Ladies Bridge, a series of live performances to raise awareness around the incredible work on Waterloo Bridge by trailblazing women in WWII. National Theatre will take centre stage, displaying projected imagery onto its fly tower while films and talks take place at BFI Southbank.

A little further east downstream, OXO Tower Wharf is a natural location for a London-focused exhibition thanks to its historical links to the river. River Runs Through It is a free and fascinating event examining the ever-changing landscape of the city through the eyes of multiple artists including Michael Wallner, Richard Knight, Ella Freire, Mat Kemp and Sarah Fosse.

River Roaming

It’s only right that a number of events take place on the river itself. Join the distinctive amphibious vehicles,London Duck Tours as they host a one-off quiz. Brush up on your river knowledge or just guess your way to victory – all the while, enjoying the magnificent splash down only experienced aboard a duck! The capital’s finest river fleets City Cruises and MBNA Thames Clippersare offering 2-4-1 journeys during Totally Thames. Enjoy the stylish and sleek surrounds of the Clippers whilst taking in the capital’s unbeatable cityscape or make an occasion of it and dine on board City Cruises with packages including Dinner Dances, Afternoon Tea and even a Shakespearean theme excursion.   

Riverside Dining

For the duration of September you can Dine by the River which means good value menus at exclusive riverside restaurants – and what’s even better is that two of South Bank’s leading eateries are involved. First up is Sea Containers at Mondrian London – residing in the building of the same name, it has fast become a go-to for gastronomes in the area. A copper ship’s hull welcomes you into the open plan restaurant complete with a pizza oven and riverside terrace. Joining Sea Containers in the initiative is Skylon – the modernist eatery within Royal Festival Hall. Known for its delicious grill, Instagram-friendly cocktails and floor to ceiling windows, September is definitely the time to make a reservation.

More South Bank September Picks…

Cinema buffs head to the mighty BFI IMAX’s free exhibition – Propstore filled with all kinds of film-related memorabilia. Neighbours, The Old Vic continues with its run of Tim Minchin’s lauded Groundhog Day.IWM London is a top tip for culture-rich, free exhibitions with multiple fascinating displays throughout the month.

Combine a history lesson with a blockbuster day out at The London Dungeon with their immersive look at 1666’s Great Fire of London and while you’re in the vicinity experience the equally epic and relatively new addition to South Bank host of attractions is Shrek’s Adventure! London. Florence Nightingale Museum have the perfect after-hours event for big kids in the form ofPeter Pan Latewhich includes a Tinkerbell inspired cocktail.

If it’s experiences of the gastronomic kind you’re after there’s a smorgasbord to choose from. Start with a gin - Coca-Cola London Eye is serving up a Gordon’s package until 10 September. For a more substantial affair Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar have created the ultimate meat feast – the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea complete with burger sliders and ale instead of tea. Complete your South Bank food fest with cocktail at the legendary OXO Bar.

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