The summer has arrived and there is no better place than to grab some rays whilst out and about on the South Bank. Here are some key places to relax and enjoy the British Summer:
Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
In the middle of the Southbank Centre there is the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden – an oasis with a wildflower meadow with over 150 species of native wildflowers, panoramic riverside views, mini allotments and a woodland garden with fruit trees plus a café bar for food and refreshments. The garden was created as part of the Southbank Centre’s celebrations of the Festival of Britain’s 60th anniversary in 2011. It was originally a partnership with the Eden Project and was built and is maintained by Grounded EcoTherapy volunteers.
A haven of green amongst the surrounding buildings, these gardens were originally opened for Queen Elizabeth’s silver jubilee. The gardens consist of mature trees and hills and are situated right next to the London Eye, the County Hall and the river. It plays host to festival celebrations such as Udderbelly but is also the perfect spot to relax and watch the world go by.
Bernie Spain Gardens The Bernie Spain Gardens are nestled in between the Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel’s Wharf. In the summer they are home to the Coin Street Festival which consists of a series of free culturally themed events. The gardens were named after Bernadette Spain, a local community activist.
The South Bank area stretches along the South Bank of the River Thames from Blackfriars Bridge up to Westminster Bridge. Along the whole stretch of this part of the river is an expansive pedestrianised walkway for taking in all the iconic sights and sounds of London while strolling along the Thames – as well as the hidden treasures along the way.
CopaCABANA Beach Seaside fun returns to the South Bank this summer with the CopaCABANA Beach. This free beach returns for the Festival of Love. To tie in with the Rio Olympics, Cabana Brazilian Barbeque take over with Brazilian inspired cocktails and food, coconuts and beach games.