The South Bank is one long meandering cultural feast, from the Florence Nightingale Museum by Westminster Bridge, along to the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the British Film Institute, the Royal National Theatre, through to Gabriel’s Wharf and London Studios (home of ITV). It also has a wealth of theatres, from small indies to massive cultural icons, such as the Old Vic (see our Waterloo guide for more details).
Under the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre is the world-famous skateboarding park, The Undercroft, which has been the spiritual home of London skateboarders since the 70s. Faced with losing their prized space to modern commercial development, the skateboarding community came together to fight to keep it as a free, creative space. Their Long Live Southbank campaign has just received a development grant from the London Mayor. Long may they continue.
Leake Street Graffiti tunnel is a great example of how street art can transform an area positively. Situated underneath the Waterloo train lines, the rumbling of the overhead trains is a fitting soundtrack to watching street artists at work. The Vault is also down here, yet another creative space for theatre and live music.