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Summer is so last season, we’re all about Autumn, well for the time being at least!
The South Bank is beautiful this time of year and is the best place to see and enjoy some of London’s most iconic attractions. But there’s even more reasons to visit this tree-lined walk along the Thames this Autumn thanks to a host of great events and new openings.
So, if you were considering hibernation, forget it, there’s too much to do. Here’s your seasonal to-do list right here….
Off To The Movies
We wouldn’t send you off to watch just any film, we are talking about the BFI London Film Festival, which includes multiple venues on the South Bank.
Keep a lookout on their websites for the details of what is being added but we can confirm that the festival will close on 16th October at the Southbank Centre with the European premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, whilst the same venue will host the opening gala, including the premiere of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical.
Jazz It Up
‘It’s not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.’ Herbie Hancock
If Jazz is your thing, then here’s a date for your diary!
The London Jazz Festival is happening throughout November and the South Bank will be hosting one of the nights on the 11th November at the Royal Festival Hall. In fact, it’s the spectacular opening gala for the whole event.
Jazz voice sees eight soloists perform including Kurt Elling, Carroll Thompson, Amethyst Kiah and Dana Masters, all of whom will be performing with the uniquely assembled London Jazz Festival Orchestra, led by conductor Guy Barker.
An Evening With…
Throughout the Autumn, both the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall will host some very well-known names talking about their memoirs.
Light up the night
The nights are drawing in, but that’s no reason to head home early – just the opposite in fact!
The Illuminated River Project arrived on the South Bank in Spring 2021, an artistic vision from renowned New York based artist Leo Villareal, who works with cutting edge LED technology and custom software to ‘paint with light’.
Villareal has transformed nine of central London’s bridges, drawing inspiration from the spirit and history of the river as well as from their architectural and engineering heritage. To mark the illumination of all five of South Bank’s Bridges, South Bank London has curated their own Illuminated River Art Trail, complete with a map that you can download here, which allows you to take in not only the five bridges, but also the areas’ long standing illuminated artworks, from the instantly recognisable to those you may not have spotted before, including the Oxo Tower and Leake Street Arches.
Autumn marks your last chance to catch the Oscar winning actress Helen Hunt in Jonathan Spector’s comedy, Eureka Day. Running at the Old Vic until the end of October, this comedy is a timely look at political debate as it descends into ideological warfare.
Eureka Day is the name of the progressive school that proudly has a policy of welcoming all children, that is until a public health scare breaks out – no idea where he got his inspiration from…
One other event is continuing into the Autumn before it comes to a sad end. “Between the Bridges” has been a roaring success so far, with street food, mini golf, live music and themed markets. Get down before it’s too late, you’ll find it close to the London eye.
On The Way Home
Whichever of these exciting events you decide to attend, The Sidings is the ideal place to start or end your day on the South Bank. Whether it’s brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks, why not try the world’s biggest BrewDog? A spot of shopping or coffee on the go, we’ve got you covered – see our full list of brands here: https://thesidingswaterloo.co.uk/brand/
Keep an eye on our socials as we’ll be announcing new stores and exciting experiences throughout Autumn.
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