Southbank Centre is a 21 acre complex of arts venues in London. Sitting on the South Bank of the River Thames, it is Europe’s largest centre for the arts and includes three main buildings: the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Hayward Gallery. Southbank Centre began in 1951 with the Festival of Britain; a celebration to demonstrate that Britain was recovering from WWII. Now the centre is a sprawl of halls, galleries, restaurants and shops.
Great restaurants in Southbank Centre include the chic Benugo Bar & Kitchen inside the British Film Institute, the classically elegant Chinese, Ping Pong, and the ever popular modern European that is Skylon Restaurant of the Royal Festive Hall.
The Southbank Centre has four resident orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which is responsible for performing the scores to all Lord of the Rings films and musical film Jesus Christ Superstar, in addition to recording 205 national anthems for use at the medal ceremonies in the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Events held at Southbank Centre include the World Street Food Festival, where vendors selling food from all over the globe gather in one place to showcase their delicious dishes.