The South Bank and Southwark districts are both on the south side of the Thames. They are cultural districts, full of monuments, tourist attractions, theatres and designer boutiques.
The South Bank is known today for its peaceful walks along the river Thames, but in Shakespeare’s time it was known for its brothels, notorious inns, cock and bear fighting and seedy theatres.
If you walk along the South Bank, east along the river Thames, you will come to Southwark and its famous museum, the Tate Modern.
The South Bank is a flourishing area which has managed to perfectly combine the ancient with the modern, thanks to the old quaysides and warehouses which nestle cheek by jowl with the large modern buildings such as the Shard.
Also worth visiting: The National Theatre, containing two auditoriums; the Southbank Centre, a cultural hub that comprises the Hayward Gallery and the Royal Festival Hall, home to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment; The London Eye, the famous big wheel affording a view across all of London; The London Dungeon, the tourist attraction which explores the darker moments of London’s history; Southwark Cathedral, one of the oldest gothic buildings in London; the Fashion and Textile Museum; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, reconstructed just as it was when many of Shakespeare’s plays were first performed there; Tower Bridge, the most famous bascule bridge in the world.