Thames Festival at the Southbank Centre

The festival of Britain continues its 60th anniversary celebrations at the South Bank Centre with a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a British seaside holiday right here in the capital. A temporary urban beach has been set up along the Queens Walk on the banks of the River Thames which is part of the outdoor attractions taking place during the festival. The Festival of Britain has been celebrating British art and culture since 1951 and has planned a series of exciting events this year infused with a touch of British nostalgia including live performances, interactive talks, themed weekends, retro fun-fairs, intriguing landscapes and creative exhibits.

The South Bank Centre is divided into four 'lands', which take as their inspiration themes from the 1951 South Bank exhibition - People of Britain, Land of Britain, Sea and Ships, Power and Production -and feature work by artists, designers and curators including Andy Holden, Michael Marriott and Colette Bailey. Amongst the favourites are The "Appearing Rooms" fountains by Jeppe Hein's, a huge straw fox, a giant seagull and the delightfully bright and colourful artist-commissioned beach huts (seen in the above picture) lining the Thames in front of the Royal Festival Hall.

There is also a chance to listen to live music at the new band stand at the South Bank Centre Square and eat some authentic Indian street food brought to you by Dishoom Chowpatty Beach pop-up cafe within the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall Terrace.

With tonnes of sand and so many free and fun activities, this is surely a great day out for the whole family to enjoy. So Soak up the sun while you still can and don’t miss a chance to feel the sand between your toes.

The Thames Festival events run until the 4th September 2011 at the Southbank Centre in Waterloo, south of the River Thames. If you are visiting London to attend the Thames Festival and looking for a convenient and affordable accommodation solution for your stay why not book a Serviced Apartment in the area. Check-in-London offers a great range of self-catering serviced apartments in nearby areas like Westminster, Covent Garden, Mayfair, Holborn and Blackfriars that are within easy reach of the South Bank Centre and other popular sights and attractions.

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