If you find yourself with a day to kill during your stay at London City Suites Hotel then why not explore the many wonders of the South Bank Centre. Based on Waterloo’s South Bank, the South Bank Centre is lodged next to the British Film Institute and National Theatre, making this one of the most prominent areas to explore when it comes to the arts in London. With such a diverse range of events, many of which are free happening this autumn, you’d be mad to miss an afternoon at the prolific South Bank Centre, immersing yourself fully not just in British arts culture, but that of the international community as well.
Being a Man Festival
The Being a Man Festival runs from the 24th to the 26th of November and aims to explore through talks, debate and readings, how our perception of masculinity as a society can be both damaging and regressive to the common psyche. Whether you’re interested in feminism, anthropology or just want to see some great comedians such as Simon Amstell and Robert Webb, then head down to this eye opening weekend.
Classical Season at the Southbank Centre gives guests at the Montcalm London City Suites a chance to see some of the best in international classical music in the modern world. With regular ticketed events showcasing some of the best musical talent out there, you’ll no doubt find a musical event to float your boat. For instance, these next few months will see the likes of the Berliner Philaharmoniker, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as well as new music from Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
London Literature Festival
The end of October marks the end of the London Literature Festival. Although you may have missed it, you can still find many of the speaker’s works hitting bookshelves soon. For instance, Tom Hanks new collection of short stories is set to hit book shops soon, as is Phillip Pullman’s new fantasy series The Book of Dust.
South Bank Centre Food Market
The South Bank Centre food market is one of the best international street food sellers in the city. It is open from 12 noon till 8pm, Saturday from 11 till 8pm, Sunday from noon till 6pm and Monday Bank Holidays from noon till 6. If you’re a foodie tourist, make sure you don’t miss this mouthwatering food festival on the sunny shores of the South Bank.
Belief and beyond belief festival
Belief and Beyond Belief Festival has been running all year at the South Bank Centre and is a series of talks and debates which focus on the role of religion in day to day and political life. For interesting talks on the nature of martyrdom, the damaging role of religion within war and the positive benefits of religion on society, then this series of talks is definitely worth keeping an eye on till its end on the 16th December. If you’re looking for a new and exciting lens through which to explore the mediums of art, literature, music and ritual, then don’t miss this festival of talks, debates, art installations, performances and readings.