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|South Bank Arts Centre|
South Bank, SE1
Nearest Tube: Waterloo
This massive arts centre started life in 1951 as the venue for the Festival of Britain. The festival was held to celebrate the centenary of the Great Exhibition, and was seeing as a way of raising post-war public morale.
After the Festival of Britain was over it was decided that the venue should be used as a centre for arts and culture. The main hall was converted into what is now known as the Festival Hall, and over the next few years various other venues were added.
The first thing you will notice about the South Bank Centre is the modernist architecture. A mass of concrete and harsh lines, people either love it or hate it (usually the latter!). But whatever your view of the outside, the centre is renowned as one of London's premier cultural venues and so it is definitely worth a visit.
The Centre is made up of the Festival Hall, the Museum of the Moving Image, the National Film Theatre, the Hayward Gallery and the Royal National Theatre.
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