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London's South Bank

Spring in London is magical.

Not only does the weather have an uplifting effect on the mood of most Londoners, but as soon as the weather gets warmer, London's famous street performers and markets bring the South Bank to life.

Young street dancers performing to beats coming out of portable stereos attract large crowds of admirers; artists showcase their ‘pavement art’ skills on the naked stone ground of the pier, recreating masterpieces of the grand artists of bygone times; and skateboarders and BMX riders show off their talents.

London's South Bank, which follows the Thames through the heart of London, is lined with cafes, museums and numerous attractions, such as the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge and the Southbank Centre.

The bank runs opposite the Houses of Parliament and is brimming with art, theatre, exhibitions, music, film and free events.

Stroll down the Tames

To make the most out of a sunny or rainy afternoon – we are in London after all – visit the South Bank website to plan your visit if you fancy doing something more on the cultural side opposed to a lazy stroll down the Thames.

Visiting the London's riverside does not require much planning, if you are more of a spontaneous type like me. Just enjoy the panoramic view over the Thames and take in the electric atmosphere created by the street artists.

If the weather allows it, make sure to go for a picnic on the grass spot behind the London Eye – by the way, did you know that it is Europe's tallest Ferris wheel?

Pick up a cheese and wine selection from the Wine and Cheese Festival, which takes place from 27 – 29 April, to complete this sunset experience that you can only witness in London. This is the perfect spot to shoot a magnificent sunset picture portraying this landmark from another angle.

Words and photos by Alexandra Buerger

The closest underground station is Waterloo which is served by the Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee or Waterloo & City lines. Other stations nearby:
Southwark: Jubliee line
Embankment: District & Circle, Bakerloo and Northern lines
Westminster: District & Circle and Jubilee line

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