Norman Foster's Millennium Bridge changed South Bank, linking its hedonistic pleasures with St. Paul's and the City. In the 12th century the Bishops of Winchester had their palace here at Southwark Cathedral, complete with private prison (the Clink) and outlying properties used as brothels. Since then, the Dickensian wharfs from the Millennium Pier to London Bridge have been bombed-out and re-imagined many times. Modern landmarks include Denys Lasdun's brutalist Southbank Centre and National Theatre, Oxo Tower Brasserie (featuring eighth-floor views over St. Paul's) and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Most famous of all is Herzog and de Meuron's transformation of a post-war power station into the Tate Modern museum. On Friday and Saturday, hop a river taxi at any of the piers and disembark at Bankside to browse Borough Market, London's legendary open-air shopping experience.
Getting Around London
The best way to get around London is using public transportation and taxis. Poor parking availability and legendary traffic makes driving tricky, and Americans may find it challenging to drive on the opposite side or the car and road. Gatwick Express is the fastest train service from Gatwick to Central London. Trains run daily directly into London Victoria train and tube station starting at 4:35 a.m. and 5:20 a.m., then run every 15 minutes from 5:50 a.m. until 12:35 a.m. with the last trains leaving at 12:50 a.m. and 1:35 a.m. Fares: 1st Class £26 (Single), £50 (Return); Express Class £17.90 (Single), £30.80 (Return). Heathrow Express is the fastest train service from Heathrow to Paddington Station. Trains run from 5 a.m. until midnight from Heathrow. The standard single fare is £20 and standard return costs £34.
Nearby Airports
  • London Heathrow Airport-LHR
  • Gatwick Airport-LGW
Airport Taxis
  • £45-£83-Heathrow to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
  • £78-£98-Gatwick to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
Things to Do and See Near South Bank
  • London Eye
  • British Museum
  • Big Ben
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tower of London
  • Tate Modern
  • London Zoo
  • Natural History Museum
  • Tower Bridge
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Hyde Park
  • London Bridge
  • Globe Theatre
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • Palace of Westminster
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Marylebone
  • Middle Temple
  • Covent Garden