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Culture Guide To South East London

Culture in South East London Culture and community go hand in hand in this area of London. From the creative energies of the South Bank to the smaller arts centres out in the suburbs, you’ll find plenty of lively events wherever you choose to stay.

Watch some of the biggest names in dance at touring productions throughout the year, taking place at The Southwark Playhouse [map], Southwark Bridge Road. The current programme includes a range of familiar faces performing on stage. Alternatively, check out the best in ballet and contemporary dance at The Broadway Theatre [map], Rushey Green, Catford Bridge.

Southwark is also the place to be for history lovers and those who are searching for a more unusual slice of London life. See how fire fighting has evolved over more than 300 years with a visit to The London Fire Brigade Museum [map], Winchester House, Southwark Bridge Road, Southwark. Take a guided tour and discover a wealth of information beginning with the Great Fire of London in 1666 to technological advances in the present day and future of the service.

The Southbank is awash with excellent art. Choose from the famous Tate Modern [map] for some of the hot exhibitions that everybody is talking about or pop into the Tate’s nearest rival, The Saatchi Gallery [map], County Hall, Belvedere Road, for the latest top designers and modern artists.

Experience the gentle world of watercolour at The Bankside Gallery [map], Hopton Street, Southwark. This gallery is home to the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers so visitors can expect an eclectic range of exhibitions from two of the oldest societies of their kind in the world. Prominent artists in these fields regularly hold talks here and visitors can take advantage of some interesting tours, including the opportunity to get involved in some practical experience.

If you want to listen to some live music you’ll find everything in South East London from jazz to the blues to the latest in pop music, but this area is particularly proud of its association with classical music.

The Royal Festival Hall [map], Belvedere Road, hosts a wide selection of orchestral and big band events. This is also the place where the world class BBC Symphony Orchestra does much of its live recording.

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