Explore the artsy side of London’s South Bank

by Stacy Roman
Stripes Europe

London is an amazing metropolis filled with discoveries around every corner. With well-known landmarks, centuries-old pubs and a unique charm, it’s easy to get lost in the culture of the city. Now that spring has finally arrived in the U.K., festival season is ramping up. If you’re planning a trip to London between now and Sept. 30, be sure to hit up the Underbelly Festival on London’s South Bank.

What started as a small pop-up festival in the heart of London 10 years ago, has morphed into a months-long event full of live circus acts, cabaret, comedy and plenty of family-friendly fun. Invading the picturesque South Bank district along the Thames, Underbelly has retained its quirky festival atmosphere. Stroll through the shops and grab a snack from one of the mouth-watering street food vendors. Or stop in for a beverage at one of London’s largest outdoor bars, while watching the sun dip below London’s skyline.

Know before you go

The Underbelly Festival is open every day from now through Sept. 6. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon to midnight Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to the festival site; however, almost all shows are ticketed. The majority of shows are selling tickets for 20 GBP or less. To get there, jump on either the Bakerloo, Jubilee or Northern underground lines and hop off at the Waterloo station. For more information, visit www.underbelly.com.



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