Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
Visitors to London who are hoping to enjoy a celebration of the greatest human emotion, love, can do just that by heading to the Southbank Centre in the coming months.
Located (fittingly) in the beating heart of the English capital, the Southbank Centre is the perfect venue for what promises to be another year of outstanding music and art in 2016 at the Festival of Love.
What’s happening at this year’s Festival of Love
The Festival of Love is an annual showcase of some of the finest acts from across the span of culture, with live music, art installations, exhibitions and much, much more to keep visitors entertained and in the mood of love during their stay.
With a focus on encouraging people to really think about what it is that this powerful emotion means to them, guests can rove from stand to stand soaking up the atmosphere and exploring the many facets of love.
It is a great event for couples that want to enjoy a spark of romance during their time in the English capital, while the festival is also a perfect place for anyone looking for love, with all manner of exciting and thought-provoking sights to be seen.
The festival is an extraordinary and uplifting celebration of love that explores different themes on this powerful topic each day- passion, excitement, desire, despair, jealousy and more, all these are elements of this powerful emotion that yearn to be better understood.
From wedding fairs to actual weddings themselves, the festival ground will undoubtedly host some of the liveliest and exciting showcases of love that can be found in the city in the months to come.
A full breakdown of all upcoming events and celebrations that will make up the Festival of Love 2016 will be available in the coming months, with guests able to view a full itinerary of the show from the Southbank Centre official website.
When is the Festival of Love taking place?
The Festival of Love 2016 will be running from July 9th to August 29th and will be open to the public each day from 10 am until 11 pm at the Southbank Centre.
Big Wedding Weekend 2016
One of the biggest events to take place as part of the Festival of Love each year is the Big Wedding Weekend and 2016 promises to be no different. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday August 27th and 28th, this is one wedding fair that is not to be missed for all lovers of romance.
To date, more than 100 couples have declared their love for each other at Big Wedding Weekend celebrations in years gone by, as festival goers jump at the chance to either get married or renew their vows in front of the supportive and excitable crowds.
By taking to the iconic stage of the grade I-listed Royal Festival Hall, the happy couples are following in the footsteps of such musical greats as Louis Armstrong, Joni Mitchell and Jimi Hendrix.
Previous couples to have taken the plunge and tied the knot at the Festival of Love had this to say about their experience:
“The perfect wedding day. We both had an amazing time and loved every minute, from the pre-wedding nerves backstage to dancing in the Clore Ballroom. Our friends and family all had a great time and will treasure the memories of a happy day full of love.” – Helen and Ian
“Everyone said what a spectacular day it was. We had so much fun. The ceremony was incredible, the food was lovely and the party was messy! Everything we could have hoped for!” – Jonathan and Sinead
“An unbelievable experience. I wish I had enough superlatives in my vocabulary, but for now let’s just say we loved every minute and so did our guests.” – Chris and Carol
The Big Wedding Weekend forms part of the festival’s unbridled celebration of everything that is love, and it is a true highlight of the Southbank Centre calendar.
Underground travel to the Festival of Love
Visitors to London hoping to travel with ease between the many parts of this vast and vibrant city might like to make use of the extensive London Underground network.
Connecting to most areas of the capital within a matter a minutes, travellers can visit the Southbank Centre and the Festival of Love from one of the many nearby Tube stations, including:
- Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines): 6 minutes
- Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines): 10 minutes
- Lambeth North (Bakerloo line): 13 minutes
- Southwark (Jubilee line): 14 minutes
- Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines): 13 minutes
- Charing Cross Underground (Bakerloo and Northern lines): 14 minutes
- Temple (Circle and District lines): 14 minutes
In addition, travellers hoping to travel via overground rail services can also head to the nearby stations of Waterloo, London Waterloo East and Charing Cross, which are each just a short walk from the Southbank Centre.
Places to park near the Festival of Love
Anyonewho is planning to travel by car during their stay in the English capital will also need to know where to find the best local places to park when planning their trip. Here are just some of the many excellent parking facilities that can be found near the Southbank Centre.
- Doon Street Car Park (0.2 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Hayward Gallery Car Park (300 ft, one minute)
- National Theatre Car Park (0.1 miles, three minutes)
- Cornwall Road Car Park (0.3 miles, five minutes)
- Hungerford Bridge Car Park (375 ft, two minutes)
- APCOA Waterloo Station Car Park (0.2 miles, four minutes)
- Waterloo C Car Park (0.2 miles, four minutes)
- Leake Court Car Park (0.3 miles, six minutes)
However, individuals that will be taking to the roads during their time in the city are reminded that traffic volumes can be high throughout the day and into the night, especially during the busy morning and evening rush hours.
It is therefore advisable for motorists to plan their journeys in advance and to pre-book their parking when possible, as spaces can be limited.
Other attractions in the local area
Finally, when it comes to exploring and experiencing the many attractions that are on offer outside of the Festival of Love, the area in the vicinity of the Southbank Centre is one of the most densely populated for great sights to see in the whole of the English capital.
Local attractions and activities to enjoy that visitors to the area will not want to miss include:
- BFI Southbank (500 ft, two minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
- National Theatre (0.2 miles, four minutes)
- The London Dungeon (0.3 miles, six minutes)
- The Old Vic (0.4 miles, nine minutes)
- Florence Nightingale Museum (0.4 miles, nine minutes)
- Imperial War Museum (0.8 miles, 13 minutes)
- Big Ben (0.6 miles, eight minutes)
- Palace of Westminster (0.8 miles, 11 minutes)
- Churchill War Rooms (0.9 miles, 13 minutes)
- Horse Guards Parade (0.8 miles, 12 minutes)
- Somerset House (0.6 miles, eight minutes)
- London Transport Museum (0.7 miles, 11 minutes)
- Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (0.7 miles, ten minutes)
- Temple Church (0.9 miles, 13 minutes)
- Trafalgar Square (0.6 miles, 11 minutes)
- Apollo Theatre (one mile, 12 minutes)
- Sir John Soane’s Museum (1.1 miles, ten minutes)
- St Paul’s Cathedral (1.2 miles, 18 minutes)