London is, cautiously, easing back into action. If you want to start venturing out, but aren’t quite ready to brave a restaurant or other indoor establishment, the Southbank is the place for you. (When is it not, really?)
I went for a walk along it a couple of weeks ago and discovered the ‘StreetEat’ festival (brought to you by Underbelly) – lots of streetfood vendors in front of the National Theatre and TV centre.
There are social distancing measures in place everywhere (the now ubiquitous pavement dots telling you which way to queue, and reminding you to stay 2m apart), and plenty of hand sanitiser stations. The whole site is cashless – payment is by card or contactless device only, and if the weather stays nice, it’s a lovely place to spend an evening – prettier than ever with all the fairy lights.
The website suggests there is live entertainment at times, but I couldn’t tell you when.
Bonus: The National Theatre has filled its empty doorways with an exhibition of costumes – some used in its shows, others created especially for the exhibition to demonstrate the techniques and processes they’re talking about.
So get out and explore, safely.
Where: The Queens Walk (by Gabriel’s Wharf), Riverside Walkway, London, SE1 9PP
When: 12pm – 9pm, 7 days per week, until 10th October 2020
How much: Free (unless you buy food or drink)