Want to spend a great day out doing something a little different with the kids?
While London has its fair share of sprawling shops, open markets and attractions, the Southbank Centre is opening its doors to the weird and whacky London Wonderground festival this summer.
From the 5th May up until the 25th September this year, visitors can experience an extensive programme of cabaret, circus and family entertainment, with acts and oddities designed to amuse everyone, whether you are 1 year old or 100 years old.
Live Acts and Entertainment
Fans of dance will love the Metta Theatres contemporary take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic “The Jungle Book”, as Mowgli navigates her way through the modern urban jungle. Meet beat-boxing bin man Baloo, the skateboarding Wolf gang and unlikely graffiti artist Bagheera as dance choreographer Kendra J Horsburgh brings this classic into the current day.
For the younger movers and shakers, DJ Monski Mouse has an excellent dance event on every Monday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival in the Spiegeltent. Ideal for under 5s, these tunes include the ever popular “Heads, Shoulders Knees and Toes” alongside a number of funky nursery rhymes and other popular tunes, with some retro dance numbers thrown in for the adults. Every performance is at 3pm and tickets start at £11.
All shows at the Wonderground festival take place in the huge Spiegeltent venue. This ranges from death-defying acrobatic stunts, down to Bingo with Ida Barr, which promises to be the ‘best game of bingo ever’. Whether you’re looking to be truly amazed, or you’re just looking at a show that is designed to make you laugh, the Spiegeltent has it all.
The venue is fully wheelchair accessible with ramped access throughout the site. Staff members can also provide specific assistance for wheelchair users where required.
Food and Drink
The 60-metre high Star Flyer offers an excellent view over the rooftops of London, where you can also sit back and enjoy a bit to eat. The Riverside Bar offers Pimms available at a nice price. Plus the Laughing Stock boasts a number of different eateries to choose from, so you don’t even need to worry about bringing a packed lunch!
Getting to the Southbank Centre itself is easy. Pedestrians can get off at Embankment and then make the short 10-minute walk to Southbank themselves. Not too sure about the tube? Why not get together with a bunch of friends and hire a coach directly into the centre of London? It is cheap and easy and you don’t even have to worry about being back at a certain time. Simply get in touch with your allocated driver and they can be there to pick you up or drop you off as needs be. Easy.