Summer in the city calls for a Summer Festival: Welcome to South Bank and the Underbelly Festival – SaturdaySwag
summer guide south bank
Published on August 3, 2019
published on August 3, 2019

ThePeopleAlchemist Edit: Business & Lifestyle Experimentation for #TheWomanAlchemist #SmashYourCeiling – Summer in the City #SaturdaySwag – a festival in the middle of the city, no need for glamping.


Summer in the city calls for a Summer Festival: Welcome to South Bank and the Underbelly Festival.

I continue vagabonding from village to village, from Islington to Marylebone and now South Bank.

OK, it is not a village in itself, a vibrant area of London which was energised during the 1951 Festival of Britain by the modern architecture of the Southbank Centre, just across the river from the Houses of Parliament, the Royal Festival HallHayward Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

South Bank stretches between Westminster and London Bridges on the south side of the river, and is perfect for long strolls and much much more.


Recommended this week:


Food and drinks


Brasserie Joël, a French restaurant located at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London – just minutes from London’s South Bank, which holds 2 AA rosettes for culinary excellence. I love their A La Carte menu: favourites of mine their Seared Tuna Loin as a starter and then in the Le Charcoal Grill  the Blank Angus Sirloin Steak 10oz (hold the frites for me or the Pan Fried Lemon Sole – J’adore x

Bleeker Burgers is the brain-child of founder/owner Zan Kaufman who quit his life as a lawyer in Big Apple and moved to London armed with just an old van converted it into a food truck in 2012 at the beginning of the

London street food scene. Bleeker Burgers is an all about the beef, rare-breed pasture-fed dry-aged, from small farms in the UK – Gosh I am salivating as I am writing.

And, just for the summer, the return of Jimmy Garcia ( the king of pop-up hospitality) at the Southbank Centre with The BBQ Club an expanded river-side split level extravaganza with walk-up BBQ Bar ( the speedy dishes and cocktails) and the rooftop restaurant ( a reservation only interactive 6-course rooftop dining concept with a private bar). And each Monday night there are guest chefs and butchery classes.




80 Days – A Real World Adventure a high-energy urban adventure for adults, based on Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel Around the World in 80 Days. From the team that brought you The Hunted Experience and John Le Carre’s The Circus. Play on your own or in a group – all you need is your phone and a sense of adventure. The train leaves in 80 minutes. Are you in?

ArtBox 2019 an exhibition of 50 contemporary artworks from graduate and established artists at Bankside by DegreeArt + The Auction Collective.  The exhibition is open to the public from 10 am-6 pm daily, 2-8 August.




As we are in South Bank, the BFI Southbank Film Store is a must for anything film and TV-related books, DVDs and gifts for the general enthusiast, the dedicated student and the developing practitioner. It is worthwhile getting the BFI Membership if you are a film buff.

Plenty of other things to do, of course, plenty of famous attraction like the London Eye, the National Theatre, Sea Life Aquarium – perfect for all year round – I focused #summerinthecity…

Go and visit, you’ll love it.



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Laura Mariani

Laura Mariani

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