Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas on Southbank

Last night The Irishman and I went to a late night showing of The Hobbit in 3D at the BFI Imax near Waterloo. Crazy kids on a school night! As the showing was later and we both skipped out of the office a bit early, it being the last week of work before Christmas and all, we treated ourselves to dinner at The Anchor & Hope, a sister restaurant to our favorite 32 Great Queen Street, which we'd never had a chance to try, and a stroll along Southbank. Every year Southbank gets all gussied up for the holidays, with a German Christmas market, lights, and all sorts of installations, and this year is no exception.

The programming on Southbank is part of its annual Winter Festival, which includes lots of performances and installations like this Christmas tree with bicycle powered lights. That's The Irishman lighting the tree through his furious pedalling.

If you can, try to get down to Southbank this holiday season as it's really a lovely festive area with tons to see and do.


  1. I love the Anchor and Hope! went once with some friends who basically ordered everything off the menu... yum!

  2. If you loved it, then try 32 Great Queen Street or The Eagle - The Eagle was the first "gastropub" in London in the 90s and has its own cookbook, but 32GQS has these amazing sharing dishes for 4-6 people of slow cooked shin of beef or lamb or whatever and they are SO GOOD. Literally some of my best meals in London are courtesy of these people!