What to do in London?
Cannabis Europa London takes place from 24th-25th of June 2019 in the heart of the city at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room at London’s Southbank Centre. The Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre and one of the UK's top five visitor attractions, occupying a 17 acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames.
Here is your guide to what to see, eat and where to stay to make the most out of your visit to this buzzing cosmopolitan metropolis:
Getting to The Southbank Centre
Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) (200 metres)
Embankment (District & Circle lines) (600 metres)
The centre is accessible by many and various different bus routes.
By train the nearest stations are:
Waterloo, Waterloo East, Charing Cross, Blackfriars
River Cruise: Join the Westminster – St Katharine’s circular service and alight at Festival Pier.
River Bus: From east London, take the River Bus RB1 route and alight at London Eye Pier. There are departures every 20 minutes on weekdays. River Buses are operated by Thames Clippers and accept Oyster cards.
Southbank Centre - www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Kate Cooper. A free HENI Project Space exhibition exploring gender, technology and the body. (15 May – 23 June 2019)
Hayward Gallery is a world-renowned contemporary art gallery and a landmark of brutalist architecture. The year-round exhibition programme focuses on presenting a wide range of adventurous and influential artists from across the world.
The Tate Modern - www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern (16-minute walk)
Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33. Encounter the uncanny and mysterious through the art of the Weimar Republic. (30 July 2018 – 14 July 2019)
A former Bankside Power Station, was selected as the Tate Modern’s new gallery site in 1994. The following year, Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron were appointed to convert the building into a gallery. The building retained much of the original character of the power station. One of the UK’s top three tourist attractions it is well worth a visit.
The British Museum - www.britishmuseum.org (24-minute walk)
Edvard Munch: love and angst. The creator of art's most haunting and iconic face. A radical father of Expressionism. Norway’s answer to Vincent van Gogh. But who was Edvard Munch? Discover this pioneering, subversive artist as the British Museum lifts the veil on his life and works in the largest show of his prints in the UK for 45 years. (11 April – 21 July 2019)
Founded in 1753, The British Museum was the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning, it granted free admission to all 'studious and curious persons'. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today.
National Theatre - www.nationaltheatre.org.uk (Adjacent to Southbank Centre)
Rutherford and Son by Githa Sowerby. In this piercing look at power and family, Roger Allam (Les Misérables, The Thick of It) returns to the National for the first time in a decade to play Rutherford in this new production directed by Polly Findlay.
Top Girls by Caryl Churchill. For the first time, the National Theatre stages Caryl Churchill’s wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions.
Connections Festival 2019. Connections is the National Theatre's annual, nationwide youth theatre festival. Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people across the UK to perform.
Underbelly Festival Southbank - www.underbellyfestival.com (2-minute walk)
Open from April until the end of September, Underbelly Festival Southbank brings you world-class entertainment at our beautiful pop-up festival right in the heart of London. Packed to the brim with all new Family Fest, Underbelly Lates, Podcast Live, and the best live circus, cabaret, comedy and music, we've got it all. You can enjoy international street food, after work drinks in one of London's largest outdoor bars and a true festival atmosphere on the banks of the Thames. The shows are short (usually only an hour long), sharp and very sweet, and the vast majority of tickets are under £20.
SIGHTS AND LANDMARKS
The London Eye - www.londoneye.com (6-minute walk)
The London Eye is Europe's tallest cantilevered observation wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London.
Trafalgar Square - www.visitlondon.com (15-minute walk)
One of London’s most vibrant spaces in the middle of the city.
The Houses of Parliament - www.parliament.uk (13-minute walk)
The iconic clock tower, known as Big Ben, is one of London’s most famous landmarks, due to renovation, the clock tower itself is not currently visible, but the architecture of the surrounding buildings is still very much worth a look.
St Martin-in-the-Fields - www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org (13-minute walk)
An English Anglican church at the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, London. It is dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours. There has been a church on the site since the medieval period.
Covent Garden’s Apple Market (16-minute walk)
Once home to the world-famous fruit and vegetable market, Apple Market continues to support market traders by offering a range of unique handmade crafts and goods throughout the week. From Tuesday to Sunday, the Apple Market is filled with handmade jewellery, prints, watercolours and beautiful crafts and every Monday, you’ll find one-off antiques and collectables.
The East Colonnade Market (16-minute walk)
Located on the east side of Covent Garden’s Market Building, and filled with handmade soaps, sweet treats and jewellery stalls.
Cafés and restaurants
Simpson's in the Strand - www.simpsonsinthestrand.co.uk
Roast meats on silver-domed trolleys, carved at the table in 1828 oak-panelled dining room.
Spring - www.springrestaurant.co.uk
Daily changing, seasonal menu served in a restored 19th-century drawing room within Somerset House.
Rules - www.rules.co.uk
Established in 1798, serving classic British food (especially game) in Edwardian surrounds.
The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen - www.oystermen.co.uk
Chef-driven shellfish & seafood creations pair with wines in an intimate, warehouse-chic space.
Terrace Restaurant - www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
Warehouse-style venue serving a European menu with sharing plates and drinks on a riverside balcony.
We offer a special Cannabis Europa rate on three hotels in London - two of which are automatically applied via the links below (or using the code: cannabis19 at checkout). Offer valid between 21st - 30th June.
Rates include VAT and Full English Breakfast – Credit Card required at time of booking. Cancellation possible up until 72hrs prior to the day of arrival: