Map Quest: South London

The south bank of the British capital finally gets its due with the revamped Royal Festival Hall. Marion Hume takes a tour

When London's Royal Festival Hall (RFH) reopened in June after a two-year restoration, more than 250,000 people turned up to celebrate the rebirth of a British icon. The spring cleaning of the RFH, the postwar centerpiece of the 1951 Festival of Britain, represents the final piece of the puzzle in establishing the south bank of the Thames—from the London Eye big wheel down to the Design Museum at Shad Thames—as one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the capital. Multiple bridges make it accessible to more than 15 million Londoners and visitors, and the Southbank Centre boasts 10 restaurants on its...

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