South Bank has long provided Londoners and visitors alike with a buzzing, attraction-packed destination that is at the same time more relaxed, opening up onto the river, away from traffic. It is a place to get away from the routine and explore something distinct to the West End.
London’s cultural heart is home to a number of cultural institutions that offer something refreshingly different to the mainstream. At the BFI Southbank, the home to British cinema, you can catch films that will surprise, delight and stimulate. In April and May, it has seasons of films by RW Fassbinder, arguably Germany’s greatest post-War filmmaker, films showing the experience of women during World War II in Girls Like Us, and, in India On Film: Bollywood 2.0, contemporary Indian films fusing realism and entertainment. STAR CARD holders can bring a friend for free to celebrate the launch, or join for less and enjoy priority booking and savings at the box office, bar and more.
Or, for something completely different, there is the option of a contemporary art exhibition of large-scale sculptures of super heroes and villains created using lego-bricks – nearly 2 million of them – with nearly a quarter off the price for STAR CARD holders.
South Bank also delights in the alternative when it comes to shopping. The iconic OXO Tower, owned and run by the social enterprise Coin Street, is home to design studios for those you want something different for your home or wardrobe – or a very special gift you won’t find on a certain on-line shopping website!
As a valued South Bank employee or student, you can get sizeable discounts on Snowden Flood’s striking tableware and homeware to celebrate the STAR CARD launch, and off seductive hand-woven throws and bed-covers at Archipelago Textiles. All made, as well as designed in Britain.
And even going for a drink or bite allows you to appreciate classic designs on South Bank. There are STAR CARD offers at Mondrian London, exuding 1920s cruise ship glamour; Skylon, where you can savour the optimistic modernism of 1951, or alternatively Park Plaza County Hall’s bold and contemporary Spectrum Bar. Rarely is a post-work wind-down quite so edifying.