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Do Southbank in a day

Make the most of First Great Western’s cheap rail fares into London and follow our guide to get the best out of this cultural hub.

10AM Sea Life London Aquarium 

Embark upon an aquatic adventure at the Sea Life London Aquarium, located in County Hall. From crocodiles to clownfish, sea turtles to seahorses, it’s a day out to remember. 

12PM The Florence Nightingale Museum 

Get to know one of the most astonishing women in history – so highly-regarded and internationally renowned for her life-saving efforts in the Crimean War, they dedicated a museum to her. Holding an eclectic mix of artefacts spanning Florence’s life, you can discover her stuffed pet owl Athena and the Turkish lantern that shaped her image in social history as ‘The lady with the lamp.’ 

1PM The Shard

At 1,004 feet in height, the Shard has assumed the mantle of a must visit London landmark where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Capital for up to 40 miles, at a vantage point that is twice as high as any other in the city. Enjoy the cityscape from the viewing platform or as a diner in one of the Shard’s top quality restaurants.

2PM The Hayward Gallery 

Experience the best in contemporary art with a visit to the Hayward Gallery. One of the Capital’s coolest galleries, it has a long history of presenting the work of the world's most adventurous and innovative artists. 

4PM BFI Southbank

Calling all film buffs! Grab a bite to eat in the Benugo bar and kitchen before enjoying a flick. The BFI puts on a variety of screenings, from their Family Fundays to classic genre seasons. Try a golden oldie for a romantic afternoon out.