Underbelly Festival at London’s Southbank

Photo Credit: http://www.underbellyfestival.com/gallery/28

Exam season is coming to an end. It is time to put your books down, allow your skin to see the sunlight again, and to breathe a HUGE sigh of relief.

Having sat my last exam Friday (a three hour Shakespeare one no less) I decided it was time to resurrect my social life. So on Saturday my friend and I jumped on the train and headed to London’s Southbank to have a mooch. Upon arriving we stepped onto a decked path weaving through trees adorned with fairylights and lanterns. This led us to every student’s dream: a lawn full of hipsters lounging on deck chairs and around wooden tables drinking and eating as music pulsed around them. Oh and of course, how could I forget to mention the added extras: giant ornamental plant pots, vintage fairground carriages as seats, and a massive purple pig turned upside down and acting as a makeshift stage. What was the meaning of all of this I hear you ask?

Main Stage Photo Credit: Nicole Brownfield

Main Stage
Photo Credit: Nicole Brownfield

Well returning to London’s Southbank for the ninth year, Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground have come together to form: ‘Underbelly Festival’. Running until the 30th of September 2017, the Underbelly Festival is hosting a wide variety of shows and events throughout the summer, such as comedy, circus, cabaret, as well as family friendly theatre. If this isn’t enough to entice you, the Underbelly Festival is also home to a selection of outdoor bars and international award-winning street food stalls. So whatever your reason for visiting, I can assure you that you won’t leave feeling hungry or thirsty!

Vintage Fairground Bar Photo Credit: Nicole Brownfield

Vintage Fairground Bar
Photo Credit: Nicole Brownfield

With the nearest tube stations being Waterloo and Embankment, entry for the Underbelly Festival is free and tickets for shows and events are reasonable, starting at under £20. However, as my friend and I did Saturday, it is enough just to visit and soak up the festival atmosphere and a great place to head with a group of friends for a chilled day out. With the London Eye as the festival’s neighbour, there is always the option to walk along the Southbank and take in the variety of street performers, or head in the opposite direction towards the Southbank’s wide scope of restaurants.

Outdoor Bar Photo Credit: Nicole Brownfield

Outdoor Bar
Photo Credit: Nicole Brownfield

Overall I can personally vouch for it being a perfect (and cheap) day out with something to please everyone. But don’t just take my word for it, visit yourself and let me know what you think!

For more information, visit: http://www.underbellyfestival.com


  1. Lesley Turner says:

    What a great article, I almost feel as if I have been there and most certainly feel I should try it for myself – well done author !

  2. Temi says:

    Well now I have something to look forward to after my exams. Thank you!!!

  3. Andy Dore says:

    Really well written piece

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