Since the Romans founded ‘Londinium’ over 2000 years ago, the North Bank has outshone the South. That is beginning to change.
Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe. Twilight views across the city from Renzo Piano’s Shard. Art at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery. Or exhibitions at the newly refurbished Hayward Gallery.
Today, the South Bank bubbles with people and activity. The Southbank Centre alone, once the site of the Festival of Britain, attracts over five million visitors a year.
Now that the south side of London is firmly on the map, the next chapter of its evolution has begun with Nine Elms and Embassy Gardens.
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Damien Hirst has opened a restaurant inside his Newport Street Gallery with chef and restauranteur Mark Hix. It will serve classic British and European food to exhibition visitors during the day and evening diners when the gallery is closed.
Pharmacy 2 will feature work from some of Hirst’s most icnoic series, including the Medicine Cabinets and butterfly Kaleidoscope paintings.
“I’ve always loved art, and art deserves to be shown in great spaces. Newport Street is an incredible space with an amazing sense of history.”