Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Really Capital Time in Bankside; Travel: London's Bankside Has Long Been Considered One of the Capital's Cultural Hotspots, with the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Just Some of Its Must See Attractions. Christopher Knox Took a Stroll along the Thames

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Really Capital Time in Bankside; Travel: London's Bankside Has Long Been Considered One of the Capital's Cultural Hotspots, with the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Just Some of Its Must See Attractions. Christopher Knox Took a Stroll along the Thames

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IT'S hard to imagine a more relaxing spot than Bankside at four in the afternoon.

Although some may stick rigidly to the image of London as a place summed up by packed streets and a tiring pace of life, the two square mile district presents an opportunity to take a step back and take in the magnificent views of one of the world's greatest cities.

While most tourists head straight for Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament on the north side of the Thames, those that have come to London for a spot of relaxation would do well to head for Southwark tube station or London Bridge.

Taking in such world famous landmarks as St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London and the Gherkin from the South Bank, while relaxing with a cold drink at one of the area's many riverside bars, is possibly one of the simplest and most memorable experiences the city has to offer.

Part of my visit was to see how the area has progressed as a Business Improvement District (BID).

Better Bankside is the UK's third BID, the second in central London and the first south of the river. And you really can tell.

Businesses in the area have been pooling their money as part of a single organisation for four years now, ensuring that the area is kept clean and tidy and that green spaces have been provided to help break up the concrete skyline.

The benefits of becoming a BID are clear. Walking along the riverside to attend an exhibition by abstract expressionist Cy Twombly at the Tate Modern, I was amazed at how well maintained the area was, despite the thousands of tourists that bustle through it each day.

The modern art gallery is arguably the jewel in Bankside's crown. Every visit provides a different experience and this time was no different.

Although I must admit I was more than a little star struck after brushing shoulders with England manager Fabio Capello at one of the exhibits, I did regain my composure long enough to appreciate the gallery's famous turbine hall and permanent exhibits from artists as diverse as Mark Rothko and Henri Matisse.

I must admit that the sparse canvasses of American Cy Twombly did stretch my artistic pallet, their splashes and splatterings making Jackson Pollock seem like a classical painter. …

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