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Nearest Underground Station: Waterloo. Orientation - follow signs to the Royal Festival Hall from whichever exit taken from Waterloo station.
Opened in June 2005 our Royal Festival Hall branch sits right on the riverside in the heart of the Southbank Centre. Open from 10am-10pm every day, it offers the perfect destination whether you’re attending a concert or event, or simply enjoying the delights of the area. We stock a broad range of subjects from fiction, literature and poetry to philosophy, biography, science, cookery, health, graphics, art, travel, London guides and children's titles. In the summer months you can while away the hours lounging in a deckchair on our lawn, reading your favourite book or just watching the world go by. We also run a bookstall at all the Southbank Centre’s Literary events and frequently have available signed copies by many of the authors appearing , as well as holding our own signings in-store, with recent authors ranging from Michael Palin to Terry Pratchett and Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
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Love is in the air as the annual feast of St Valentine fires its arrows in our literary direction.
And our 3 for 2 promotion 'O' is not for faint hearts as it takes the international day of romance into the bedroom and beyond:
Wax lyrical about your loved one via the poems of Leonard Cohen and Pablo Neruda, or explore the wilder, darker side of Eros through titles like Henry Miller's Tropic of Capricorn, de Sade's Philosophy in the Boudoir, Charlotte Roche's Wetlands or Chuck Palahniuk's Snuff.
If you prefer to analyse ardour, we have Dr Kinsey's ground-breaking studies of sexual behaviour, Faramerz Dabhoiwala's fascinating history of sexuality from 1600-1800, and Mary Roach's popular science classic Bonk!
Literary Crushes returns for another round of our favourite fictional characters. Among those who have caught our eye this time are Jon Snow from George R.R. Martin's famous 'Game of Thrones' series, Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Flora Poste from Cold Comfort Farm and Flavia de Luce from Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
Sinead Morrissey has won this year's T.S. Eliot award for poetry with Parallaxc, while 2013's best books have also been announced.
Kate Atkinson's resurrection fable Life After Life scooped the Novel of the Year prize, and Nathan Filer's Shock of the Fall bagged the First Novel Award. Filer is a creative writing lecturer at Bath Spa University who used his experience as a mental health nurse to pen his study of a man consumed with grief for his brother.
Lucy-Hughes Hallett's acclaimed biography of Italian fascist revolutionary and poet Gabriele D'Annunzio won the Costa Biography Award, Michael Symons' Drysalter the Poetry Award and Chris Riddell's Goth Girl the Children's Book Award.
The heavens have been pouring gallons of water upon us this January, and here at the Festival Hall we are bracing ourselves for another deluge in February, this time of children and books as the Southbank Centre's popular Imagine Festival pitches up again.
This year's programme is jam-packed with kids' book events and features top-drawer authors like Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson, Derek Landy and Marjorie Blackman, as well as a guest appearance from Quentin Blake.
When it comes to encouraging the young'uns to get reading, Imagine is hard to surpass.
Until then, it's Valentine's Day and a chance to fall in love with books again.