The South Bank

England, London
n 1951, the South Bank Exhibition, held on derelict land south of the Thames, formed the centrepiece of the nationwide `Festival of Britain`, an attempt to revive postwar morale by celebrating the centenary of the Great Exhibition (when Britain really did rule over half the world). The most striking features of the site were the ferris wheel, the saucer-shaped Dome of Discovery and the cigar-shaped Skylon tower.

The South Bank on the map

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