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London Wonderground

The playground for the people returned for a fifth year in 2016. It featured the best in cabaret, circus, comedy, music and kids' shows to delight and amaze, all taking place in a dazzling 1920s-style Spiegeltent. 

Indoor and outdoor bars, delicious bites to eat, a bandstand, fairground rides and sideshows at London Wonderground  topped off this summer sizzler.

Find out what's on now at Southbank Centre

Headlining London Wonderground in 2016 was Cirque Alfonse’s Barbu, following their hit Southbank Centre production of Timber. Daring, daft and sexy as hell, this is cabaret as you’ve never seen it before.

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Enjoy this fantastic South Asian family recipe
Gigs, comedy, dance, family events and great street food: it’s all happening
Listen to this explanatory podcast with architect Richard Battye
The best tweets and Instagram photos from the first week of our brutalist venues’ return
Meet an orchestra not like any other, one that doesn’t even call itself an orchestra.
Enjoy a classic Indian inspired dish from Alchemy
Take a look at these interactive images showing the refurbishment of our brutalist venues
Watch a series of short video interviews with the famed guitarist and composer
What connects American art rock and West African music traditions?
Sink into this Spotify playlist to partner our Concrete Dreams exhibition
Yep, even more! See who's been added to the festival's fantastic line-up
Read an enlightening interview with the celebrated South Korean composer
Discover what's new with the library’s online presence
Discover the fascinating history of our iconic buildings with Dr. Otto Saumarez Smith
Cook and enjoy this fantastic Afghan recipe from Ladle & Skillet
Tackling questions of power, sexuality and violence, Philip Venables’ music always makes an impact
Discover the people and the recipes behind the delicious South Asian street food
Find out what our literature programming team have been reading this past month
Discover some of the greats that have graced the stages of Queen Elizabeth Hall
Watch this illuminating video interview with the celebrated Korean composer

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