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Londoners, you officially live near one of the coolest streets in the world!

South Bank ranks on The 30 Coolest Streets in the World

What piques your interest when you’re strolling down the road; perhaps interesting shops, quirky restaurants, or breathtaking scenery?

Well, a little street with big sass has it all. It is, of course, London’s South Bank.

So much so, it has been coined one of the coolest streets in the world. This means, if you live within a few tube rides radius of the SE1 postcode, you can count yourself a trendy neighbour.

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If you’re not familiar with the sightseeing hotspot, the capital’s entertainment hub runs alongside the River Thames sprawling from Westminster Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge.

Whatever time of day or night, you’ll be greeted by street performers, the glorious scent of food trucks boasting flavours from around the world, and the hustle and bustle of tourists.

There are also world-class attractions on offer, from the infamous London Eye to Sea Life Aquarium, London Dungeon, Royal Festival Hall, National Theatre and iconic skate park.

It also plays host to the devilishly good Underbelly Festival, with titillating acts and adult circus events such as the jaw-droppingly cheeky male burlesque group Briefs.

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While South Bank didn’t quite take home the gold medal for the top prize, it was beaten by only two areas in The 30 Coolest Streets in the World list curated by Time Out.

In first place, please put your hands together as Smith Street in Melbourne takes a bow.

Oozing character, this Australian playground opens its arms to roamers and ramblers by day, transforming as sun sets into a haven of activity with pubs, gay bars and live music galore.

Meanwhile, Passeig de Sant Joan in Barcelona finishes in respectable second place.

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With boutiques and bars aplenty, this Spanish must-see is one for the bucket list as it mishmashes old school vibes with contemporary chic thanks to its array of traditional taverns, stylish restaurants, and the ‘manga triangle’ notorious for its comic book stores.

Other unmissable locations on the list included Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Cat Street in Tokyo, and 30th Avenue in New York.

While London didn’t nab any of the other rosettes, nominations flooded in from fans of Peckham Rye, Old Compton Street, Kingsland Road, Northcote Road and Oxford Street.

So, if you find yourself Googling ‘things to do in London’, remember to hit up South Bank.

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