The National Theatre is situated on the South Bank of the River Thames at a point called King's Reach.
Denys Lasdun, the architect of the National, noted that from this vantage point it is possible to 'pick up a panorama of the City of London that stretches from St Paul's round to Somerset House and on to Hawksmoor's towers at Westminster Abbey.
The National Theatre, completed in 1976, quickly became a landmark in its own right, embedded in the nation's consciousness, which was shown recently in a poll when the building was voted among the nation's top ten most loved and most hated buildings.
For many people the site still symbolises hopes for a rejuvenated London and a better future; ideas expressed so successfully in the buildings and activities of the Festival of Britain. Encompassing national centres for art and culture, the South Bank is now one of London's most exciting places and a thriving centre of urban regeneration, thus fulfilling the post-war vision.
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