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A locals' guide to Waterloo

"The buzz around Waterloo really gives you the vibrant London vibe..."

Thomas Holmes

"Nothing screams London more than the South Bank, the capital's bustling epicentre..."

James Glen

"There's plenty of attractions along South Bank to be explored..."

Thomas Holmes

What is your favourite place?

Where do Waterloo locals go?

The Young Vic

A small theatre where all the seating has good angles. Reasonable ticket prices and performances by extremely talented people. There is also a food and drink area.


A cheap and cheerful Italian serving the cheesiest lasagne in London!

The Thirsty Bear

The only pub where you can pull your own pints from your table! Every table also has its own iPad from which you can order drinks and food - the novelty will never wear off!

Konditor & Cook

They have a few stores around, but this is the best. Curly Whirly cake is the food stuff of legends, the most chocolatey chocolate cake ever!

Tate Modern

Where better to view some of the country's modern art than along the South Bank.

Wahaca's Mexican Street Kitchen

Enjoy a burrito and a beer at this Mexican street kitchen on the Southbank, just outside the Royal Festival Hall! Arriba!

Bateaux London Cruises

A great way to see London with a variety of different cruises along the Thames. You can even opt for Sunday lunch whilst listening to a live jazz band!

Udderbelly Festival

A yearly festival on the South Bank celebrating London's creative culture - music, comedy, food and so much more!

Waterloo Bridge

Exceptional views over a number of London's most famous landmarks...

Parliament Tour

Informative guided and audio tours of the beautiful and ornate parliament building. It's great to see the place in real life, rather than just on the tele!

The Refinery

An industrial, but welcoming bar and restaurant hidden behind Tate Modern.

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum offers a wealth of collections to explore - head to the Extraordinary Heroes gallery to discover the real-life stories of courage behind the Victoria Cross and George Cross medals awarded for bravery.

Tate Modern Kitchen & Bar

Nothing quite like sitting down with a cold, crisp glass of wine after a stroll along the south bank. The bar on the 6th floor of Tate Modern also comes with one of the best views in town AND the added benefit of supporting a fantastic arts institution. Later weekend opening times make this a great place to watch the sunset.

The Savoy Hotel

World famous Omelette Arnold Bennett!


Very impressive meat dishes cooked in a proper American smoker. The ribs are fantastic!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Southwark, Borough, Elephant and Castle, Covent Garden, Westminster, Kennington, West End, Holborn, Soho and City

What do you love about Waterloo?

Why do you find Waterloo a great place to live?


"Lots of young professional, lots of attractions, so central."

January 2015

Local resident

"Close to everything, fantastic transport links, central London living at its best!"

June 2013


What do you like about Waterloo?

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"By Westminster Bridge, there is a doorway on the plinth which holds the South Bank Lion. In the Bond film, Die Another Day, this leads to a fictional tube station called Vauxhall Cross housing Q's workshop!"

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Child-friendly activities near Waterloo

Our Teacher's A Troll

Roundabout Theatre
Paines Plough and Half Moon present a family comedy in Paines Plough's award-winning pop-up theatre, Roundabout. Two terrible twins with a talent for turmoil rule their school with terror and tyranny - until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp fangs and a long spiky tail. Website

Object Conversations

Imperial War Museum London
Explore objects from the collections and see they connect with iconic objects on display in the new atrium and Terraced Galleries. Feel the weight of a shrapnel piece from the First World War and come to grips with real objects from the museum's collections.

Crazy Chimps

Crazy Chimps
Go ape and be pampered at Crazy Chimps in Kennington - an indoor playzone, café and beauty salon for kids (and adults!) Crazy Chimps has play areas and equipment suitable for little ones between the ages of three months to 13 years old. And there's something for all sizes with the castle, slide, swings, trampoline, ball pit, educational play equipment and touch-screen games. There are further facilities for arts and crafts, a cinema, disco and indoor entrainment room, and, if it all gets a bit too much, there's even a quiet reading area with iPads for everyone to use. Website

Parents and Toddlers Drop in

St. Vincent De Paul Family Project,
A programme of activities for children and parents / carers: Alternative therapies - reflexology, massage, aromatherapy; 1 to 1 support opportunities; Support Groups; Access to visiting professionals. Website

Magic Carpet Storytelling Sundays

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Let your under 5s be entertained and informed about different paintings at the National Gallery every Sunday in their Magic Carpet Storytelling workshops. A great way for them to learn and have fun!

Mini Mozart- Babies and Toddlers Concert and Class

Although you are welcome to book your baby into his/her older sibling's class, if like us, you were crazy enough to have two kids close together, we have another option for you. At some venues we offer a specific mixed Babies & Toddlers class where babies enjoy the class with their adults and the older sibling interacts with the teacher. (0 - 4 yrs) Packed with piano & percussion, bursting with Bach & bubbles, and flush with fairy tales and flutes. Website

Music and Movement

The Abbey Centre
This is a movement class set to live and recorded music. The tutor sings and plays guitar. Parents and children join in group games and sing familiar children's songs. Toys, equipment and musical instruments are used to tell stories. The class follows a similar format each week. The children join in their own way, so it is suitable for toddlers up until aged five. Website
  1. About Waterloo

    Waterloo is a district of Central London, and part of the London Borough of Lambeth. The area is part of a business improvement district known as Waterloo Quarter, which includes The Cut and the Old Vic and Young Vic theatres, including some sections in the London Borough of Southwark. Waterloo is connected to the Strand area on the north bank of the River Thames by Waterloo Bridge.

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