The Vaults

Art , Arts centres Waterloo
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The Vaults

Located off the famous Leake ‘graffiti’ Street is The Vaults Gallery, a subterranean art-hub nestled in the deep, dark tunnels under Waterloo Station. The Vaults Gallery is an impressive space with a fresh line-up of young international artists – the Gallery hosts an ongoing programme of contemporary art exhibitions, supporting emerging artists with a space to experiment in like no other. The work on show is bold, fearless and undeniably modern– take note – this really is underground art.

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The Vaults says
The Vaults is an arts platform for the bold, the fresh and the fearless. Our mission is to collaborate and conspire, feed your curiosity and open your mind. Let The Vaults’ maze of underground tunnels swallow you whole.
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Venue name: The Vaults
Address: Leake St
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11am-7pm
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
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  • Comedy Until Saturday December 31 2016
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4 / 5

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Zoe F

My only experience with The Vaults was for Goosebumps Alive, which was an immersive theatre production themed arround the 90s cult horror/comedy fictional book series. I was extremely impressed with the venue, it's very large and evidentally adaptable accommodatign to a variety of events and popups. The set design when I went was honestly breathtaking, but can't help felling it seemed a shame with the hard work that must have gone in it can't be more permanent - although I do welcome new experiences here. I will definitely look out for other things happening here in future, I've heard of Alice's Adventures Underground which might be worth a try.

The only slight hiccup was having never been been to here before I found it a little difficult to locate, even with the "help" of Google Maps (which actually seemed to make things more difficult) meaning we didn't arrive the recommended 15 minutes before showtime but were bang on 9pm, despite this we missed the introductory performance which was a shame but in no way ruined our visit.


Discreetly located in the underground tunnels of graffitied Leake street near Waterloo, this is a great little venue that is a must visit if you are after something a little different or if you’re even a little curious. It plays host a wide range of different events, in particular underground cinema! There are always new events, plays and club nights going on so there will always be something for everyone. However being underground it can get a bit claustrophobic for some people as there are no windows and you will get the whiff of a musty damp smell that you would normally expect being underground but this just adds to the whole experience and atmosphere that you will either love or hate.

Elisa R

There once was an awfully dodgy looking tunnel in the not more charming area of Waterloo, covered from floor to ceiling in graffitis (which are actually pretty cool) where you'd expect to meet a few Skins characters. In there was the entrance of the Vaults, a massive arts centre and club. It truely is impressive. My friend and I walked around, trying to push every door we were passing, some granting us entry, some asking us to go back where we came from – for the purpose of this article, let's just pretend the doors did speak to us.

I went there for the Denim Leap Party which was actually not that great (or was it my completely lethargic state talking, I wonder) but it will soon be the stage of Goosebumps, the immersive theatre play! With its endless dark corridors and rooms, I couldn't have imagined a better place for it than this labyrinth of a venue.

It seems to be a place that has a lot of regulars coming to sip coffee, have a couple of cocktails or enjoy the burgers, pizzas and other sausage rolls available.

Pluses: there are SWINGS, the staff is very funny and you can play video games.