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 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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  • Contemporary theatre Until Saturday September 23 2017
  • Classical and opera Friday May 26 2017 - Saturday June 10 2017
  • Performance Saturday May 27 2017 - Sunday September 3 2017
  • Musicals Wednesday October 4 2017 - Sunday December 3 2017

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Famous art-hub just next to Waterloo station. Massive several vaults spaces that are hosting art excibitions, immersive theatres, screenings, as well as short term fringe plays. During February-March, there is the Vaults Festival taking place here with several fringe plays every day along the festival. Just outside of the Vaults space, you will catch the so-many-times instagrammed full-of-graffitis "Leake Street".


I love the vaults! This venue is just so unique and grand, a perfect setting for interactive theatre productions and parties. I went to Goosebumps Alive and the closing party- very different events, but both suitably exploited the expansive tunnels with epic light displays and props. I definitely would recommend attending any event that's hosted here, it's one of a kind! 

Mei M

This is a fantastic Venue for parties, underground, artsy, queer, unusual. I've been there for The Great Gatsby night, which has been organised wonderfully, with Charleston crash course, dance exhibitions, and great music until 3am. There are a few bars around so you don't have to queue too much to get a drink. Plus, it's only a few minutes walk from Waterloo Station with 24 hour tube service on Friday and Saturday nights, which helps a lot when you have a big night out :)

Evie B

Just saw an amazing show at The Vaults, 'Still Waiting' crew for Calais. This was part of the Vault Festival, showcasing the talent of a trio confronting world issues today such as the Calais refugee crisis. The Vaults was a great venue, located underneath Waterloo station you can hear trains zooming overhead which adds emotion and drama instead of noise to the performances. I highly recommend going to Vaults Festival as it showcases such a variety of talents,in a secret space full of emotion and ambience. I cant wait till my next performance in the Vaults.  


What a venue! My friends and I went along to the new season opening of The Vaults on Friday night. I have never been before so wasn't quite sure what to expect. I guess i'd be pretty accurate to describe it as "East London edgy" - the entrance is found on the street infamous for the talented graffiti art that lines the walls. It's all a bit too Instagram convenient as you wait in the queue to get in. 

There are plenty of rooms on offer to explore, with plenty of bars available for you to grab a drink, though it is ridiculously expensive - I don't like paying over £7 for a G&T served to me in a plastic disposable cup, the kind you get at kids parties. It reeks of being ripped off.

The music is good. There is a lot of glitter. Or at least, there was meant to be. That was what was on offer for the launch party but all the glitter artists had gone by 1am... a shame they didn't stay for the whole thing as they were advertised. There were drag queens performing on stage, DJs all night, plenty of dancing to be done. My friends and I had a great time, considering we aren't the club going types.

Mazzie Cee

The Vaults is a great space and even before I reached the venue I was greeted by some of the best street art in London. The season opening night of The Vaults was fantastic with a wild, fun and slightly student union feel to it. The main dance area had a fantastic vibe with amazing over the top comperes and DJ allowing revellers to go through their doors on the stage and have their moment of glory.You could join in the fun and have your face glittered up. There were loads of different rooms to chill in or listen to the music. A fun, fabulous night – where you are still picking out the remains of glitter bombs the next morning.



The vaults are unique and full of adventure, hosting some of the most interesting and bazaar events, every time you go will be new and exciting. 

From theatre shows to an escape room and a booming dance floor, the vaults can be a place for it all. The graffiti tunnel at the entrance is impressive on its own before you've even stepped into the building. 

The vaults is the Alice in wonderland world of London, with constant mad hatters running around. 

Ana M

I love the Vaults. It has staged some of the most distinctive and unique pieces of immersive theatre I have seen, including Alice's Adventures Underground and Goosebumps Alive

The yearly Vault Festival is equally a highlight and I always make sure I see some of the brilliant fringe productions that feature. 

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.