Worldwide icon-chevron-right Europe icon-chevron-right United Kingdom icon-chevron-right England icon-chevron-right London icon-chevron-right Waterloo area guide

Waterloo area guide

Discover the best things to do in this lively south London area, plus ace brunch spots, restaurants, bars and pubs.

bar elba

Waterloo isn't just a train station, or a path to the buzzy South Bank. Far livelier than it was a decade ago, this well-connected south London area is home to a couple of world-famous theatres, the BFI IMAX, the London Eye, quality food markets, hip coffee shops, and plenty of great pubs and bars. These days, there's a lot more to Waterloo than might meet the eye. Don't believe us? Take a look below.

RECOMMENDED:London neighbourhood guides

The best bits of Waterloo

18 reasons to go to Lower Marsh, SE1
News

18 reasons to go to Lower Marsh, SE1

A short walk from the station, this vibrant and varied thoroughfare is essentially Waterloo's "high street".

Everything you need to know about Waterloo Bridge
News

Everything you need to know about Waterloo Bridge

You may have walked across it loads of times but how much do you really know about one of London's most central bridges?

Restaurants in Waterloo

Cubana
Restaurants Book online

Cubana

Cuban food and cocktails in a fun environment.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Union Street Café
Restaurants Special offer

Union Street Café

Mediterranean-inspired fare from Gordon Ramsay.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Baltic
Restaurants Book online

Baltic

A modern take on proper Polish food.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Masters Super Fish
Restaurants

Masters Super Fish

Fish and chips approved by cabbies.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
See more restaurants in Waterloo

Things to do in Waterloo

EDF Energy London Eye
Things to do Book online

EDF Energy London Eye

See all the city's key sights in 30 minutes.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Imperial War Museum
Museums

Imperial War Museum

A great London museum, recently renovated.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars

Bars in Waterloo

Tonight Josephine
Bars and pubs Book online

Tonight Josephine

Basement bar with real Instagram potential.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Bar Elba
Bars and pubs Book online

Bar Elba

A Napoleon-themed rooftop bar.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Skylon (bar)
Bars and pubs Special offer

Skylon (bar)

Cocktails with a great view of the river. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Dandelyan
Bars and pubs Book online

Dandelyan

Fancy drinks in a super-stylish space.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
See more bars in Waterloo

Hotels in Waterloo

Park Plaza London Waterloo

Park Plaza London Waterloo

Offering a restaurant, Park Plaza London Waterloo is located in London, a short walk from Lambeth North underground station and less than a 10-minute walk from Westminster Bridge and the London Eye on the South Bank. Guests can enjoy the on-site café.All rooms include signature beds, 48-inch smart LED TVs, Elemis bathroom amenities and complimentary WiFi. Superior Rooms and Studio Rooms have walk-in showers.You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The Executive Lounge at Park Plaza London Waterloo is an ideal place to work or relax.Houses of Parliament is 800 metres from Park Plaza London Waterloo, while Big Ben is also 800 metres away. Landmarks such as National Theatre, Tate Modern and Westminster Abbey are within walking distance.London Waterloo Station, offering connections to north London and the City, can be reached in less than 5 minutes on foot.

Check prices
H10 London Waterloo

H10 London Waterloo

In a stylish new building, H10 London Waterloo features an innovative restaurant and luxury bedrooms. Just 15 minutes’ walk from Parliament Square and Big Ben, the hotel has free Wi-Fi.With floor-to-ceiling windows and views across Lambeth, the rooms at H10 Hotel have air conditioning and LCD TVs. All rooms are elegantly decorated, and have laptop safes and mini bars.Three O Two Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, and the glamorous Circus Bar offers fine wines and light snacks. A breakfast buffet is available daily, featuring cooked and continental items.H10 Waterloo has a modern fitness centre at Despacio Beauty Centre and a sauna and Hydromassage shower in the basement.Just 5 minutes’ walk from Waterloo Underground Station, H10 London Waterloo is a 15-minute walk from the London Eye. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre can be reached in 20 minutes’ walk.

Check prices
Point A Hotel London Westminster

Point A Hotel London Westminster

Point A Hotel London Westminster is located in central London, 700 metres from London Eye and 900 metres from Houses of Parliament.Every room is compact and well designed, featuring a comfortable Hynosis bed, en-suite bathrooms with a power shower, free high-speed WiFi, USB charging point, air-conditioning, flat-screen TV with 240 channels and a safe. Blackout curtains are also featured to ensure you have a good night's sleep.Point A Hotel London Westminster offers a 24 hour reception and contemporary lobby area where guests can continue to make use of the the high-speed WiFi, enjoy the continental breakfast served each morning and coffee and snacks provided throughout the day.Big Ben is 900 metres from Point A Hotel London Westminster, while Westminster Abbey is also less than 1.5 km away. Point A Hotel London Westminster has great transport links, being just 20 metres from Lambeth North Underground Station and 900 metres from Waterloo Underground and National Rail station. The nearest airport is London City Airport, 7 miles from Point A Hotel London Westminster.

Check prices
Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo

Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo

Located just 5 minutes’ walk from Waterloo train station, Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo also features free Wi-Fi and a fitness centre with the latest cardio and weights equipment.Each air-conditioned guest room at the Hampton by Hilton Waterloo offers an en-suite bathroom with walk-in power shower, an LCD TV and tea/coffee making facilities.Hot and cold items are available with breakfast, as well as free tea and coffee. A 24-hour snack hub is situated in the hotel lobby, where guests can grab hot or cold drinks and confectionery at any time.The London Eye, London Dungeon and SEA LIFE London Aquarium can all be reached within a 15-minute of the hotel. Leicester Square can be reached in just a 4-minute Tube journey from Waterloo Station and is host to London’s West End shows.

Check prices
Check out the best hotels near the London Eye

Pubs in Waterloo

Vaulty Towers
Bars and pubs

Vaulty Towers

Part pub, part theatrical production.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
The Duke of Sussex
Bars and pubs Book online

The Duke of Sussex

Venue says: “Celebrate with us this Christmas! From casual get-togethers to office or family parties, we've got your perfect nook & special festive menus”

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
King's Arms
Bars and pubs

King's Arms

Old-school boozer with bags of character.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
White Hart
Bars and pubs

White Hart

A homely place serving loads of real ales.

Users say
2 out of 5 stars
See more pubs in Waterloo

The perfect weekend in Waterloo

Ride: London Eye
Things to do Book online

Ride: London Eye

Superb views of the city skyline.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
See: BFI Southbank

See: BFI Southbank

One of London's finest cinemas.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Buy
Drink: Coleman Coffee Roasters
Restaurants Book online

Drink: Coleman Coffee Roasters

A smart coffee shop with a cute garden.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Book online
Explore: The Vaults
Art

Explore: The Vaults

A subterranean art-hub nestled under Waterloo Station.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars