London's South Bank runs from Lambeth Bridge to Blackfriars' Bridge and back away from the river to St George's Circus - a central London district with easy-to-access transport links to all mainline stations and airports. The largest railway station in the UK, London Waterll, provides links to rail services and the tube network. Cross the river and you're a 10-minute walk away from Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Westminster, whilst multiple bus stops provide frequent daily services.
Waterloo Station Improvement Works
This summer, between 5 and 28 August inclusive, fewer South West Trains services will run while work starts to extend platforms at London Waterloo. This will allow longer trains with more seats and more space for passengers.
Throughout this period of major improvement work there will be significantly fewer train services running into Waterloo. This will mean lengthy queues during the peaks at all major stations on the South West Trains network, station closures, and more crowded services.
During August, the impact on your journey will vary depending on when and where you travel but as fewer trains will be running your journey might be changed in the following ways, even if you are not travelling into London:
- The majority of stations will have fewer train services.
- Services and stations will be busier than usual, especially in the morning and evening peaks on weekdays.
- Some journeys are likely to take longer.
- There will be queuing systems outside some stations.
- A small number of stations will be closed.
- Other operators’ services will also be busier while passengers take alternative routes, including London Underground.
The closest underground station is Waterloo (Zone 1) which is served by the Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines.
However this station may be busy due to the Waterloo Station Improvement Works.
Other stations nearby
South Bank is a short walk or bike ride from the following stations.
Southwark (Zone 1): Jubilee line. 7 minute walk. 2 minute cycle.
Embankment (Zone 1): District & Circle, Bakerloo and Northern lines. 10 minute Walk. 4 minute cycle.
Westminster (Zone 1): District & Circle and Jubilee lines. 11 minute walk. 4 minute cycle.
Charing Cross (Zone 1): Bakerloo & Northern Lines. 13 minute Walk. 6 minute cycle.
Tottenham Court Road (Zone 1) Northern Line & Central Line. 10 minute cycle.
Waterloo, Waterloo East, Blackfriars and Charing Cross (Zone 1) are the closest mainline rail stations.
There are several bus routes into Waterloo including the Riverside Bus (RV1) service which links over 30 attractions on its route from South Bank to Bankside, London Bridge, Tower Gateway and Covent Garden.
From the airport
Regular bus, underground and rail services link the major airports with central London.
London City Airport
Situated just 10 miles from South Bank. Take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Canning Town and change for the Jubilee line to Waterloo.
London Gatwick Airport
The Gatwick Express is a non-stop train between London Victoria, which is in the heart of Central London and London Gatwick Airport. It takes just 30 minutes. Mainline services also arrive at Waterloo via Clapham Junction.
London Heathrow Airport
Take the Piccadilly line to Green Park and change onto the Jubilee line for Waterloo. Alternatively, take the Heathrow Express, which runs every 15 minutes between London Paddington and Heathrow and takes just 15 minutes, or the Heathrow Connect, which also links Heathrow and Paddington and runs every 30 minutes, stopping at key stations and takes 30 minutes.
London Stansted Airport
Useful for budget airlines including Ryanair and EasyJet. You can take the Stanstead Express into Liverpool Street station, which takes just 47 minutes.
London Luton Airport
Direct trains run from London Blackfriars station to Luton Airport, leaving roughly every 10 – 15 minutes with a journey time of around 47 minutes
South Bank is a fantastic and scenic place to explore on foot. It takes approximately 30 minutes to walk from Lambeth Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge along the Riverside Walk. Enjoy guided walks with stunning views accompanied by information on history and architecture by downloading our Walk This Way Guide.
Useful Contact Information
For tube enquiries tfl.gov.uk (+44) 020 7222 1234, 24 hours a day
For bus enquiries tfl.gov.uk (+44) 020 7222 1234, 24 hours a day
For train enquiries nationalrail.co.uk 08705 186 186 from the UK (+44) 0 1233 617 575 from outside the UK
For car parking
• For information on Hayward Gallery and Hungerford Bridge Car Parks visit southbankcentre.co.uk/visitor-info parking • For information on the National Theatre Car Park visit nationaltheatre.org.uk visiting • Cornwall Road Multi-storey Car Park, open 24 hours. SE1 9PP T 0207 620 1931 • Doon Street Car Park. SE1 9PP T 03454 348 008
For step free access around Waterloo and South Bank visit visitlondon.com/ maps/accessibility/access-maps For the latest news on South Bank and other useful information for groups visit southbanklondon.com/groups
There are six drop-off / pick-up points in and around South Bank:
- On Belvedere Road by The London Eye – pre-booking is essential on (+44) 0870 990 8886
- On Upper Ground and Upper Ground Slip Road near National Theatre. These are free to use and allow a maximum stay of 15 minutes. Contact London Borough of Lambeth on (+44) 020 7926 9000 or email ParkingEnquiries@lambeth.gov.uk
- Near Blackfriars Bridge on Southwark Street.
- On Lambeth Road by IWM London – only free on weekends and public holidays
National Express coaches have a drop-off point at London Waterloo, please see the website
Megabus also stops at Waterloo Station
Waterloo Tourist Office
Visit the South Bank London Tourist Office, right by the main entrance at Waterloo station for attraction and sightseeing tickets, hotel reservations, left luggage and much more. Operated by the Excess Baggage Company.