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Getting Here

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 Waterloo, 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.

By 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.

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By train

Waterloo, Waterloo East, Blackfriars and Charing Cross (Zone 1) are the closest mainline rail stations.

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By river

South Bank is served by the following piers: Westminster, London Eye, Embankment and Festival. Oyster and travelcard discounts are accepted on Thames Clippers and City Cruises


By bus

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Getting Around

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 (+44) 020 7222 1234, 24 hours a day

For bus enquiries (+44) 020 7222 1234, 24 hours a day

For train enquiries 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 parking • For information on the National Theatre Car Park visit 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 maps/accessibility/access-maps For the latest news on South Bank and other useful information for groups visit

Coach parking

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
  • 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. 

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