How to get around South Bank
South Bank Tube
South Bank is served by nearby Waterloo Station. From Waterloo you can hop on the Bakerloo, Northern and Jubilee lines, for swift travel around the capital. If you love shopping, the 8 minute tube journey to Tottenham Court Road on the Northern Line is one you’ll get used to as you’ll find the amazing Oxford Street here. Regent’s Park and London Zoo are only 10 minutes away via the Bakerloo Line to Regent’s Park Tube Station, and you could also travel for 12 minutes on the Bakerloo Line to Baker Street Tube Station to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds. If your timings are right, or if you’ve specifically come to London to see a match at Wembley Stadium, you can take a direct tube on the Bakerloo Line from Waterloo to Wembley Central Station, taking around 35 minutes. You’ll also find Southwark and Tower Bridge tube stations nearby.
South Bank Parking
Should you decide that you are going to drive to the South Bank, there are a number of places you could park your car. There are several metered bays all over the area and you could also use the National Theatre Car Park and Hayward Gallery Car Park (both of which are close to Waterloo Train Station), and The Union Car Park on Southwark Street (close to Southwark Tube Station). For your nearest NCP you should try the one in Coin Street, close to Waterloo Station, or alternatively there is a small NCP actually at Waterloo Station.
South Bank Taxis
If you’re not a big fan of the London Underground or would just like to take a road trip along the Thames you’ll be able to hail one of the many black cabs that operate throughout London. Alternatively you could book a local taxi firm. These include Airport Station Cars, which you will find located at Waterloo Train Station.
South Bank On Foot
There may well be a huge number of amazing attractions on and around the South Bank, but as an added bonus you’ll also be able to stroll to other attractions in the surrounding areas. If you take Waterloo Train Station as your starting point and walk for around 10 minutes you can take a look at the spectacular Lambeth Palace. Walk along The Queen Walk for 10 minutes and you can view the impressive artwork on display at the Tate Modern. Take a leisurely stroll across Waterloo Bridge and you can visit the shops, cafes and bars in Covent Garden in 20 minutes, and head for the National Gallery and Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, also around 20 minutes walk away. You can also take a slightly longer stroll of around 30 minutes to Westminster, and then visit the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.