How to get around Waterloo
Waterloo Train Station is a major transport hub with South West Trains travelling through Surrey and Hampshire down to Bournemouth in 1 hour 45 minutes for fun on the sandy beach, Exeter in 3 hours 15 minutes, and Portsmouth Harbour in 1 hour 30 minutes for maritime history at its best. You can also get to Windsor for Windsor Castle in less than an hour, to Hampton Court for Hampton Court Palace in around half an hour, and Chessington South in just over 30 minutes for Chessington World of Adventures.
There is also Waterloo East Train Station, which goes to Kent destinations like Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Gravesend. From Waterloo East it takes less than 5 minutes to get to London Bridge for food fun in Borough Market, or to Charing Cross for the theatres of Covent Garden and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.
In addition to Waterloo Tube Station, the local area is also served by Lambeth North Tube Station. From Waterloo Tube Station you can use the Bakerloo, Northern and Jubilee lines to get around London, and there is also a direct Waterloo and City link that runs to Bank in The City. You can be shopping on Oxford Street in around 8 minutes from Waterloo Tube Station; just travel on the Northern Line and get off at Tottenham Court Road Tube Station. You can also walk among the stars at Madame Tussauds and visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum from Baker Street Tube Station (approx 12 minutes on the Bakerloo Line). For an insightful and interesting day out you can head for Camden Town to experience the bohemian atmosphere and enjoy a drink in the waterside bars (approx 20 minutes on the Northern Line).
Should you choose to run the gauntlet and drive to Waterloo you’ll find a number of car parks in the local area. There is a small NCP Car Park actually at Waterloo Train Station. The other nearest NCP Car Park is on Coin Street and there is another, a little further out, on Library Street yet still near Waterloo Train Station. You could also try Hungerford Car Park on Belvedere Road near Waterloo Train Station.
Why not add to your London experience when you stay in Waterloo, and take a trip to your destination in an iconic London black cab? Should you wish to book a private hire taxi you’ll be able to use Airport Station Cars, located at Waterloo Train Station.
Waterloo On Foot
It’s really easy to walk to some major tourist attractions from Waterloo. If you take Waterloo Train Station as your starting point, a short walk of around 10 minutes will take you to the impressive Lambeth Palace. Enjoy a leisurely stroll of just 10 minutes to get to the Tate Modern and look at the creative modern works on display. Several fascinating places are located just over the River Thames - you can walk to The Strand in around 15 minutes to see a number of fascinating buildings and attractions. You can also head to the impressive exhibitions on display at the Tate Britain, which is only 25 minutes walk away. It also only takes around 30 minutes to walk to Westminster where you’ll find masses of attractions such as the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.