Trains to London Waterloo


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Just 50 minutes from Basingstoke

Alight at magnificent London Waterloo station to experience a different side to the capital. With an incredible view of famous London landmarks as far as you can see, Waterloo is almost a destination in itself. From here, it’s just a brief stroll to some of the capital’s most popular treasures, from family-friendly attractions to grown-up diversions. Whether you want to catch a show, soak up some culture, enjoy a slap-up meal or simply sip a divine cocktail, you’ve come to the right place.

Attractions

If you’re new to London, try an open-top bus tour such as the Original London Sightseeing Tour. For a tour with a twist, take a London Duck Tour, starting near Waterloo, and see the sights in a bright yellow amphibious vehicle, finishing with a splashdown into the Thames. Pick up a Red River Rover pass, and you can hop on and off one of the River Cruise sightseeing boats as often as you like for up to 72 hours.

Of London’s countless attractions, the Imperial War Museum is only 10 minutes walk from Waterloo station, and the Florence Nightingale Museum is even closer, within the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital. A 2-minute stroll from the station will find you on the South Bank, slap-bang in the middle of the location for countless memorable film scenes. Right in front of you is the Coca-Cola London Eye – book ahead to avoid the queues and get discounts on other attractions too. Just along the bank, you can soak in more of the view at the Oxo Tower.

Keep walking and you’ll hit the Southbank Centre, with its instantly recognisable concrete architecture. It squeezes a lot in – the Hayward Gallery, the Royal Festival Hall, the British Film Institute and the National Theatre, plus dozens of tempting, diverse places to eat and drink. You can book any film, show or exhibition in advance.

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Restaurants

You’re spoiled for choice in this vibrant area of London, from chain restaurants offering fab deals for families to Michelin-starred luxury and everything in between. On the South Bank, unwind at the top of the Oxo Tower with something chilled. There’s the choice of a lower-key brasserie or a more high-end restaurant.

Swing past the Southbank Centre Food Market for some of the freshest, most vibrant food in London – for pocket money prices you can sample scrumptious street food from across the globe. The glorious Wahacas is a blast of Mexican technicolour, with delicious nacho bowls for the kids and the best margaritas this side of Cancun for the grown-ups.

After dark, sneak in an aperitif at London’s oldest wine bar, the atmospheric Gordon’s Wine Bar. Choose from an extensive wine list and a mouth-watering selection of cheese.

If you’re pushing the boat out, it’s worth booking (well) in advance for a table at Skylon. This incredible restaurant offers stunning views and exquisite modern British cuisine from superstar chef Kim Woodward.

Hotels

There are plenty of chain hotels, B-and-Bs and hostels in easy reach. The Point A Hotel is great value for money, and offers chic, contemporary accommodation right in the heart of the city.

For something a little more out of the ordinary, try The Wellington Hotel. This glorious pub and hotel in the heart of Waterloo has stunning London-themed rooms and offers delicious pub grub. Don’t miss the astonishing mural of the Battle of Waterloo on the ceiling.

For a spot of pure indulgence, drop in on the Corinthia Hotel London. Its beautiful exterior is matched only by its jaw-dropping décor. Nestled inside are restaurants, bars, a spa and a Harrod’s boutique. You won’t want to leave.

Shopping

You have the best of both worlds at Waterloo. Pop across to The Strand for dozens of high street and designer shops. Make sure you look up as you’re wandering along – some of London’s most beautiful architecture is often just above your head.

For an unmissable London experience, take the short 20-minute walk to Covent Garden to enjoy the open air markets and the street performers. The undercover market has artisan shops and stalls selling everything from baby bootees to booze, not forgetting the famous flower market.

Travel Links

There are no end of options for travelling onwards, not forgetting that you can reach many attractions on foot – it’s just a 15-minute stroll to Trafalgar Square. The Underground station is just through the main concourse – Waterloo is on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern, Waterloo and City lines. Save time by adding a Travelcard when booking your train ticket, or buy an Oyster card for the cheapest and easiest travel around the Tube. You’ll find buses to most major locations right outside the main entrance, as well as taxis. Or hire a bike from the Santander Cycles docking stations dotted around London.

For more ideas on what to do in London, see London and Partners. 

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