Theatremonkey.com

Cookies: to find out more or learn how to changing your settings, click here. We are pleased to accept your consent to our policy if you are happy to continue without doing so.   

London Theatre & Music Venues' Expert Seat Reviewer and Discount Deal Hunter.
The Trusted Independent Insider Listings Guide since 2000.

SEE ALL DISCOUNT LONDON THEATRE TICKET SPECIAL OFFERS
Home Page
Buy the Site Book
Buy Tickets
SEARCH THE SITE
By Venue Name
By Show Title
For Best Seat Info
For Seating Plans
For Show Time Schedule
For Day Seat Information
CHECK OUT THE
Latest Special Offers
Tips, Hints & Features
Top Five Charts
GUEST SERVICES
Theatremonkey Ticketshop
Buy CDs, Books etc
Hotel plus Show Deals
Venue Access Guide
Theatre Dictionary
FAQ's & About Us
Contact Us
Blog and Book Extracts
Take The Site Tour
Join Our Mailing List
Links To Other Sites
Other Gifts
Tourist Attraction Ticket Shop




 

 

 

 

South Bank Venues
Walking route guide

This page aims to help you reach the Royal National Theatre (Olivier, Lyttelton, Dorfman theatres), the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room from Waterloo Underground Station.

The monkey is often asked for these directions, and it hopes this guide will help make a complicated part of London easier to negotiate.

For mobility impaired audience members, the Society of London Theatre provide a "photo map" - illustrated walking route to this venue from a near landmark and also Waterloo Station (the nearest fully accessible station) on their website www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk, via the theatre's listing page on that site.

 

This page is in three parts - just click on the section you require:
PART ONE: Getting from the CORRECT Waterloo station exit to the South Bank itself...

PART TWO: If you take the WRONG Waterloo station exit - the monkey gets you "back on track" with the rest of us!

PART THREE: Getting from the South Bank to the actual venues - choose the one you require: 

Royal Festival Hall Complex
Royal Festival Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room

Royal National Theatre
Olivier and Lyttelton Theatres 
Dorfman Theatre

 

Ready to go...
PART ONE
From Waterloo Station to the South Bank.

This station has multiple exits, not clearly marked, so be careful! 

IN NOVEMBER 2015 THE "York Road" station exit closed until 2018. THIS MEANS THAT YOUR ROUTE IS NOW TO FOLLOW SIGNS FROM THE PLATFORM TO THE MAINLINE STATION EXIT. This will bring you into the middle of the station concourse.

Turn left and head for the main exit - a grand archway with steps down to street level. Look to your left. You will see the view below:

Turn to your left, and walk towards the main road. Ahead to your left is a huge silver steel rectangle. No, the monkey does not know what it is either - though the National Theatre say it is "modern art!". To the left of it, and behind, is a pedestrian passageway called "Sutton Walk"; 

which goes under a bridge. Take it.

At the end is a fountain ahead of you. Turn to your left and the Royal Festival Hall is ahead of you:

Walk towards it (mind the traffic on the road you cross to be there) 

and you will be standing on this windy stretch of pavement, with a cafe to your left.

Welcome to "Belvedere Road", from which all venues on the South Bank can be reached.

For the next step, click the one you are trying to get to:
Royal Festival Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room

Royal National Theatre
Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman theatres
 

 

 

 

PART TWO
If you came out of the wrong exit at Waterloo Station...

If you have the misfortune to leave the station by the "Waterloo Road" exit, fear not. You have two choices - either you can follow signs to the mainline station and cross the concourse to the York Road main exit (it will place you opposite the tunnel) or, if you don't mind a less salubrious way BEARING IN MIND YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY AT ALL TIMES before deciding:

On leaving the glass doors, turn left. 

Walk to the corner, 

 

and turn left into "Mepham Street". 

Walk all the way to the end of it, avoiding the temptation to go under any bridges. 

At the end of the street is York Road. Cross it. Ahead of you, to the left, is "Sutton Walk", the pedestrian road under the bridge. Take it - it is the place arrowed below!

 

Now CLICK HERE to rejoin the rest of us as we enter "Sutton Walk"!

 

 

 

 

 


Buy Tickets



Site Theatremonkey.com 2000 to 2017. "Theatremonkey" and "Theatermonkey" are a Registered Trade Mark. Buy your tickets with confidence here: Theatremonkey.com is an Affiliate Member of STAR - The Society Of Ticket Agents and Retailers - please do feel free to confirm its membership by clicking the verification system graphic (left). All rights reserved. Information on this site may not be reproduced in any form, by any distribution media, in whole or in part, without permission. This means that you MUST NOT copy graphics or text for posting on another website. Opinions expressed are those of the site owner and / or contributors, and are not those of the site host or service providers. Tickets sold from links on this site - and any other information given - are the responsibility of the supplying company, not theatremonkey.com.
Comments about this page are welcome Contact Us. No responsibility is taken for accuracy of information, No liability can be taken for loss relating to individual use of data contained on this site. 'About Cookies' and 'Our Website, Your Privacy': The theatremonkey.com website DOES NOT use "cookies" on its website at any time. It does link to sites which do use "cookies" to track sales / site navigation information. Click Here for more information - as required by the 2012 UK E-Privacy Directive. Use of this site constitutes agreement with the above. E&OE. Last Update: 31 August 2017 15:16