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5 Things To See Near Waterloo Train Station

Updated on July 14, 2010

If you want to plan your holiday to London so that you successfully see all the sights that you want then it is a good idea to organise your itinerary so that you visit everything that is located in one area.  There are quite a few things to see near Waterloo train station which is one of the mainline stations into London.  Here are 5 things to see in Waterloo.

  • The Royal Festival Hall
  • The London Eye
  • The National Theatre
  • The BFI
  • The BFI IMAX Cinema

Royal Festival Hall, London
Royal Festival Hall, London

The Royal Festival Hall

Close to Waterloo Bridge the Royal Festival Hall is one of London’s best concert halls. The building was designed and built between 1951 and 1965 to seat an audience of up to 4000 people providing excellent acoustics for choral and orchestral performances.

See the Royal Festival Hall at South Bank, SE1.

Take a trip on the London Eye
Take a trip on the London Eye

The London Eye

The London Eye is a must see for anyone visiting London. The Eye was originally created to celebrate the Millennium and was supposed to be a temporary structure. It became so popular that it is now a permanent tourist attraction.

You get in a pod and you are elevated above the London skyline so you get to see fantastic panoramic views of the city. Be sure to go on a clear day so that you can make the most of the views.

See the London Eye at Riverside Building. County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road
LondonSE1 7PB.

The National Theatre comprises of three theatre spaces
The National Theatre comprises of three theatre spaces

The National Theatre

The National Theatre Company was founded in 1967 but got its permanent home on the South Bank in 1976. It contains 3 separate theatres of differing sizes. These are:

  • The Lyttleton Theatre
  • The Olivier Theatre
  • The Cotesloe Theatre

The world famous actor Lord Laurence Olivier was the theatre’s first director and he was charged with the task of producing an extensive range of programming to include classics from Shakespeare, contemporary plays as well as welcoming international touring companies. The theatre goes from strength to strength and if you can, you should try and book a cheap ticket for a production in any one of the spaces.

See the National Theatre at South Bank, SE1.

The BFI - British Film Institute
The BFI - British Film Institute


Originally known as the National Film Theatre, the renamed British Film Institute(BFI) can be found sandwiched between the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre. It holds an extensive range of films and film memorabilia from all around the world.

There is a wonderful café that has luxurious seating. If you decide not to see a film here, you definitely should grab a cappuccino and take a seat and enjoy the gorgeous décor.

See the BFI at South Bank. SE1.

Visit the IMAX to see excellent 3D Movies
Visit the IMAX to see excellent 3D Movies

The BFI IMAX Cinema

The IMAX Cinema is the biggest cinema screen in the UK and you can see fantastic films in 3D. The screen is larger than a normal cinema screen. It is a well known landmark due to the circular design and it can be found directly outside the train station. It can seat 470 people and provides excellent surround sound experience.

See the IMAX cinema at 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 8XR.


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  • Tiptopcat profile image

    Victoria Virgo 8 years ago from London, UK

    @rb11 - The IMAX has been there as long as I can remember.  It is sort of stuck on the middle of a roundabout so it is amazing how brand new it looks considering the constant amount of traffic in the Waterloo area.

    @Gysy Willow - ta for stopping by. Waterloo is definitely a place to visit whether you are a tourist or a Londoner.

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    Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

    Thanks for highlighting this interesting area

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    rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

    How old is the Imax? It looks fairly new.