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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, 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...
From Waterloo Station to the South Bank.

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

You require the "York Road" station exit (often marked "South Bank" inside the station. If you use it, turn left, and you can skip to the next photograph, the one with the silver rectangle, as that is what you will see.

If you come up inside the main Waterloo Station, just turn left on that concourse 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.

ALL TOGETHER NOW: 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




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"!






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