South Bank Venues
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 TWO: If you take the WRONG Waterloo station exit - the monkey gets you "back on track" with the rest of us!
Choose the one you require:
Royal National Theatre
Royal Festival Hall
Aim for the space behind the signboard. A road runs there, cross it and look
for a sign on the concrete building ahead. To the left of the sign are doors for
a staircase leading up to the shared foyer of these two venues:
Olivier and Lyttelton
When you have gone under the bridge, go left at the very next corner:
and walk straight up this road to the end:
Just before you get to the end, there's a revolving door corner entrance to the National Theatre. it'll take you into the "coffee shop" area (if it's open) and once you've negotiated the crowd, you are into the main foyers - the Lyttelton to your right (and then on to the Box Office and Olivier foyers) if you went straight on.
Alternatively, if the doors are closed or you wish to avoid the crush, continue on, keep the building to your right, and turn right at the corner of it.
Walk on, keeping the building to your right:
The Dorman Theatre entrance is at the top of those shallow stairs, to your left.
Wheelchair users should go past these stairs, and will find a ramp further along to their left.