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South Bank Venues
Walking route guide
Part II: Belvedere Road to your venue!

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!

Now on the South Bank, getting from the windswept Belvedere Road concrete 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, Lyttelton, Dorfman Theatres 


Royal Festival Hall
You already have the building to your left, so walk to the corner, turn left into the space between the concrete and...

Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room:
Walk to the same corner as for the Festival Hall and enter the same paved area...

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 Theatres:
From the concrete of Belvedere Road, walk straight on:

under that bridge. The road changes name to "Upper Ground" as you go under the bridge.

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:



Dorfman Theatre:
From the concrete of Belvedere Road, walk straight on:

under that bridge.

The road changes name to "Upper Ground" as you go under the bridge.

Continue straight along Upper Ground towards that black glass building (The "Max Rayne Centre") and tower block you can see in the distance behind it!

Keep following the main path, walking to the right of the Max Rayne Centre, towards the NT sign you can see (the small white square blob beside the tall pole in the photo above).


This is the sign the monkey means. OK, turn to your left. It's a wide brick piazza, with cars going along it down to the National Theatre Car Park.

Walk along - windows you can see into the National's workshop through, and then the Clore Learning Centre are to your left. Keep going, heading for the stairs behind all those wire mesh seats.


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.




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