4 star classic hotel
1 Addington Street, Waterloo, SE1 7RYShow on map
The Park Plaza County Hall is a 398 room, classic 4 star hotel which is based in Lambeth, South East London. The closest tube station to the hotel is Waterloo which is less than a 5 minute journey on foot.... Read More »
Pub / Hotel
81-83 Waterloo Road, Waterloo, SE1 8UDShow on map
The Wellington Pub at Waterloo is in a part of London that is full of tourist attractions, many of which are within walking distance. It is just 0.1 miles from the BFI Imax cinema. Other nearby landmarks and... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, SE1 7UTShow on map
The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel is a 1021, 4 star modern hotel that is located in Waterloo, South East London. The closest tube station to the hotel is Waterloo which is less than a 5 minute walk away.... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
Belvedere Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PBShow on map
Premier Inn London County Hall is good quality budget hotel inside the historic County Hall, in Lambeth, South London. The building was at one time the headquarters of London County Council and later the... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PBShow on map
The luxury 5-Star London Marriott Hotel County Hall, in Lambeth, South London, is elegant, traditional and in a great location. The building was at one time the headquarters of London County Council and later... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
Whitehall Place, Charing Cross, SW1A 2BDShow on map
"Opulent accommodation with tremendous views in the heart of London" This 5-Star hotel in Central London with state-of-the-art facilities in an eminent building dating back to 1885 and the Empire days of Queen... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
2 Whitehall Court, Westminster, SW1A 2EJShow on map
Crowned AA London Hotel of the Year 2010-2011, an accolade not to be sniffed at, The Royal Horseguards Hotel offers guests five-star luxury in a very central location near Westminster. Set in a stunning... Read More »
Apartment - 4* contemporary
18-21 Northumberland Ave, Charing Cross, WC2N 5EAShow on map
The Citadines ApartHotel Trafalgar Square, London is made up of serviced apartments, and cannot beaten for its location; it is as central as accommodation in the capital gets. This self-catering option would... Read More »
3 star modern hotel
49 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, SE1 8NZShow on map
Just moments from Central London, the Ibis Blackfriars is a 297 room, 3 star hotel that is situated very close to the capital’s main attractions. Visitors are perfectly placed in order to explore the... Read More »
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Waterloo is named after Britain's greatest military victory at The Battle of Waterloo in 1815, where the Duke of Wellington led the army, which defeated French Emperor Napoleon. Although this was a source of great pride for Britain, it was seen as somewhat insensitive to modern French visitors to the UK, which is part of the reason why the Eurostar terminal was moved from Waterloo Station to King's Cross St Pancras Station in 2007.
Despite this downgrade in status, Waterloo remains one of London's busiest transport hubs, with a mind-boggling 88 million passengers a year catching trains there throughout the year. It doesn't have quite as many trains as Clapham Junction, but it is the biggest terminal in the city and a great place from which to explore London and the UK.
The station was built in Victorian times, at first to much confusion, due to the addition of Waterloo East Station and the tube line, so passengers were often unsure of where to catch their train. It was also the site of the London Necropolis Company, which used the station for funeral trains to Brookwood Cemetery, although this practice ended a long time ago.
The building has been modernised since it was damaged in World War II, but the main entrance Victory Arch is a stunning architectural feature dedicated to the victims of bombing and well worth a glimpse as you exit as long as you don't get swept away by crowds of commuters.
The train station has good links to the south of the UK, with frequent trains to Brighton, Portsmouth and suburbs such as Kingston-upon Thames, Twickenham, where you can watch the rugby and Richmond, a very genteel Georgian town with some great pubs. The tube station at Waterloo is also very convenient for travelling around London, servicing the Northern, Waterloo & City, Bakerloo and Jubilee lines, from which you can easily reach Paddington Station for the Heathrow Express Train.
Although the station is Waterloo's main feature, it is extremely well placed for visiting nearby sights and attractions. The station is just a five-minute walk from the South Bank, where you will find The Royal Festival Hall, The British Film Institute, The National Theatre, The Southbank Centre, The Hayward Gallery and much more.
It is the cultural heart of London, with truly stunning river views at night and a vibrant nightlife scene, with gastropubs, restaurants and bars packed with commuters and late night revellers.
It is also a great area for a family day out, where you can ride the London Eye ferris wheel, visit the London Aquarium, take a speedboat down the Thames, or take a pleasant 15 minute stroll to the Tate Modern. Jubilee Gardens is also a very popular place to picnic in the summer months, where you can see open-air festivals, fairs and street performers.
From Waterloo you can also walk to The Old Vic Theatre, a London institution with a lively, submerged bar and The Imperial War Museum, one of London's most thought provoking attractions, which offers an array of tanks and guns for those who want the spectacle and a vast amount of information and artifacts for those who want a more cerebral view.
Hotels around Waterloo can be pricier due to the convenient transport from the location, and tend to be large chain hotels, but you can find something a bit cheaper or more unique in nearby Kennington or Bermondsey, which are just a few stops away by tube.