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London Waterloo Railway Station (WAT)

Station Approach, London, Greater London, SE1 8SW
Open until 1:15am (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 4:45 AM–1:15 AM
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  • "... seat as soon as the platform number comes up. And avoid the mass war that..." (5 tips)
  • "... the road from the Jubilee line entrance makes a fab but posh version of..." (6 tips)
  • "... Waterloo East to Charing Cross and you get to look over the river to St..." (6 tips)

    Opened in 1848 as Waterloo Bridge Station, it grew in such a chaotic way (16 platforms, 10 platform numbers) that it was a running joke amongst Londoners, and had to be completely rebuilt in 1899.

    HISTORY UK · February 14, 2011

    The main entrance to Waterloo Station is the Victory Arch, a memorial to employees of the London and South Western Railway staff killed in the First World War.

    HISTORY UK · February 14, 2011
  • Jonathan R.

    You can catch a train from here

    Jonathan R. · May 26, 2010
  • Gari D.

    Take NO prisoners when trying to walk across the front of the concourse... Otherwise you'll never get anywhere! (Not that this annoys me on a daily basis... Honest!!)

    Gari D. · April 6, 2010
  • Andy V.

    Smile. Just a little.

    Andy V. · October 20, 2010
  • Bridget M.

    Instead of getting the tube to Charing Cross or Embankment, try the walk across the river via the footbridge. Great views of London and good break from being underground.

    Bridget M. · October 19, 2010
  • I dont like P.

    The main train timetable creates a flashmob in front of main platform access in which normal human eticate is not observed. Feel free to Tut. Push and Barge into other folk...everyone else does :-)

    I dont like P. · July 27, 2010
  • Terence E.

    Look up the platform numbers on your mobile using handy for avoiding the rush.

    Terence E. · August 16, 2010
  • Alex B.

    M&S Simply Food at Waterloo Station is open until midnight on weekdays - useful if you're going home late and looking for some good food.

    Alex B. · October 9, 2009
  • Jamez T.

    Try and get your seat as soon as the platform number comes up. And avoid the mass war that prevails therin especially at rush hour when heading towards Southampton or Winchester

    Jamez T. · August 2, 2010
  • James B.

    Most tickets to WATERLOO are classed as London Terminal - so you can travel to Charing Cross or London Bridge for no additional charge

    James B. · November 10, 2010
  • Phil W.

    Wasabi is great for late night noodles. Low price, high quantity!

    Phil W. · October 1, 2010
  • Alistair C.

    Don't lick the platform floor. It's dirty.

    Alistair C. · August 17, 2011
  • John K.

    Don't stand up 10 mins before your train gets into the station. It's annoys everyone and is so very British.

    John K. · June 30, 2010
  • Pete H.

    When there are the inevitable delays on the SWT network play a fun game of spot the staff member as all station staff seem to run for the hills and hide doing everything they possibly can to avoid doi

    Pete H. · August 17, 2010
  • Paddy B.

    Look out for muggles.

    Paddy B. · April 8, 2010
  • British Transport Police

    The first recorded woman detective worked here. On 29 May 1924, Ada Atherton was recruited as a 'female detective' at Waterloo station. She went on to complete over 25 years police service.

    British Transport Police · November 23, 2012
  • Andrew

    No matter where you stand you will always be in someones way!

    Andrew · December 6, 2010
  • Simon

    Stand by a platform and say 'I like trains' as one comes in.

    Simon · July 17, 2012
  • Dom C.

    The ATMs on the platform level often have queues. There is another ATM near the Jubilee line escalator from the station.

    Dom C. · December 15, 2009
  • Andrew S.

    Watch out for the sniper behind the advertising boards!

    Andrew S. · September 6, 2012
  • Rodrigo F.

    I'll always love waterloo station.

    Rodrigo F. · June 6, 2010
  • Kristin B.

    Try and be patient and courteous to your fellow travellers, we all have to get to work just the same :)

    Kristin B. · January 15, 2011
  • Dorian L.

    London's biggest Boris bike rack is located just behind the station.

    Dorian L. · December 16, 2010
  • Jake

    World capital of ambling crabwalking twittery

    Jake · December 12, 2010
  • John M.

    You need to check out the "Fire Station" pub next door. Great place!

    John M. · July 10, 2010
  • Nigel W.

    grab a coffee from the bagel factory. not bad and just 99p

    Nigel W. · October 13, 2009
  • Neil M.

    Whoever came up with the saying 'the iq of a crowd is indirectly proportionate to the number of people in it' had Waterloo station in mind.

    Neil M. · March 10, 2011
  • Billy W.

    Free to pee in the pub I just ask for the code at the bar!

    Billy W. · May 20, 2010
  • Andrew W.

    Your ticket to London Terminals will allow you to get a train from Waterloo East to Charing Cross & London Bridge

    Andrew W. · October 27, 2011
  • George H.

    Get on a train.

    George H. · September 15, 2011
  • Jolyon H.

    Try the underground subway at peak times- usually quicker than fighting through the main concourse

    Jolyon H. · February 16, 2011
  • Dorian L.

    Krispy kreme does great coffee and it is cheaper than the usual suspects.

    Dorian L. · January 20, 2011
  • Caroline J.

    Wasabi isn't the greatest sushi but it is the only one in waterloo! A nicer alternative to pastys and burgers.

    Caroline J. · August 10, 2010
  • Trystan

    The Android version of Google Maps gives you an indoor map of the station. Very useful if you want to locate shops / platforms etc. in the station.

    Trystan · January 6, 2013
  • Jason K.

    Have fun with commuters by standing around in groups blocking entrances and exits

    Jason K. · July 5, 2012
  • Olusola A.

    This is my new stomping ground and they are building a second floor within the station. They even have a Starbucks now as well.

    Olusola A. · June 7, 2012
  • Alistair W.

    The smell of toast every morning, just before International Junction.

    Alistair W. · October 7, 2011
  • simone s.

    30p to pee now - inflation!

    simone s. · March 31, 2011
  • Becca M.

    Most gate line staff don't really know what they're doing. Tell them your oyster doesn't work & they just let you out.

    Becca M. · March 14, 2011
  • Paul A.

    Look where you are going!

    Paul A. · February 23, 2011
  • Edardy S.

    The best train system in a third world country.

    Edardy S. · October 26, 2010
  • Janna M.

    Last train always smells like burger king. Might swell join in

    Janna M. · October 6, 2010
  • Sam J.

    Drinks at boots near the old Eurostar terminal are much cheaper than the other kiosks.

    Sam J. · August 12, 2010
  • Martin B.

    There is a Sainsbury's in Waterloo Road, the cheaper alternative to M&S

    Martin B. · May 28, 2010
  • Simon H.

    im always bloody here

    Simon H. · April 1, 2010
  • Carl B.

    You need Matrix reactions to walk through the concourse in the morning and evening peaks

    Carl B. · March 27, 2013
  • Ree S.

    What's the rush! Have a coffee, tea, a pint or some chocolate, just have a mini break to catch up with yourself :)

    Ree S. · July 9, 2012
  • Rosie M.

    Don't even THINK about buying a pasty from the West Cornwall Pasty Co. and then getting on a train in rush hour!

    Rosie M. · October 12, 2011
  • Citizens Advice

    Around here we saw a 21% increase in people with problems related to dismissal from work last year and 31% of all problems related to benefits.

    Citizens Advice · September 18, 2011

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