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London Waterloo Railway Station (WAT)

Station Approach, South Bank, Greater London, SE1 8SW, United Kingdom
Open until 1:15 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 4:45 AM–1:15 AM
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    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
  • 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 Davies · April 6, 2010
  • Andy V.

    Smile. Just a little.

    Andy Vale · 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 McGregor · 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 Peas · July 27, 2010
  • Terence E.

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

    Terence Eden · 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 Baxevanis · 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 The traveller · 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 Body · November 10, 2010
  • Phil W.

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

    Phil Whitehouse · October 1, 2010
  • Alistair C.

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

    Alistair Cope · August 17, 2011
  • 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
  • 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 Kimbell · 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 Hotchkiss · August 17, 2010
  • Paddy B.

    Look out for muggles.

    Paddy B · April 8, 2010
  • Andrew

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

    Andrew · December 6, 2010
  • Dom C.

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

    Dom Collett · December 15, 2009
  • Jake

    World capital of ambling crabwalking twittery

    Jake · December 12, 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 Logan · December 16, 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 Walsh · 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 Merchant · March 10, 2011
  • Billy W.

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

    Billy Waters · May 20, 2010
  • Jack T  👑

    Nearest mainland station to the London Eye. Only a short walk to the South Bank

    Jack T 👑 · August 7, 2014
  • Andrew W.

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

    Andrew Wilcox · October 27, 2011
  • Jolyon H.

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

    Jolyon Hunter · February 16, 2011
  • Dorian L.

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

    Dorian Logan · January 20, 2011
  • Sylvie S.

    Go outside to coffee bars!! Inside station are always long queues!! Southbank only 3 mins away! Festival hall 3 mins too!

    Sylvie Sturrock · October 21, 2010
  • Caroline J.

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

    Caroline James · August 10, 2010
  • Martin B.

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

    Martin Brown · May 28, 2010
  • Carl B.

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

    Carl Burton · March 27, 2013
  • 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 Kneen · 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 Adebusuyi · June 7, 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 Milton · October 12, 2011
  • simone s.

    30p to pee now - inflation!

    simone sweeney · 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 Masters · March 14, 2011
  • Paul A.

    Look where you are going!

    Paul Adams · February 23, 2011
  • Edardy S.

    The best train system in a third world country.

    Edardy Sukayman · October 26, 2010
  • Janna M.

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

    Janna Munn · October 6, 2010
  • Sam J.

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

    Sam Jones · August 12, 2010
  • 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 Saunders · July 9, 2012
  • Jo B.

    Grab some noodles at Wasabi and walk across the Hungerford Bridge to Embankment - can't beat the views, especially at night!

    Jo Bromilow · November 2, 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
  • Joe Q.

    Download the National Rail app to get to your platform before others do and avoid the rush. It also tracks the live location of your train.

    Joe Quinlan · February 14, 2011
  • Scott S.

    Always sit near the front of your train when arriving to ensure a swift exit in the morning!

    Scott Sinclair · January 11, 2011
  • Niall O.

    Make room for us folk with folding bromptons!

    Niall O'Shea · January 6, 2011
  • Mark M.

    If you inadvertently tap out from an overground train gate using your Oyster card, the chaps in the ticket booths in the Underground station will refund it on production of your paper train ticket.

    Mark McLaughlin · August 3, 2010

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