London Uncovered: Things to see and do in London’s Waterloo

Prepare to dive into the vibrant borough of Waterloo, where history meets style in the most delightful way. Explore dynamic streets, iconic landmarks, and cultural wonders that make this a must-visit destination.

From world-class attractions to bustling markets and cosy cafés, this lively district has something for everyone. So, grab your sense of adventure and let’s uncover the best things to do in Waterloo.

Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare's GlobeIf you’re craving a dose of classic drama and a touch of Shakespearean magic, then Shakespeare’s Globe in London is the ultimate destination for you! Step back in time and experience the wonder in this magnificent open-air replica of the original Globe Theatre. Get ready to be swept away by the unforgettable performances of talented actors, as they bring Shakespeare’s timeless plays to life. Whether you’re a fan of star-crossed lovers, mischievous fairies, or tragic heroes, the Globe offers a diverse repertoire that will leave you laughing, crying, and cheering in your seat.

So grab a cushion, channel your inner Shakespearean, and get ready to be transported to a world of poetic brilliance and theatrical wonder. It’s the kind of experience that will make you want to break out into a sonnet of joy! Discover what’s on today.

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The Shard

The ShardElevate your London experience to new heights at The Shard! This towering architectural marvel is not just any ordinary skyscraper—it’s a sky-high adventure waiting to happen. Take a breathtaking ride up in the fastest elevator you’ve ever encountered and brace yourself for the jaw-dropping views that await you at the top. From the top of this skyscraper, you’ll be able to spot all the iconic landmarks scattered across the city like tiny puzzle pieces.

And if you’re feeling fancy, treat yourself to a delightful meal or sip on some bubbly at one of the seven swanky restaurants. Trust us, a visit to The Shard is an experience that will leave you feeling like you’re on top of the world—literally!

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Southbank Centre

SEA LIFE CentreWorld-class music. Theatre. Art and dance events – the Southbank Centre has it all! Whether you’re looking for a classical music concert or a modern theatre show, there’s always something exciting happening here. And with its stunning riverside location, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Thames as you take in the best of the arts.

Plus, the centre is home to some of the best restaurants and cafés in the city, allowing you to grab a bite to eat before or after the show. So why wait? Take a look at what’s on and plan your trip today – you won’t be disappointed!

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The London Eye

The London EyeA visit to Waterloo demands a trip to the London Eye! On a clear day, visitors can take in incredible 360° views of the city, the best way to experience iconic London landmarks. Get up close to The Shard, The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. With 30 minutes in the pod, this tourist hotspot is the ideal place to snap unforgettable photos and loved-up selfies above the city’s famous skyline.

Upgrade to the Champagne Experience for the ultimate trip, then kick back and relax in our Travelodge PLUS London Central Waterloo, where you can see the London Eye from some of the rooms!

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SEA LIFE CentreLooking for an underwater adventure in London? Look no further than the SEA Life Centre Aquarium! This amazing attraction offers an immersive and educational experience for all ages, with a dazzling array of marine life from all corners of the globe. From playful penguins to graceful rays, colourful tropical fish to fearsome sharks, the aquarium’s tanks are filled with fascinating creatures that will leave you in awe.

With interactive displays, hands-on activities, and friendly staff on hand to answer your questions, you’ll learn all about the importance of marine conservation and the incredible diversity of life beneath the waves.

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Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo BridgeWaterloo Bridge is a must-see when visiting the UK’s capital city. This picturesque gem spanning the River Thames is not just any ordinary bridge—it’s a gateway to breathtaking views and whimsical moments. Whether you’re strolling along the bridge on a sunny day or capturing that perfect golden hour shot, you’ll be treated to a stunning view of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Get ready to be dazzled by the silhouette of the London Eye, Big Ben (or Elizabeth Tower, if we’re being official), and more architectural marvels that make up London’s iconic skyline. Oh, and let’s not forget the romantic charm that oozes from every corner, making it a prime spot for hand-holding walks and stolen kisses.

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Cleopatra’s Needle

Cleopatra's NeedleEmbark on a time-travelling adventure right in the heart of London by visiting Cleopatra’s Needle. No, we’re not talking about the Queen of the Nile’s personal writing instrument, but rather a magnificent ancient Egyptian obelisk that has found its way to the Big Smoke.

This monument stands tall ready to transport you back to an era of pharaohs, pyramids, and mummies (not the bandaged kind). Discover the intricate hieroglyphics as you ponder the incredible journey it took to reach its current home.

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The Graffiti Tunnel

The Graffiti TunnelPrepare to be amazed by the colourful world of the Graffiti Tunnel in London. This hidden gem tucked away beneath the city is filled with street art from floor to ceiling, ready to ignite your imagination and leave you mesmerised. Each mural tells a different story, and every stroke of spray paint showcases the incredible talent and creativity of the artists. It’s like stepping into a living, breathing gallery where the art comes alive.

And don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing to an impromptu street performance or in discussion with fellow art enthusiasts. The Graffiti Tunnel is a place where creativity knows no bounds.

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South Bank Lion

South Bank LionHave you met the king of the concrete jungle? The South Bank Lion in London has stood its place in the city for over a century, and it’s ready to impress you with its regal presence and toothy grin.

As you approach this roar-some creature you’ll notice the intricate details and larger-than-life size. It’s the purr-fect spot for a selfie, and here’s a fun fact: this bronze beauty was once rumoured to come to life at night and go on secret adventures around town (though we can’t confirm if it’s true).

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Thames Beach

Thames BeachDid you know that London has its very own beach right beside Festival Pier? Yes, you read that right! Get ready to dip your toes in the sand and enjoy some waterfront fun without leaving the city.

Head over to Thames Beach and soak up the rays while gazing at the iconic skyline of London. It’s the perfect spot to unwind, build sandcastles, and enjoy a picnic with a river view. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take a refreshing dip in the Thames! Don’t be afraid of the water – whilst it may get a bad rep the Thames is actually one of the world’s cleanest city rivers.

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The Mary Seacole Memorial Statue

This magnificent monument pays tribute to the remarkable Mary Seacole, a nurse and healer who defied societal norms and made a lasting impact on healthcare.

The statue was created by Martin Jennings who depicted her ‘marching defiantly forward into an oncoming wind as if confronting head-on some of the personal resistance she had constantly to battle’. Visit the iconic figure, and let the Mary Seacole Statue remind you of the power of compassion and resilience.

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BFI Mediatheque

BFI MediathequeLights, camera, action! Film enthusiasts, get ready for a movie marathon like no other at the BFI Mediatheque in London. Step into this treasure trove of cinema, where you can dive deep into the BFI’s archive of over 95,000 films and TV shows from over the years.

It’s like having your very own private cinema, with a collection of classic films, rare gems, and hidden treasures at your fingertips. So grab some popcorn, find a cosy seat, and immerse yourself in a world of captivating storytelling and unforgettable performances.

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BFI IMAXGet ready to experience the silver screen like never before at the BFI IMAX in London. This massive, state-of-the-art cinema will blow your mind and transport you to another dimension of movie magic.

Featuring the UK’s largest cinema screen and cutting-edge sound system, this is a whole other cinema experience which will immerse you completely in the storytelling, whatever the film. And let’s not forget the comfy seats and delicious popcorn – the perfect companions for your cinematic journey. Get ready to be wowed at the BFI IMAX – where the movies come to life in a truly spectacular way!

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