London Waterloo Station - a major transit centre
When staying near Waterloo Station you will be in the cultural heart of the city due to its vibrant art scene and presence of such majestic theatres as The Old Vic and the Young Vic. Other places to consider are Westminster's landmark House of Parliament, as well taking a cruise on the River Thames. Waterloo's relevance in English history dates back to the success of the British Army in the Battle of Waterloo of 1815.
Therefore, its significance permeates throughout the district that bears its name with links to the battle. The history of the Waterloo Train Station dates back to mid 19th century when the original terminal was opened in 1848. It underwent major renovations in the early 20th century, where it became a larger and more important transportation terminus.
Today, London Waterloo Station serves as a major transit centre, as an estimated 170 million passengers use the station yearly. Being centrally located, you can easily get to different areas. One such place is Southbank, which is brimming with the cultural activity of museum, galleries and venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the London Eye and Aquarium and the National Theatre.
Southbank also offers a wide selection of bars, cafés and restaurants that are five minutes from the station. The Lower Marsh District, which is also a short walk away from the station, offers you many independent and unique shops and restaurants. You can also delight in the recently inaugurated Lower Marsh Saturday Market.
Places to Stay - Cheap Accommodation
As Waterloo rail and underground station represents London's entrance point to major tourist attractions such as Shakespeare Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern Art Museum, there is a greater influx of visitors to the area. Hence, the need for affordable accommodation options has also grown.
There is an ample selection of locales such as bed and breakfast, affordable b&b's, cheap hotels, hostels and guest rooms near Waterloo Station to facilitate your stay in the central district. Comfortable bed and breakfast inns are attractive options for reducing expenses. Many cosy b&b's are also small or medium sized cheap hotels with none of the standard frills provided by the major chains.
No frills family rooms geared towards couples with small children and single rooms for one person are available for reasonable rates. Studio apartments for rent strategically located nearby for sightseeing or shopping can also be considered as options during your leisure stay.
By staying in Waterloo, you will have the ideal location to connect via the tube and train to the rest of London, as well as having the most suitable accommodation for the night away from home.
A very popular hotel is 4 star Park Plaza County Hall . This hotel accommodation is minutes from Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, London Aquarium, the National Theatre, and Westminster and Waterloo stations.
Also well placed and one of the most luxurious hotels around is 5 star The Royal Horseguards. This 5 star hotel is a short walk from London Waterloo Railway and Tube station, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.
Another hotel offering very cheap rates is 3 star Strand Palace Hotel. Charing Cross and Waterloo tube and rail station is a short walk away.
If you want to stay really close, check the cheapest prices at 3 star Premier Inn London County Hall. This accommodation near London's South Bank, beside the London Eye, opposite Big Ben and very close from Waterloo Station. Some family rooms can take 2 adults and up to 2 children (under 16 years).