How to find us

Situated on the south bank of the River Thames, Southbank Centre Square is at the heart of an arts quarter stretching from the The National Theatre and National Film Theatre to Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Getting Here

Southbank Centre is a short walk away from Covent Garden and Westminster and minutes from the Waterloo, Charing Cross and Embankment London Underground and British Rail stations.

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Download a map of Southbank Centre and the surrounding area (pdf)

Download a close-up map of Southbank Centre (pdf)


For information on step-free access to Southbank Centre, see Southbank Centre’s Photo Access Maps in their Access Information pages.

Public transport

Find the best route for getting to Southbank Centre by visiting Transport for London’s Journey Planner.

Nearest underground stations: Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City lines) Embankment (Circle and District lines)

Nearest railway stations: Waterloo, Waterloo East, Charing Cross

By bus: Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, in York Road, in Belvedere Road and in Stamford Street.

By river: Boats stop at Festival Pier.

By bike: Bike stands are located in Southbank Centre Square.


There is parking available if you are driving to Southbank Centre.

Nearby Sightseeing Opportunities

After an afternoon’s indulgence at The Chocolate Festival, why not enjoy a concert or exhibition at one of Southbank’s iconic venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Purcell Room, The Hayward Gallery and The Saison Poetry Library. What better way to end the day than a trip on the EDF Energy London Eye, which is just a short stroll along the riverbank. Their hour long Green & Black’s Chocolate Tasting Experience is a must for chocolate lovers.

Where to eat

Relax with a glass of wine on Festival Terrace or enjoy a meal from an array of riverside cafés and restaurants including Giraffe, Italian Strada, Japanese YO! Sushi pan-Asian wagamama and cafe EAT on Festival Riverside. While alongside the walkway which leads to the Hungerford Bridge, on Festival Terrace there’s South American Las Iguanas, and Belgian bakery Le Pain Quotidien, Caffè Vergnano 1882, Feng Sushi and dim sum restaurant Ping Pong.

Where to drink

For wine and cocktails in stylish surrounding try Skylon within the Royal Festival Hall. There’s also the Riverside Terrace Café on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall, the Central Bar in the foyer and the award-winning restaurant Canteen, located on the re-landscaped Southbank Centre Square which offers an all-day dining menu of high quality British food at reasonable prices. For something edgier there’s Concrete, the new bar and café located in the Hayward Gallery, where an eclectic menu is accompanied by a rotating programme of contemporary video works .

All restaurants are accessible to people with disabilities.

Tea & Coffee Festival

We have no new dates planned at present but please check back for an update.