The School's London based departments are at the Strand and Waterloo campuses. The departments of Geography, Political Economy, Social Science, Health & Medicine and War Studies are based at the Strand Campus with the departments of Education & Professional Studies and Management across the river on the Waterloo Campus. The School’s Defence Studies Department is housed within the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham.
Most buildings at the Strand Campus
overlook the Thames, midway between the Houses of Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, next door to Somerset House and the Courtauld Institute of Art, close to the Royal Courts of Justice. Within five minutes' walk of the Strand are Covent Garden, many West End theatres, and Trafalgar Square, home to the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.
The Waterloo Campus
is next to London's South Bank arts and cultural quarter which includes the National Film Theatre and BFI Southbank, the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery and the National Theatre. Three minutes walk away is Waterloo Station. Just down the road the Young Vic and Old Vic theatres add to the choice of theatre venues in this part of London.