Sitting between Southbank Centre and the buzz of Waterloo Road, there are a host of restaurants, cafés and bars right next to Waterloo Campus – it just might not be immediately obvious when you arrive. These top suggestions should help you find your way.
St John’s Church Park street food market
As well as being a surprisingly serene green space (complete with Gaudi style mosaics), every lunchtime the grounds of St John’s Church play host to fantastic street food vans. The falafel wraps and Pad Thai are particularly popular.
Leake Street Arches
The eight former railway arches next to Waterloo’s infamous graffiti tunnel feature great food and drink options including Banh Bao Brothers offering five-star bao (as rated by Time Out) and games café, Draught.
Housed in the Young Vic Theatre, The Cut is more than just a theatre bar. This spacious hangout offers breakfast, lunch and pre-show food, plus the potential to see London’s thespians discussing the next big cultural opening.
You can’t talk about Waterloo without mentioning the Southbank – the promenade and its accompanying venues house countless restaurants, cafes and bars (many of which – including Giraffe and Wagamama – offer student discounts). So, take a stroll and see what takes your fancy.
Bag a discount
The Star Card offers those working, living or studying in the Southbank and Waterloo a host of discounts on attractions, entertainment, retail and most importantly, food and drink. Sign up for the e-card online.
Offers include 20% off food and drinks at Rat Bar, 30% at Giraffe and 20% off the Gourmet Pizza Company. Follow #starcardlondon for the latest news and discounts.