Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Waterloo

Latest news, articles and photos

Waterloo - Latest news, articles and photos

The Necropolis Railway station is up for sale
The Necropolis Railway station is up for sale

The Necropolis Railway station is up for sale

If you have very deep pockets and fancy living in a railway station for the dead, then the Necropolis Station in Waterloo is currently up for sale.

Jun
03
Tours of Feliks Topolski’s railway arch artist studio and archive
Tours of Feliks Topolski’s railway arch artist studio and archive

Tours of Feliks Topolski’s railway arch artist studio and archive

For over 30 years, one of the railway arches in Waterloo was used as a studio by one of the country's leading artists, Feliks Topolski, and now it's opening up for public tours.

Oct
25
2023
Tickets Alert: Graffiti workshops in Leake Street
Tickets Alert: Graffiti workshops in Leake Street

Tickets Alert: Graffiti workshops in Leake Street

As part of his year-long artist residency at Waterloo's Leake Street, Marc Craig (aka Max The Virus) is leading a series of hands-on graffiti workshops at London's famous graffiti tunnel.

May
02
2023
London’s Pocket Parks: Ufford Street Gardens, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: Ufford Street Gardens, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks: Ufford Street Gardens, SE1

This is a pocket park that can be found in a residential area near Waterloo, and while you might assume it's the result of WW2 clearance, in fact, it's older than that.

Oct
12
2022
The refurbishment of the 200-year old St John’s Waterloo church
The refurbishment of the 200-year old St John’s Waterloo church

The refurbishment of the 200-year old St John’s Waterloo church

In the run up to its 200th anniversary, a large church in Waterloo has undergone a substantial refurbishment, in part to undo some 1950s repairs but also to make it fit for modern uses.

Oct
05
2022
See some lions lounging around Waterloo
See some lions lounging around Waterloo

See some lions lounging around Waterloo

Until the end of next month, there's a large pride of lions lounging around in a park next to Waterloo station.

Feb
09
2022
The Necropolis railway station to be turned into flats
The Necropolis railway station to be turned into flats

The Necropolis railway station to be turned into flats

The living could soon reside where the dead once rested on their way to their final resting place, as the Necropolis railway station in Waterloo could be turned into flats.

Feb
01
2021
A tribute to William Blake under the railway arches
A tribute to William Blake under the railway arches

A tribute to William Blake under the railway arches

The memory of the poet William Blake can be found, maybe slightly oddly underneath the railway arches in Waterloo

Aug
12
2020
Avoid commuting into Waterloo station this Christmas
Avoid commuting into Waterloo station this Christmas

Avoid commuting into Waterloo station this Christmas

An early warning, but anyone who commutes into Waterloo might want to grab the Christmas holiday slots at work before anyone else does.

Jul
30
2020
Unbuilt London: Elizabeth House, Waterloo
Unbuilt London: Elizabeth House, Waterloo

Unbuilt London: Elizabeth House, Waterloo

A futuristic arch that would have sliced into the skyline, dominating from some sides, and being almost invisible from others.

Jun
04
2020
Unbuilt London: The Waterloo monument
Unbuilt London: The Waterloo monument

Unbuilt London: The Waterloo monument

London is full of monuments to wars and battles, but one is conspicuous by it's absence, Waterloo - but there was a plan for a triumphal arch in central London.

May
13
2020
See the remnants of an old wooden road at Waterloo
See the remnants of an old wooden road at Waterloo

See the remnants of an old wooden road at Waterloo

The streets of London were once paved with wood, and in a few places, echoes of that little-known period of road history can be seen - such as at Waterloo.

Feb
13
2019
A history of the South Bank Lion
A history of the South Bank Lion

A history of the South Bank Lion

Standing proud above the tourists on Westminster Bridge is a statue of a noble lion who gave hope to London during WW2 and was saved by a King.

Feb
11
2019
New tower to loom over Waterloo Station
New tower to loom over Waterloo Station

New tower to loom over Waterloo Station

A revised set of plans for the rather ugly 1960s office block next to Waterloo station have been shown off, featuring a taping set of buildings and roof gardens.

Dec
07
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Emma Cons Gardens, SE1
London’s Pocket Parks: Emma Cons Gardens, SE1

London’s Pocket Parks: Emma Cons Gardens, SE1

This is rather forlorn pocket park of the sort that only a mother could love, sitting in the corner of a corner of two busy roads.

Jul
05
2018
Do Londoners dream of electric buses?
Do Londoners dream of electric buses?

Do Londoners dream of electric buses?

Londoners might not dream of electric buses, but this ordinary looking bus garage in Waterloo features in the dreams of people from across the world who come to visit it.

Jun
26
2018
Private fast lane for fast walking pedestrians at Waterloo
Private fast lane for fast walking pedestrians at Waterloo

Private fast lane for fast walking pedestrians at Waterloo

Part of a busy pedestrian route near Waterloo station is about to be partially sealed off -- for a PR stunt.

Sep
21
2016
200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display
200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display

200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display

If you think modern political satires are cruel at times, take a journey back 200 years for the crass display of bodily functions as satire was not just normal, but applauded when applied to the enemy.

Mar
01
2015

Double-deck trains proposed for Waterloo station lines

One of the most oft cited "solutions" to railway overcrowding is the introduction of double-deck trains, which are regularly used in other countries.

Nov
22
2014
How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished
How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished

How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished

Earlier this year I noted the 150th anniversary of the opening of London's Charing Cross railway station, but it came very close to being a eulogy for a long since closed station.

Jul
27
2014
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 3
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 3

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 3

Despite having apparently surveyed the plans to great detail and being sure that there were no hidden costs to dismay the investors, it wasn't long before unforeseen problems started to crop up.

Nov
28
2012
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 2
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 2

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 2

"in its present form the pneumatic system is simply an adaptation of the process of sailing to railway; the wind being produced by steam power and confined within the limits of a tube."

Nov
27
2012
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways

In an age of steam locomotives and horse drawn carriages, a group of Victorians tried to build the world's first true tube tunnel railway. A railway that would have also harnessed the power of the atmosphere to propel carriages in a manner that would astound the people of the time.

Nov
26
2012
Unbuilt London: Victorian Railway Stations that Tried to Span the Thames
Unbuilt London: Victorian Railway Stations that Tried to Span the Thames

Unbuilt London: Victorian Railway Stations that Tried to Span the Thames

Blackfriars railway station has recently become the first station to span right across the River Thames, with entrances on both sides of the river – but it wasn’t the first time that someone tried to put a railway bridge across

Oct
06
2012