Getting Here

Southbank Centre is positioned in the heart of London's thriving South Bank and welcomes visitors 364 days a year. Relax with a glass of wine on Festival Terrace, wander through the Royal Festival Hall foyers, take part in one of hundreds of free events, enjoy a meal from an array of cafes and restaurants, browse the shops and markets or visit one of Southbank Centre’s iconic venues - Royal Festival HallQueen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Hayward Gallery and the The Poetry Library.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery closed on 21 September 2015 for two years of essential repair and maintenance so that the buildings are fit for future generations to enjoy. We continue to present a packed programme of festivals and shows across our site while these buildings are closed. For more information, refer to the ‘About Us’ page.

From 12th October, Westminster Council are closing the eastern footbridge of Hungerford Bridge for essential repairs. It will remain closed until 27th October subject to the timely completion of works. During this period, the western footbridge will remain open at all times.


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


Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Public transport

Find the best route via the Tube, Metro for getting to Southbank Centre by visiting Transport for London's Journey Planner.

By train
Nearest mainline train stations:

  • Waterloo, step-free access from Exit 2 (Waterloo Road) and Exit 3 (Station Approach)
  • Waterloo East, step-free access


By tube
Nearest London Underground stations:

  • Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City underground lines), step-free access 
  • Embankment (Circle and District underground lines) 
  • Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo underground lines)
From the 14th of November 2015, the York Road Station Waterloo entrance will be closed for 30 months. Please use Waterloo's main station building for entering and exiting the underground Station.

By bus

The following buses stop near to Southbank Centre

  • Bus route RV1 stops on Belvedere Road.
  • Bus routes 76, 77, 211, 341, 381, 507, N381, N76 and RV1 all stop on York Road, a five-minute walk away.
  • Bus routes 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 521, N1, N68, N171 and N343 stop on Waterloo Bridge, a two-minute walk away.
Stationlink provide a fully accessible, low-floor bus service stopping at Waterloo. Route 705 runs every 30 minutes, linking Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, London Bridge, Waterloo, St Thomas' Hospital, Victoria, Victoria Coach Station and Paddington.

By river

Boats stop at Festival Pier, going to St Katherine’s Pier, Bankside and Westminster.

By Car

Our East Wing Repair and Maintenance project is underway. During this time the Hayward Gallery Car Park is closed. Find out more about alternative parking and drop pff points nearby.

By Bike

Bike stands are located in Southbank Centre Square. Santander Cycle Hire stands are available on Belvedere Road opposite Southbank Centre Square. 


Opening Times


Access information

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