Waterloo, along with its South Bank neighbour, is the beating, cultural heart of London, with more theatres and live fun than you can shake a stick at, including the Waterloo East Theatre, the Vaults Theatre, the Waterloo Station Theatre, all of which are brilliant and affordable.
The Old Vic, one of the world’s most famous theatres, first opened its curtains in 1818 and continues to be the creative pinnacle of the UK’s performing arts. Don’t be put off by concerns about expensive tickets, though, as locals can take advantage of £10 seats for the first five previews of every production.
Not to be outdone but its older sister, the Young Vic, just down the round, not only offers discounted tickets to residents but throws in free ones as well; as long as you can demonstrate you have a Southwark or Lambeth address you qualify for their Two Boroughs Ticket Scheme.
The north end of Waterloo Road ends at the BFI IMAX, containing the largest screen in Britain for those of you who like your Hollywood stars supersized, and just a few minutes further along finds you under Waterloo Bridge on the South Bank, surrounded by stalls containing thousands of second-hand books, as well as the BFI, National Theatre and Southbank Centre.