The Waterloo area was pretty much marshland until the 1700s (it was a ‘watery loo’ in the truest sense) when it was known as Lambethe Marshe. The area was eventually drained as industry moved in, after which it saw a huge growth in population.
Waterloo Bridge was opened in 1817, named to commemorate victory in the Battle of Waterloo two years earlier, and by 1825 the area was officially being called Waterloo. Waterloo Bridge is a particular favourite with us as its position gives the finest views of London along the Thames from any of the bridges and can be a lovely place to watch the sun go down. As the great Ray Davies enthused, “as long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise.”
There are some lovely, quaint areas of Waterloo that still retain that old Victorian charm, with their narrow streets and cobbled roads, similar to properties found in Borough. One such road, Roupell Street, just minutes from the station, is used regularly in films and television due to its well-preserved Georgian terraced housing.