Waterloo locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. Yes, you have all your standard high street chains such as Wahaca, Gourmet Burger, Carluccio’s, Pret, et al, but there’s also a wealth of brilliant local establishments serving amazing food, offering simple takeaways through to fine dining.

On Waterloo Road alone you have arguably one of London’s finest fish & chip restaurants, Masters Superfish, situated right next to the highly-rated Chinese Canteen. Masters’ restaurant is constantly heaving with happy battered fish fans – often delivered by the coach-load, so choose your timings wisely if you plan to eat in!

Lower Marsh’s food market is a feast to behold, with stalls offering freshly cooked cuisines from all over the world. It operates at lunchtimes during the week with enough independent coffee shops to keep you awake for a year. There are also plans to open two upmarket hotels on the street. At the Waterloo end of Lower Marsh, opposite the lively Cuban restaurant, Cubana, is the Italian restaurant, La Barca, which has been serving the community and theatre-goers delicious food for over 40 years.

Walk to the bottom of The Cut and just behind Southwark station there are The Arches on Isabella Street which house a number of restaurants and bars, with a large outside area for the long summer evenings.

A short walk from Southwark station are the Union Yard Arches, which have a number of restaurants including Bala Baya (a bakery in the mornings and a pitta style restaurant at lunchtime and evenings) and Flying Fantastic, which runs a number of health and well-being classes including aerial yoga.

Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Union Street Café is just a short walk away on Great Suffolk Street.