Waterloo Area Guide

Just across the river from the Houses of Parliament, the South Bank area of London was energised during the 1951 Festival of Britain by the iconic modern architecture of the Southbank Centre, featuring the Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The South Bank is situated close to London Waterloo, so you can easily travel to and from the area.

It remains a focus of modern design thanks to the elegant London Eye, the BFI Imax and the designer boutiques in the Oxo Tower and Gabriel’s Wharf.

The riverside walkway is perfect for people watching, spending lazy afternoons in a pavement café or browsing in one of the area’s many book and art shops, or regular markets.

Foodies will love the range of restaurants in the area, offering everything from Chinese tapas and British comfort food to fine dining at Oxo Tower Restaurant.

Waterloo Local Authorities

Waterloo is represented by Lambeth Council, Southwark Council, which hold the responsibility for delivering services in your area.

Council responsibilities

The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.

Lambeth Local Authority


Southwark Local Authority


Waterloo Council Tax Rates

Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 2 councils covering the Waterloo area.

Council tax rates for each Local Authority


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