Attention all art lovers! This one is for you eat, drink, paint and play at Leake Street Arches; a celebration of urban art, dining, and entertainment located underneath Waterloo Station. Eight former railway arches have been brought back to life to provide a community of independent restaurants, bars and entertainment spaces that are united by their approach to celebrate the creativity of urban culture.
Where should I go in Waterloo?
If this is your first time in London and you want to experience it’s famous street culture, then head down to Leake Street Arches, where you’ll find yourself in another world. The street is about 300 metres long, running off York Road and under the platforms and tracks of Waterloo Station. Choose from a range of different themed unique businesses to visit from bars restaurants, and nightlife!
Leake Street Arches history
The now buzzing community was originally named after Dr. John Leake, an 18th century physician who created one of Britain’s first maternity hopstials, General Lying-In Hospital that once stood just opposite the venue. These arches were once host to a range of alcohol merchants, but in recent years, have turned into a legal graffiti area – this idea was established in 2008, when famous street artist Banksy hosted the ‘Cans Festival’ art exhibition.
Leake Street Arches is the perfect place for a tasty meal – enjoy the best of Asian cuisine at Banh Bao brothers, where you’ll enjoy all the flavours you know with an exciting twist, as well as a range of dishes you may never have heard of! Get a warm welcome at Mamusaka, serving up hearty and authentic Polish dishes in a cosy venue. If you’re bringing your friends along, Draughts London is the perfect place to be, providing a variety of board games to enjoy while you much on some delicious, home-made food.
- 5 restaurants and bars to visit.
- Located under Waterloo Station.
- If approaching from Waterloo, you can access Leake Street Arches from York Road, Waterloo Station Approach Road or Lower Marsh.
- You can also access Leake Street Arches from Westminster Bridge Roundabout or Westminster Bridge Road. The entrance is next door to the Park Plaza County Hall.