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Information about the Southbank Centre location and how to get there
Go to the Southbank Centre website – Getting here & around
It includes a map of the area with Tube, bus, rail, parking and road links.
Cheapest Type of Ticket on the Tube!!!
One single journey on the Underground (Tube) is £4.90 if you pay with cash! Buses do not accept cash on-board. The cheapest way to travel is by using a Contactless credit/cash card or by buying an Oyster Card. Then a single Tube fare is £2.40 and a single bus fare is £1.50.
You can buy a pay-as-you-go Oyster card, or we recommend you buy a 7-Day Oyster Travelcard for Zones 1 & 2 which will cost £34.10 and will give you unlimited travel in Central London on bus or underground (tube). Buy your Oyster Card when you arrive in Central London at any underground station or on-line.
To download Your Guide to Fares and Tickets Within Zones 1 – 6:
Buses numbered 1, 4,12, 26, 53, 59, 68, 76, 77, 159, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 211, 243, 341, 381, 501, 507, 521, and X68 all stop within walking distance of The Purcell Room. Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, in York Road and in Stamford Street and on Westminster Bridge.
From Westminster Bridge, walk along the river front past the London Eye wheel until you reach Festival Pier. Almost opposite this is a flight of steps going up to the Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room.
From Waterloo Bridge, walk down to the river level under the bridge (river on your right), and past the National Film Theatre café toward the London Eye until you reach the Festival Pier. Go up the stairs on your left to the Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room (above the graffiti and skateboard ramps!).
Take the Underground to either Embankment (Northern Line, Bakerloo Line, Circle Line and District Line) or Waterloo (Northern Line, Bakerloo Line and Jubilee Line) station, each is a 10-minute walk to the Purcell Room.
From Embankment take the river exit, turn right and cross the river on Hungerford Foot Bridge. Go down one flight of steps to the upper level and then straight ahead, following signs to the Queen Elizabeth Hall or Hayward Gallery. The Purcell Room is situated in the same building as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, above the BFI Southbank and in front of the Hayward Gallery on the river front at the upper level.
From Waterloo underground follow signs to the Southbank Centre or Queen Elizabeth Hall/Hayward Gallery.
Ask the driver to take you to the Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX and turn into the small road running along the east side of the Royal Festival Hall. (There is a large red sign at the entrance Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, BFI Southbank.) Just past the barrier ahead, slightly to the right is the glass door entrance to the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall (the BFI Southbank is just beyond, around to the right).
There are two car parks nearby: the National Theatre car park and the APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can park free of charge. Please note: On Sunday when the National Theatre building is closed there is no step-free access from the car park.
Safety note about Black Taxis and Mini-cabs
You are advised to use only Black Cabs – black licensed, metered London taxis which can be hailed on the street, or can be booked in advance – or Uber.
Dial A Cab 020 7253 5000
Comcab 020 7908 0271
Radio Taxis 020 7272 0272
Licensed mini-cab companies (these must be booked by telephone).
To check if a mini-cab company is licensed call 24-hour London Travel Information Tel: 0843 222 1234* (24 hours a day) Textphone: 020 7918 3015
Unfortunately unlicensed drivers tout for business in London, especially in busy tourist areas.
For your own safety do not use any car whose driver may approach you on the street looking for business, particularly at night.
Transport Links to Central London
(please note prices given are subject to alteration)
From Heathrow Airport:
By underground tube train, one-way: £6 cash, £5.10 (peak) / £3.10 (off-peak) Contactless
Piccadilly line e.g.1 hour journey time to King’s Cross
By Heathrow Express to Paddington Station, London W2
www.heathrowexpress.com Journey time 15-25 minutes.
Cost per single journey £27 on-board / £22 on-line – Return ticket £42.00 on-board / £37 on-line
By licensed metered black taxi, approximately £45.00-£85.00 (travel time subject to traffic)
From Gatwick Airport:
By Gatwick Express to Victoria Station , London SW1
Journey time 30 minutes
By Southern train to Victoria Station, London SW1
From Stansted Airport:
By Stansted Express to Liverpool Street Station, London EC2
Journey time 45 minutes
From Luton Airport
Take the shuttle bus from outside Arrivals to Luton Airport Parkway (5-minute ride) from there catch the Thameslink Train to St Pancras International, NW1
From Luton Airport to Central London
Greenline Bus London Express to Victoria Station, SW1
Greenline travel info: 0870 608 7261
Easybus offers a low cost express bus services with fares starting at £2.00 according to demand!
Eurostar train to St Pancras International Station, NW1
UK Trains to Waterloo Station or Charing Cross Station (nearest rail stations to the venue)
National Rail Enquiries 0845 748 4950
Textphone: 0845 60 50 600