Bars near Waterloo
With cosy gastropubs, dynamic cocktail bars and glorious riverside steakhouses, it's no wonder more and more people are considering Waterloo a great place to go out and enjoy themselves. A thoroughly cosmopolitan destination known by Londoners across the city, we've toured the town in search of the best bars in Waterloo, here's a few of our top picks.
Last updated on 4th April 2017
The BFI is legendary, so why not stop there for a tipple when looking for a bar near Waterloo? The venue is a complete mix of spaces, from an old library style bar through to floor-to-ceiling windows, this is a top choice for a cocktail or bottle of wine.
The clinking of Champagne glasses, the chattering of city folk and the scoffing of grand gastro grub? It can only be the one restaurant bar in Embankment. Heralded for its classic interiors, exposed barrels, worldwide bottles of champagne and bespoke plates, Champagne Charlie's is a must-try near Waterloo.
You'll find this mouth-watering steakhouse on the banks of the Thames, perched neatly in the shadow of the London Eye and Houses of Parliament. Sure, you could spend all evening marvelling at the spectacular views, but then you'd miss out on the exquisite cuts of meat, long list of cocktails and ten English beers on offer inside. Undeniably one of London's most scenic spots.
This Waterloo bar is unlike any other in town; inspired by the golden age of travel, Sea Containers is a ship-like spot with a great steel bar, polished wood and incredible views. Come for a glass of Champagne and if you're feeling peckish try one of their seasonal small plates.
Strolling distance from Waterloo is The Riverfront, a spacious and modern restaurant and bar located in the BFI on the South Bank. The stylish venue is perfect for every occasion, from drinks and cocktails in their outdoor seating area come summer, to a hearty meal at lunch.
You need only wander from Waterloo to find this drinking and dining gem in the heart of London. Hailed for their fun, foliage inspired interiors and botanical charm, head on down for gastro plates alongside some of the best cocktails in the business.
A top and affordable cocktail bar near Waterloo, Grand Union is not only a big name on the city's happy hour scene, their interiors and beer garden scream with kitsch authenticity and quirky, neon charm.
Plush, sexy and full of atmosphere, Rumpus Room is one Waterloo bar that doesn't skimp on style. Located on the 12th floor of the Mondrian Hotel, the bar is a celebration of the 1920s Jazz Age, serving up healthy sides of great music, Champagne and out of this world views.
All Bar One should be your number one stop if you are around the Waterloo area. Whether you want to drink some cocktails with friends, or are craving an after-work feast from their menu of classic British dishes, they can provide everything in a fun, care-free environment.
Looking for a place to drink near Waterloo, but simply hoping for something chilled, relaxed and humble? Then why not head on down to Steam Engine for their burger roster, craft pints and laid-back atmosphere.
Located right on the banks of The Thames, Dandelyan is a top choice for swanky places to drink near Waterloo. The bar is the creation of the renowned 'Mr Lyan' and sits in the plush Mondrian hotel, a perfect place for splashing out.
You don't need to head far from Waterloo to find a proper local's drinking spot, The Duke of Sussex is a great little boozer that serves up pints of real ale, wine and seasonal cocktails. As well as a huge beer garden perfect for summer, the pub is winter-friendly with roaring fire places and hearty roasts.