By Tube

No matter where you are in Bankside, you’re only ever within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations:

  • London Bridge
  • Borough – Northern line
  • Blackfriars
  • Southwark – Jubilee line
  • Waterloo – Waterloo & City, Northern, Jubilee, Bakerloo line

By Rail

The area is also served by three major National Rail connections at London Bridge, Blackfriars and Waterloo station.

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By Bus

The RV1 bus service links Bankside with Covent Garden, South Bank, Waterloo, London Bridge and Tower Hill. Alternatively the 381 runs between Waterloo Station and Tower Bridge.

London Bridge bus station is also a major terminus for many other central London buses.

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By Boat

If you’re looking for an alternative mode of transport that offers both impressive views of St. Paul’s and direct access to Bankside, why not consider the river services?

MBNA Thames Clippers depart from Bankside Pier every 20 minutes. Routes travel westbound towards London Eye (near Waterloo Station) or eastbound to Woolwich (Royal Arsenal) via North Greenwich (The O2).

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By Bike

There are several public cycle and Santander Cycles docking stations dotted over Bankside. You can find both outside London Bridge station, multiple locations along Southwark Street and near Borough Market and Shakespeare’s Globe on Park Street.

For further information visit the Santander Cycles website.

On Foot

The best way to explore London is always on foot. If you’re travelling from north of the river, Bankside can be reached by walking across Blackfriars Bridge, Southwark Bridge or the Millennium Bridge.

A car-free walkway also runs along the riverside, connecting Tower Bridge and the South Bank with spectacular views of London’s iconic attractions.

Approximate walking times to Bankside:

  • From Waterloo station - 18 minutes
  • From Tower Bridge - 21 minutes
  • From St Paul's Cathedral - 13 minutes
  • From Southwark Station - 10 minutes
  • From London Bridge - 3 minutes