Waterloo & Vauxhall
Short term letS
If you are lucky enough to rent short term lets on the fashionable South Bank of the river Thames you will be within a short walk of Westminster Bridge, The London Eye and the South Bank Centre. Waterloo is so much more than a busy transport hub. It is very popular with tourists and visitors for it’s convenient transport links and its close proximaty to so many attractions and places of interest.
The area is connected to the Strand by Waterloo Bridge. The first bridge on this site was built in the early 1800’s, and was named to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Because of a handy bend in the river, the views of London from this bridge are said to be amongst the very finest available from ground level. The Kinks pop group’s very famous and much loved song Waterloo Sunset has immortalised the bridge, the view and the area forever. The last verse tells of two young lovers meeting by the underground in the evening, crossing the bridge, and looking out over London: “as long as they gaze on Waterloo sunset, they are in paradise…” Waterloo Station in handy for access to the South East of England by train, and there are several lines to use from Waterloo Underground.
From this area your short term lets are ideally placed for quick and easy access to the West End and the City, with plenty of underground stations, a frequent bus service and a regular river boat to Greenwich, Canary Wharf or Westminster.
Locally there are excellent restaurants, the well known Vinopolis and Borough Market for food and wine. There are some of London’s best theatres within walking distance or a short bus ride including the National Theatre, the National Film Theatre, the Old Vic, the Young Vic, the Meunier Chocolate Factory and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Together with the South Bank Centre and Tate Modern, this is now the premier London location for arts and entertainment.
Other prime attractions are the Millennium Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral, HMS Belfast, Bermondsey Antique Market, Tower Bridge and the Imperial War Museum. Wander through Dickensian London to Southwark Cathedral and pop in to the Florence Nightingale museum. Short term lets nearby are real gems.
Vauxhall in south west London is close to the River Thames and has extensive and major redevelopment underway at present. The American and Dutch embassies are both moving here and constructing super modern embassy buildings. Directly adjacent, the redevelopment of the iconic Battersea Power station is underway along with numerous riverside apartment buildings – all very smart and very expensive! This in turn has attracted a lot of young and busy people to the area, so expect a thriving nightlife to rival that of the West End!
There is plenty to do and see locally. If you are travelling with children take advantage of the play areas at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Lambeth Park and Vauxhall City Farm, all of which are easy to get to and worth a visit, offering lots of fun activities for the youngsters. Vauxhall Grove houses a community centre, some good cafes and overlooks wonderful communal gardens. Bonnington Square is a period square with a bohemian air about it, away from the hustle and bustle of the main roads. The New Covent Garden Market is said to be the largest fruit, veg and flower market in the UK. The world famous cricket ground, The Oval is located close to Vauxhall Park. Vauxhall Arches offers a charming range of eaters and bars under the railway arches and close to the station. There are wonderful views of the Houses of Parliament and The London Eye from Vauxhall Station and there area plenty local amenities and supermarkets. Generally the area has a strong local feel to it which residents and visitors enjoy.
You are also close to the sights and delights of central London, making a Vauxhall short term let very convenient. Within a ten minute walk, you’ll be at the Tate Britain and a little further downriver you will find the Houses of Parliament and Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. With direct pedestrian access to Pimlico, Westminster, Victoria, Mayfair, Chelsea and the South Bank, you are ideally situated to become a fully-fledged Londoner in no time. Take a riverboat from here to Canary Wharf, or simply stay local and have a quiet drink in the local pub!
This area is ideally suited to holidaymakers and business travellers alike. Locals and visitors love the fact that you are within such easy walking and traveling distance to the centre of London from here.