Waterloo, London

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Waterloo is located in Greater London
 Waterloo shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ311797
   – Charing Cross 1 mi (1.6 km)  W
London borough Lambeth
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district SE1
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Vauxhall
London Assembly Lambeth and Southwark
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Coordinates: 51°30′05″N 0°06′43″W / 51.5013°N 0.1120°W / 51.5013; -0.1120

Waterloo is a district of Central London, and part of the London Borough of Lambeth. It is situated 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Charing Cross. The area is part of a business improvement district known as Waterloo Quarter, which includes The Cut and the Old Vic and Young Vic theatres, including some sections in the London Borough of Southwark.[1]

The area was marshland towards the northern tip of the ancient parish of Lambeth. It was known as Lambeth Marshe, but was drained in the 18th century and is remembered in the Lower Marsh street name.

Waterloo is connected to the Strand area on the north bank of the River Thames by Waterloo Bridge. The first bridge on the site was opened in 1817 and the current bridge was opened in 1945. The bridge was named to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Waterloo Road also dates from this time, built on land belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury.[2] The Church of St John the Evangelist, Waterloo Road was constructed from 1822 by the Commissioners for Building New Churches as the population of the parish of Lambeth had significantly increased.[2] After the opening of Waterloo railway station in 1848 the locality around the station and Lower Marsh became known as Waterloo.[3] The boundary of the ecclesiastical parish of St John Waterloo established in 1824 was formed by the River Thames in the north and west, approximated Westminster Bridge Road in the south, and followed the boundary with Southwark in the east.


  1. ^ "Home". Waterloo Quarter. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Waterloo Road | Survey of London: volume 23 (pp. 25-31)". British-history.ac.uk. 2003-06-22. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  3. ^ Mills, D. (2000). Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford.