The Best Hotels and Hostels to Book near London Waterloo Station

The Hoxton Southwark offers chic lodgings close to Waterloo railway station
The Hoxton Southwark offers chic lodgings close to Waterloo railway station | Courtesy of The Hoxton Southwark /
Alexis James

Whether it’s street food from the South Bank, the rotating view from the London Eye, or a show at The Old Vic, Waterloo Station is a gateway to some of the best attractions in London. Take a glance at our pick of the best hotels and hostels in the area, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Waterloo Bridge was named to commemorate the famous battle of 1815, when the Duke of Wellington masterminded the defeat of Napoleon’s mighty army in Belgium. It didn’t take long for the name to spread – and now an entire district of central London takes the name. Thankfully, the area is more love than war, with a reputation for creativity and culture attracting visitors in their droves to its many galleries, museums, and theatres.

1. The Wellington Hotel

Hotel, Pubs with Rooms

A dining and bar area at The Wellington Hotel, with wooden tables, chairs, armchairs and a TV
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This pub-hotel, a ten-minute walk from Waterloo Bridge, is a bustling ode to the British commander to which it gives its name. An epic scene of battle is portrayed on an enormous painting above the bar, while portraits, busts and memorabilia are scattered throughout. The rooms take a more contemporary approach, with canvas paintings of the London skyline and London Underground-themed cushions bringing it back up to the modern-day.

2. H10 London Waterloo


A rooftop area at H10 London Waterloo, with cushioned seats, tables, candles, plants and stunning city views
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The floor-to-ceiling windows are the best thing about this well-located hotel near South Bank University. They allow every one of its 177 rooms to be drenched in natural light and act as frames for Instagram-worthy views of the Thames’ famous skyline. Its eighth-floor Skybar goes one better, offering 360-degree vistas – including the London Eye and the Shard – while serving up tapas and cocktails.

3. Bankside Hotel


Bankside Hotel
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The modern art, trendy furniture and in-house library at the Bankside fit in with the creative vibe of the South Bank. The staff here will be happy to direct you to the nearby Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and The Old Vic, if you’re looking for more of the same. Borough Market is a 15-minute stroll along the Thames for some of the best street food in London, though the steamed prawn and sea bass dumplings on offer at the onsite Art Yard Bar and Kitchen are also worth a try.

4. Ruby Lucy Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

A rocking common space at the Ruby Lucy Hotel with guitars on the walls
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Glamour, grit and Great British wit are promised at this snazzy hotel right by Waterloo station. Festooned with electric guitars, circus drums, chess sets and juggling pins, the colourful bar is a feast for the eyes. By contrast, the white-walled rooms appear sedate, though the Hollywood-style vanity mirror adds some pizzazz, while a genius touch comes in the form of the Marshall speakers. Plug your phone in, load up Spotify – and get the party started!

5. Marlin Waterloo


Marlin Waterloo
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This large hotel on Westminster Bridge Road blends all the comfort of a hotel stay with the freedom of an apartment. Room choices begin with the classic – featuring a king-size bed, Nespresso machine and even a single hob – all the way to the open-plan deluxe studios with a larger kitchenette and sofa. Daily housekeeping is included with all rooms, as is guest laundry and gym access.

6. The Royal Horseguards

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The Royal Horseguards
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As the name suggests, you are a couple of minutes walk from Horseguards Parade here, where you can witness the changing of the Queen’s guard every day at 11am (10am on Sundays). As might be expected, there are royal tones throughout the hotel, from rich red cushions and leather chairs to regal gold lamps and curtains. The jewel in the crown is the 721sqft (67sqm) Tower Suite. Located in a turret and split over two floors, its living room offers a 270-degree view that includes St Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben.

7. Publove @ The Steam Engine


Publove @ The Steam Engine
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A hit amongst backpackers who enjoy the vibe as much as the location. The social nature of this hostel is summed up by the fact that its bar is open 24-hours a day. Residents also enjoy a 10 percent discount on all food and drink. Dorms here are modern, clean and practical, with key card access required for entry and security lockers provided free of charge. Options include six-bed, nine-bed, and 12-bed dorms, along with female-only rooms. There are also ten private double rooms if your budget allows for more privacy.

8. The Hoxton Southwark


The Hoxton Southwark
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A five-minute walk from Blackfriars’s Bridge will take you to this towering hotel, the latest Hoxton location following sister properties in Shoreditch and Holborn. The owners have stuck with a tried-and-trendy formula. Downstairs, you’ll find an open-plan ground floor featuring a reception area, lounge and bar. The relaxed feel extends to the 192 rooms, spread over five floors. The concrete ceilings, exposed brick and handmade glassware are inspired by south London’s tanneries.

9. The Walrus Bar & Hostel

Hostel, Hotel

The fact that free earplugs are available from reception will tell you all you need to know about the atmosphere at this fun backpacker joint in Lower Marsh Street. Not every guest is after peace and quiet mind; those who don’t mind the party spirit will enjoy the regular bar offers and specials, including discounts for guests on everything from cocktails to shooters. Dorms sleep from four to 22 people, the kitchen is well-stocked and a continental breakfast is included in a price that belies the fabulous central location of this hostel.

Looking for more inspiration? We’ve also narrowed down the best cheap hotels and the best luxury hotels in London so you can confidently find and book the perfect stay on Culture Trip. There’s plenty to keep you busy, too – from these quirky and unusual things to do in London and this delicious food and drink tour to a relaxing, chilled-out tour of London.

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