This southern district of Central London was once marshland in the ancient parish of Lambeth before being drained in the 18th century. The area was then connected to the Strand by the Waterloo Bridge in 1817, in honor of the Battle of Waterloo two years before. Later, intense bombardments in World War II decimated Waterloo, and the bridge was replaced.
The 1951 Festival of Britain attempted to revive the area with futuristic structures like the still-standing Royal Festival Hall. During the 1970s, various groups worked toward community development to address the lack of social services, and the Waterloo Public Library, built in 1893, was renovated and reopened as the Waterloo Action Centre. Since then, the Quarter has come into its own, with shops near Waterloo Station.
Southbank lies between Westminster and Blackfriars Bridge, covering the London Eye and Aquarium, along with museums and galleries. Lower Marsh is well known for its restaurants, food market, and independent shops near Waterloo Station, while The Cut is famous for The Old Vic and Young Vic theatres. Both areas are undergoing a regeneration project to revive retail units for rent in what was once London’s longest street market. Wider pedestrian paths, brighter lights, and more market pitches have already revitalized Lower Marsh. Between these areas’ distinct features, there is something for everyone looking for properties to rent in Waterloo.