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With access to a plethora of travel options, Waterloo is one of the best locations in London. Waterloo station has undergone an £800m redevelopment with the first phase completed this summer. The upgrade of the services available at Waterloo station aim to increase passenger capacity by up 30%. Waterloo station also offers access to the London Underground network with the Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo and City lines connecting you to the rest of the city. Limited not just to the Tube, many bus routes run through Waterloo traveling to Holborn and Oxford Street, Camden and Islington and to the south towards Peckham and Brixton. Living in a central location such as Waterloo provides you with access to the whole of London, no matter how you wish to arrive.
Just across the river from the Houses of Parliament the South Bank is not short of things to do. The Waterloo area gives plenty of opportunity to theatre-goers and movie lovers alike. A number of theatres are situated in the area, popular destinations such as the National Theatre, The Old Vic and The New Vic, and less well-known venues such as Southwark Playhouse just a short walk away. Easy access to the West End presents the opportunity to take in the latest releases and enjoy London’s top performances. To catch the latest blockbusters, where better than the biggest cinema screen in Britain. The BFI Imax has a screen over 500m2 and an auditorium that can seat 485 people. Opening nights tend to sell out fast at the BFI so pre-booking is recommended.
The South Bank itself has many sources of entertainment, with the London eye only a few minutes’ walk away. On the South Bank you will find the Florence Nightingale museum, Sea Life and the London Dungeons. There are also numerous other events happening on the South Bank throughout the year, from pop-up markets to marketing stunts from Hollywood blockbusters, the South Bank and Waterloo area are always ready to surprise.
When it comes to dining in the area there are a number of options available. In a classic 1910 fire house, the Fire Station offers a wide variety of meals and drinks in a classy setting. For something a little different check out Cubana, offering the cuisine of old Cuba, a sultry mix of Spanish, African, Caribbean and French influences. The cocktails are also something to enjoy, the restaurant freshly squeezing limes daily and using the best Cuban rum and create a cracking mojito.
Azzurro is located in spectacular original railway arches which creates a stunning backdrop for a delightful evening of Italian food and great wine pairings. For the coffee addicts The Cut shopping area is home to all the top coffee shops, opposite Lower Marsh which is home to many independent coffee shops offering a more personal experience. Waterloo offers a superfluity of dining options for all budgets, with SoHo and Holborn only moments away the opportunities are truly endless.
When it comes to shopping Regent and Oxford Street are only a short ride away, however there is plenty of options in Waterloo. The Cut and Lower Marsh have a number of boutique shops, from designer menswear, rare and first edition books, art, and cycling. The area also services your daily shopping needs. With a choice of supermarkets, newsagents and of course the Waterloo station concourse, you will find you won’t have to travel far to get everything you need.
Waterloo is home to some of London’s nicest parks, with Archbishops park a few moments’ walk away, Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park surrounding the Imperial War Museum is a gorgeous place to relax on a hot summer afternoon. Waterloo Green just off the station is a popular lunchtime destination for city workers offering a welcome break from the busy city.
A number of gyms and sports facilities are available in the area, The Gym providing 24-hour access for all your exercise needs and the Castle Leisure centre located moments away in Elephant and Castle offers a swimming pool, sauna and training facilities.
The area caters for families of young children, there are many primary and secondary schools in the area with options of both private institutions and state-run schools offering you the choice. The south of London is also home to several higher education facilities, such as Kings College London, London South Bank University and the London College of Communications.
Purchasing a property in this area presents an abundance of different options. The rental market is very strong at present and a property in this area would make a great investment. Here at McMahon and Partners we have new properties for sale in the Waterloo area. Check out one of our latest properties in the area.
260 Waterloo Road, London
Classic Loft apartment for sale in this period building on Waterloo road, London, SE1. This loft is beautifully presented, has terrific natural height, industrial style windows, and two great bedrooms. The space is arranged over two floors with mezzanine style bedrooms and bathrooms. The specification and design are true quality, and the location is perfectly positioned, within a short walk to Waterloo mainline station and the South Bank and within easy access of the West End. Read more: https://tinyurl.com/ycfujwu5
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In a time of significant growth for London, the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle couldn’t have been more welcome. As a thriving capital city, London is constantly evolving, however, now more than ever, it is undergoing a notable change in response to an economy that continues to grow and an ever-expanding population.
Named after a historic coaching inn and pub, Elephant and Castle has long been an economic hub of South London however large parts of the area no longer fulfil the purpose for which they were built. City planning has changed dramatically since its last development in the 1960’s meaning that the area will be less dominated by motor vehicles, designing a neighbourhood with more homes, employment space and amenities suited for modern living.
Over £3bn is being invested in the regeneration of Elephant and Castle, improving the transport links, shopping and leisure facilities, new schools and community centres and thousands of new jobs and training opportunities.
By 2025 over 5000 new or replacement homes will have been built in the area. Over 30% will be affordable homes. Creating new routes through the area, making it easier and more enjoyable to walk around, promoting business development, over 10,000 new jobs are expected to be created with the regeneration.
Over £150 million is being invested in the transport network with new walkways, cycle routes, roads and public areas around them. Elephant and Castle is at the forefront of London’s transport overhaul. With more focus on creating attractive, walkable streets and neighbourhoods. Pavements have been widened and the new cycle super-highway links Elephant and Castle to King’s Cross.
The regeneration is also working on improving and creating new public spaces for people to use and enjoy at their leisure. The most significant will be the Elephant Park scheme which incorporates the largest new park in Central London in more than 70 years. With over 400 trees, the 1.5-hectare park will cover the former Heygate Estate. More trees will be planted throughout the redevelopment, over 1200 in total, cementing Elephant and Castle as a new eco-friendlier neighbourhood. Castle Square, which will host a market and other public events is part of the Delancey development on Elephant Road. A third square is also planned for Wansey Street.
Some of the community improvements are already benefiting the local population. The £20 million Castle Leisure Centre providing state-of-the-art swimming, sports and studio space in the heart of Elephant and Castle. The area is set to benefit from a wide range of new facilities such as the restored Walworth Town Hall, Artworks Elephant and new cinemas and theatrical spaces proposed on Skipton Street. Community projects are also benefiting from investment. A number of different charitable organisations being awarded over £100,000 in grants. Additionally, projects to improve public health are set to receive over £1 million in investment.
Education in the area is seeing an improvement. Part of the Elephant and Castle town centre redevelopment, the London College of Communication is to receive a new campus and just up the road London South Bank University is redeveloping the St George’s quarter of its Elephant and Castle campus. New primary and secondary schools are also planned for the area and training and apprenticeship schemes are helping long-term unemployed gain new skills and experience to take advantage of the new opportunities the redevelopment to offering.
The Elephant is known for its diversity – diverse cultures, businesses, and architecture. The diversity of this area is something to cherished and developed. Ensuring that the unique personality and distinctiveness is maintained is the most important part of the redevelopment.