Leake Street Arches is a celebration of urban art, dining and entertainment in Waterloo.
Eight former railway arches next to the famous Graffiti Tunnel have been brought back to life to provide a community of independent restaurants, bars and entertainment spaces that are united by their approach to create unique experiences inspired by urban culture.
Head to Leake Street Arches to fuel your creativity and leave your mark.
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Aures London has developed a state-of-the-art audio system to create the best sounding venue in Europe. With a wide range of audio experiences, including true stereophonic, soundstage, binaural and 3D audio, the listener is immersed in the purest sound quality.
The 'Sensorium Experience' will take Aures London far beyond the conventional events venue. By using dynamic, immersive technology and programming (incorporating the five senses) an artist or brand can connect with their audience like never before.
As a blank canvas event space, within a seven-metre high exposed brick arch, Aures London offers over 2,000 square feet of floor space and capacity for up to 150 seated or 300 standing to provide the perfect venue for product launches, photoshoots, presentations and corporate parties.
BANH BAO BROTHERS
Banh Bao Brothers burst onto Leake Street, and brought Vietnam with them. You’ll find familiar favourites with a twist, vigour and freshness you never knew they had whilst dishes you’ve never heard of will bring you back to the flavours you know and love. The history of food is written by grandmas, and these brothers reckon they’ve got one of the best: Madame Bay. Her secret recipes were developed with care, love, and a healthy dose of cheekiness. Ray, the head chef and co-founder, is Madame Bay’s last student. Banh Bao Brothers honours her legacy, continues her legend, and keeps the flavours alive in London.
Mon to Sat: 12pm to 10.30pm
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Having opened London’s first board game café with its Hackney home in 2014, Draughts Waterloo provides a social entertainment venue, offering a huge range of board games alongside high-quality delicious food courtesy of a kitchen run by Jones & Sons. With a team of knowledgeable and friendly staff to help customers select from a library of over 800 games, Draughts Waterloo also serves up innovative cocktails, craft beer and exciting wines for those late-night sessions.
Mon: 12pm to midnight
Tues to Thurs: 10am to midnight
Fri and Sat: 10am to 1am
Sun: 10am to midnight
Mamuśka! Polish Kitchen and Bar creates food a Polish mother would be proud to serve. This massive, industrial venue born of steel, brick and concrete offers a different vibe to its previous home in Elephant and Castle, but the menu remains as reassuringly authentic and value-packed, as ever. With seating for 200 and a Platform bar area for after-dinner drinks, Mama looks forward to welcoming you home.
Sun, Mon & Tues: 11am to 10pm
Weds & Thurs: 11am to 11pm
Fri and Sat: 11am to 12pm
THE BAR @ 26 LEAKE STREET
The Bar @ 26 Leake Street is a celebration of creativity, culture and collaboration with live music performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Mon to Thurs: 3pm to 12am
Fri & Sat: 12pm to 1am
Sun: 12pm to 8pm
26 LEAKE STREET
26 Leake Street will undertake 3 phases of work; converting 4 separate arches into London’s finest brewery, bar, restaurant and live event space.
The 1200 capacity venue is currently available as a fantastic blank canvas to hire for events and is hosting the Mandela Exhibition until June 2019.
The full 26 Leake Street experience will be available from Autumn 2019.
The #LeakeStLIVE blog offers insight into both urban culture and the local area.
#HumansOfLSA introduces the people bringing Leake Street Arches to life as well as others who are living or working in the area.
A Brief Intro To... offers a simple overview on cultural topics of interest to Londoners.
Meet and Graff highlights the artists working in the local graffiti community.
Ten Top explores city life through set categories.
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In 2008, the renowned street artist Bansky, organised the Cans Festival> in Leake Street Tunnel.
The festival brought together 30 artists who adorned the walls with their work and transformed a piece of dull city landscape into a vibrant and exciting art gallery. The event attracted international attention and put Leake Street on the map as a democratic venue for street art. Since then, the tunnel has become a haven for artists around the world, keen to leave their mark on the city. As one of the only legal walls in the UK, everyone is welcome to express their creativity on this constantly changing canvas.
As of July 2019, the tunnel will be lit up for a couple of hours over lunchtime and afterwork. Join us between 12pm-2pm and 5pm-8pm to capure an additonal pop of colour on your Insta feed.
London & Continental Railways Limited (LCR), the landlord of Leake Street Arches and the managers of the Leake Street Tunnel, are keen to support the creative community working on Leake Street and ensure that other people in the local area continue to value the contribution that tunnel activities bring to the neighbourhood. These Tunnel Rules> are designed to create an enjoyable experience for everyone.
In the same way the walls of Leake Street offer an ever-changing canvas of art, Leake Street Arches provides a diverse and exciting programme of events both within the individual businesses and the tunnel itself.
If you are interested in holding an event (including photo shoot or film shoot) in the public spaces of Leake Street Arches, please complete this Authorisation Form> and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in holding a private event in one of the businesses at Leake Street Arches, please contact the business directly or email us on email@example.com and we will introduce you.
Leake Street Arches incorporates Leake Street (the graffiti tunnel) and a new pedestrianised walkway connecting Leake Street to Westminster Bridge roundabout.
If approaching from Waterloo, you can access Leake Street Arches from York Road, Waterloo Station Approach Road or Lower Marsh.
If approaching from Lambeth or Westminster, you can access Leake Street Arches from Westminster Bridge Roundabout or Westminster Bridge Road. The entrance is next door to the Park Plaza County Hall.
*By bicycle – Bike racks are provided within Lake Street Arches. Santander Cycles nearest stand is on Lower Marsh (1 min walk) and on Lambeth Palace Road, Baylis Road, Waterloo Station and Lambeth North Station.
*By tube to Waterloo or Lambeth North underground stations – Each 5 mins walk. Northern (Charing Cross Branch), Jubilee or Bakerloo lines to Waterloo. Or Bakerloo line to Lambeth North.
*By boat to Waterloo Pier-London Eye – 5 mins walk. For London River Services passenger boats along the Thames
*By bus to County Hall)- 24 hours service routes 12,53, 148,159 341, 453. Day service routes 77,211,381,507,C10, RV1. Night services routes N109, N155, N381
*By rail - Waterloo Station – 5 mins walk
*By rail - Waterloo East – 9 mins
Please note, car parking is not allowed at Leake Street Arches.
The nearest car park is Britannia Parking on Upper Marsh. (from £6 per hour).
Details of this (and other local car parks) can be found via Parkopedia here.