Leake Street Arches is a celebration of urban art, dining and entertainment live from Waterloo.
Eight former railway arches next to the famous Graffiti Tunnel have been brought back to life to provide a curated collection of independent restaurants and bars that capture the essence of urban culture. Head to Leake Street Arches to fuel your creativity and leave your mark.
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Aures London’s mission is to give artists the opportunity to convey their message in the most impactful way possible. By combining technology and science, Aures London creates one of a kind immersive spaces for the arts.
Aures will become home to "Sensorium", the world's first 5 sensory immersive venue for the arts and events.
Currently in beta stage, once all 5 phases (incorporating sound, light, touch, taste and smell) are complete, Sensorium will offer world class technology for fully immersive events.
In the meantime, this blank canvas event space within a seven-metre high exposed brick arch offering over 2,000 square feet of floor space and capacity for up to 150 seated or 300 standing, provides the perfect venue for product launches, photoshoots, presentations and corporate parties.
BANH BAO BROTHERS
The Banh Bao Brothers are bursting on to Leake Street Arches, and bringing Vietnam with them. Smuggling in new flavours from the old country, you’ll find familiar favourites with a twist, vigour and freshness you never knew they had, and dishes you’ve never heard of bringing 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 – all important ingredients when you’re cooking a banquet for 13 children every day!
Ray, the head chef, co-founder, and one half of the Banh Bao Brothers, is Madame Bay’s last student. Together, they will be honouring her legacy, continuing her legend, and keeping the flavours alive in London.
Having opened London’s first board game café with its Hackney home in 2014, Draughts Waterloo will provide a social entertainment venue, offering a huge range of board games, alongside high-quality delicious food, innovative cocktails, craft beer and exciting wines.
With a team of experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly staff to help customers select from a huge library of games, Draughts Waterloo will also serve high-quality, delicious food, innovative cocktails, craft beer and exciting wines for all those late-night sessions
RAT BAR @ 26 LEAKE STREET
Rat Bar @ 26 Leake Street is a 6-month, graffiti inspired pop-up. Showcasing a huge original Banksy, the ‘giant rat’, compliments the eerie underground nature of the space. With themed drinks, a killer live music programme and interior graffiti designed by Wu-Tang clan’s official artist, Gary Alford, it’s a great celebration of urban collaboration and creativity.
Opening Hours: 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.
Incorporating a destination bar, cafe, open kitchen and two live event spaces, the full 26 Leake Street experience will be available from September 2018.
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In 2008, infamous Street Artist Banksy organised the Cans Festival> in Leake Street Tunnel solidifying its reputation within the street art community.
The festival brought together 30 artists who adorned the walls with their work, transforming a piece of dull city landscape into a vibrant and exciting art gallery. 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.
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 will offer a diverse and exciting programme of events.
Adding to the range of immersive theatre productions, music gigs, films, masterclasses and parties that our neighbours, The Vaults and House of Vans, put on throughout the year, Leake Street Arches events will celebrate urban culture in both the newly opened businesses and in 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.