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Visiting Bankside London

How to Get to Bankside

On the south side of the river Thames, opposite the City of London and neighbouring South Bank and London Bridge; Bankside's central location makes Bankside extremely accessible, served by major rail and underground connections at London Bridge, Waterloo, Southwark and Blackfriars. The new Blackfriars' Station southern entrance provides direct access to Bankside. The Jubilee line and the river services provide a fast way of getting you to and from the West End, whilst you'll find buses offer a great alternative, with frequent services and lots of routes. But the best way to explore London is on foot.

Finding Your Way Around

Enjoy walking along Bankside's Medieval streets, and discover a new secret around every corner.

Legible London - Finding Your Way to Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe and around Bankside

On the corners of junctions you will find monoliths providing walking directions for the area. They show attractions within five and ten minutes walk away.

Look down!

You will find original directional signs on some pavements.

The Personal Touch...

Receive a warm welcome in the summer from our Infobike team. Located outside of Shakespeare's Globe our award winning Infobike service provides leaflets, directions, information and suggestions to get the most out of your visit to Bankside.

Alternatively, Better Bankside Wardens patrol the area and can provide useful information. The Wardens have been trained as London Ambassadors to provide a friendly on-street welcome for visitors. 

Keeping Safe

Bankside is a very safe area to visit, but like all busy areas keep an eye on your belongings when you're walking around and when in bars and restaurants. Use the hooks available and don't leave valuables on show.


You can find public toilets at Bankside Mix and Borough Market as well as in attractions such as Tate Modern and Southwark Cathedral, some may charge for use.

City of London Tourist Information Centre

St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8BX

Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm

Exploring the Whole of London's Riverside

Bankside is centrally located at the heart of the South Bank and Bankside Cultural Quarter. If you're heading east why not check out to find out what's happening between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, More London and much more.

If you're heading west then visit to find out what's happening between Lambeth and Blackfriars Bridges, including The London Eye, The Southbank Centre, the National Theatre and many more.

Our joint Riverside London App includes what's happening in Bankside, London Bridge, South Bank and Vauxhall. Download it for free on both iTunes and Android at

Just south of the river is Waterloo, with great independent shopping, the Lower Marsh Market as well as fun bars and restaurants -

Further west is, with great nightlife and The Oval