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National Theatre - Olivier

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National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX


The Olivier Theatre is the largest of the three venues in the National Theatre. Nearby, you can find tourist attractions such as the South Bank, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life Centre, and cultural institutions such as the BFI and Southbank Centre. A wide, pedestrianized walkway runs along this part of the River Thames, where many people enjoy scenic views of Central London. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor bars, restaurants and cafes in the area. It is advised to check before embarking on your journey.


Waterloo Station is the closest rail station to the Olivier Theatre, approximately a 7-10 minute walk away. Upon exiting from the main entrance, turn left and cross York Road, walking underneath the railway bridge on Sutton Walk. Turn left onto Concert Hall Approach until you reach Belvedere Road on the right. Go past Southbank Centre on your left and cross under Waterloo Bridge. The National Theatre is on your left.


Waterloo tube station is served by the Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. Exit the tube into the main rail station. Leave the station from the main entrance, turn left and cross York Road. Take Sutton Walk under the railway bridge and turn left onto Concert Hall Approach. Walk to the end, then turn right on Belvedere Road. Walk past the back of Southbank Centre and under Waterloo Bridge. The National Theatre is on your left.


In front of Waterloo Station, you can find several bus stops serving routes: 1, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 176, 188, 243, and 521.


The National Theatre has its own car park, which can be reached from Upper Ground behind the theatre. It is £8 to park for theatregoers, and tickets must be validated at the theatre’s box office to not be charged the public rate.

There is no drop-off point outside the theatre, however taxis and drivers may deliver passengers behind the theatre on Upper Ground or Belvedere Road. The National falls within London’s Congestion Charge Zone, which incurs a daily cost of £11.50 between 7am and 6pm. Travel outside of these hours is free.
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