There's something I do like about Waterloo. Could it be the Krispy Kreme, or the shops upstairs, or the fact that Its my last stop before heading home.
I do love how quickly people are moving about and running by, great for people watching.. and for gettting to where you need to go.
Waterloo is a nice and clean station and a good meeting place. It can get confusing, especially for a little old tourist like me! It's fast paced at most hours of the day, but people won't trample you over. If you need help, you can always ask for it! Just pay attention to the train schedules so you don't miss your train!
They also have some shops and places to grab a bite to eat if you're waiting for a train or some company. Mind the gap!
The hustle and bustle of this place is amazing! I had no idea where I was going and finding a person to help at the help desk was easy but their willingness to help - not so much. There are shops to get that last minute item and food vendors to pass the time where you can even get a nice pint. 20 pence to use the loo kills me! I cannot understand charging to use the washroom. Every time I went others didn't have exact change and the line was backed up for this reason.
How do I say this nicely.
Waterloo is... not my favourite station out there.
It's big, it's a giant maze, there always seems to be some construction going on and it can be crowded like crazy if you go at the wrong time.
It is a pretty station though. Some of the architecture as you walk around is great - massive with beautiful arches and the Waterloo Clock hanging above it all. A site to see for sure ... but, you know, not really, if you can use another station and miss the hassle of this one.
Hopefully they'll get all the kinks worked out at some point, but until then, this may be one to avoid.
Hell hath no fury like... Waterloo station at rush hour.
Bedlam. Absolute bedlam. There is nothing good about Waterloo station.*
Here's to hoping that current renovations will make this place less hellish.
*except, perhaps, Scootercaffè, which is just around the corner on Lower Marsh. It's a perfect pitstop for when all trains from Waterloo have stopped running because of signalling failure in Addlestone or someone being hit by a train in Wimbledon, which happens with an alarming frequency.
Massive, puzzle like and confusing at first glance but once you decrypt it, this station is nice. Not a lot of seating place and chaos all around. Gets very very busy and almost feels like a stampede when a train arrives. Know where to go and how to go and you will enjoy this place.
I thought Bank was the worst, but Waterloo definitely gives it a run for its money. It's a very busy station, possibly the busiest, with Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines meeting here underground, as well as being the terminus for South West Trains. Getting from one to the other involves lots and lots of walking and the signage could use a little improvement.
If you do have to connect here, I advice you pack some patience. Lots of it. And maybe a compass.
Note: The Bakerloo platform is curved. The carriages are straight. This means there's a gap of as much as six or eight inches between the train and the platform. Mind the gap.
Holy construction Batman! My hope is that the construction will eventually ease the amount of confused people standing and just looking around in a daze (tinged with a bit of desperation and panic) as commuters bob and weave around them. Until then, the construction just adds to the confusion and congestion. And I am so glad that there are Londoners that find this station confusing as well.
I've only been here once, to make my pilgrimage to Twickenham for the London Sevens. I left to get to Waterloo a little early since I had never been to the place and I am glad I did. For anyone traveling through Waterloo, give yourself a little extra time if you aren't familiar with it. That's just solid travel advice for any situation, but particularly for Waterloo. Instead of stopping in the middle of an advancing crowd (it is one of my pet peeves), I followed the crowd, eventually stopping off near a wall away from traffic to read all the signs. If I am being honest, I don't think the signs helped, so I just kept walking and eventually found my way. Not one of my favourite stations.
This train station should surrender to crappiness! Holy Napoleon, I thought some of the stations in NYC were bad, but this was really bad.
I had to switch from Southeaster to South West trains here and the connection was long and climby and there was construction everywhere. The station is being worked on, so hopefully it will be nicer in the future because this is a major interchange and you can get just about anywhere from here.
A- Awful logistics
B- Birds, as in nasty pigeons, everywhere
B- Broken, many of the floor tiles
A- Agonizing, what waiting for a train is like
That spells ABBA * (you had to know where this was going)
* youtu.be/Sj_9CiNkkn4 - memo to group members, you need more heel on your boots!
I love the Waterloo station. I think it's one of my favorite mass transit stations in the world. We come through here once every few years, when we travel from my husband's hometown in the south to London to visit his friends.
I enjoy the crowds and the hustle and bustle and the vast expanse and the odd mix of natural and artificial lighting. I also appreciate the convenience of transferring from the trains to the subways here.
We try to time our arrivals here so that we don't get caught in rush hour commutes. But there's nothing we can do about tourists who don't know how to stand on the correct side of escalators (which is why we opt to run on the stairs when we can).
It can get confusing. Once we went through the wrong exit to catch our train back home. By the time we realized our mistake we realized we only had minutes to go before our train was leaving. A kind transportation official (after looking at our tickets) let us come back into the station through his gates and we were able to run to the correct gates to catch our train (which would have been the last train of the night back south.)
Like some other Tube stations the paths between lines are a little haphazard to say the least. It's probably due to lines being added later to the station and the building tunnels and steps round each other to connect them all. Poor logistical planning but deal with it.
It's a good idea to meet on top where the main rail platforms are but even then this place seems like a zoo.
Big, can be very confusing if you walk out the wrong exit from the Tube platform. It's a train station connected to the Underground. Has a Marks & Spencer and a McDonald's inside, and is across the street from a Sainsbury's.
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