Leake Street Arches
Leake Street Arches
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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. Businesses operating at Leake Street Arches include: Aures London Banh Bao Brothers Draughts Rat Bar 26 Leake Street
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  • Waterloo • 3 min walk
  • Embankment • 10 min walk
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  • bm230199
    Sheffield, United Kingdom48 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful tunnel to walk through
    Beautiful tunnels with so much culture and pretty art. We found it a little hard to find at first but there are signs and basically just follow the graffiti. It's one of those places where you notice new things each time you walk through it. Beautiful piece of culture in London.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 July 2023
  • FamilyofFiveSF
    San Mateo, California155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vibrant urban art scene not to be missed
    Leake St Arches are a secret tunnel covered with vibrant graffiti under the Waterloo train station. This is where the famous artist, Banksy, had invited urban street artists to create their amazing canvases. We happened upon this place with a tour and my young teenager loved it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Jigs28
    Jamnagar, India390 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An artistic gem, hidden treasure
    What a hidden treasure. An artistic gem. Despite living in London for 35 years, had never heard of this place. Fantastic creativity and art work on display, for free. I heard it changes on a daily basis, which is spectacular. Very well lit, easily accessible from Waterloo and free - a must to pop in and view. Highly recommended
    Visited August 2023
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Craig M
    San Francisco, California15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect way to leave your mark in London!
    A must visit! And you must book the graffiti workshop with Marc. The whole family had a blast exploring this hidden gem. And Marc was amazing! He was smart, funny, and encouraging while we made our own mark in London. One of the best moments of our trip. Highly recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Flashback2024
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit!
    If you are visit the London Eye, then this is about 5-7 minutes walk from there. It is a long tunnel with graffiti on the wall. It changes all the time. The closes station is Waterloo, but you can also take a longer walk from Westminster Bridge. There are bars and places to eat. It does smell of chemical from the graffiti. You can cycle through here, but just check for broken glass. The area is safe and plenty of tourists who come to see the artwork.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 November 2023
  • goldenparadox
    Elkridge, Maryland491 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique & Creative Must-see
    This is just quick (15 mins or less) walk, but so unique and creative. Lots to take in. I went in the middle of the day (solo female) and felt 100% safe and comfortable. Lots of other folks enjoying the art work. All others were hard at work. Highly recommend. I'm here for a few days and will probably visit again to see the new art before I leave. I did have a little trouble finding it, so here's a tip: it's easier to find from Lower Marsh. See picture
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Lady A
    Stockholm, Sweden1,093 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic and sad that the scene constantly changes as new art cover the old.
    A bit hard to find, located behind and under Waterloo station, but well worth the job to find it. Fantastic and sad that the scene constantly changes as new art cover the old. As always fascinating to see the artists while creating. A visit here is recommended
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Nicola J
    78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Cool and interesting place with some incredible artwork. Seems a shame that you are allowed to paint over some of these masterpieces. Well worth a look while in the area. Was a bit smelly down there and would be nice to see it kept a bit cleaner.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 April 2024
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travelbug
South Carolina118 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I’m surprised by all the 4/5 star reviews. I found it mediocre at best. A bunch of “artists “ loitering and using spray paint.
Written 4 May 2024
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Nicola J
78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Cool and interesting place with some incredible artwork. Seems a shame that you are allowed to paint over some of these masterpieces. Well worth a look while in the area. Was a bit smelly down there and would be nice to see it kept a bit cleaner.
Written 27 April 2024
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Comhairle
Ireland31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The artwork on display here was really impressive and so vibrant. We bought some spray paint and tried out our own art in a quiet corner - it is so much harder than it looks to produce anything with spray paint! Recommend using disposable gloves and eye protection as well when using spray paint cans to protect clothing, skin and eyes. We purchased some spray paint in the tool shop around the corner, but only because we were flying in and couldn't bring our own. It is really lovely to have a wander around and just look at all the different types of art, even on the ceiling. My kid loved it and so did I!
Written 18 April 2024
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Rafael James Novotny
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A really interesting place with lots of creative works, and by a location of Draughts (a board-game café) along a tunnel closed off to traffic.
Not the cleanest or most family-friendly place, and the smell of spray-paint hangs in the air, but that's what makes it authentic!
Written 16 April 2024
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Lady A
Stockholm, Sweden1,093 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
A bit hard to find, located behind and under Waterloo station, but well worth the job to find it. Fantastic and sad that the scene constantly changes as new art cover the old. As always fascinating to see the artists while creating. A visit here is recommended
Written 7 January 2024
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goldenparadox
Elkridge, MD491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This is just quick (15 mins or less) walk, but so unique and creative. Lots to take in. I went in the middle of the day (solo female) and felt 100% safe and comfortable. Lots of other folks enjoying the art work. All others were hard at work. Highly recommend. I'm here for a few days and will probably visit again to see the new art before I leave. I did have a little trouble finding it, so here's a tip: it's easier to find from Lower Marsh. See picture
Written 17 December 2023
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neet181
Salisbury, UK647 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The art was phenomenal and we found it so amazing. The only down side was the strong smell of spray paint, which is of course understandable but after time did give us a headache.
Written 23 November 2023
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Flashback2024
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
If you are visit the London Eye, then this is about 5-7 minutes walk from there. It is a long tunnel with graffiti on the wall. It changes all the time. The closes station is Waterloo, but you can also take a longer walk from Westminster Bridge.

There are bars and places to eat. It does smell of chemical from the graffiti. You can cycle through here, but just check for broken glass. The area is safe and plenty of tourists who come to see the artwork.
Written 13 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ian H
Gravesend, UK557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Was just Fantastic! So much Amazing street art! Worth popping into see if you near. We saw artists at work. Such a colourgul & vibrant place where you will definately take photos!! Loved it!
Written 8 October 2023
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rlee2000
East Northport, NY124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
I highly recommend walking through the Leake Street Arches. The graffiti art is amazing and is ever changing. There are also some cool places to eat and drink.
Written 28 September 2023
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