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National-Poetry-Library 23

Image Credit: 
Pete Woodhead

National-Poetry-Library 23

Image Credit: 
Pete Woodhead

The National Poetry Library is based in London's Royal Festival Hall and is part of Southbank Centre.

National Poetry Library
Level 5, Blue Side,
Royal Festival Hall,
Southbank Centre,
Belvedere Road,
London SE1 8XX


By tube

Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) (200 metres)

Embankment (District & Circle lines) (600 metres)

By bus

  • Route RV1 stops on Belvedere Road (less than a minute’s walk away)
  • Routes 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 521, N1, N68, N171 and N343 stop on Waterloo Bridge (a two-minute walk away)
  • Routes 76, 77, 211, 341, 381, 507, N381, N76 and RV1 stop on York Road (a five-minute walk away)

By train

The nearest stations are:

  • Waterloo
  • Waterloo East
  • Charing Cross
  • Blackfriars

Check before you travel at

By river

River Cruise

Join the Westminster – St Katharine’s circular service and alight at Festival Pier.

Timetables and fare details

River Bus

From east London, take the River Bus RB1 route and alight at London Eye Pier. There are departures every 20 minutes on weekdays. River Buses are operated by Thames Clippers and accept Oyster cards.

See TfL for more information

By bike

Bicycle parking is located in Southbank Centre Square, off Belvedere Road. There are Cycle Hire stands on Concert Hall Approach, over the road from Southbank Centre Square.

By road

A drop-off point at Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.

View photos and video of step-free routes


There is a drop-off on the slip road outside Southbank Centre Square.


We encourage travel by public transport as parking in the local area is very restricted. Alternative parking is available nearby at the National Theatre car park and APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park and is subject to charges.

Free parking in the National Theatre car park and South Bank Car Park is available to Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre.

Southbank Centre is located in the Congestion Charge zone.