Evening Use of Waterloo Underground Station?

We have tickets for a play tomorrow evening at the Old Vic which we understand the closest underground to which is Waterloo. I seem to have read on this forum not long ago that Waterloo Station has become a bit creepy, perhaps even dangerous. Should we be conservative and use taxis (at least from a neutral, likely safer location) rather than Waterloo itself? Both going to the play at about 6:30-7:00 pm and leaving about 10:00-10:30?

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6823 posts

While homeless people do congregate in the underground "subway" passages beneath the streets in that area, it's nothing to stress out about. There will still be hundreds if not thousand of people walking in and around the station areas during those times. It's perfectly safe, use the Underground and save your money.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8724 posts

I've got to say that's the first I remember about that issue. I go to Waterloo less now than I used to when Eurostar went from there but I would have absolutely no compunction at going to Waterloo main line station or any of the Waterloo Underground platforms so early in the mid week evening. The place will be heaving. There will be loads of commuters going home between 6 and 7 - the place is the start of SouthWest Trains and will be chock-a-block. That is still in the rush hour - or Peak as we call it. 2 hours before midnight there will still be plenty of people around. The weather is supposed to be decent tomorrow and sunset isn't until 19:08 so you will easily see where you are going getting to the Old Vic, and retracing won't be hard after the show. After all, all the rest of the people at the show will be going somewhere too. Enjoy the James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave version of Shakespeare. I wish I were going.

Posted by Kevin
near Ringwood, Hampshire, UK
521 posts

I commute through Waterloo. Things have changed - I haven't seen a homeless person in the underpasses around the Imax cinema on the north side of the station for two or three years, where there used to be one or two at any hour of the day, and indeed thirty years ago there was a 'cardboard village' of rough sleepers down there. You won't be on that side of Waterloo anyway. You can see the Old Vic from the main back entrance to the station on Waterloo Road (well, pretty much, if you crane your neck) and you will constantly be in busy, well-lit areas that have CCTV monitoring. Waterloo Station is bright, airy and recently refurbished and as far from creepy as I can imagine.

Posted by Nancy
London, UK
159 posts

I use Waterloo pretty much every day. I have been there at all hours and have never felt vulnerable. This station is ALWAYS busy!

Posted by David
Basingstoke, England
45 posts

Matt Damon had some problems at Waterloo in the Bourne Ultimatum but that was a movie.
It has never occurred to me that there was any problem at Waterloo at any other time.

Posted by Jim
Seattle
142 posts

We'll have a go. Matt Damon always seemed to me a bit of a troublemsker.

Posted by Jim
Seattle
142 posts

All went well and the bonus was seeing Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in Much Ado About Nothing. Jerry Seinfeld was nowhere in evidence.

Posted by Sarah
Chicago (formerly St. Louis), IL, USA
1308 posts

Glad you had a good time, Jim. If Matt Damon had been there, he probably would have disrupted the play by starting fights. You know how he is.