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SoWN News 2 May 2024

Welcome to your South Bank and Waterloo Neighbours newsletter.

This newsletter contains:

  • Save Our South Bank campaign

  • WeAreWaterloo Eurovision Song Contest Competition, deadline Saturday 11 May

  • Lambeth charity networking event hosted by Tree Tops, Thursday 9 May

  • Free clubs for adults at St John's Waterloo

  • 50% off tickets for Merlin attractions for Londoners until 19 May

  • Lucky Voice Waterloo opening offer until 31 May

  • South Bank Spine Route Masterplan update


Save Our South Bank Campaign

The campaign to stop the former ITV building being redeveloped into an imposing office block has continued since the Secretary of State's decision to approve the planning application.

The Save Our South Bank action group has so far raised £12,073 with 225 pledges of support with their CrowdJustice campaign.

The page is still live to raise more needed funds for the legal fight. You can still support this great community campaign to Stop the Slab here. 


WeAreWaterloo Eurovision Song Contest Competition

WeAreWaterloo have announced a Eurovision Song Contest competition to win a £50 voucher.

How to Enter:

Spot one of their ABBA lyric banners proudly displaying the lyrics of ‘Waterloo’. (Hint: you can find these all around Waterloo, but there’s several on Waterloo Road by the station!)

Snap a photo underneath the banner and share your photo on Instagram or TikTok, tagging @wearewaterloouk and using the hashtag #WaterlooEurovision.

That’s it!

Entry Deadline: Saturday 11May (Eurovision Final)

Prize: One lucky winner will receive a £50 voucher to indulge in delectable dishes at La Barca, Meson Don Felipe, Auberge, Mamuśka, or Crown and Cushion.

Winner Announcement: Stay tuned on their social media channels for the exciting reveal!

For updates on the competition, Eurovision festivities, and more, follow WeAreWaterloo on Instagram: @wearewaterloouk / TikTok: @wearewaterloo


Lambeth charity networking event hosted by High Trees

High Trees believe there’s an appetite among Lambeth charities for more opportunities to get together with their peers outside what’s currently on offer, particularly for organisations who are smaller or more recently established, but among the whole sector too. People have told them that they value the opportunity to meet and share with others who do similar work, whether this is to share learning or challenges or find out about others’ work and new opportunities and currently they don’t feel there’s enough opportunities to do this.

High Trees have decided to host the first Lambeth Charity Networking Event.

Date: Thursday 9th May

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Location: High Trees Hub, 220 Upper Tulse Hill, SW2 2NS

Tree Tops would like to hear from you ( to help decide the format of the event - whether it will largely be based on a free-flow chance to talk among ourselves, or whether some more structured element would be welcomed. They can also promise wine/soft drinks, possibly some mini snacks and definitely a chance to meet each other in person.


Free clubs for adults at St John's Waterloo

Join St john's free weekly, term time, Clubs for adults.

English Conversation Club (Tuesdays) - a chance to improve your spoken English and make new friends. 10 - 12pm and 4 - 6pm. English speaking volunteers welcome.

Art Club (Tuesdays) - try different techniques with our resident Artist and visit galleries together for inspiration, 1.30 - 3.30pm.

Chess Club (Tuesdays). Hone your skills with our Chess Tutor. Families welcome. 4 - 6pm.

Gardening (Wednesdays) 10am - 3pm and Creative Writing (Wednesdays) 6.30pm - 8pm.

Over this term, St John's will be creating Work Together for Waterloo Festival from 11 to 15 July. Plus, there's Culture Club where they meet to go to concerts and exhibitions together for FREE.

Contact Abigail to join as a volunteer or participant: or 07741736481 or visit the website.


50% off tickets for Merlin attractions for Londoners until 19 May

Merlin are offering half price tickets for five of its London attractions from now until 19 May for people living in London.

The attractions are:

The attractions are:

  • London Eye

  • London Dungeon

  • Madame Tussauds

  • SEA LIFE London Aquarium

  • Shrek’s Adventure!

Visit the website for more information.


Lucky Voice Waterloo opening offer

Karaoke hotspot, Lucky Voice, have opened in The Sidings of Waterloo Station and are offering 1 hour free karaoke and 50% off food and drinks until 31 May (Sunday to Friday) for people who live or work in the Waterloo area.

Use the code ONE LOVE OPENING when booking.


One person from the group must live or work in the SE1 postcode area (proof of residence or workplace will be required when booking and visiting) Pre-booking required

A pre authorisation of £5 per person will be held on the lead bookers card, but will only be charged if the party fails to abide by the booking terms Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or promotions



South Bank Spine Route Masterplan

In May, Lambeth Council will begin work on the third phase of the South Bank Spine Route Masterplan project, focussed on Concert Hall Approach, Sutton Walk and Belvedere Road, in front of the Royal Festival Hall.

This work is part of an £8million investment in the public realm of the area – to celebrate and highlight the South Bank’s unique characteristics as an international destination, and to create public spaces that are accessible, inclusive, and safe for people living, working, and visiting the area.

The works will include:

  • Concert Hall Approach will be pedestrianised, with access permitted for deliveries.

  • Planting will be introduced and accessibility increased by re-paving and de-cluttering the space, and by the introduction of new seating.

  • A zebra crossing will be introduced at Belvedere Road to help pedestrians move through the area safely.

The work will take around 7 months and Lambeth Council and its contractors will do their very best to limit disruption during this time. If you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please contact


We're always looking for community news for the SoWN newsletter. If you have anything to be included, please email

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