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ESCAPE THE BEATEN PATH IN WATERLOO-HIDDEN GARDENS, SCOOTER SPEAK EASYS AND ESPRESSO MARTINI ON TAP

With its central location and unique vibe, Waterloo is poised to become the next place to be seen, and continues to offer a plethora of secret gems to visit. Whether you frequent the area regularly or have never been, there has never been a better time to get to know the ins and outs of SE1.

In Waterloo, watering holes that may appear ordinary on the outside, are most definitely not, on the inside. In particular, this is applicable to Café Del Marsh. With an ever-changing array of fine spirits, sweet treats, coffee and music, Café Del Marsh is a favourite across a wide variety of customers. Their most popular feature, however, is the secret garden. Hand built by owner James Pears, the secluded hideout provides a wonderful area to sneak in a cocktail or few, on a Spring afternoon.

For those in need of a more substantial meal offering, Marie’s Café is the perfect destination. A truly unique mix-up of a traditional English café and genuine Thai cuisine, Marie’s Cafe’ has become a firm favourite among locals. The restaurant’s bring your own alcohol rule is a great money saver for ahead of the night out in the capital.

Scooter Café, a regular haunt of Hollywood actors such as Ethan Hawke and Johnny Depp, remains an understated hangout for customers in need of some smooth French jazz during the day. The venue then transforms into a bustling speak easy when the sun sets.

Lower Marsh Market’s constantly evolving array of cultural gems is a true mecca for those after a night away from the ordinary. Vaulty Towers and sister venue The Vaults, have it all, from the beautifully poured Espresso Martinis, to the bold décor. The seemingly endless array of cabins and cubby holes provide many intriguing spaces to explore, and the truly tasty menu covers every craving, from 4 cheese Mac n Cheese through to the Post Brexit Poutine.

Before taking in the night time delights Waterloo has to offer, the nearby area has equally as intriguing day time destinations to explore. Upon arrival at The Cut, visitors can find the little-known gem that is Waterloo’s Camping and Army Surplus store; a true treasure trove for outdoors apparel and associated gear! The owner is unbelievably knowledgeable, and more than happy to offer great recommendations to suit all needs.

The iconic Roupell Street is just moments away; famously playing host to the recent Kray Twins biopic, Legend. The perfectly preserved, Grade II listed street dates back to the 1830’s and is a wonderful excuse to explore the area.

Waterloo provides a rare piece of authentic city life away from the crowds, and We Are Waterloo are encouraging Londoners to get out and explore for themselves.

For more information please visit www.Wearewaterloo.co.uk .

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