Address: Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2DB
Visitors to London that enjoy theatre and the spectacle of performance could be in for a treat when it comes to planning out their itinerary, as a trip to The Scoop could be just the ticket.
Located in the heart of one of the busiest tourist areas of the English capital, the venue is an outdoor ampitheatre that prides itself on offering free live performances for anyone wishing to head along and take a seat, with live shows taking place daily.
Operated by More London – a community estates management business committed to safeguarding public spaces for the enjoyment of visitors across the English capital – The Scoop is one of multiple sites across London that the group ensures remains a bastion of cultural enjoyment for all.
Plenty to see and do at The Scoop
Offering seating capacity for up to 800 guests, The Scoop resides on the south bank of the River Thames and is in close proximity to an array of other cultural attractions that draw millions of visitors to this vibrant area every year.
From live music at lunchtime to catching a play or movie screening in the evening, the organisers put on a changing roster of attractions that will keep guests coming back time and again to see just what is happening next at this popular venue for al fresco culture.
Film in The Scoop, art exhibitions, theatre, opera and dance are just some of the great performance pieces that attract lovers of culture from far and wide to this interesting and affordable venue.
No tickets are required and visitors do not need to pre-book their place, they simply head along, find a seat and enjoy the performance, whatever that might be.
How do I get to The Scoop?
For anyone harbouring hopes of visiting The Scoop during their time in London, they should rest assured that it is a relatively simple destination to get to.
One of the fastest and most convenient ways to get there is to make use of local bus services, with routes offering stops in the proximity including: 47, 343, 381, N199, N381 and RV1.
London river taxis can also be secured from the nearby pier of London Bridge City Pier.
Meanwhile, overground rail services also operate at regular intervals and travellers can head to several nearby stations, including London Bridge, Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street and Liverpool Street. Moreover, the popular stations of London Waterloo and London Waterloo East are just a relatively short walk away to the west.
The Docklands Light Railway, affectionately known to the locals as the DLR, also offers the nearby stop of Tower Gateway.
Underground travel to The Scoop
The London Underground network also offers fantastic flexibility and swift and easy access to all parts of the city for visitors to the English capital and, with that in mind, here are the closest stations that visitors to The Scoop might wish to make use:
- London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines)
- Tower Hill (Circle and District lines)
- Monument (Circle and District lines)
- Bermondsey (Jubilee line)
- Borough (Northern line)
- Mansion House (Circle and District lines)
- Aldgate (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines)
- Aldgate East (District and Hammersmith & City lines)
Full details of all public transport options for anyone planning to visit The Scoop can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London. Here, visitors can find everything they need to plan their journey, ranging from station opening times and service timetables to planned maintenance to the Underground network, which can affect some routes.
Great places to eat and shopping near The Scoop
Travellers hoping to enjoy a great bite to eat during their time in the area might be tempted by some of the many outstanding restaurants and pubs that can be found in this vibrant part of central London.
Indeed, the area in close proximity to The Scoop offers some great choices for visitors looking for everything from a spicy Indian curry to traditional British and European fine dining. Here we offer a few suggestions for great places to eat out:
Strada – Italian restaurant serving classic Italian dishes including risotto, pasta and wood-fired pizzas.
Upper Deck Bar – A maritime-influenced quayside bar with a rooftop terrace offering exquisite light bites.
The Horniman – A traditional English pub housed in a former tea warehouse, offering excellent food and drink for guests.
Balls Brothers Hay’s Galleria – Offering delicious dishes from a global menu paired with outstanding vintage wines from the establishment’s extensive wine cellar.
The Shipwright Arms – A large traditional public house offering classic British cuisine and regularly showcasing live sports.
Shad – A modern Indian restaurant offering authentic dishes from 22 of the country’s regions.
Suchard – Simple Thai restaurant priding itself on combining classic Thai fine dining with authentic street food and an array of house specialities.
Brigade Bar & Bistro – A modern European bistro housed in a former fire station.
Magdalen – A modern European fine dining restaurant, offering a refined and relaxing setting.
The Bridge Lounge & Dining Room – Contemporary British cuisine served in a former public house, with views overlooking City Hall in the heart of London.
Visitors hoping to shop ’til they drop when planning a day out at The Scoop are also equally well catered for, with many of the UK’s biggest high street retailers to be found in the area, including Marks & Spencer, Next, Starbucks, Accessorize and WH Smith, among others.
Anyone planning a visit to the area can also enjoy visiting the many independent retailers that can be found here, with fantastic and unique offerings that mean travellers can be sure to find a perfect memento of their time in the city.
Other attractions for visitors to the area
However, it is not just excellent shopping opportunities and great food and drink that draws millions of visitors to this busy part of the English capital every year, as the area also offers a wealth of outstanding sights to see and attractions to explore.
Here are just some of the many wonderful activities and diversions that can keep everyone entertained, from mums and dads with kids to happy couples or individuals that are simply looking for the best of what London has to offer:
- Fashion & Textile Museum (0.5 miles, nine minutes’ travel on foot/via public transport)
- HMS Belfast (300 ft, one minute)
- London Bridge Experience (0.3 miles, six minutes)
- The View from The Shard (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
- Design Museum (0.4 miles, seven minutes)
- Tower of London (0.7 miles, ten minutes)
- St Mary Magdalen Bermondsey (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
- Golden Hinde II (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
- Shakespeare’s Globe (0.9 miles, nine minutes)
- Monument to the Great Fire of London (0.6 miles, 11 minutes)
- 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) (1.1 miles, 16 minutes)
- Barbican Centre (1.5 miles, 18 minutes)
- The Museum of London (1.4 miles, 18 minutes)
- St Paul’s Cathedral (1.2 miles, 13 minutes)
- Bermondsey Antiques Market (0.7 miles, ten minutes)
- Bank of England Museum (0.9 miles, 14 minutes)
- Newington Gardens (1.2 miles, 14 minutes)
- BFI Southbank (1.7 miles, 16 minutes)
- St George’s Cathedral, Southwark (1.5 miles, 20 minutes)
- IWM (1.7 miles, 23 minutes)
- The Old Vic (1.5 miles, 15 minutes)
- Coca-Cola London Eye (two miles, 17 minutes)
- The London Dungeon (two miles, 18 minutes)
- Sea Life London Aquarium (two miles, 17 minutes)
- Lambeth Palace Gardens (2.2 miles, 25 minutes)
Visitors should plan to see as many of these great sights as possible during their time in London, as many offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience that travellers planning a fun-packed itinerary for their time in the centre will not want to miss out on.
Excellent parking options near The Scoop
For all those hoping to hire a car during a visit to London, taking the time to get to know the local area can be invaluable. A handy guide to local parking facilities could therefore be extremely valuable to visitors and here, we are more than happy to oblige:
- The Shard Parking (0.6 miles, 11 minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Jubilee Place Car Park (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
- NCP Car Park London Bridge (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
- Q-Park Tower Bridge (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
- Tower Hill Car & Coach Park (0.8 miles, 16 minutes)
- Minories Car Park (0.7 miles, 13 minutes)
- Borough Market Parking (0.8 miles, 15 minutes)
- Porter Street Private Parking (0.8 miles, 16 minutes)
- NCP Car Park London Vintry Thames Exchange (0.8 miles, 17 minutes)
- Vintry Car Park (0.8 miles, 17 minutes)
Individuals planning to drive during their time in the English capital should remember that traffic volumes can be heavy during both the day and night, especially during the morning and evening rush hours when traffic can come to a standstill in some areas.
It is therefore important for motorists to plan their journeys in advance to avoid travelling at these times when possible and to choose routes that are likely to be the least congested. Travellers might also like to pre-book their parking before setting off on any journey, as the availability of spaces can be limited.