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The Facts
NAME: Leake Street Arches
IT'S: A venue with independent bars, restaurants and entertainment spaces

16-06-2018

OPENED: June 16th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: LCR
DID YOU KNOW: Phase two of the opening will welcome other concepts such as Mamuśka! Polish Kitchen and Bar - stay tuned
LOCATION: Waterloo
ADDRESS: Leake St, South Bank, SE1 7NN
CLOSEST TUBE: Waterloo
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Email: [email protected]
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
RESERVATIONS: No

Leake Street Arches

OPENED June 16th, 2018

Waterloo welcomes a new destination for art, food and entertainment: Leake Street Arches.

After Bansky made the adjacent graffiti tunnel famous back in 2008, transforming the dark space into an oasis of art, the remaining arches deserved a similar upgrade. Introducing a new state-of-the-art lighting system and eight independent businesses, Leake Street Arches will become Central London’s next destination for art, music, food and drink. There’s a big chance the new venue will make it on our guide to the best places to eat and drink in Waterloo. 

Leake Street Arches - graffiti tunnel

While the project won’t be finished until the end of the summer, several venues have already made their way into the arches, including Aures London, Banh Bao Brothers, Draughts, and Rat Bar @ 26 Leake Street.

Aures - Leake Street Arches

Aures London

Aures London promises a new standard in audio, launching its fully immersive sensory installation inside the arches. Aiming to engage all your senses, the space includes acoustic walls and ceiling panels; 3D lighting and 3D visual mapping; a vibrating haptic floor (don’t worry, it’s low frequency), and a special scent delivery system. Of course, Aures hasn’t forgotten our most important sense (taste) – champagne and beer will be ever-flowing. Science says, the more senses engaged, the greater the impact on your memory – we just might have to test alcohol as an intervening facto, all in the name of science.

With space for up to 250 people, Aures London will provide a space for live music, immersive theatre, film screenings and parties.

Aures - Leake Street Arches

Banh Bao Brothers

The first restaurant to open in the Leake Street Arches is Banh Bao Brothers, serving Vietnamese cuisine and cocktails. Longtime friends – or, ‘bros’ – Chris Evernden and chef Raymond Ly aim to share their familys’ traditional recipes, while giving the dishes a contemporary twist with bold flavours.

The menu includes Vietnamese noodle soups with spicy beef or seasonal vegetables; papaya salads with roasted nuts; soups made with purple pork broth, alongside small dishes such as spring rolls and sticky chicken wings. Besides a traditional banh bao with minced pork, the brothers offer their own take on the Viatnemese bao with veggies or chicken and caramelised coconut sauce.

Located on the edge of the graffiti tunnel, Banh Bao Brothers honors the location with artworks by big graffiti names inside the space, while the “Jade Dragon Bar” is inspired by an ancient folk tale.

Leake Street Arches - Banh Bao Brothers

Rat Bar @ 26 Leake Street

Paying homage to the history of the Leake Street Arches, creative events agency Shout About London launches graffiti themed speakeasy ‘Rat Bar.’ The pop-up bar is named after one of Banksy’s lesser-known pieces of art, the Giant Rat, which will be showcased inside the space.

Rat Bar offers signature cocktails such as You Dirty and Double Crossing Rat; an eclectic mix of music and a rotating line-up of live sessions.

Draughts Waterloo - Leake Street Arches

Draughts Waterloo

Now that we have food, music and cocktails, the only thing that is missing is some old school entertainment – London’s first board game café Draughts opens a second location inside Leake Street Arches, bringing you an extensive range of board games.

If you’re winning – or losing, for that matter – you can enjoy local craft beers, ales and wines, alongside small snacks such as hummus and bruschetta with bread.

And it’s not just board games at Draughts Waterloo: you’ll also find boards with charcuterie, mezze and cheese – because food is what brings people together again.

Featured image: Leake Street Arches

The Facts
NAME: Leake Street Arches
IT'S: A venue with independent bars, restaurants and entertainment spaces

16-06-2018

OPENED: June 16th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: LCR
DID YOU KNOW: Phase two of the opening will welcome other concepts such as Mamuśka! Polish Kitchen and Bar - stay tuned
LOCATION: Waterloo
ADDRESS: Leake St, South Bank, SE1 7NN
CLOSEST TUBE: Waterloo
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: Email: [email protected]
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
RESERVATIONS: No

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