We are an annual celebration of arts, community and heritage in the artistic heart of London and this year we're bringing our festival online.

Enjoy this year's festival from home!

Drawing of the garden at St John's Waterloo by David Bassadone


Featuring La La Land by Peter Avery as it appeared in Nothing Endures But Change:

An outdoors sculpture exhibition curated by Susan Haire, Waterloo Festival 2018

Our 2020 theme is Transforming Communities and with a rich line-up of international, London-based and local creatives, we’re making this year’s virtual festival a transformative force for good in this time of crisis.


This website will be continually updated between 27th April and 28th June so we hope you’ll be a frequent visitor. Each week, we’ll be introducing new aspects of Waterloo from extraordinary artists and digital performers to some of the people who live and work here and have stories to tell. 


This is a festival for the community, produced by the community. If you’re working on a creative project, have something to share or ideas for what you’d like to find here, let us know by emailing us at: festival@stjohnswaterloo.org

Back in 1951, our home - St John’s Waterloo - was rebuilt as The Church of The Festival of Britain. That festival, organised only six years after the end of WWII at a time of rationing, austerity and low spirits, was intended as a ‘tonic for the nation’. This year, the Waterloo Festival can once again make our neighbourhood a focus for renewal. Join us and enjoy!

Follow us on instagram at: @waterloofestiv

Find us at:

St John's Waterloo

Waterloo Road

London SE1 8TY

Presented by:

Presenting sponsor:

HB Reavis logo.jpg

Website design and illustrations:

Hart Club

David Bassadone