Lambeth Palace


There are so many things to write about on London that it can be difficult to know how to categorise them all, and for me I find putting articles under the borough they belong to seems to make the most sense, so before I expand on some of the things to see and do in Lambeth, here is a brief introduction to the borough itself.

Lambeth is a long thin wedge of South London that runs for about seven miles from the Thames down to Streatham and West Norwood, but I think it’s fair to say that the riverside stretch between Gabriel’s Wharf and just slightly upstream of Vauxhall Bridge is the area that most visitors would be interested in.

Records show that in 1062 the area was called Lambehitha, which meant ‘Landing Place for Lambs’. It must have seen many changes since then, but for almost 800 years Lambeth Palace has continued to be the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England.

The Queen's Walk alongside the former County Hall
Gabriel's Wharf

The population has since grown to 303,086 (2011 census), and for the statisticians among you, the borough had the second most voters in favour of remaining in the European Union in the 2016 referendum (78.62%), after Gibraltar.

Brixton is the civic centre of Lambeth, which politically speaking, has a history of leaning to the left of the political spectrum, both in local and national elections.

The National Theatre and the Southbank
The National Theatre and the Southbank

As far as things to see and do are concerned, most of them are concentrated alongside the river. The Queen’s Walk runs alongside the river through Lambeth and Southwark’s Bankside to Tower Bridge. The Lambeth section includes the Albert Embankment, the London Eye and the South Bank cultural complex.

Lambeth Bridge
Lambeth Bridge
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