Lambeth map location

Lambeth address

Lambeth SW2

How to get to Lambeth

Find car parks near Lambeth
Find minicab firms near Lambeth
3, 12, 53, 59, 77, 148, 159, 344, 360, 453, 507, C10
Bus fares in London
Lambeth North BKL
Train fares in London
The gatehouse of Lambeth Palace Lambeth Palace

Lambeth is notable for just two things: Lambeth Palace, and its fine views of Parliament across the Thames.

This area of London was for a long time covered in swamps and mud-banks – its name derives from loam hithe, meaning mud place – and it is believed that one of these mud banks made it the easiest place for the Romans to ford the river. Their first bridge may have been across to Thorney Island, just south of where the Houses of Parliament stand today.

The area remained largely undeveloped until the early 18th-century when Westminster Bridge was opened, and is nowadays filled with uninteresting shops, estates and offices.

History of Lambeth Palace

Lambeth Palace has been the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury since 1207. The oldest surviving part of the Palace is Lollard’s Tower, which dates from 1440. The large brick gatehouse dates from 1495.

Due to the South Bank’s undeveloped charm he largely had the area to himself, and commuted across the river by barge.


If you enjoy this then try: Battersea; Battersea Power Station; Florence Nightingale Museum (you can walk it 10 mins); Lambeth Palace (you can walk it in 6 mins) and Waterloo (walk it in 12 mins or catch a train from Vauxhall to Waterloo).

Copyright © 2018 London Drum · Contact us · Cookies / Privacy policy · Search / Site map
London city guide