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Lambeth BoroughLondon
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On the south bank of the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben is the ancient Borough of Lambeth. The Borough stretches south as far as Blackfriars Bridge and incorporates the South Bank.

In medieval times the land on the south side of the river was low-lying marsh. Cottages and small holdings grew up on the marsh before it was drained in 1817 when it became cheap development land for the ever expanding city of London. The area around Waterloo Station known as Lower Marsh and The Cut recalls these early origins.

For 1200 years some of the land along the south bank of the river upstream from Blackfriars Bridge to Lambeth Bridge has been owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury and it was here that they built their palace. The Archbishop would arrive at his Lambeth Palace residence by river on a special barge. Lambeth Palace is still the official London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Primate of the Anglican Church).

Red Brick Tudor Gatehouse
The beautiful red brick Tudor gatehouse at the southern end of Lambeth Bridge marks the entrance to Lambeth Palace. The gatehouse was built in 1495. The buildings inside the walled palace date from the 15th century or have been built later in a style matching the 15th century gatehouse.
 
There are guided tours of the Palace, but a glimpse of what is behind the walls can be gained by sitting upstairs on a double-decker bus going down Lambeth Palace Road.
 
The Palace gardens are regularly opened to the public. See our article “Lambeth Palace” in this website.
 
Beside the entrance to Lambeth Palace is the de-consecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth with its historic churchyard. It is now the Garden Museum.
 
Also in this area are the famous Oval Cricket Ground, the Imperial War Museum and The Old Vic Theatre.
 
Getting There
To plan your journey, we sugest you use this TfL 'Journey Planner'
 
- By Underground
Waterloo Station          Central, Northern, Jubilee, Waterloo & City Lines
Southwark Station        Jubilee Line
London Bridge Station   Northern, Jubilee Line
Oval Station                 Northern Line
 
- By Bus
Visit the Transport for London website above and use their 'Journey Planner'.
 
- By Walking
Walk from the Houses of Parliament across Westminster Bridge to South Bank  
 
Google Maps - Lambeth Borough