The area of Lambeth is perched on the banks of the river Thames across from Westminster. Not one, but two, bridges connect Lambeth to its across the Thames counterparts, putting you in the middle of London without having to bear the crowds. You can explore your way to Southbank along the Thames Path or take to the water from Lambeth Pier, all whilst taking in stunning views of The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
Lambeth even has its own palace to rival Westminster’s and is the official London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Part of Lambeth Palace’s original grounds are now Green Flag award winning Archbishop’s park, which offers a lovely playground designed by children at Evelina Children’s Hospital, lawns, gardens, tennis courts and a football pitch. The Imperial War Museum also calls Lambeth home and is set within Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, with its own Tibetan Peace Garden, opened in 1999 by the Dalai Lama.
You will not have to walk far before stumbling across gold gilded taverns and old-world watering holes, such as The Three Stags, The Black Prince and The Windmill. In fact, you won’t have to walk far to find anything. Newport Street Gallery presents exhibitions of work by Damien Hirst’s art collection and the building itself has recently been awarded RIBA Stirling Prize for best building. Tate Britain and The Old Vic Theatre are also a short walk away.
Despite all it has to offer, Lambeth remains unpretentious and brutalist architecture characterises the urban landscape. There is a diverse mix of properties from Victorian terraces to new Docklands developments and council homes. Lambeth is zone 1 and gives you the option of using Lambeth North tube station on the Bakerloo line or Waterloo train and tube station on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines.