Lambeth View slideshowThe London Burough of Lambeth is an area of south London. There is no distinct town center in Lambeth but it does have some landmark attractions that are definitely worth visiting. These include County Hall, Lambeth Palace, the London Eye, the Florence Nightingale Museum, and the National Theatre to name just a few.Allow at least a half a day to take in some of the attractions in Lambeth, longer if you want to see and do it all.
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum, covering the history of the two World Wars up to the Gulf War, was founded in 1920 and moved to its present premises in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Lambeth, in 1936.The building which houses the museum, formerly the original 'Bedlam', Bethlehem Royal Hospital (a lunatic asylum), has been revamped and adapted to include such features as an enormous glazed atrium. Two ship's guns stand at the entrance to the museum. External sites belonging to the museum are HMS Belfast, the Cabinet War Rooms and the aircraft museum at Duxford near Cambridge.The hub of the museum is the large exhibition hall housing aircraft, tanks and artillery from the two World Wars. These include Field Marshal Montgomery's command tank, a Mustang fighter aircraft, a German one-man submarine and German V1 and V2 rockets. St Paul's may be seen through a giant periscope from the First World War.Visitors can have a close-up view of aircraft from the gallery encircling the hall. Paintings from the period of the two World Wars are displayed in the upper rooms.The basement rooms house a chronological display of the First and Second World Wars containing weaponry, uniforms and medals.Also in the basement, the Trench Experience recreates life in the trenches during the First World War, while the Blitz Experience gives a vivid impression of air-raid conditions in the London "Blitz" of the Second World War (not recommended for young children or those of a nervous disposition!).To discover what it was like to fly on a secret mission with the RAF, Operation Jericho simulates a Mosquito fighter bomber's night raid over northern France during the Second World War.
Address: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England
Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB, England
Address: Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB, England
Florence Nightingale Museum
Florence Nightingale became famous for caring for British troops during the Crimean War. The Florence Nightingale Museum displays items that she owned, items related to the Crimean War, and materials from the Nightingale School and St. Thomas' Hospital. The museum's collection also includes portraits of Florence Nightingale, archives, and a library collection.Overall the Florence Nightingale Museum is very organized and well laid out. It would be of interest to anyone with some knowledge on the subject or looking to learn more and about this woman and her contributions to the Crimean War.
Address: Gassiot House, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW, England
The Jubilee Gardens, established in 1977 for the Queen's Silver Jubilee, join County Hall to the north. A memorial honors the British members of the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War.The gardens themselves are rather plain compared to others in London. Concerts and other events are sometimes held in Jubilee Gardens during the summer months. The London Eye stands next to the gardens.Redevelopment of the area is planned and visitors may see changes to the Jubilee Garden, but the hope is that the park will remain a green space for all to enjoy.
Address: Belvedere Road, South Bank, England
The Garden Museum (formerly Museum of Garden History)
The Museum of Garden History is housed in a mansion on the Thames.One of the highlights is a replica 17th century formal garden. This is really a musum for serious gardeners and unlikely to overly impress those with little knowledge on the subject, particularly if they have already visited some of the larger gardens in London.Also at the The Garden Museum lie the tombs of the two John Tradescants who were both gardeners for Charles I. Admiral Bligh (Captain Bligh) of the "Bounty" is also buried on the grounds. Visitors can purchase a variety of plants and seeds.
Address: Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB, England
East Street Market
East Street Market is open every day except Monday, but is best on Sundays when almost all the stalls are open. People flood in here from all over. At the market visitors will find, new clothing, appliances, music, jewelry, bags, shoes, cosmetics, as well as fruits and vegetables. There are also seasonal items throughout the year, including Christmas.The East Street Market has been around since the 1880s but trade on this street has taken place since the 16th Century. It is one of the oldest markets in London.
In the southern part of Lambeth is the 12th C Lambeth Palace, for over 700 years the London residence of the Archbishops of Canterbury. Every ten years the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops is held in the Great Hall of the palace.The Lambeth Palace usually appreciated from the exterior as it is usually closed to the public unless a tour has been arranged in advance. The gardens however are sometimes accessible.The most familiar riverside sight associated with the palace is the Tudor gatehouse which dates from 1485.
The new London Aquarium has more than 350 species with a total of over 30,000 fish, sea creatures and plants from all over the globe. It features some 50 displays with 14 different zones representing different areas of the world. The aquarium contains some 2 million litres of water. Some of the more popular items on show are the sharks and the touch pool.The London Aquarium is located in the historic Lambeth County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames. It is family oriented and entertaining for all ages.
Address: County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB, England
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