Once most well-known for a song and corresponding dance craze that were named after one of its streets, modern Lambeth combines a great central location with a down-to-earth vibe.
Lambeth is a borough of London just across the River Thames from Westminster. The South London area has a population of around 320,000 and is, therefore, one of the busiest areas of the capital. With two bridges, Lambeth Bridge and Westminster Bridge, linking with the opposite bank of the river, and its own Bakerloo Line underground station, not to mention London Waterloo just a few minutes’ walks to the north, Lambeth’s accessibility also helps in making it a popular place to stay.
The Imperial War Museum, in Lambeth itself, is well worth a visit while staying there, while many of London’s famous sites are an easy journey across the river; including Tate Britain and the Houses of Parliament. Corporate travellers will find Lambeth serviced apartments a great way to get the best of both worlds while staying in London.
Many believe the name ‘Lambeth’ comes from the Old English words ‘lamb’ and ‘hythe’, suggesting the London borough was a ‘landing place for lambs or sheep’. Historians believe this to be true based on the recordings of the Domesday Book, which named the area ‘Lamhytha’ in the late eleventh century. Around that time, the land was also under the possession of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Since then and up until the eighteenth century, the borough was considered to be merely marshland and fields, home to a few scattered villages and hamlets. The population were utilising this rural environment as a good commuting location for Central London.
The opening of Westminster Bridge in 1750, accompanied by horse ferry transportation across the Thames proved vital for the local people and the bulk shipping network which followed. However, the impacts of World War II, unfortunately, halted much of the progress of the borough. Nowadays though, the riverfront is considered to be one of Europe’s major cultural centres. Embracing this exclusive culture and the many leisurely opportunities can be easily achieved when staying in Lambeth aparthotels or city apartments.
Examining the economic qualities of Lambeth, as a whole, can prove to be difficult, considering its narrow geography which spreads from central to outer (southern) London. For instance, much of Northern Lambeth has similar characteristics of Central London, and many areas fall in the Central Activities Zone (CAZ), whereas Southern Lambeth is predominantly residential. The benefits of being in one of the world's most attractive and competitive business locations, as the Lambeth districts of Vauxhall and South Bank are, include better transport accessibility, a more enterprising atmosphere for business start-ups and also higher quality town centres or main business hubs.
The northern districts also share the same population diversity as central London, which makes for an encouraging environment for new niche and culture-based business. The diversity of businesses and corporates in the area have also contributed to its high ranking in the UK Competitiveness Index, rising from 18th to 11th in recent times. Ultimately, whether corporates wish to commute or situate themselves at the heart of the business environment, Lambeth corporate accommodation can enable the most comfortable of stays in the London borough.
For such a central part of the capital, Lambeth is surprisingly unpretentious, and this probably has a lot to do with the fact that is a part of the wider London Borough of Lambeth, which stretches down as far as Streatham, and comprises many of inner London’s traditionally. So, what business travellers coming to stay in serviced apartments in Lambeth will find is a place that effortlessly blends central London’s culture and chic with traditional pubs and a gritty, authentic feel.
Of course, one of the best benefits for staying in the borough, particularly in the north and even in just Lambeth short term accommodation, is that access to Central London is straightforward. However, Lambeth also has its own attractions. The Coca-Cola London Eye sits in Lambeth, right on the edge of the Thames and next to the Jubilee Gardens. Moreover, this is accompanied by the London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium and the Florence Nightingale Museum just down the road. These attractions are also just a Westminster Bridge walk away from London’s iconic national timepiece, Big Ben. Ultimately, visitors here are sure to find it hard to be bored!
Whilst all these attractions are great, they are all slightly more associated with the capital. Lambeth Palace, on the other hand, is attached to the borough and is representative of the exclusive Lambeth heritage. Installed with a thirteenth-century chapel and historic library, which holds the largest religious collection outside of the Vatican, this is also the Archbishop of Canterbury’s residence. Its beautiful summer garden and enchanting buildings can also play host to charity events and receptions. The Palace is truly a sight to behold, and arguably boasts more Lambeth heritage than any other attraction.
Lambeth benefits from not only possessing similar characteristics and a business environment alike Central London, but also has its own identity. It has its own economic strategy and competitive business climate, making it more than just a commuter destination for London. Reaping the benefits of the inner London borough is easy when staying in comfortable Lambeth furnished housing.
Lambeth’s inner London location also benefits from being near two of the capital’s biggest airports. London City (LCY) and Heathrow (LHR) Airports are both no farther than an hour’s car journey from central Lambeth, to the east and west respectively.
Both airports are well connected to tube and bus transport networks. Heathrow additionally has its own railway station on site. Taxis also run frequently for transfers to both these airports.
There are several train stations which cover the area of Lambeth. This means both internal and external rail travel involving Lambeth is straightforward and simple.
Both Waterloo and Waterloo East stations are located in the north, Wandsworth Road, Clapham High Street, Brixton, Herne Hill and Loughborough Junctions run on a line through Central Lambeth, whilst Streatham Common, Streatham Hill, Streatham, West Norwood and Tulse Hill are spread across the south.
The Northern Underground Line runs straight through the London Borough of Lambeth, alongside the A3. The southernmost tube station is Clapham South, alongside the Clapham Common, whereas the northernmost is Kennington station.
Between these two underground stations, running along the Northern Line are; Clapham Common, Clapham North, Stockwell, Oval, Kennington.
As well as many railway and underground stations, Lambeth is also equally well-equipped with bus services and routes. Routes can provide passengers with easy travel in-and-out of Lambeth with limited hassle.
The biggest bus stations in the borough include Lambeth North, Lambeth Bridge, South Lambeth Road Stockwell and Lambeth Town Hall.