Theatres in London Lambeth

Hayward Gallery

Part of the South Bank Centre, a purpose-built utilitarian concrete building overlooking the River Thames near Waterloo Bridge. Opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1968, it was the first major London art gallery to be built following the war. The main viewing area provides an excellent program of temporary art exhibitions; run by the Arts Council. The ground floor has a contemporary style cafe that becomes a bar at night. Open daily.

National Film Theatre

The main venue for the London Film Festival, the centre has two small cinemas, seating just 466 and 162.

National Theatre

Contains three theatres: the Olivier, which is open-staged and named after Lord Olivier (the first director of the National Theatre Company), the smaller Lyttleton and the even smaller Cottesloe, which specialises in experimental productions. The building was designed by Sir Denys Lasdun and opened in 1976. An important collection of theatrical paintings adorn the walls in the large foyer area, where live bands often entertain visitors.

Old Vic

One of the great theatres of London. Opened in 1818 and restored in the 1980s. During first half of the 20th-c. it was the centre of Shakespearean theatre, ballet and opera, later becoming the home of the National Theatre Company. It now shows popular plays and musicals amid its ornate Victorian decor.

Royal Festival Hall

The only permanent building built for the 1951 Festival of Britain. The concert hall can seat 3000 and its stage can accommodate more than 100 players and singers. Its open design allows views across the Thames.

Parks and Gardens in Lambeth

Archbishop's Park

Large open park next to Lambeth Palace, comprising 20 acres of gardens, walks, shrubberies and flower borders, plus a children's play area.

Opening times: open certain times of the year only for special exhibitions, see website for details.
Location: London, SE1 7JU - Tel: 020 7898 1200

Albert Embankment

A pleasant riverside walk, created during the 19th century. The walk is about a mile long, from Lambeth Palace in the north to Vauxhall Bridge in the south. Plenty of seating is provided, with benches raised on plinths so the River Thames can be easily viewed over its retaining wall. The wall is decorated with iron lamp standards in the shape of dolphins. Near Westminster Bridge is the lone statue of a lion on a tall plinth, erected on the site of the now closed Lion Brewery.

Jubilee Gardens

A short walk from Hungerford Bridge to Westminster Bridge through these peaceful gardens provides excellent views of the River Thames and Houses of Parliament, beyond. These beautiful paved gardens cover the site of the 1951 Festival of Britain and were opened in 1977 as part of the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

Shopping in Lambeth

New Covent Garden

A modern market place, transferred in 1974 from its old site at Covent Garden, where it had been held since 1670.

Lambeth Walk

Street made famous by the Cockney style song of 1930s 'Doing the Lambeth Walk'. A market is held here daily. A plaque marks the house where Charlie Chaplin once lived.


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