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London Borough of Lambeth
Shown within Greater London
Status London borough
— Total
Ranked 313th
26.82 km2 (10.4 sq mi)
ONS code 00AY
Admin HQ Brixton
— Total (2008 est.)
Ranked 36th (of 326)
10,234 /km2 (26,506 /sq mi)
White British
White Irish
Other White
White & Black Caribbean
White & Black African
White & Asian
Other Mixed
Other Asian
Black Caribbean
Black African
Other Black
(2005 estimates)[1]
Lambeth London Borough Council
Logo of Lambeth London Borough Council
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Mayor Cllr Christopher Wellbelove
Executive Labour
MPs Keith Hill (Lab)
Kate Hoey (Lab)
Tessa Jowell (Lab)
London Assembly
— Member
Lambeth and Southwark
Valerie Shawcross (Lab)
Coat of Arms
Coat of arms of Lambeth London Borough Council
Official website

The London Borough of Lambeth (About this sound pronunciation ) is a London borough in South London, England and forms part of Inner London.



The London Borough of Lambeth was formed in 1965 from the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth and part of the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth containing most of the historic parishes of Streatham and Clapham.


Lambeth is a long, thin borough (approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) wide and 7 miles (11 km) long). Brixton is the civic centre of the borough and there are other town centres. The largest shopping areas are (in order of size) Streatham, Brixton, Vauxhall, Clapham and West Norwood.

According to the 2001 census, Lambeth has a population of 266,169. 62% of the borough is White, 12% Black Caribbean and 12% Black African. 37% of householders are owner–occupiers. Lambeth has the highest population density of the Inner London boroughs. It also has a high unemployment rate and crime levels are also high. It has the highest number of homicides in any of the London boroughs.

In the northern end of the borough are the Central London districts of the South Bank and Lambeth which have a developing tourist economy while at the very south of the borough are the leafy suburbs of Gipsy Hill, Tulse Hill, West Dulwich and West Norwood. In between the two are built-up and inner-city districts of Brixton, Brixton Hill, Streatham Hill, Clapham, Clapham Park, Herne Hill, Stockwell and Kennington which are each at different stages of gentrification and have elements of suburban and urban settlement while Vauxhall and South Lambeth are central districts being redeveloped with high density business and residential properties. Streatham sits somewhere between suburban London and inner-city Brixton with the partly suburban and partly built-up areas of Streatham, Streatham Hill and Streatham Vale.


Parks and green spaces

Despite the Borough's high population density, it contains some open spaces of Metropolitan importance including Brockwell Park and Brockwell Lido, Streatham Common, half of Clapham Common, and West Norwood Cemetery.


Along and around the South Bank a tourist area has developed around the former GLC headquarters of County Hall and the Royal Festival Hall and National Theatre. Also on the river is the London Eye and Hayward Gallery, to the east of which is the Oxo Tower wharf and adjacent areas redeveloped by the Coin Street Community Builders. Nearby and also in the north of the borough is St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace and the Florence Nightingale Museum.

A prominent landmark in the middle of the borough is the Art Deco Sunlight Laundry on Acre Lane SW2. Near this is Brixton, home to Lambeth Town Hall and to the Brixton Murals, although one of these is actually in Stockwell (see picture below).

The Sunlight Laundry
The London Eye

Prominent Church buildings include:

  • St Mary Lambeth (now home to the Museum of Garden History)
  • the four "Waterloo Churches" within the former Lambeth Parish:
    • St Matthew, Brixton (now also home to Mass nightclub)
    • St Mark, Kennington
    • St Luke, West Norwood
    • St John, Waterloo
  • Holy Trinity, Clapham
  • St Leonard, Streatham
  • Christ Church, Streatham Hill
  • All Saints' Church, West Dulwich
  • Holy Trinity, Trinity Rise, Tulse Hill
  • St John the Divine, Vassall Road

The Oval cricket ground and its neighbouring gas holders are known throughout the world due to television coverage of Test matches.


Civic affairs


The Mayor of Lambeth for the municipal year 2009-2010 is Cllr Christopher Wellbelove (Clapham Town ward). Lambeth is perhaps unusual in that since 1994 the Mayor is elected unanimously by their fellow councillors with each of the three political parties supplying a candidate in rotation. The Lambeth Borough Website states this underlines the apolitical nature of the Mayor’s role and enables them to represent all the citizens of the borough however some have criticised this arrangement as the council ignoring the political mandate of the voters.

Executive and Opposition

The council is run by a Leader and Cabinet, chaired by council leader Cllr Steve Reed. All members of the Cabinet are from the ruling Labour Party. The Leader of the Opposition is Cllr Ashley Lumsden (Liberal Democrat) and the Leader of the Conservative Opposition is Cllr John Whelan. The Chief Executive is Derrick Anderson CBE, formerly Chief Executive at Wolverhampton Council.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms is that of the former Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth with the addition of two gold stars (mullets) in the second and third quarters of the shield to indicate the addition of the parishes of Clapham and Streatham. The motto is Spectemur Agendo.


The former Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth and its successor have been twinned with the Vincennes district of Paris in France since 1955. Lambeth also has twinning arrangements with Bluefields in Nicaragua; Moskvoretsky in Russia (although this is abeyance since changes to the city government of Moscow); Shinjuku in Japan; and Spanish Town in Jamaica.


Lambeth London Borough Council

In 1985, the left-wing Labour administration of Ted Knight was subjected to 'rate-capping' with its budget restricted by the Government. Knight and most of the Labour councillors protested by refusing to set any budget. This protest resulted in 32 councillors being ordered to repay to the council the interest the council had lost as a result of budgeting delays, and also being disqualified from office.

Since 2002, the Council has had 63 members elected in 21 three-member wards. Between 1978 and 2002, the council comprised 64 members elected in 20 three-member and 2 two-member wards. Prior to this, the council had 60 members elected in 20 three-member wards.

Following a by-election in Vassall Ward on 20 March 2008 won by the Liberal Democrats and the announcement on 9 October 2009 that Cllr Betty Evans-Jacas was taking the Conservative whip,[2] the council currently comprises 37 Labour members, 18 Liberal Democrats, 7 Conservatives and 1 Green, giving the Labour party an overall majority of eleven.

Summary of council election results:

Overall control Labour Lib Dem Conservative Others
2006 Labour 39 17 6 1
2002 Lib Dem/Conservative Coalition 28 28 7 -
1998 Labour 41 18 5 -
1994 No overall control 24 24 16 -
1990 Labour 40 4 20 -
1986 Labour 40 3 21 -
1982 No overall control 32 5 27 -
1978 Labour 42 - 22 -
1974 Labour 46 - 14 -
1971 Labour 51 - 9 -
1968 Conservative 3 - 57 -
1964 Labour 42 - 18 -

Westminster Parliament

The borough is covered by three parliamentary constituencies:


Bridges and tunnels

Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges, seen from the north
Waterloo station from the London Eye.
Stockwell war memorial and shelter

Railway stations

Lambeth areas

Tube stations

Individuals associated with Lambeth


  1. ^ Data Management and Analysis Group, Greater London Authority, Demography Update October 2007, (2007)
  2. ^ Labour Councillor takes Conservative Whip in Lambeth

External links

Coordinates: 51°25′N 0°08′W / 51.417°N 0.133°W / 51.417; -0.133

Simple English

London Borough of Lambeth
Shown within Greater London
Official website
Status London borough
— Total
Ranked 341st
26.82 km²
ONS code 00AY
Admin HQ Brixton
— Total (2005 est.)
Ranked 30th (of 354)
10,034 / km²
Ethnicity 62.4% White
45.9% British
3.2% Irish
9.7% non-British
25.8% Black British
4.8% Mixed Race
4.6% South Asian
1.3% Chinese
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Mayor Cllr Liz Atkinson
Executive Labour
MPs Keith Hill (Lab)
Kate Hoey (Lab)
Tessa Jowell (Lab)
London Assembly
— Member
Lambeth and Southwark
Valerie Shawcross (Lab)

The London Borough of Lambeth is a London Borough. It is in south west London, England.


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