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Lambeth Palace, London

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Lambeth Palace is the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury in England, in north Lambeth, on the south bank of the River Thames, 400 yards south-east of the Palace of Westminster, which houses the Houses of Parliament, on the opposite bank.HistoryThe building, originally called the Manor of Lambeth or Lambeth House, has been – for nearly 800 years – the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose original residence was in Canterbury, Kent. In addition, Lambeth Palace is home to the Community of Saint Anselm, an Anglican religious order that is under the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lambeth Palace was acquired by the archbishopric around 1200 AD and has the largest collection of records of the Church in its library. It is bounded by Lambeth Palace Road to the west and Lambeth Road to the south, but unlike all surrounding land is excluded from the parish of North Lambeth. The garden park is listed and resembles Archbishop's Park, a neighbouring public park; however, it was a larger area with a notable orchard until the early 19th century. The former church in front of its entrance has been converted to the Garden Museum. The south bank of the Thames along this reach, not part of historic London, developed slowly because the land was low and sodden: it was called Lambeth Marsh, as far downriver as the present Blackfriars Road. The name "Lambeth" embodies "hithe", a landing on the river: archbishops came and went by water, as did John Wycliff, who was tried here for heresy. In the English peasants' revolt of 1381 the Palace was attacked.
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  • This has been on the list for a while ever since reading that the current A of C opens the Gardens and parts of the Palace on the first Friday of each Month - which rather begs the question why as lit...  more »
  • I joined an organised tour of the buildings and gardens - one might almost say secret gardens, though they do open regularly - on the bank of the Thames just opposite the Houses of Parliament. The exp...  more »
  • Just very lucky to get to see this last year and only now getting around to write the review. I had a tour through Open House London which may be the onle of the few ways that you can get in to see th...  more »
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  • A beautiful haven of peace and tranquility in the middle of a bustling London neighbourhood. Access to palace somewhat limited (Great Hall, crypt and shop) although the gardens were, for the most part, open to the public. Careful, considerate planting is seeking at present to restore some of the historic characteristics of a well-appointed garden.
  • Was library and garden open day. Library has collection of amazing books. I found books from late 1400s. The display examples and history of ppl ace was well worth the visit.
  • Beautiful gardens and a tasty cup of tea if you are lucky enough to getto have a look around this beautiful palace
  • Went to Friday's open garden tour which was advertised to still be on Friday 6th October. Arrived, it was cancelled with no warning. Security staff told us, very ubruptly, to return next week. Should I? It should be advertised on the website if it is open or to be cancelled.
  • Historic building, extensive gardens, bees and falcon - all within the sound of Big Ben! Only open on certain Friday afternoons in the summer, though. Check website for details.

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