One of the finest examples of medieval architecture left in London, Lambeth Palace is the home to one very important resident and his family; the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Although you’d expect this impressive historic building to be out of bounds to the public, those staying at our London boutique hotels might be surprised to find that you can pay a visit to Lambeth Palace during your visit to the city.
Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, between Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge, Lambeth Palace is easy to reach via Tube from the Montcalm hotel London, so read on for a five-minute guide to the palace and the best way to get there.
Things to see
Lambeth Palace really is a historical treasure trove with plenty to see and do. As this remarkable building is a working residence and home to the Archbishop and his family, tours are by appointment only and must be booked in advance, so make sure you make enquiries as soon as you’ve made your reservation to stay at the Montcalm hotel London.
All tours are run by a committed team of volunteers who have an exceptional knowledge about the building, gardens and surrounding area. By taking a tour, you are able to visit the rooms, crypt and chapels of Lambeth Palace and discover the history behind them.
You’ll also be given insider knowledge about notable former Archbishops and the role they have played in the history of London, making it an excellent experience for history buffs and those who appreciate medieval architecture.
Get ready to do a little walking during the tour and be sure to wear flat shoes due to some uneven ground. To restore those tired legs, you can also pay a visit to the Montcalm hotel spa to relax your weary muscles with a steam room session or expert massage.
If you’ll be staying at the Montcalm hotel London on selected days of the year, Lambeth Palace often run a series of special events once per month including fetes and garden open days so that visitors can enjoy the splendid gardens, immaculately manicured shrubs and see plants whose ancestors would have been situated in the garden during Tudor times.
This year’s annual Lambeth Palace fete is due to take place on Saturday 22nd July 2019, so book your stay at our London boutique hotels in advance to ensure you don’t miss this important event on the London social calendar.
How to get there
Getting to Lambeth Palace from the takes just twenty minutes via Tube using the Central and Jubilee lines, but if you’re feeling revitalised after your visit to the Montcalm hotel spa, then you can walk to your destination via Hyde Park and across Lambeth Bridge. You’ll get some great views of the Thames River en-route.
If you are planning to stroll to Lambeth Palace, make sure you leave an hour before your tour starts as you’re certain to spot some great photo opportunities as you walk to your destination.