The Lambeth Walk - art & entertainment south of the river
“Any time you’re Lambeth way
Any evening, any day,
You’ll find us all
Doin’ the Lambeth walk.”
Oi! As the good old cockney Bill Snibson would have sung! Things have changed since then. For years people have passed through this part of London without stopping. But it's making a comeback. New galleries are popping up, the gay community is fleeing increasingly gentrified Soho to hit the clubs and pubs of Vauxhall.
This Lambeth Walk is a chance to explore a part of central London that has always been set apart; cast adrift by the river, cheeky, proud, a place of alternative entertainments.
350 years ago it was home to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens later it was birthplace to the circus and the music hall. It was the home of Charlie Chaplin who walked the streets entranced by the vaudeville stars who lived here.
So join me down Lambeth way where......
“Ev’rything free and easy,
Do as darn well pleasey,
Why don’t you make your way there?
Go there, stay there”
Pre-booking is essential.
The walk starts at Vauxhall. Please check travel arrangements on the day at Transport for London's Journey Planner site.
When & Where
Michael Duncan, Footprints of London
Michael is a qualifed Westminster City of guide. His walks include the history of Savile Row, the Women of Soho, James Bond and the spies of Mayfair, and the scandals of Belgravia.