Lambeth is a London borough in south London, England, which forms part of Inner London. Its name was recorded in 1062 as Lambehitha, translating as 'landing place for lambs', and in 1255 as Lambeth. The borough covers a total area of around 10.36 square miles. Lambeth is a long, thin borough, being about 3 miles (4.8 km) wide and 7 miles (11 km) long. Brixton is its civic centre, and there are other town centres.
While Lambeth Marsh was drained during the eighteenth century, it is commemorated by the street name of Lower Marsh. The borough is the home of the geographical centre of London at Frazier Street close to Lambeth North tube station. According to population estimates made in the middle of 2014, Lambeth has a permanent population of around 318216 inhabitants. Regardless of the borough's population density, Lambeth has open spaces. They include Brockwell Park and Lido, Streatham Common, half of Clapham Common, West Norwood Cemetery, Archbishop's Park, Norbury Park, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and Ruskin and Kennington Parks.
Along and around the South Bank, a tourist area has evolved about the previous Greater London Council headquarters of County Hall as well as the Southbank Centre and National Theatre. Also around the river is the London Eye and Shell Centre. Nearby is St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace and also the Florence Nightingale Museum. A landmark in the centre of the borough is the Art Deco Sunlight Laundry on Acre Lane. Nearby is Brixton, home of Lambeth Town Hall along with the Brixton Murals.