About Lambeth Palace
Lambeth Palace has been a London residence of Archbishops of Canterbury since the 13th century.
Lambeth Palace, on the south bank of the River Thames opposite Parliament, has been a historic London residence of Archbishops of Canterbury since the 13th Century. It acts as a home for the Archbishop and his family when in London - and as the central office for his national and international ministry.
The Archbishop employs a team of staff to support him in his work here. In addition to the Archbishop's senior advisers and administrative staff, the Palace is serviced by a building manager, steward, cook, gardeners, gatekeepers and cleaners, all of whom take care of the historic building and its grounds.
The Palace serves as a venue for hospitality and events for the Church of England, while in the summer its sizeable grounds play host to garden parties for organisations and charities supported by the Archbishop. Guided tours of the Palace take place regularly, allowing visitors to explore the buildings and grounds and learn about their history.
The grounds of Lambeth Palace are also home to the Lambeth Palace Library, the historic library and record office of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal repository of the documentary history of the Church of England. Its collections have been freely available for research since 1610. The library has recently begun placing much of its archived material online and its collection has been awarded designated status by the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council.
In recent years it has become necessary to increase the care and maintenance of Lambeth Palace. Following an environmental audit by Imperial College London, special consideration has been given to the environmental impact of plans for future work to upgrade the fabric of the Palace. Possibilities for energy self-generation are to be incorporated when all major renovations are considered in future.