Westminster Bridge Road
Between 1740 and 1746, the Commissioners of Westminster Bridge bought land from the Archbishop of Canterbury and ground in Lambeth Marsh from the Lord Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London for the approach to the bridge on the southern Surrey side. This was the start of Westminster Bridge Road.
It then passes under the railway lines just west of Waterloo station and crosses Lower Marsh before reaching the junction at Lambeth North tube station, which used to be known as Westminster Bridge Road between July 1906 and April 1917. At this junction, Baylis Road and Hercules Road meet and the A23 bears right (southward) as Kennington Road.
The road then continues as the A3202 and curves slightly northeast as it enters the St George's one-way system (traffic flows eastbound only) and ends at St George's Circus, which is where Waterloo Road, Blackfriars Road, Borough Road, London Road and Lambeth Road meet.
Places of interest
Between 1964 and 1994 the office block located at 100 Westminster Bridge Road, otherwise known as Century House, was home to the UK's overseas intelligence agency, the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), or more commonly MI6. The building was refurbished and converted into homes designed by Assael Architecture and opened as The Perspective Building in 2001.
The London Necropolis railway station rebuilt its terminus in 1902, moving it to Westminster Bridge Road. Although the station was bombed in 1941 and subsequently closed, the entrance can still be seen at 121 Westminster Bridge Road.
The famous Canterbury Music Hall was situated at 143 Westminster Bridge Road. It was erected by Charles Morton in 1852 adjacent to the Canterbury Tavern. It was destroyed by bombing in 1942. Opposite the Canterbury was another music hall known as "Gatti's-in-the-Road", after its owner Carlo Gatti. This opened in 1865. It later became a cinema and, after being badly damaged in the Second World War, was demolished in 1950.
The Lincoln Tower built by Christopher Newman Hall in the late nineteenth century in memory of Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation is situated close to the junction with Kennington Park Road.
The Overseas Development Institute's office is in Westminister Bridge Road.
The Roman Catholic St George's Cathedral, Southwark is situated between Westminster Bridge Road and St George's Road.