Lambeth and its Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, have a long history. Lambeth was also the home of a famous pottery, Vauxhall Motors, and a reviving Festival. On the Lambeth bank of the Thames, the Gunpowder Plot was hatched. And in humdrum Lambeth, the National Theatre was born at the Old Vic, and London's County Hall built. The new importance of London's Thames-side South Bank complex, its renovations and the allure of the London Eye have left this area ripe for redevelopment.