Monday 22 September 2014 8.57pm
My mother was creamated at the Honour Oak Crematorium (Camberwell New Cemetery, Brenchley Gardens, Camberwell, London, SE23 3RD).
It is just under 4 miles from her home in SE1 which isn't too bad.
I think the reason why there aren't any crematoriums in central London is down to the Cremation Act 1902. This stated that:
No crematorium built could be closer than fifty yards to any public highway, or in the consecrated area of a burial ground. It could not be built within two hundred yards of any dwelling house without the written consent of the owner, lessee and occupier, and the act was not to be interpreted to "authorise the burial authority or any person to create or permit a nuisance".
The sheer density of central London meant that crematoriums had to be build in outlying area of lower density.