Monday 10 October 2005 10.06am
Wouldn't have helped.
It is amazing how any incident at either the Elephant or Vauxhall can jam up traffic across central London. Even for people who never go south of the river. That said my kids were waiting at Vauxhall for a bus, and didn't see anything there to cause the problem.
In terms of the quickest way, SE1 is confusing as it is a peninsular. So to go to Tower Bridge from Lambeth Bridge
the most direct route is through the Elephant or St Georges Circus. Eg you turn your back to the river. Tube maps, which is how many people see London, is notoriously inaccurate. Worth knowing as many places which seem a long way away are within walking distance.