Not really SE1 I know but I thought I'd ask anyway....
We drove out of London last night, left our flat at about half seven, and got stuck in some horrendous traffic jams and it took us two hours to get to join the A4 in Hammersmith.
so, does anyone know why we were diverted off the main road on the way to Vauxhall Cross, past the Oval. and also why Battersea Bridge is closed, and also why we couldnt' drive north west from Parsons green to join the A4 further west and had to go back on ourselves up to Hammersmith?
we didn't hear a single traffic report on Capital fm in those two hours!
I'm also interested. The jam stretched back as far as Trafalgar Square. My kids took 90 minutes to get back from Clapham. No TP. We were all on buses, though ended up getting off and walking. It was amazingly bad.
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.