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Millbank is an area of central Londonmarker in the City of Westminstermarker. Millbank is located by the River Thames, east of Pimlicomarker and south of Westminstermarker. The area derives its name from a mill house belonging to nearby Westminster Abbeymarker.

Millbank's general appearance dates from the 1930s, when the area was extensively rebuilt to repair damage caused by the 1928 Thames floodmarker disaster, following the collapse of a 25m section of the Thames Embankmentmarker.







Millbank shares the name of the main road (A3212) along the north bank of the River Thames, extending northwards from Vauxhall Bridgemarker to Abingdon Street, just south from Parliament Squaremarker. There are parliamentary offices situated across this road, notably No.7, built as the headquarters of British American Tobacco. The road was created as part of the Thames Embankment in the mid 19th century and lies above a large interceptor sewer.

The former Royal Army Medical College, situated at Millbank, is the site where the vaccine for typhoid was first developed, and in the late 19th century, was where the world’s first modern prison was established. The listed site has since been renovated as a purpose built arts college for the Chelsea College of Art and Designmarker in 2005. The Tate Britainmarker art gallery is situated directly opposite near the end of Vauxhall Bridgemarker, providing a distinct arts presence in the area.

The headquarters of the British chemicals giant ICI was originally located at Nobel House in Millbank before it relocated to Manchester Squaremarker, also situated in London. The headquarters for the Northern Ireland Office, MI5marker and Thames Housemarker are also nearby.

Before the 1997 General Election, the Labour Party acquired two floors of the Millbank Towermarker as its headquarters. The £1 million per annum rent, however, forced the party to vacate the tower in 2001 for 16 Old Queen Street. Neighboring College Greenmarker is used as the location for interviewing politicians outdoors.

In British politics, the term 'Millbank Machine' or 'Millbank tendency' (a play on 'Militant tendency') was initially used to refer to those who were regarded by some as spin doctors.

Millbank Studios reside in the area as an independent broadcast company, owned by ITV. The studio is situated opposite the Houses of Parliamentmarker. The BBC Parliament broadcasting channel is also situated nearby (intended to broadcast parliamentary and general political coverage on behalf of the BBC). No.4 is the location commonly used by broadcasters for producing coverage of the Westminstermarker area, including the BBC, Sky News and ITV. RTEmarker also have their London bureau at the same location.

Notable buildings

Hide Tower is a twenty story building of 162 flats built by the local council and was designed by architects Stillman and Eastwick-Field. The complex has an arrangement of thirty trees on the site including a private flower garden. There is also a mini golf facility and community hall for resident meetings. Approximately a quarter of the accommodation is privately rented; the other half is rented from Westminster City Council and the remaining are owner occupied. The name derives from "hide", an old English land measure (used in the Domesday Survey of 1086).

The nearest London Underground stations are Westminstermarker, Pimlicomarker and Victoria. London Victoriamarker is also a National Rail main line terminus and nearby is the national coach station.


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