Sunday, November 25, 2007

Coordinates: 51°29′58″N 0°07′60″W / 51.4995, -0.1333
Millbank is an area of central London in the City of Westminster. Millbank is located by the Thames, east of Pimlico and south of Westminster.
The area derives its name from a mill house belonging to nearby Westminster Abbey. By the 19th century, the area was dominated by Millbank Prison used in the deportation of prisoners to the British colonies. Much of Millbank's present appearance dates from the 1930s, when the area was extensively rebuilt to repair damage caused by the 1928 Thames flood disaster, in which 14 local residents drowned following the collapse of a 25m section of the Thames Embankment.
Millbank is also the name of the main road (A3212) along the north bank of the River Thames, extending northwards from Vauxhall Bridge Road to Abingdon Street, just south of Parliament Square. Some Parliamentary offices are based in buildings along this road, notably No.7, which was built as the HQ of British American Tobacco. The Tate Britain art gallery stands near the Vauxhall Bridge Road end. The road was created as part of the Thames Embankment in the mid 19th century and lies above a large interceptor sewer.
The headquarters of the British chemicals giant ICI were located at Nobel House on Millbank, before it relocated to Manchester Square, also in London. The MI5 headquarters, Thames House, stands nearby.
Before the 1997 General Election, the Labour Party took over two floors of the Millbank Tower as its headquarters. The £1 million per annum rent forced the party to vacate the tower in 2001 for 16 Old Queen Street.
In British politics, the term 'Millbank Machine' or 'Millbank tendency' (a play on 'Militant tendency') was used to refer to those who were regarded by some as spin doctors.
Millbank Studios, an independent broadcast services company, is based in the area, opposite the Houses of Parliament.
No4. Millbank, It is here many major broadcasters base their coverage of Westminster including the BBC, Sky News and ITV companies. RTE also have their London bureau here.
BBC Parliament, a channel dedicated to Parliamentary and general political coverage is run by Millbank Studios on behalf of the BBC.
Neighbouring College Green is used as the location for outside interviews with politicians.

For education in Millbank see the main City of Westminster article.

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