Floods of 1953
Event From 31/1/1953 To 31/1/1953
From Thamesweb: "In January 1953, the east coast of England was devastated by some of the worst flooding in recent memory. A number of extreme weather events combined to cause major flooding in areas throughout Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and the outer Thames Estuary. 307 people died, 24,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and over 30,000 people were evacuated. Damage in monetary terms was estimated at over £5 billion in today's money."
The 100-year old Creekmouth Village was lost.
Open Learn says "water lapped the top of the embankments in Victoria and Chelsea" so it seems Central London did not flood but it was a close run thing. A committee and 30 years later we got the Thames Barrier.