A spokesman said that in the early hours more than 150 people were still in the area "where substantial disorder and damage was being caused to shops and local businesses"."The vehicles were used in support of officers on the ground and resulted in the disorder in Lavender Hill area being brought under control," he said.
However, it is busiest in terms of rail traffic with over 2000 trains passing through each day.
"The success of this tactic means that we will consider its use elsewhere as required." Commander Christine Jones, from Scotland Yard, added: "We are using tactics flexibly to respond to the disorder we are still seeing in different areas of the capital.
"Anyone involved in criminality should be under no illusion that we will pursue you.
The local Debenhams store was heavily hit, as were local sporting good stores.
Jewellers and other clothing stores were also targeted.
Many of the youths appeared to be enjoying themselves as they laughed and posed for pictures in front of smashed shop fronts.