London area of Kennington guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Kennington neighbourhood

Nowadays Kennington is best known for The Oval cricket ground, where Surrey and often England play their games. The writer and poet Geoffrey Chaucer used to work in this region of Lambeth as a clerk in the 14th century, while more recently Kennington has been home to Charlie Chaplin and Edith Nesbit, the author of The Railway Children. In the 19th Century, Kennington was the site of the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens, a 15-acre enclosure which boasted lions, tigers, giraffes and a rhinoceros. Kennington Common was used for public executions until 1800 and in 1848 it held the Chartist rally, the first topical event in the world to be photographed. Today, the distillery of Beefeater London Dry Gin - the only premium gin still distilled in London - is situated in Montford Place, while locals in the area descend on the quaint Cleaver Square to play boule and petanque in the summer.

See our recommended nearby Kennington Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Kennington Hotels

in or near Kennington
Holiday Inn Express London- Vauxhall Nine Elms
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
87 South Lambeth Road, SW8
Recently redeveloped in a contemporary style, the Holiday Inn Express London -Vauxhall Nine Elms is a budget hotel located just south of the river Thames. ... More
 
 
 
Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
18 Albert Embankment, SE1
For understated chic this hotel on the banks of the Thames opposite the Tate Britain is a top choice. The rooms are clean and modern and ... More
 
 
 
Plaza on the River Club & Residence London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
18 Albert Embankment, SE1
Riverside rooms at this modern luxury hotel overlook the River Thames with the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye visible. All apartments features ... More
 
 
 

Kennington Entertainment

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White Bear Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
138 Kennington Park Road, Kennington, London SE11
It's easy to spot who's at the White Bear for the pints and who's there for the Pinter but somehow the two aspects unite comfortably under ... More
 
 
 
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Above The Stag Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Arch 17, Miles Street, Kennington, London SW8
Above the Stag Theatre, one of London's most successful small theatres, re-opens in a brand new venue on 29th November 2013, in a renovated railway ... More
 
 
 
Oval House
London > Entertainment > Theatres
54 Kennington Oval, Kennington, Kennington, London SE11
Founded by Peter Oliver (1926-2007), the Oval House has been an important part of fringe and experimental theatre since the 1960s. It has been supportive of ... More
 
 
 

Kennington Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Kennington
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Gasworks
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
155 Vauxhall Street, Kennington, London SE11
Gasworks serves a dual purpose: as a location for 12 artists' studios and as host to up to six exhibitions a year. Emphasis is placed on ... More
 
 
 
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Newport Street Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Newport Street, Kennington, London SE11
Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery has been built to bring his collection of over 2,000 artworks out of storage and on display to the public. Taking ... More
 
 
 
Anchor Yard
London > Attractions > 4 Durham Street, Kennington, London SE11
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Kennington Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Kennington
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Lassco House & Garden
London > Shopping > House and Garden
Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, Kennington, London SW8
Architectural salvage produces the most gloriously mismatched collection of pieces, all housed in this disused church. Stock changes constantly; look for anything from stuffed animals to ... More
 
 
 
Surrey County Cricket Club Equipment Shop
London > Shopping > Sporting Goods
AMP Oval Cricket Ground, Kennington, Kennington, London SE11
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Tesco
London > Shopping > Supermarkets
Kennington Lane, Kennington, London SE11
The UK’s largest supermarket chain offers all the usual food and household product brands as well as an extensive range of own-brand products. Should cater for ... More
 
 
 

Kennington Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Kennington London?
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Pizza Express
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
316 Kennington Road, Kennington, London SE11
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Bonnington Centre Cafe
London > Restaurants > Vegetarian restaurants
11 Vauxhall Grove, Kennington, London SW8
This delightful commune, relic of a more laidback era, used to be the collective kitchen that fed a street of squats. It's a jolly, ramshackle room, ... More
 
 
 

Kennington Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Kennington.
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The Duchy Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
63 Sancroft Street, Kennington, London SE11
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The Fentiman Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
64 Fentiman Road, Kennington, London SW8
The Fentiman Arms is a special pub in Lambeth a cricket ball's throw way from The Oval. They have a lovely wild garden out the back, ... More
 
 
 
The Tommyfield
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
185 Kennington Lane, Kennington, London SE11
Mains of pumpkin and ricotta ravioloni and rib eye steak are supplemented by very affordable pub grub staples like beefburgers and chicken breast burgers. ... More
 
 
 

Kennington Nightlife

Kennington clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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South London Pacific
London > Nightlife > Bars
340 Kennington Road, Kennington, London SE11
Ten minutes from the nearest tube, in a drab and ugly corner of Oval, sits one of the most surreal nightlife experiences you can have in ... More
 
 
 
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Fire
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, Kennington, London SW8
London's biggest and best gay venue, Fire hosts a cluster of different club nights including more and more straight-friendly one-off parties over the weekends. Newly redesigned ... More
 
 
 
Horse Meat Disco
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
South Central, 349 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, Kennington, London SE11
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Kennington Leisure

Kennington gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Surrey County Cricket Club
London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
The Brit Insurance Oval, Kennington, Kennington, London SE11
While Lords is the spiritual home of English cricket, it is The Oval (offically The Brit Insurance Oval), home of Surrey County Cricket Club, that fills ... More
 
 
 
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The Kia Oval Cricket Ground
London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
Harleyford Street, Kennington, London SE11
Though it does not have quite the same kudos as Lord's, The Kia Oval (known so because of a sponsorship deal, but usually referred to simply ... More
 
 
 
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Kennington Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Kennington Park Road, St. Agnes Place, Kennington, London SE11
This much loved open space in the south London borough of Lambeth has two parts; the Victorian Grade II listed park and the park extension to ... More
 
 
 

Kennington Education

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Lilian Baylis Technology School
London > Education > 323 Kennington Lane, Kennington, London SE11
The Lilian Baylis Technology School is a secondary school in Kennington, it also has a sixth form which opened in 2012. ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kennington Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Kennington.
The Kia Oval Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Kennington Oval, Kennington, London SE115SS
Conference facilitiers can accomodate for up to 1210 people.... More
 
 
 
Oval House Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
52-54 Kennington Oval, Kennington, London SE11
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Kurdish Cultural Centre (KCC)
London > Business > Venue Hire
14 Stannary Street, Kennington, Kennington, London SE11
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