London area of SW9 guide
What to do and where to stay in London's SW9 neighbourhood
With good transport links and a diverse ethnic and cultural mix, the Stockwell district of SW9 is one of south London's up-and-coming areas. Its name is thought to derive from "stoc", the Old English word for a tree trunk or post. From the 13th to 19th centuries, Stockwell was a rural manor on the edge of London, including market gardens and the famous naturalist John Tradesant's botanical garden. Today, this area of Lambeth is home to London's largest Portuguese population which settled in the area in the 60s and 70s alongside Stockwell's many Afro-Caribbean and West African inhabitants. Heavily bombed in World War II, Stockwell contains a large amount of social housing, while famous former and current residents include Vincent Van Gogh (briefly), Joanna Lumley, Roger Moore and Will Self. Stockwell Tube was the location of the controversial police shooting of innocent Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes in 2005 following the July bombings. SW9 also contains parts of Brixton and Clapham.
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54 Kennington Oval, Kennington, SW9, 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 ...
The best shops and markets in or near London's SW9
Kennington Lane, SW9, 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 ...
The best pubs in or near London SW9.
185 Kennington Lane, SW9, 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. ...
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South London Pacific
340 Kennington Road, SW9, 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 ...
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near SW9.