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.

See our recommended nearby SW9 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

SW9 Hotels

in or near SW9
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 Hotel 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
 
 
 
Novotel London Waterloo
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
113 Lambeth Road, SE1
A modern hotel with multilingual staff and some rooms that offer marvellous views of the Houses of Parliament. It's not as close to Waterloo as the ... More
 
 
 

SW9 Entertainment

in or near SW9
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White Bear Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
138 Kennington Park Road, SW9, 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
 
 
 
Oval House
London > Entertainment > Theatres
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 ... More
 
 
 
Chocolate Lounge
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
146-148 Newington Butts, Kennington, SW9, London SE11
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SW9 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near SW9
Greengrassi
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
1a Kempsford Road, SW9, London SE11
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SW9 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's SW9
Tesco
London > Shopping > Supermarkets
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 ... More
 
 
 
Richard Kindersley
London > Shopping > Arts and Crafts
40 Cardigan Street, SW9, London SE11
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Surrey County Cricket Club Equipment Shop
London > Shopping > Sporting Goods
AMP Oval Cricket Ground, Kennington, SW9, London SE11
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SW9 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near SW9 London?
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Pizza Express
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
316 Kennington Road, SW9, London SE11
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Kennington Tandoori
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
313 Kennington Road, SW9, London SE11
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Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec
London > Restaurants > Brasseries
140 Newington Butts, SW9, London SE11
Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec provides some French flair in the heart of Kensington. Set inside a refurbished English pub, its a traditional bar and brasserie, that hosts ... More
 
 
 

SW9 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London SW9.
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The Fentiman Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
64 Fentiman Road, SW9, 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, 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. ... More
 
 
 
The Grand Union
London > Nightlife > Pubs
111 Kennington Road, SW9, London SE11
There are several pubs dotted around town all called The Grand Union - and all of them owned by the same group, Canyon Entertainment Ltd. - ... More
 
 
 

SW9 Nightlife

SW9 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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South London Pacific
London > Nightlife > Bars
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 ... More
 
 
 
Little Apple
London > Nightlife > 98 Kennington Lane, SW9, London SE11
Gay friendly bar with a mixed clientele.... More
 
 
 
Little Apple
London > Nightlife > Bars
98 Kennington Lane, SW9, London SE11
Gay friendly bar with a mixed clientele.... More
 
 
 

SW9 Leisure

SW9 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Surrey County Cricket Club
London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
The Brit Insurance Oval, Kennington, SW9, 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, SW9, 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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Rebus Tourist Guides
London > Leisure > Activities
33, Vanbrugh Court, Wincott St, SW9, London SE11
What is the oldest annual sporting event in the world? Where was the Roman Forum? How do I become Lord Mayor? What was (and is!) the ... More
 
 
 

SW9 Education

in or near SW9
City & Guilds of London Art School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
124 Kennington Park Road, SW9, London SE11
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The Musicians' Union
London > Education > Professional Training
60 Clapham Road, SW9, London SW9
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SW9 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near SW9.
Kurdish Cultural Centre (KCC)
London > Business > Venue Hire
14 Stannary Street, Kennington, SW9, London SE11
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The Kia Oval Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Kennington Oval, SW9, London SE115SS
Conference facilitiers can accomodate for up to 1210 people.... More
 
 
 
Oval House Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
52-54 Kennington Oval, SW9, London SE11
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