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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.

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Hotels near Kennington

Near Kennington
Holiday Inn Express London- Vauxhall Nine Elms London

Holiday Inn Express London- Vauxhall Nine Elms

from 64 33% off
87 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1RN 11 minutes away from Kennington

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

Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel London

from 73 25% off
18 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TJ 11 minutes away from Kennington

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

Plaza on the River Club & Residence London

from 113 23% off
18 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TJ 11 minutes away from Kennington

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

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Entertainment near Kennington

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Oval House London

Oval House

54 Kennington Oval, Kennington, Kennington, SE11 5SW 3 minutes away from Kennington

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

White Bear Theatre London
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White Bear Theatre

138 Kennington Park Road, Kennington, SE11 4DJ 5 minutes away from Kennington

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

Above The Stag Theatre London
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Above The Stag Theatre

Arch 17, Miles Street, Kennington, SW8 1RZ 11 minutes away from Kennington

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

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Sights and Attractions near Kennington

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Kennington
Gasworks London
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Gasworks

155 Vauxhall Street, Kennington, SE11 5RH 4 minutes away from Kennington

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

Anchor Yard London

Anchor Yard

4 Durham Street, Kennington, SE11 5JA 6 minutes away from Kennington

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Newport Street Gallery London
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Newport Street Gallery

Newport Street, Kennington, SE11 6AY 12 minutes away from Kennington

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

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Shopping near Kennington

The best shops and markets near Kennington
Surrey County Cricket Club Equipment Shop London

Surrey County Cricket Club Equipment Shop

AMP Oval Cricket Ground, Kennington, Kennington, SE11 5SS 3 minutes away from Kennington

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Tesco London

Tesco

Kennington Lane, Kennington, SE11 5QU 3 minutes away from Kennington

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

Lassco House & Garden London
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Lassco House & Garden

Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, Kennington, SW8 2LG 11 minutes away from Kennington

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

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Restaurants near Kennington

What are the best dining options near Kennington London?
Pizza Express London
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Pizza Express

316 Kennington Road, Kennington, SE11 4LD 3 minutes away from Kennington

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Kennington Tandoori London
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Kennington Tandoori

313 Kennington Road, Kennington, SE11 4QE 4 minutes away from Kennington

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Bonnington Centre Cafe London
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Bonnington Centre Cafe

11 Vauxhall Grove, Kennington, SW8 1TD 6 minutes away from Kennington

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

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Pubs near Kennington

The best pubs near London Kennington.
The Duchy Arms London
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The Duchy Arms

63 Sancroft Street, Kennington, SE11 5UG 6 minutes away from Kennington

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The Tommyfield London

The Tommyfield

185 Kennington Lane, Kennington, SE11 4EZ 6 minutes away from Kennington

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 Fentiman Arms London
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The Fentiman Arms

64 Fentiman Road, Kennington, SW8 1LA 7 minutes away from Kennington

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

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Nightlife near Kennington

Kennington clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
South London Pacific London
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South London Pacific

340 Kennington Road, Kennington, SE11 4LD 3 minutes away from Kennington

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

Horse Meat Disco London

Horse Meat Disco

South Central, 349 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, Kennington, SE11 5QY 6 minutes away from Kennington

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Fire London
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Fire

South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, Kennington, SW8 1RT 9 minutes away from Kennington

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

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Leisure near Kennington

Kennington gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Surrey County Cricket Club London
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Surrey County Cricket Club

The Brit Insurance Oval, Kennington, Kennington, SE11 5SS 3 minutes away from Kennington

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

The Kia Oval Cricket Ground London
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The Kia Oval Cricket Ground

Harleyford Street, Kennington, SE11 5SS 3 minutes away from Kennington

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

Kennington Park Road, St. Agnes Place, Kennington, SE11 4BU 3 minutes away from Kennington

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

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Education near Kennington

Near Kennington
City & Guilds of London Art School London

City & Guilds of London Art School

124 Kennington Park Road, Kennington, SE11 4DJ 5 minutes away from Kennington

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Lilian Baylis Technology School London

Lilian Baylis Technology School

323 Kennington Lane, Kennington, SE11 5QY 6 minutes away from Kennington

The Lilian Baylis Technology School is a secondary school in Kennington, it also has a sixth form which opened in 2012. ...More

The Musicians' Union London

The Musicians' Union

60 Clapham Road, Kennington, SW9 0JJ 7 minutes away from Kennington

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Meeting venue hire near Kennington

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Kennington.
The Kia Oval Conference Centre London

The Kia Oval Conference Centre

Kennington Oval, Kennington, SE115SS 3 minutes away from Kennington

Conference facilitiers can accomodate for up to 1210 people....More

Oval House Theatre London

Oval House Theatre

52-54 Kennington Oval, Kennington, SE11 5SW 3 minutes away from Kennington

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Kurdish Cultural Centre (KCC) London

Kurdish Cultural Centre (KCC)

14 Stannary Street, Kennington, Kennington, SE11 4AA 3 minutes away from Kennington

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