Area Guide: Kennington

Posted: 21 February 2016 by Higgins Homes


Sitting pretty between the London boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, Kennington is one of London’s hidden gems. Just over a mile south of central London it is a prime location for those working in the city centre while making up more than its fair share of the Capital’s green spots, open spaces and good looking architecture. As well as being a modern living hub, Kennington has history – it appears in the Domesday Book of 1086, once belonged to Edward, the Black Prince, and has even been mentioned in the works of the likes of Karl Marx and John Betjeman.


Kennington culture


Like many London locations, Kennington brings together cultural influences from all over the world and here you will find everything from farmers markets to festivals, exciting pop up restaurants to traditional pubs. The City and Guilds of London Art School is located in Kensington, as is the Beefeater Gin distillery, London’s oldest gin distillery. You’ll also find historic spots such as the Imperial War Museum here and the Cinema Museum, where you can both watch films and learn about the history of the cinema. The Tate Britain, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye are either within or on the edge of Kennington and the iconic Vauxhall City Farm is just half a mile from Kennington Park.


Outdoors and green spaces


Kennington Park is one of London’s finest, a broad green space populated with historic trees, areas for nature and biodiversity, as well as the picturesque 'old English' flower garden. The park was one of the earliest venues for cricket matches and was used as a location for some of the key contests during the early days of 1700. Today the park is the location of the first inner London community cricket ground, sponsored by Surrey County Cricket Club. As any cricket fan will know the Surrey County Cricket Club’s home is the nearby Oval, another one of Kennington’s most famous spots. The Oval was the first ground in England to host international Test cricket and continues to be a key international venue to this day.


Rich in culture, entertainment and activity, and with fantastic links all over the city, Kennington has been identified one of the most important up and coming areas of London. With its mix of new build apartments and Georgian architecture, prime Zone 2 spot and the positive influence of the regeneration of nearby Nine Elms and Elephant and Castle, Kennington is an exciting – and smart – place to buy.

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