Is Kennington a nice place to live in?

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Find out a general overview of the area using Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Kennington is a district in South London, England. It is mainly within the London Borough of Lambeth, running along the boundary with the London Borough of Southwark, a boundary which can be discerned from the early medieval period between the Lambeth and St George’s parishes of those boroughs respectively. It is located 1.4 miles (2.3 km) south of Charing Cross in Inner London and is identified as a local centre in the London Plan. It was a royal manor in the parish of St Mary, Lambeth in the county of Surrey and was the administrative centre of the parish from 1853. Proximity to central London was key to the development of the area as a residential suburb and it was incorporated into the metropolitan area of London in 1855. “

Things that make us love Kennington

What makes the heart of Kennington? At Cozee we asked ourselves what would define the culture, the vibe of a given area. We have come up with the following elements so whether you are a foodie or a night bird, we got you covered. Check out the different restaurants, pubs, gym that exist in Kennington to help you decide to move in there.

Supermarkets in Kennington

Grocery shopping is something that people do all the time, so it would make sense to want to find out where the nearest shopping centres are in your area. In Kennington, Take a look at the major supermarkets nearby, so you know where to go grocery shopping if you are to make this place your home.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Poundland Unit 1, 49/63 King Street, London 4.1 522
Iceland Supermarket Hammersmith 111-117 King Street, London 4.1 610
Tesco Express 13-16, Broadway Centre, London 3.3 165
Tesco Express 69-77 Hammersmith Road, London 3.2 77
Tesco Superstore 180 Shepherds Bush Road, London 4 400
Tesco Express Brunswick House, Parr’s Way, London 3.6 37
Sainsbury’s 2-3, Kings Mall, King Street, London 4.1 1074
Tesco Express 168-188 Fulham Palace Road, London 2.7 39
Sainsbury’s Local 3 North End Crescent, London 3.7 59
Marks and Spencer 27 King Street, London 4.1 1049
Little Waitrose & Partners 201-207 Fulham Palace Road, London 4.2 284
M&S Simply Food 171 Talgarth Road, London 3.4 41
Sainsbury’s Local 179-183 Fulham Palace Road, London 2.9 42
halalo.co.uk 3 Shortlands, London 5 1
Oseyo Hammersmith Unit 5b, 6 Hammersmith Broadway, London 4.3 68
Best-One Hammersmith 52 Fulham Palace Road, London 4.4 16
有家超市/YOHOME Oriental Lifestyle 77 Fulham Palace Road, London 5 18
Londis 53A Palliser Road, London 4.3 10
Milifortune Ltd 88-90 Fulham Palace Road, London 2.9 22
复来超市 Hammersmith店 Fulai supermarket hammersmith 20 Beadon Road, London 4.8 12

Pubs in the area

As Londoners, at Cozee we are deeply attached to our weekly attendance to our local pub. Why should you be different in the place where you are going to live? That is why we have been testing and reviewing all the pubs in Kennington. As a matter of fact, we didn’t… But we would have loved to. Here is then the list of the greatest pubs of Kennington

Pub name Name Address Description
Beehive 51 Durham Street Kennington SE11 5JA A 1930s pub of the mock-tudor style. The interior features modern wooden panelling to the lower part of the walls and bar which gives a more contemporary feel. Large bi-folding glass doors lead to a pleasant paved garden to the rear. Open until midnight on cricket days.
Black Dog 112 Vauxhall Walk Kennington SE11 5ER Welcoming and popular (especially on weekdays) independent freehouse pub situated just off the Albert Embankment. Varied and well presented range of food on offer from the open-to-view kitchen spanning lunch and dinner. A house beer Black Dog English Pale Ale along with 1-2 varying real ales are usually available. Card payments only.
Black Prince 6 Black Prince Road Kennington SE11 6HS Pleasant and welcoming pub situated in a residential side street a few minutes’ walk from the Oval cricket ground. Staff believe the pub to date from the 18th century. Dark wood panelling adorns the walls and the decor features shields and barrels. Brunch is served on Saturday from 12-4 and the normal menu resumes thereafter. Roasts on Sunday until they’re gone.
Cock 340 Kennington Road Kennington SE11 4LD The pub reverted to its original name in 2018 along with a makeover in what the pub describes as their own Georgian Tiki style, a nod to the venue’s previous incarnation as a tiki bar. Real ale was also introduced.
Derby 336 Kennington Park Road Kennington SE11 4PP Ex-Courage, Inntrepreneur, Unique, Enterprise Inns. Previously called the Greyhound, the pub changed hands in 2011 and was renamed the Brown Derby. Following a refurbishment in 2022 the name was shortened to the Derby. Has a long and narrow interior with numerous beer and whisky memorabilia on the walls, and a relaxed, inclusive atmosphere. There are regular live music on Friday evenings. As at Mar 2023 offers only one changing cask beer (generally alternates between Tribute and Hophead) as other three handpumps are out of action, though the pub aim to get them repaired in the near future. Instagram: @the_derby_se11
Dog House 293 Kennington Road Kennington SE11 6BY Quirky twin bar pub situated in a prominent position in Kennington and handy for those visiting the Oval cricket ground. Outdoor seating available at the front. Live music once or twice a week. Under new management in 2013.
Duchy Arms 63 Sancroft Street Kennington SE11 5UG A traditional late Victorian public house forming the corner of Sancroft Street and Courtenay Street. It is underwent an extensive refurbishment 2014. There is a bar to the front and dining area to the rear. The former car park provides ample outdoor seating for the summer.
Hanover Arms 326 Kennington Park Road Kennington SE11 4PP Ex-Courage, Inntrepreneur, Unique, now Enterprise Inns. Narrow interior, with plaster-moulded cornice and ceiling roses, classical frieze under the ceiling, thin column with fancy capital, wallpaper, red-upholstered banquettes. Decent mix of longer-standing and more recent incomer locals.
Jolly Gardeners 49-51 Black Prince Road Kennington SE11 6AB After an earlier spell as the Jolly Cockney, the pub was repositioned in 2008 as a German beer pub. Following a change of management in 2021, the venue is now more of a gastro-pub. This spacious and airy Victorian corner pub has two seating areas separated by central servery, and period features including cornice, columns, and bar stillion. Has a number of beers on tap, mainly from south London breweries, and cask ale was restored in autumn 2023. Since July 2023 it has a sister pub in East Greenwich, The Duke of Greenwich.
Mansion House 48 Kennington Park Road Kennington SE11 4RS The pub is of contemporary design with a glass frontage that can be opened during warm weather. Outside seating is to the front which is covered by an awning during less clement conditions. A nice touch is the interior brass base of an old mash tun set into the floor by the front door. Previously the pub offered a broad range of Oakham cask beers but following a change of ownership in early 2023 cask beer was no longer available. By August 2023 one of the five handpumps was back in use.
Mc & Sons 355 Kennington Lane Kennington SE11 5QY There’s plenty of Brewer’s Tudor dark beams in this pub, and an original “Bass on Draught” window survives at the front. This is a small corner-site pub which has the look of always having been a basic boozer. Furnishings are in the traditional pub style – soft green upholstered banquettes combined with round tables and stools. A wealth of historic memorabilia and pictures of characters from bygone years adorn the walls. This is a friendly locals’ pub. Having closed in early 2023 when the licensee retired, the pub was subsequently acquired by Windmill Taverns and reopened under its new name in late May 2023. Card payments only.
Old Red Lion 42 Kennington Park Road Kennington SE11 4RS This Grade II-listed hostelry was rebuilt by Hoare & Co Brewery in 1933 and designed in the Brewer’s Tudor style by renowned inter-war pub architect Sydney C Clark. The two bars are connected by low doorways and a central servery. Original interior features include heavy timbering to the walls and ceiling, the bar counter, glazed panels and fireplace surrounds. The original toilets at the rear have been opened up to provide additional seating in cosy side rooms. The pub has a welcoming atmosphere with an eclectic mix of furniture and oddities. Portobello took over here from Antic in late 2020. A (non real) product from the Herefordshire Cider Co was available in August 2023.
Pilgrim 247 Kennington Lane Kennington SE11 5QU Popular, spacious and airy pub which these days offers a single large bar area running the full length of the building. Has tables and chairs in the front half and more informal sofas in the rear. Also has paved outdoor seating areas at both front and back. Live music held on Fridays and Saturdays.
Prince of Wales 48 Cleaver Square Kennington SE11 4EA Welcoming local pub situated in a well preserved Georgian square close to Kennington underground station, and handy for the Oval and the Imperial War Museum. Traditional pub food served. Sporting events shown on terrestrial TV.
Ship 171 Kennington Road Kennington SE11 6SF Largely opened up inside and modernised to some extent, this pub retains the atmosphere of a real pub. The bar area on the right is furnished with normal tables and chairs, but through an archway on the left is another room, extending back beyond the servery, with a few tall tables/tall stools and more standard furnishings. This room also contains a rarely seen bar billiards table. Decor is inevitably, and appropriately, nautically themed, with ships’ wheels, ships’ lamps and seafaring based prints on the walls. Three or four real ales usually available plus a cider on the 6 handpumps. Food is available lunchtimes and evenings every day, and all day at weekends. There’s an express lunch menu on weekdays. Quiz night on Tuesdays and live music on Saturdays. Also has accommodation suites sleeping 9-12 people on the upper floors.
Tankard 111 Kennington Road Kennington SE11 6SF Once a Charrington’s pub, this Victorian corner pub is located close to the Imperial War Museum. Was re-opened under its original name in late July 2017 by the local Draft House group, now part of BrewDog, having had a number of previous incarnations in recent years. The airy interior has a contemporary feel and there is a spacious first floor roof terrace.
Tommyfield 185 Kennington Lane Kennington SE11 4EZ Smart, mainly food-led pub operated by the Three Cheers Pub Co. with a contemporary feel (was refurbished in 2010) and named after the 19th century market that was home to Britain’s first fish and chip shop. Today’s food offering, however, extends well beyond just fish and chips, and much of the food comes from sustainable sources. Accommodation was added in 2014. Upstairs is the Master Room, with its own bar, for private parties and events, and hosts one of London’s best stand-up comedy gigs every other Thursday.
White Bear 138 Kennington Park Road Kennington SE11 4DJ A Grade II listed early Victorian mid-terraced pub complete with its own theatre. Reopened in October 2016 following a refurbishment the pub is now run by Young’s with greater focus given over to dining. Details of what is on at the theatre are available on its website http://whitebeartheatre.co.uk.

Museums & Galleries in the area

An area lives because of the people who live, work and interact. Art is a great way to discover an area in a new way. If you are looking to move in Kennington we definitely recommend that you check for galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. They provide a great source of enjoyment over the weekends.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Imperial War Museum Lambeth Road, London N/A N/A
The Cinema Museum 2 Dugard Way, Renfrew Road, London 4.7 342
Garden Museum 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London 4.3 991
Kennington Park History Hut FVMQ+3X, London 5 1
Photography Archive at Imperial War Museum Two Eagles House, 27 Austral Street, London 4.3 24
London Fire Brigade Museum Lambeth High Street, London 2.9 47

What type of green space is there in Kennington?

Big green spaces cover the UK and London. However, it may be hard to work out just how much green space there is by just looking at a map. Here is a table below that shows you the green space of Kennington in more detail.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Vauxhall City Farm 165 Tyers Street, London 4.5 435
Jamyang London Buddhist Centre The Old Courthouse, 43 Renfrew Road, London 4.8 42
Kennington Park Kennington Park Road, London 4.4 3487
Bonnington Square Pleasure Garden 2-12 Bonnington Square, London 4.7 115
Garden Museum 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London 4.3 980
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens New Spring Gardens Walk, Vauxhall, Vauxhall Walk, London 4.3 1433
Walworth Garden Walworth Garden, 206 Manor Place, London 4.8 145
Cleaver Square Cleaver Square, London 4.6 57
Hugo Buggs water garden 139 Vauxhall Walk, London N/A N/A
Spring Gardens Nursery 16 Newport Street, London 4.8 55
Lollard Street Adventure Playground 102 Lollard Street, Kennington Road, London 4.2 54
Pasley Park 39 Chapter Road, London 4.2 333
Community Healing Garden 17 Aveline Street, London 5 1
Kennington Green Kennington Green, Kennington Road, London 3 1
Dog exercise area Isabella House, Othello Close, London N/A N/A
Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Garden Centenary Hall, 50 Cottington Street, London N/A N/A
Cottington Community Garden London Borough of, London N/A N/A
Venn Park Vauxhall, London N/A N/A
Lambeth Walk Doorstep Green Lambeth Walk Doorstep Green, Fitzalan Street, London 4.2 6
Doddington Grove Garden UK 5 1

Restaurants in the area

The below table gives you a good idea of what kind of options there are for eating out. In Kennington, you may find things like Italian, Chinese or even Indian takeouts. Take a look below if you are visiting or want to move here if eating out is a big deal for you.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Novotel London Waterloo 113 Lambeth Road, London 4.3 2369
Park Plaza London Riverbank 18 Albert Embankment, London 4.3 5157
Eagle London 349 Kennington Lane, London 4.3 542
The Rose 35 Albert Embankment, London 4.3 1587
The Old Red Lion 42 Kennington Park Road, London 4.3 798
Kennington Tandoori 313 Kennington Road, London 4.3 440
Domino’s Pizza – London – Elephant and Castle 146, 148 Newington Butts, Elephant and Castle, London 4.3 488
Chino Latino Park Plaza Riverbank, 18 Albert Embankment, London 4.3 689
Bonnington Cafe and Community Centre 11 Vauxhall Grove, London 4.3 563
The Black Dog 112 Vauxhall Walk, London 4.3 1485
The Beehive 51 Durham Street, London 4.3 498
Tamesis Dock Albert Embankment, London 4.3 2258
Pizza Hut Delivery 343 Kennington Road, London 4.3 401
Pico Bar & Grill 74 Albert Embankment, London 4.3 820
Toulouse Lautrec 140 Newington Butts, London 4.3 932
Garden Museum 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London 4.3 980
Adulis Restaurant 44-46 Brixton Road, London 4.3 607
The Kennington 60 Camberwell New Road, London 4.3 985
Pret A Manger 21 Saint George Wharf, London 4.3 789
The Three Stags 67-69 Kennington Road, London 4.3 1179

Gyms and leisure centre in the area of Kennington

As remote work becomes more prevalent, there’s a corresponding rise in gym attendance to maintain fitness. With options like David Lloyd, TheGym, and others, Kennington could be instrumental in helping you stay in shape – a valuable amenity in close proximity.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Park Plaza London Riverbank 18 Albert Embankment, London 4.3 5157
PureGym London Oval Units 4, 4A, 5 and 5A, Canterbury Court, Kennington Park Road, London 4.3 444
Foundry Gym – Vauxhall Black Prince Community Hub, 5 Beaufoy Walk, London 4.3 104
LOVE BASKETBALL ACADEMY off 6AA, 5 Beaufoy Walk, Black Prince Road, London 4.3 5
Black Prince Trust Beaufoy Walk, London 4.3 26
London Olympic Weightlifting Academy Railway Arch, 106a Tinworth Street, London 4.3 51
Snap Fitness Elephant & Castle 24 Hour Gym 130, 138 Newington Butts, Elephant and Castle, Southwark 4.3 203
Sleven Fitness 78-79 Albert Embankment, London 4.3 135
Fitzroy Lodge Boxing Club 180 Lambeth Road, London 4.3 89
Good Health Yoga Centre St George Wharf, London 4.3 N/A
Criss Cross Active Kennington Park Road, London 4.3 2
Muay Thai Fitness Classes Beaufoy Walk, Black Prince Road, London 4.3 22
Don Davis Boxing Academy Beaufoy Walk, London 4.3 3
Calcetto vauxhall London 4.3 N/A
Kennington Park Outdoor Exercise Bars Kennington Park Road, London 4.3 33
Yoga with Philippe 41 Vauxhall Walk, London 4.3 9
Don Montgomery community don montgomery community 4.3 N/A
Solo60: Spring Mews (Vauxhall) Spring Mews, Solo60, 8 Tinworth Street, London 4.3 10
Champion Fridays Personal Training – Vauxhaul Spring Mews, Solo60, 8 Tinworth Street, London 4.3 N/A
The Iron Club 106A Tinworth Street, London 4.3 8

The things you might need in Kennington

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Kennington name before moving in the neighbourhood.

Are there many post offices in the region of Kennington?

Nearby post offices simplify sending and getting packages. Kennington branches also offer services like money orders and insurance along with mail services. Here they are along with their proximity to the area.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Kennington Park Post Office 410 Kennington Road, London 3.5 184
Vauxhall Street Post Office 36-38 Vauxhall Street, London 2.8 105
Kennington and Walworth Delivery Office Royal Mail Kennington and Walworth Delivery Office, 111-123 Crampton Street, London 3.3 106

Hospitals, pharmacies and doctors in the area of Kennington

Kennington has 2 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Wooden Spoon House Community health centre, 5 Dugard Way, London N/A N/A
Pregma 19 Saint George Wharf, London N/A N/A

What schools are nearby in Kennington?

Having a nearby school is ideal when relocating. Below is a list of schools located within Kennington

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Lambeth School of Art 38 Saint Oswald’s Place, London N/A N/A
Flute lessons Triangle Estate, 191 Kennington Lane, London N/A N/A
Kumon Maths & English 226-228, Kennington Park Road, London 4.9 17
Octavia House Schools, London – Vauxhall Vauxhall Street, London 5 3
Lambeth Teaching Schools’ Alliance Vauxhall Primary School, Vauxhall Street, London 3 1
Hurley Pre-school Hurley House, Kempsford Road, London 5 5
Keyworth Primary School Faunce Street, London 3.2 10
Purple Jay Lambeth Longton House, Lambeth Walk, London 5 7
St Paul’s Primary School, Walworth Penrose Street, London 4.1 9
King’s College London Mathematics School Lambeth Towers, 80 Kennington Road, London 4.8 20
Early Steps Day Nursery 103 Lorrimore Road, London 5 2
Lilian Baylis Technology School 323 Kennington Lane, London 4.3 13
Piano Teachers 106, Printworks, 22 Amelia Street, London N/A N/A
St Anne’s R C Primary School & Pre-school Nursery for 3-4 year olds 6 Durham Street, London 4.3 19
Vauxhall Primary School Vauxhall Street, London 3.6 10
Henry Fawcett Primary School Bowling Green Street, London 4.5 14
Toad Hall Montessori Nursery School 37 Saint Mary’s Gardens, London 4.3 6
Archbishop Sumner Church of England Primary School Reedworth Street, London 4.1 11
Ashmole Primary School Ashmole Street, London 4.2 9
St Mark’s Church of England Primary & Nursery School, Kennington Harleyford Road, London 4.6 22

Tube & Train stations within the region of Kennington

Most prefer transit within a 10-15 minute walk and if there aren’t public connections nearby then this could be something that takes down the price of property or can even deter people from moving in to Kennington entirely. Here is a table below so you can see where these connections are for yourself.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Vauxhall South Lambeth Road, London 4 267
Kennington United Kingdom 3.9 92
Oval 318 Kennington Park Rd, London 4.3 72
Vauxhall London 4.2 144

What kind of things are there to do in the city of Kennington?

There’s always something going on in a vibrant area like Kennington. For ideas on activities, check Timeout which updates weekly on local events. We’re including a link to their Kennington listings to help you easily find stuff happening soon. A great way to get oriented in a new area is seeing what’s around and where. Our map gathers property price details and other info from this article to give you a snapshot of Kennington offerings.

Other nearby areas

If you are not completely sure that you want to move the area check out our other guides about cities in the nearby vicinity

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Stockwell See the guide here
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Chelsea Bridge See the guide here
South Lambeth See the guide here
Vauxhall See the guide here
Vauxhall See the guide here
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Portland Street See the guide here
Walworth See the guide here
Pimlico See the guide here
Bermondsey See the guide here
Victoria Station See the guide here
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Newington See the guide here
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South Bank See the guide here
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St. James’s See the guide here
Horton See the guide here
Moorfields Eye Hospital See the guide here
Tower of London See the guide here
Bankside See the guide here
Charing Cross See the guide here
Royal Academy See the guide here
Monument See the guide here
Billingsgate See the guide here
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Temple See the guide here
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Chinatown See the guide here
Blackfriars See the guide here
Cannon Street See the guide here
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Aldwych See the guide here
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St Bartholomew’s Hospital See the guide here
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Herne Hill See the guide here
Brixton See the guide here
Clapham See the guide here
Loughborough Junction See the guide here
Denmark Hill See the guide here
Camberwell See the guide here
Stockwell See the guide here
Southampton Way Estate See the guide here
Chelsea Bridge See the guide here
South Lambeth See the guide here
Vauxhall See the guide here
Vauxhall See the guide here
Vauxhall See the guide here
Vauxhall See the guide here
Portland Street See the guide here
Walworth See the guide here
Pimlico See the guide here
Bermondsey See the guide here
Victoria Station See the guide here

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