Living in Kennington

Lauristons area guide to Kennington

Welcome to Kennington

One of London's best-kept secrets, this area is close enough to South Bank and all the perks of central London, whilst being far enough away to have its own sense of community. Diverse and unpretentious, the area has a relaxed feel. The area is full of streets lined with attractive Georgian houses and has four lovely garden squares where you can relax from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The area is of interest to buyers at the moment due to the major regeneration programmes happening all across the area. Parts of Elephant and Castle are being rebuilt and the previous housing estates are being replaced by new build flats that are light and modern. Offices are being added at ground level and new shops, bars and restaurants are moving into these stylish new spaces.

The new American embassy to be located in the South of the area at Nine Elms, is also creating a whole new residential area in the region. What was previously industrial sheds will now become a new neighbourhood of flats, offices and shops.  

Centrally located its ideal for a range of people, from the politicians who can nip over the bridge to Parliament to young professionals and families who still want to be able to get to the city quickly for work or play.

Home to the Kia Oval cricket ground, the Imperial War Museum and Tate Britain, the area is full of culture too.

Top things about the area


There's a number of hidden squares and greens throughout Kennington that give the area that more relaxed feel. Alongside those, the area also boasts Kennington Park - a Green Flag award winning space. Here you will find a peaceful haven amongst the trees and flower gardens. The park also has a cafe, a playground for the kids and multi sports pitches including a tennis courts and all weather pitch used for hockey and football. The park is also home to Bee Urban, a beekeeping social enterprise.
For those looking for something even more rural, Vauxhall City Farm, one of the city's oldest city farms is located in in Tyers Street.
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Theatre & Culture

Kennington itself has the Cinema Museum, White Bear Theatre and Ovalhouse offering something different to the larger venues in the city. For art lovers you can visit the Newport Street Gallery with exhibits from well known artists regularly on display, whilst Pullens Yards studio is a collective of artists and craftspeople. And with a 15 minute walk to South Bank, there's easy access to theatres, galleries and concert venues and Tate Britain.

For some history the Imperial War Museum and Garden Museum are both located in Kennington or you can stroll across the bridge to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

If you're interested in sport, or just love people watching, a trip to the Kia Oval cricket ground is a must, with regular events including national test matches as well as county cricket and Twenty20 games for Surrey County Cricket Club.
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Kennington is extremely well served for schools, whether you’re looking for a state primary or a top independent secondary.

Primary schools
These include Archbishop Sumner CofE in Reedworth Street, Ashmole in Ashmole Street; Crampton in Iliffe Street, Henry Fawcett in Bowling Green Street; Keyworth in Faunce Street, Reay in Hackford Road, Vauxhall in Vauxhall Street.

Secondary comprehensive schools
King’s College London Mathematics School in Kennington Road, Lilian Baylis in Kennington Lane, Notre Dame RC in St George’s Road, Oasis Academy South Bank in Westminster Bridge Road; Platanos College in Clapham Road in Stockwell and on the other side of the river in Pimlico, there’s Pimlico Academy in Lupus Street and The Grey Coat Hospital in Greycoat Place.
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Average cost of buying and renting
in Kennington
1 bed flat
£484,000 - £1,755/pm
2 bed flat
£738,000 - £2,350/pm
3 bed house
£10,300,000 - £2,385/pm
4 bed house
£10,500,000 - £0/pm
Getting around
Great tube, bus and road links - but why not bike?
Tube - Zone 2
Kennington - Northern line
No 3 to Whitehall, No 59 to King's Cross
No 133 to Liverpool Street, No 159 to Marble Arch
Bike - travel cycle superhighway 7

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