The lowdown Kennington
Only one-and-a-quarter miles from Charing Cross station, this south London neighbourhood attracts those who want to be close to the West End. Home to some of London's most famous buildings, Kennington will soon have Damien Hirst's new gallery to add to its impressive property portfolio... Images: Daniel Lynch
Average house prices in Kennington
One-bedroom flat: £474,000
Two-bedroom flat: £662,000
Two-bedroom house: £815,000
Three-bedroom house: £1.25 million
Average rental prices in Kennington
One-bedroom flat: £1,546 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,945 a month
Three-bedroom house: £1,989 a month
Four-bedroom house: £2,817 a month
Most of Kennington’s state primary schools are judged to be at least “good” by Ofsted. State comprehensive schools — Lilian Baylis, Sacred Heart RC and Notre Dame RC, are all judged to be “outstanding”. King’s College London Mathematics School is a free school where pupils take maths, further maths and physics at A level. See our full list here.
There is a popular farmers’ market outside St Mark’s church every Saturday from 10am to 3pm. C.P. Hart, off Hercules Road, has one of London’s largest displays of designer kitchens and bathrooms. There's also a large branch of Tesco on Kennington Lane.
Kennington and Oval stations are on the Northern line, Lambeth North is on the Bakerloo line. Kennington and Oval are in Zone 2 and Lambeth North is in Zone 1. An annual travel card for Zones 1 and 2 is £1,284.
There are restaurants around the triangle formed by Kennington Road and Kennington Lane. Two curry houses, Kennington Tandoori and Gandhi’s, compete for which restaurant has entertained most politicians and The Brown Derby is a welcome new addition to the local pub scene. See our full list here.
Leisure and the arts
White Bear in Kennington Park Road has a fringe theatre upstairs. The Beaonsfield, in a former ragged school in Newport Street, and Gasworks, in Oval Way, are modern art galleries. The Cinema Museum in Dugard Way is a quirky celebration of all things cinematic while gin-lovers can head to Montford Place to sample a tot of gin at the Beefeater distillery.
Kennington Park has a history of dissent. It was where the Chartists gathered in April 1848 and, more recently, in 1990 one of the legs of the demonstration against the Poll Tax set out from here. The park has a children’s playground, ball courts, a café, nature trail, beehives and a flower garden currently being repaved and replanted at a cost of £500,000.
Offers over £530,000: this two-bedroom flat is located on Brook Drive, set just in front of the Imperial War Museum. The recently-refurbished home has a private decked patio and a selection of shops and restaurants nearby.
£1,000,000: in a warehouse conversion, this three-bedroom apartment offers flexible accomodation including a 35ft reception room with double height ceilings.
£1,200,000: this four-bedroom home is located on a quiet residential road and offers a large kitchen, rear garden and terrace.
£1,265,000: a three-bedroom end-of-terrace house, spread over three floors, within walking distance of the River and Oval cricket ground.