Kennington

Don't let this neighborhood's traditional brick houses fool you—Kennington's museums and distilleries offer out-of-the-ordinary experiences.

Kennington’s social fabric consists of coarse strands that, when woven together, result in cushy tapestries. This central London neighborhood may be mostly residential, but it brims with cultural establishments that stand out against its sturdy, traditional stock brick houses. Home to the Imperial War Museum, The Cinema Museum, Beefeater Gin’s distillery, and a lush park known as a site for public protests, Kennington keeps two fingers on the energetic pulse of London.

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On the Map

Kennington is bordered by Vauxhall, Lambeth, South Lambeth, Nine Elms, Southwark, Stockwell, Walworth, LB of Lambeth, and LB of Southwark

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

The London Eye: 20 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 26 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 80 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 60 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 25 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 23 minutes on the tube

A Neighborhood Rising In Recognition

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Kennington remains conspicuously quiet, but it's beginning to show its livelier side.

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First-time home-buyers are steadily infusing the neighborhood with new energy.

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Kennington remains largely independent; many of its bookstores, pizza shops, and small boutiques are locally owned.

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See for yourself. Come to Kennington.

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... would highly recommend the flat to anyone that wanted a nice quiet neighbourhood to retreat to after being in the hustle and bustle of downtown London."

Miranda

Visited in 2013

Home to The Oval

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Cricket is a British Institution, and Kennington is the proud home of the Surrey County Cricket Club.

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The final test match of the summer season is played here.

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The location was perfect, nice walk along the river to the Eye / Big Ben, or only a minute or so walk from the tube stop. Perfect place for a stay in London."

Gemmia

Visited in 2013

Kennington's Commuter Conveniences

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Kennington enjoys the express convenience of having its own tube station. Board in Kennington and disembark on the South Bank or in Leicester Square in twenty minutes' time.

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Whether you prefer to live on the ground floor or way up high, seek shelter in Kennington's mix of council estates, towering complexes, and Georgian squares.

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There isn't anywhere in central London that you couldn't get to in 15-30 minutes. The direct vicinity area feels safe and friendly and has plenty of places to pick up any staples."

Galen

Visited in 2012

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Oliver Knight is a freelance photographer who divides his time between two bases in Paris and London. Upon graduation from Camberwell College of the Arts he began shooting for a number of editorial clients. A decade later he has harboured numerous long standing professional relationships regularly shooting editorial features for magazines, travel guides and inflight publications. When not behind the camera he enjoys cycles along the French coast and watching the world go by from his favourite cafe terraces with a cup of tea close at hand.

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Sophie Carr is a London-based freelance travel photographer who specialises in landscapes and cities. Her love of travel has taken her to many far-flung parts of the world, but home will always be London. Brought up near London, she has lived in the city for almost 20 years, and loves to explore its varied neighborhoods. She loved shooting her home city for Airbnb, and hopes her photos will encourage visitors to come to her local neighborhoods.

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