Local area guide

Living in Kennington

Thinking about moving to Kennington? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools are like, transport connections and so much more.

Your guide to moving to Kennington

Why Kennington is a good place to live

Nestled between Waterloo, Camberwell, The Oval and Elephant and Castle, vibrant Kennington is a 15 minute stroll from the River Thames and its Tube station is on the Northern Line.

Infused with history and character, its beautiful garden squares and imposing Georgian period properties make it a great place to live, especially for those who love close proximity to the hustle and bustle, without living right in the middle of it.

With excellent transport links to the heart of the capital, Kennington has great housing stock, a vibrant food scene and plentiful green spaces for relaxation.

Popular among young professionals, first-time buyers and politicians (who enjoy its strategic location close to Westminster), Kennington is a vibrant neighbourhood with plenty of great cafes, restaurants and bars to enjoy.

What's Kennington famous for?

Charlie Chaplin spent much of his youth living on the Kennington Road, moving from place to place with his parents as they gradually became poorer. But he became inspired to change his life by looking in on the clientele at well-to-do local establishments.

He died leaving a fortune of £100 million (around £0.5 billion in today's money) after becoming one of Hollywood's highest paid actors in the world.

Today, Kennington is home to plenty of young professionals and families, alongside quite a few MPs and media types.

Famous for the legendary Oval Cricket Ground, which hosts international test matches throughout the season, Kennington is also where you'll find the brilliant Imperial War Museum.

Founded during the First World War in 1917, the museum was formed as a record of the toil and sacrifices made by those who had served in the war.

Today, Kennington has a wonderfully diverse dining scene, ranging from classic British pub fare to Iranian, Italian, Mexican and more.

Things to do in Kennington

Kennington Park offers an array of sporting activities, from tennis to football. It's a great place to relax, with playgrounds and a friendly café.

The Oval Farmers' Market has a lively atmosphere, with the chance to buy fresh, locally produced food and goods.

Kennington also boasts a thriving nightlife scene, with venues like Cable Café and the Tommyfield consistently drawing crowds, among the many excellent pubs, bars and restaurants in the area.

Vauxhall tube station, on the Victoria line, is also nearby for fast transport into Oxford Circus and beyond.

Properties currently for sale in Kennington

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Transport in Kennington

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Local connections

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Elephant & Castle
National Rail
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
National Rail
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Elephant & Castle
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Schools in Kennington

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Education in Kennington

Octavia House Schools, London
Ages: 5 - 17 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2022)
Archbishop Sumner Church of England Primary School
Ages: 5 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2014)
Keyworth Primary School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Vanguard School
Ages: 11 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2022)
Henry Fawcett Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2023)
Vauxhall Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)

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