Streets of London: Kennington Lane, SE11

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    (click to enlarge) A The Dog House B The White Hart C Courtenay Square D Imperial Court E Lilian Baylis Technology School

    Though there are popular eateries at the Vauxhall end (the giant Café Parma, 020 7735 3349; the El Dorado tapas bar, 020 7820 6688), and straight pubs, too (The Pilgrim, 020 7793 8811; the Royal Oak, 020 7735 1984), if there is a ‘centre’ to Kennington, the crossroads is it. New-ish gastropub the White Hart (No 185; 020 7735 1061) competes with the much-loved Dog House (203 Kennington Rd; 020 7820 9310) across the road for local drinkers’ affections.

    Restaurant-wise, although modern-British carnivores’ paradise Franklins (Nos 205-209; 020 7793 8313) offers teal on the menu, it’s a tall order competing with the Kennington Tandoori (313 Kennington Rd; 020 7735 2447), as endorsed by Ann Widdecombe, Kenneth Clarke and, um, Steve Lamacq. There’s also a branch of Pizza Express (316 Kennington Rd; 020 7820 3877) and a fine chippy in the Windmill Fish Bar (No 211; 020 7582 5754).


    The Luftwaffe ensured that Kennington Lane peters out somewhat towards the Elephant end. After a final swathe of impressive Georgian terraces, complete with well-manicured front gardens, comes the Cotton Gardens Estate (two tower blocks and a warren of low-rise property) and a set of equally charmless ’60s flats opposite. A random, nameless charity shop gives this stretch some character, as does the pleasingly ramshackle Liam Og’s Irish pub (140 Newington Butts; 020 7735 1973), but only the defiantly fish-themed Lobster Pot (No 3; 020 7582 5556) – gay in the old-fashioned sense – can compete with the attractions up in the village.

    Estate agents

    Alan Fraser (020 7587 1004/www.alanfraser.com).Bernard Marcus (020 7735 0922/www.sequencehome.co.uk).Daniel Cobb (020 7735 9510/www.danielcobb.co.uk).Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward (020 7582 7773/www.kfh.co.uk).Movingspace.com (020 7793 1999/www.movingspace.com).Winkworth (020 7587 0600/www.winkworth.co.uk).

    Transport

    Kennington Lane is close to three tube stations – Vauxhall (Victoria Line), Kennington and Elephant & Castle (both Northern Line) – plus Vauxhall and Elephant railway stations. It’s inside Zone 1 and the Congestion Charge zone. The 196 bus takes in Wandsworth, Stockwell and Upper Norwood while, at Kennington Cross, there are buses to Euston, Marble Arch and Liverpool Street.

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