Kennington and Oval area guide

Exploring Kennington and Oval? Discover all the the best things to eat, drink, see and do in SE11

Kennington area guide
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While it might be deceptively residential, Kennington and it's sibling Oval pack quite the punch. Just half a mile south of the river Thames, the area is a hop, skip and a jump from the parliamentary division bell, which gives MPs about eight minutes to peg it back to Westminster if there's an important vote about to happen. 

The star in Kennington's crown is the Kia Oval cricket ground. However, this south-but-central location has plenty of other attractions and things going on. There are numerous bars, pubs and restaurants, as well as some fab shops. Also, not only is it well served by the Northern Line - Kennington being the spot in south London that splits the line into two branches - but it's walking distance to places like VauxhallCamberwell and Stockwell. Not too shabby. 

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Things to do in Kennington and Oval

Imperial War Museum
Museums

Imperial War Museum

A grand museum exhibiting war artefacts with extensive galleries documenting global conflicts. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Beefeater Distillery
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Beefeater Distillery

Learn all there is to know about Mother's Ruin with a tour of London's oldest gin distillery. 

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Bars and pubs in Kennington and Oval

The Tankard
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The Tankard

Charlie Chaplin’s old local, taken on by the Draft House chain.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Mother Kelly’s
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Mother Kelly’s

A bottle shop and taproom housed in a roomy railway arch on the Kennington periphery.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
The Duchy Arms
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The Duchy Arms

A local gastropub serving burgers, hot dogs, roasts and specials with regular drinks deals. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Priory Arms
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Priory Arms

An awesome pub tucked away down a residential street with cask ale, craft kegs and burgers. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Kennington and Oval

Doost Persian Grill and Vodka Bar
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Doost Persian Grill and Vodka Bar

Persian grills, seafood, stews and salads from across Iran.

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Florentine Restaurant & Bar
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Florentine Restaurant & Bar

An attractive all-day diner with a giant pan-European menu. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Jihwaja
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Jihwaja

Pop in for authentic Korean food, a bar and karaoke. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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Oaka at the Mansion House
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Oaka at the Mansion House

A pub and dining room serving Pan Asian cuisine. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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Hotels near Kennington and Oval

Plaza on the River Club and Residence

Plaza on the River Club and Residence

On the South Bank of the River Thames, Plaza on the River suites offer elegant, luxury accommodation. 

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Park Plaza London Waterloo

Park Plaza London Waterloo

Park Plaza London Waterloo is located in London, a short walk from Lambeth North underground station. 

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Days Hotel Waterloo

Days Hotel Waterloo

This London hotel is a 10-minute walk from Waterloo International Station and the London Eye. 

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Novotel London Waterloo

Novotel London Waterloo

Novotel London Waterloo is located in the heart of the city, just a few metres from the banks of the River Thames. 

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The perfect weekend in Kennington and Oval

Visit: Vauxhall City Farm
Attractions

Visit: Vauxhall City Farm

With more than 100 animals, an ecology garden and allotments, reconnect with nature in the centre of London. 

Explore: Walworth Garden
Things to do

Explore: Walworth Garden

A charity garden in the heart of Southwark that aims to change lives through horticulture. 

Dance: Royal Vauxhall Tavern
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Dance: Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Venue says: “The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is open with a full cabaret and performances programme. Covid-19 secure, social distancing measures in place.”

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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Drink: The Duchy Arms
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Drink: The Duchy Arms

Pop into this beloved neighbourhood boozer for pint, chinwag and maybe even a Sunday roast.  

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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