What's your favourite thing in... Vauxhall?

What do you spy with your little eye?

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Next up in our weekly series of area guides: Vauxhall! We'd love to hear your recommendations, so let us know your favourite things in the area (and what makes them so good!) in the comments below. You could even win a luxury hotel stay!


Mary F

Vauxhall city farm! 

Dolina R

Been in the area since early 80's and what a difference a decade or two or three has made.  From a place to pass through to a place to linger and people watch alfresco in the many portuguese cafe bars.  Vauxhall Park is an oasis which is growing and improving by the year.  Summer open air cinema was fantastic and free if you bring your own seat/blanket and refreshments.  Watch the sun go down in one of the riverside bars restaurants Steax in the City or Aqua is my favourite at the moment.  

Our newest addition Vauxhall Food market under the arches is a great place to unwind during rush hour skip the train crowd by popping in for a wine or cocktail and a snack lots of choice from ostrich burgers to jerk chicken, comfy seating and shelter if the rain tries to spoil your parade.  Sadly Monday to Friday only at the moment.

Jack B

I love the Above The Stag Theatre off Miles Street! It is the UK's only LGBT theatre and is a great venue with an annual programme of gay focused plays and musicals including new writing and rivals with a great stocked bar too! I know it's a registered charity and hosts exhibitions in the bar area for all sorts of artists, photographers and the like. They raised money for Make A Difference trust and Pride in London this year, which is incredibly important to the LGBT community. The people that run the theatre are all very hardworking, friendly, welcoming and fun - this theatre really is a hidden gem.  

David R

I love living in Vauxhall. The lavender field in Vauxhall park is a lovely Oasis.  Vauxhall city Farm is wonderful to visit and I always talk to the horses when I pass by.  There is a secret way of getting through the Bonnington square to Kennington Road, via the community gardens but I'd have to kill you if I told you.  It's closes at night but is good to know about. Of course the RVT and beer/bear garden at the Eagle and the fabulous Griffin off Wyvil Road have given and continue to give me so much pleasure and to empty my wallet. I also really love Pico a Portugeuse restaurant on the embankment and the wonderful residents of Tradescant Road.  But by far my favourite thing is the urinal at the bus station.  If you are anything like me (A half cut Capricorn with a weak bladder and a penchant for people watching) then you will love its convenient and exposed nature square in the middle of the gyratory and bus station.

Stuart T

Vauxhall Street Food Market (just by Starbucks). A real surprise in the heart of gritty Vauxhall. With wifi and seating area, it's a true oasis. And when your done feeding your body you can feed your inner designer across the road at Lassco in Brunswick House. Acres of reclaimed treasures to drool over and if that makes you hungry again, they even have a great cafe! If you're thirsty , you're seconds away from the river walk and the Riverside pub, where a cool beer whilst watching the sunset on the Thames will calm the most jaded of souls.

Another surprising little oasis to eat is the Bonnington Cafe, for veggie fare in a green and pleasant spot. And if meat is more your thing, the many restaurants of "little Portugal" on the South Lambeth Rd will give you plenty of choice. With a full stomach there's plenty of time to head over to The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, where Paul O'Grady made his debut as Lilly Savage, for a night of alternative Cabaret, or good old fashioned shirts off arms in the air dancing. What more can you ask for one of Londons often overlooked areas!

Stephen A

Canton Arms on South Lambeth Road. Best pub food in London. Go for the specials.

Katie P

Brunswick House is a great little spot for a drink or dinner. It's right on Vauxhall Cross, almost swamped by St George's Wharf but really quirky.

A new street food market started this week by the overground station - opposite the Sainsbury's Local. Another great local spot is the Bonnigton Cafe. It started out as a squat but now serves excellent home cooked veggie food. Go early as it's fairly limited (or it was when I last went).

helen o

Vauxhall like Stockwell suffers from an identity crisis as it isn't a properly delineated area like nearby Brixton or Clapham.  Parts of it are made up up of Oval, Kennington, Nine Elms, North and South Lambeth and Stockwell. You will know when you have crossed from one patch to the other.  A bit of a problematic area with traffic and a not so easy place to navigate, however lots of Portuguese themed restaurants and bars towards the Stockwell end and gay bars and pubs near the station. There is a small lively park nearby and a villagey enclave near the station with an independent cafe scene. St George's wharf the huge and expensive residential development on the Thames waterfront has it's own cafe and restaurant scene. everything else can be found under the the railway arches or in Kennington Lane.