A little bit of history
In the Domesday Book of 1086 Kennington appears as Chenintune and later Kynington which is thought to mean town of the King.
Need to know
Charlie Chaplin was born and spent his early childhood in and around the Kennington area, born in East Street SE17 and living in various addresses in Kennington including Methley Street SE11, Kennington Road SE11 and West Square SE11.
Centrally located Kennington is but a hop, skip and jump away from all London's major shopping areas. You can also enjoy pottering around a choice of markets in and around Kennington. Our favourites are foodie heaven Borough Market on Fridays and Saturdays, Lower Marsh Food Market, East Street Market, Bermondsey Square Farmers' Market on Saturdays, Bermondsey Square Antiques Market on Fridays, Oval Farmers Market on Saturdays and New Covent Garden Flower Market. In fact, living in Kennington, you need never step into a supermarket again although, should you wish to, there are plenty of those too.
CENTRALLY LOCATED KENNINGTON IS BUT A HOP, SKIP AND JUMP AWAY FROM ALL LONDON'S MAJOR SHOPPING AREAS.
Thanks to Kennington's eight bridges over the river and the congestion charge boundary which runs through the area, congestion is rare in Kennington.
Kennington has great links to the rest of London via its underground station which sits on the fork of the Northern Line.
Nearby overland stations are, Vauxhall (for Waterloo), Elephant and Castle for Blackfriars), Loughborough Junction, (for Blackfriars, Victoria, London bridge), Denmark Hill (for Blackfriars, Victoria, London Bridge) Waterloo (for Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, South West England) and London Bridge (for Kent and Surrey).
There are numourous cycle routes through Kennington, as well as generous banks of Boris bikes to rent.