Vauxhall, the Oval and Kennington

Things to do in and around Vauxhall, Kennington & the Oval

This is a list of the principal local attractions, places of interest, and places of worship. You might also like to look at two separate webpages listing free events throughout the year and places to go, and places to eat, with children. I also recommend the Come Away With Me website which provides free down-loadable audio guides to a wide range of London's attractions.

  • Vauxhall Park - pictured above - and Kennington Park (pictured below) are lovely throughout most of the year. Both have good playgrounds and Kennington Park has the bonus of an excellent cafe.

    The photo on the left is one of a series of beautiful photos Kennington Park trees by local resident John Hoyland. Postcards of four seasonal photos taken by John are now on sale at the Cafe in the Park.

    Principal Local Attractions and Places of Interest

    The Horniman Museum is the premier south-of-the-river museum and includes a very attractive and interesting aquarium (I particularly like the jellyfish!) as well as some fascinating African exhibits, a mini Natural History Museum and frequently changed special exhibitions. There is really is something to interest every age and every taste, all set in a beautiful hill-top park. The address is 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23, admission is free, and bus 185 (from Vauxhall and the Oval) stops right outside.

    Lambeth Palace, next to Lambeth Bridge dates back to the 1200s. But it is usually only open during Open House Weekend (see Free Events: September, below.) or for the Lambeth Parish Fete (Gardens only) in June - also see below).

    St Peter's Church in Liverpool Grove, just off the Walworth Road, is the best preserved of the churches designed by Sir John Soane, one of England's greatest architects. The weather vane on top of the dome was controversial at the time the church was consecrated in 1825. The son of a bricklayer, Soane was the architect of many famous buildings, including the Royal Hospital in Chelsea and the interiors of 10/11 Downing Street. He turned his house at 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields into a wonderful museum, which is still open to the public.

    London Duck Tours use amphibious vehicles to give their guests a run round Westminster before the excitement of splashing into the Thames at Lacks Dock (just north of the MI6 building, itself just north of Vauxhall Bridge) for a sail down to Westminster Bridge and back. The tours depart from the back of the Marriott Hotel, on Westminster Bridge, and places can be booked on 7928 3132.

    The nearest cycle track is at Herne Hill Velodrome in Burbage Road, SE24.

    See Things to do with Children for information about nearby swimming pools.

    The London City Singers are a small capella music group for women which meets and practices in London near St Paul's Cathedral. They would love to welcome anyone who has a passion for singing or would like to try it out.

    The Bonnington Centre in Bonnington Square, just off Vauxhall Cross, offer a vegetarian cafe and wide range of activities - from tango to yoga!

    Local residents interested in photography might like to join the Camera Club at 16 Bowden Street, just behind Kennington Cross. The club is in attractive renovated premises which offer a superb range of facilities, including a digital suite for manipulating and printing digital images, as well as a studio and darkroom for more traditional photo technology. Lambeth residents get a one-third discount on the normal annual fee.