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8–9 June 2019

8–9 June 2019

A walk around Kennington

By Area Coordinator Suzette Aagaard

Please check garden opening times before starting your walk.

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Starting at Lambeth North tube station, cross the busy junction and head up Hercules Road. Take the first right, Centaur Road, and pass under the railway bridge, adorned with ‘Project Blake’ mosaics – William Blake lived on Hercules Road. Ahead are signs for the characterful artists’ studios at Old Paradise Yard, and immediately next door is Oasis Farm.

Leaving the farm, turn right onto Carlisle Lane then right again into Archbishop’s Park, with good views of Lambeth Palace. Exit onto Lambeth Road and turn right towards the Garden Museum – the Museum and its café (open to the public) are well worth a visit. Cross onto Lambeth High Street, then Black Prince Road. On the corner sits the former Royal Doulton factory, intended as a ‘living advertisement’ – figures of Henry Doulton and others in his studio are carved above the entrance, and tiles embellish the buildings. Continue until you reach Kennington Cross. Turn left down Kennington Lane, past the Gothic Revival Durning Library. (Knight's Walk Community Garden, which features in the guidebook's version of this walk, can unfortunately no longer take part.)

Turn left into Renfrew Road to find the Jamyang Buddhist Centre, where you can stop for a delicious vegetarian lunch. Tucked away behind the Buddhist Centre, in the buildings of the former workhouse (once home to Charlie Chaplin) is the Cinema Museum, a local gem (www.cinemamuseum. org.uk – open only for film showings or by appointment).

Back on Kennington Lane, turn left, cross the road and follow the pavement round onto Kennington Park Road. Cross by the Toulouse Lautrec restaurant and head down Penton Place to Amelia Street on your left, where you will find Iliffe Yard, a community of artisan workshops with imaginatively greened common spaces (wheelchair access may be difficult).

Returning to Penton Place, turn left and then right onto Manor Place, to Walworth Garden and the adjacent Walworth Allotment Association. Next, head along Doddington Grove and Doddington Place, then turn right onto Kennington Park Place and into Kennington Park, where you can explore the Flower Garden. The Park is also home to Bee Urban, a social enterprise promoting urban greening and beekeeping.

Exit the park by Oval tube station and bear right up Harleyford Road. Bonnington Square, accessible through Harleyford Road Community Garden (opposite the Bee Hive pub), offers a peaceful and green break. As you reach Vauxhall you will see the entrance to Spring Gardens, formerly the celebrated 18th century Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Pass through to the far end and reward yourself with tea and cakes at the Tea House Theatre, before making your way to Vauxhall station.