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Bed and breakfast accommodation in Kennington, south London
In 1337 Edward III gave the manor of Kennington to his eldest son, Edward the Black Prince. He then had a large royal palace built for himself, the site of which is now Black Prince Road, between Sancroft Street and Cardigan Street. In 1340 and 1342 Parliament met in the palace and Geoffrey Chaucer (writer and inventor of the printing press) was employed at Kennington as Clerk of Works in 1389. The palace was often used by royalty, such as King Richard II and Catherine of Aragon (later wife of Henry VIII) who demolished the palace in 1531 so that he could use the the building material for his new palace in Whitehall. Today, much of the Kennington area is owned by the Prince of Wales and Dukes of Cornwall.
Well-located for the centre and close to the Imperial War Museum and Oval Cricket Ground
In the 19th Century Kennington was the site of the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens, a 15-acre enclosure which featured lions, giraffes, tigers and a rhinoceros. Kennington Common was used for public executions until 1800 and in 1848 it held the Chartist rally, the first topical event in the world to be photographed. Former notable residents of Kennington include Vincent van Gogh and Charlie Chaplin.
Today Kennington is best known for The Oval cricket ground, the home ground for Surrey County Cricket Club. The area is mostly residential and is characterised by Georgian and Victorian terraces but there are plenty of shops to enjoy. Neighbouring areas include Elephant and Castle, Vauxhall and Stockwell, all of which offer good transport links into the centre of London.
Nearest tube station
- Kennington (Northern Line) Zone 2
- Good transport links to Waterloo, Charing Cross and London Bridge
- Number 59 bus will take you to Waterloo, Euston and Kings Cross, the number 436 bus will take you to Victoria, Hyde Park and Marble Arch and the number 159 bus will take you from the Heathrow Express in Paddington to Kennington via Westminster and Picadilly Circus.