Welcome to Kennington Park

Kennington Park

This much loved open space in south London has two parts; the Victorian Grade II listed park and the park extension to the east, created in the 1960’s.

The park has both a fascinating past and loads to offer in the here and now.  Whether you’re mad on sports, want a coffee, have kids to entertain, dogs to walk or just want to sit and relax, head for Kennington Park.

Explore this website and you’ll find a map of the park all the details on the park’s facilities its history useful publications and who to get in touch with.

There’s also information on the role of the Friends of Kennington Park, our latest projects and how you can support them.


Flower Festival and show

If you are green fingered or just love looking at flowers then make sure you visit Kennington Park on Saturday 2 July when the Friends of Kennington Park and the Kennington Garden Society host a join Flower Show and Festival. You can enter flowers from your own garden or window box to the Flower Show (staging of exhibts from 9.30am), or come view the competitors and join in with gardening and horticultural workshops from 1pm until 4pm. For more information look out for posters or email stephen@kenningtonpark.org

More events in the park

In the climate of budget cuts, Lambeth Council believes that events in parks will go some way to fill some of the financial gaps, hence an increase in the number of events.

Many events no longer apply for the traditional licences, which required notices around the park a period of consultation and a decision. Now they apply to the Council for a TEN (Temporary Events Notice), for small-scale, one-off or occasional events of up to 499 people lasting up to 7 days, where alcohol is sold or supplied and there is 'regulated entertainment'.

The Friends are notified - but not consulted - in advance of possible events. We can object to a TEN but our objections carry no or little weight. So we do our best to ensure that disruption and damage to the park is avoided or minimised, and we attend pre- and post-event meetings.

The Council can't refuse a TEN unless the police or Environmental Health object that the event would lead to crime and disorder, cause a public nuisance, be a threat to public safety or put children at risk of harm. These objections would go to Lambeth's licensing committee. Large events are considered by a Safety Advisory Committee Group convened by the Council.

From Friday 24 June to Monday 11 July, part of the north field in the park will be fenced in for Pop Euro Football 2016, described by Lambeth as a small commercial event. There will be a large screen showing Wimbledon Tennis  and Euro Football. Entry is free but limited to 499 at any one time. Open daily from noon to 10.30pm - the organisers say the park will be cleared by 11pm. There will be bars, street food and coffee stalls with music until the screening starts. The event will be closed on Tuesday 28 June  and Monday 4 July due to licensing restrictions.

Other possible events in the park currently under consideration by the Council are:

  • The world's biggest dog bowl, on site Thursday 14 July to Saturday 16 July - 200 people per day - a small commercial event about dog hydration.
  • Mahogany international fun day, Saturday 30 July - 400 people - small community event
  • African international day of action, Saturday 6 August - 500 people - medium community event
  • Carnival Latin Americans in London , Saturday 13 August, 499 people - small community event
  • Bensons' funfair, on site Monday 22 August to Monday 5 September

Celebrate mid-summer in the park!

The flower garden has been buzzing with words recently as children from St Marks, St Andrews and Lilian Baylis have been writing poetry in the garden. On Tuesday 21 June between 4pm and 7pm there will be the chance to hear some of their poems as we celbrate the longest day with music and poetry.

Summer photo competition

Have you submitted your photo to the final of our three seasonal competitions is taking place during June? If not, there is still time  - the competition runs until 30 June. Then, visitors to the Kennington Park flower festival (in conjunction with the Kennington Gardens Society) on 2 July will be asked to vote for the 'winner of winners' who will be announced by Kevin Birch of Kennington Camera Club on the Day. We look forward to seeing your photos!

Please join us at our AGM

You can catch up on all the latest news about the park and hear about the exciting work that has been taking place in the flower garden. The AGM starts at 7.30pm on Monday 23 May at Durning Library you can read more here.

Will you be sharing your park memories?

Do you have memories of the park you'd like to share?  If you do, there is still time to share them right through the summer as part of our work to record your stories and help us build up a picture of the people's park. If you remember something you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you. You canget in touch by email to friends@kenningtonpark.org  or by post to The Friends of Kennington Park, c/o Prince Consort Lodge, Kennington Park Place, London SE11 4AS.

To find out more about about our memories of the park project  click here.

Spring photo competition

It's not too late to take part in the spring photo competition. The closing deadline is 30 April and the subject to be photographed is the flower garden. Find out more here. You can win photographic equipment vouchers and a chance to have your photo displayed in the park.

Good luck!

Can you evaluate success?

The project team delivering the Flower Garden Project in the park are looking for an evaluator. Read more about this role here 

Your chance to hear about TfL's landscaping proposals for the park.

TfL is undertaking a community engagement session to present proposals for the landscaping of Kennington Park following the completion of the Northern Line Extension (NLE) works on 4 November. You can find out more on our news page or take a look at TfL's NLE webpage.

Olive Fest - Saturday 7 November 11am - 3pm

We are celebrating the olive in the new flower garden - to find out more about the event Read more ...here. .

Attention playground users!

Many of you will have noticed that our lovely red bus is looking a bit worn out at the moment to find out how you can help us bring it back into use again click hear to Read more ... .

Publication of Lambeth's culture 2020 consultation

Lambeth have published their response to the 2020 consultation  -Read more ...here.

The Friends' response to Lambeth's culture 2020 consultation

In response to Lambeth's culture 2020 consultation the committee of the Friends have submitted a response. You can see the response here.

The latest news from TfL about work in the Park

The Friends have received an updated overview of TfL work in the park during May. You can read the details provided by TfL in the attached PDF

Update: work on the Fitness trail

Work is about to start to upgrade the equipment for the fitness trail. The work is likely to run until the first wek of May.  During this time the equipment area will be fenced off. As an alternative while this work is taking place, Kennington Open Space, in the park extension, has recently opened with new outdoor fitness equipment.

A round up of work in the Park

You will have noticed a lot of activity in the park right now.   To find out what is going on you can Read more ...here.

The latest news from TfL about work in the Park

The Friends have received details of the changes that will be taking place in the park as TfL establish a work site. You can read the details provided by TfL in the attached PDF.

A wider, safer midnight path

Work to widen and straighten the path running through the park from Kennington Park Road to St Agnes Place will start on 23 February. Read more about these changes on our new page  you can  Read more ...here.

A walk through history in our Park

If you'd like to combine fresh air with history, make your way to the park cafe for 11am on Sunday 14th December to join a 90 minute guided walk around the park and its rich history, led by Iain Boulton Lambeth Parks' Project officer - you can  Read more ...here.

Share your views!

Lambeth is proposing to refurbish our fitness trail. To help decide on the right equipment to include in these changes we have set up a very short survey to collect your views. If you click on this link  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Kenningtonparksurvey   you will be taken to the survey and it will only take a couple of minutes to complete. The survey will run until 19th December.

A new sundial for the Flower Garden

As part of our contribution to the restoration of the Flower Garden, the Friends have commissioned City & Guilds Art School to design and make a new sundial. You can see the winning design along with the runners up at the park Cafe until 19th December. Do pop along!

Recruiting for the Flower Garden

Earlier in the summer we announced the award of our grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the flower garden. As part of this work the Friends, in association with Lambeth Council and Roots & Shoots are recruiting a part time Activities Manager to help raise the profile of the Flower Garden. If you or someone you know might be interested in applying for this role, please take a look at the job advertised on the Charity Jobs website. Here is a link to the job: Kennington Park Heritage Activities Manager | Roots and Shoots | Lambeth, London, Greater London | Charity Jobs. The deadline to apply is Friday 14th November.

Proposed Temporary dog area

You can take a look at the proposed temporary dog area here.

Green Flag Again!

We've had great news from the Green Flag Award you can  Read more ...here.

Cricket News

Re-seeding is taking place on Kennington Park's cricket pitch. Read more on the news page.

Friends of Kennington Park AGM

The Annual General Meeting for the Friends of Kennington Park will take place this year on Monday 12 May at Durning Library, starting at 7.00pm

Gardening volunteers make a difference

The gardening volunteer group have been hard at work in the sun you can  Read more ...here.

Flower garden to bloom again after £500,000 makeover

The flower gardenn is to get a new lease of life thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund. You can  Read more ...here.

Lambeth Council's Cultural Fees consultation - have your say

Lambeth are looking to increase the charges made for the use of various facilities in parks, libraries etc. To find out more about this proposals and how you can share your feedback with Lambeth Read more ... here the deadline for feedback is Friday 7 March..

Something to Sing About

Year 1 pupils studying Spanish at Archbishop Sumner Primary School have been raising their voices about Kennington Park in a song written especially for them by composer Heather Joyce. Read more ... here.

TFL map showing dog walking facilities and location for Bee Urban

Transport for London have produced a map that shows the temporary dog walking facilities and the new location for Bee Urban. Click on this link to see the map. If you have enquiries about this map, please send them to Lambeth's Parks Officer Lara Mifsud-Bonici (LMifsud-Bonici@lambeth.gov.uk).

Green flag award: We've got it again in 2013!

Please join us on September 13 at 4.30pm  at Kennington Park when Kate Hoey MP will hoist the new Green Flag. you can:  Read more ... here

Changes to proposals to extend the Northern Line

TFL have circulated information about a drop in event: you can:  Read more ... here

Sport news:

You may have noticed that some of the fitness trail equipment has been fenced off. At the same time, the astroturf has had to be closed temporarily. To find out about the repairs Lambeth is undertaking, you can:  Read more ... here

Compost for free!

On Monday 12 August and Tuesday 13 August between 10am and 1.00pm compost is being given away for free from the storage and equipment area (behind the Cafe). If you want to find out more telephone 07958 028275.

Twighlight Bat Walk 7 September

On the evening of Saturday 7 September Iain Boulton, Lambeth's Parks Project Officer will be leading a Bat Walk in Kennington Park. This is a great chance to find out more about these tiny elusive animals so make a note in your diary to come along. The walk will start from outside the Cafe at 7.15pm and last for just over an hour. Read more ... here

Details of TFL ground investigation work

The Friends of Kennington Park have been informed by TFL that TFL is planning to undertake investigation work to understand the ground conditions of where new tunnnels would be built. This does not mean that the overall scheme has been given the go-ahead. The information acquired would be used by TFL for more detailed proposals should permission to build be granted. Read more ... here

Table Tennis in the Park

Some park users have already spotted and started using the new 'ping pong' tables set up near the cafe. The tables have been installed in the Park thanks to a grant provided by Sport England.  Read more ... here


Flower Garden Consultation: Saturday 13 July


Link to Planning application

Here is a link to the planning application on Lambeth council's website relating to the 'demolition of existing two story building, associated structures and fencing to facilitate the Northern Line extension scheme' http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MMXOEOBO02E00  June 2013

Midsummer Gardening

Volunteers from Angel Trains Ltd spent a day in June helping to tidy up the Flower garden and flower beds. you can ... Read more ... here

Flower Garden Consultation - 21 June 6.30 - 8.00pm

Come along to see our plans and tell us about the plants you would like to see in the flower garden




Flower Garden Consultation - Friday 31st May from 2pm in the Flower Garden

May 2013

you can ... Read more ... here

Volunteers keep Park looking trim

A big thank you to the 35 Lloyds TSB business volunteers on a  Give & Gain who did a day's gardening in Kennington Park on Friday 17 May... Read more... 

Event at One O'clock club - Wednesday 29 May

Kennington Adventure Playground and the One O'clock club are going to become part of the Co-op Council and Youth Play process. Read more... 

Bee Urban Events 2013

May 2013

See the Bee Urban poster for upcoming events throughout the year ...


Annual General Meeting
May 2013


Update on Flower Garden renovation

April 2013

In November 2012 the Friends secured a stage 1 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop proposals for the flower garden. You can read more about how the proposals are progressing in the latest Kennington Park Flower Garden Bulletin. The bulletin will update you on progress and will explain how and when you can get involved.  

Ventilation Shaft Head House Consultation 17th April 3pm - 7.30pm

April 2013

The proposed ventilation shaft for the Northern Line Extension on the site of the Old Park Keepers Lodge will be beneath the park – but it requires a head house on the surface. This building will house maintenance equipment and vents for the shaft. There will be no loss of public park space as a result of the creation of the shaft and head house. 

The plan is to replace the existing building with a building that meets the needs of the ventilation shaft, but can also accommodate community use. The Friends are adamant that this should be a base for the Bee Urban project, which is currently based on the site. Read more... 

St Agnes Place road works

March 2013

St Agnes Place and Bolton Crescent are being realigned as part of the plans for the new housing development and one o’clock club.

The work is expected to take 16 weeks. At some point the road will be closed to enable new sewers to be laid and connected to the main network.

For further details please call 020 7926 9000, email TandHCallCentre@lambeth.gov.uk or visit Lambeth Road Works

Cricketers improve the football pitch
March 2013

Work is under way to improve the football pitch on the park extension.

The pitch is incredibly popular; many teams use it week in, week out and this has taken its toll on the grass and players have switched their games to the nearby cricket pitch instead. Which, in turn, made the cricket pitch unfit for play.

Surrey County Cricket Club is paying for the football pitch to be reseeded. It’s the first step in restoring the cricket pitch so it can be used to train aspiring cricketers in schools and give other local cricketers somewhere suitable to play.

Northern line extension
December 2012

Proposals for the extension of the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea have been under discussion since 2010. The new line requires construction sites located close to the junctions with the present turning loop; and separate permanent ventilation shafts are required when the line is operational.

Transport for London (TfL) have investigated various sites for both the temporary and permanent shafts. Read more...

Major boost for flower garden renovation
November 2012

 The Friends have secured a Stage 1 grant of £21,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop their proposals for the renovation of the Flower Garden.  The project will renew the garden’s planting and original features and improve access to the garden from the rest of the park. These steps will encourage much greater use of the space and address the anti-social behaviour that prevents many people from using the garden at the moment.   Read more...    

To find out more about the Heritage Lottery Fund who are supporting this project please take a look at their website www.hlf.org.uk

A decade of difference in Kennington Park
September 2012

 Local people came out in their droves on 8 September to celebrate two landmark achievements – the 10th anniversary of the Friends of Kennington Park and the park’s retention of the coveted Green Flag for excellence in a public open space.. Read more...

 One of their proposals is to charge people giving fitness training in parks. For example, even if a train has just 3 pupils, he or she will have to pay £250 for a license.  You can read the full details of their proposed fees in ‘appendices’ at :http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/culturalcharges  Paper copies of the proposal are available in all Lambeth libraries and sports/leisure centres or they are available on request (Freephone 0800 013 1497).
Lambeth Council is seeking feedback on their proposal and the deadline for comments is Friday 7 March. You can let Lambeth know what you think of their proposal in the following ways:

 One of their proposals is to charge people giving fitness training in parks. For example, even if a train has just 3 pupils, he or she will have to pay £250 for a license.  You can read the full details of their proposed fees in ‘appendices’ at :http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/culturalcharges  Paper copies of the proposal are available in all Lambeth libraries and sports/leisure centres or they are available on request (Freephone 0800 013 1497).
Lambeth Council is seeking feedback on their proposal and the deadline for comments is Friday 7 March. You can let Lambeth know what you think of their proposal in the following ways:

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