This area of south London lies between Lambeth and Battersea. Since 1965 it has been part of the borough of Lambeth.
Settled since at least Saxon times, the area once had a royal manor situated in it and the name is believed to be derived from the Saxon meaning "town of the King".
The district retains strong royal connections throughout its history, for example it was a royal residence until Tudor times. And even today some parts of Kennington are the grounds of the Prince of Wales in his capacity as Duke of Cornwall.
The district was rural until the expansion of London reached it in the 18th century. It was quickly transformed into a sprawling residential suburb, with the 20 acres of Kennington Park at its heart.
Today Kennington, like many other parts of south London, is typically suburban and residential in character.
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