Kennington Station sits at one of those junctions where to the uninitiated, the Northern Line suddenly gets more complex. It first opened on 18th December 1890 on the City and South London Railway, which is now forms part of Bank branch of the Northern Line. In 1926, the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway(no prizes for guessing where it went..) was extended to reach Kennington and two new platforms were built. Kennington is the location where heading northwards, the Northern line branches off to either Bank or Charing Cross.
In the near-future, Kennington will also be where the Northern Line extension veers off to Battersea, with all Charing Cross trains eventually running through to there. The potential citing of ventilation shafts has caused concerns among local residents in the area.
Kennington Station, with its impressive domed roof, is the only survivor from the opening of the CSLR in 1890 – all the others on this stretch of the line have subsequently been rebuilt. Like other stations of this era, it has lifts down to the platform level. After some of my friends got trapped in one of them during the Summer, I started taking the stairs more often..
The Pub: The Old Red Lion, 42 Kennington Park Road, SE11 4RS
Kennington Station was one of my local tube stations for the last flat I lived in before moving out of London in October, so I know the pubs in the area pretty well. In a way this made it harder to choose a pub, but in the end we went for The Old Red Lion. Despite living in the area for 10months, the first time I visited was just as I was moving out. I was looking for a pub to host my birthday party and leaving drinks, and a couple of friends recommended here.
From the outside, it looks like a very traditional pub with its tudor style frontage, the building itself is also Grade II listed. The interior is divided into three rooms, two which back onto the bar and one at the rear of the pub which opens out onto the garden, The rooms are all quite cosy, with wooden beams and comfy seats. They have a rotating and interesting selection on the ale front, I went for the Twickenham Ale on our visit here. It also has an extensive food menu and from what I saw others having looked really good. Sadly nobody in our group went for the Octopus Stew though!
The Old Red Lion is part of the Antic chain of pubs. There are plenty across South London including one of my favourite pubs, The Tram and Social in Tooting, as well as plenty of others dotted around. The staff were all very friendly during our visit too – one of the photos from the gallery shows the flowers one of the barmaids had arranged so nicely by the bar.
Kennington is an area well served by pubs, no doubt one of the reasons I enjoyed living there so much. The Old Red Lion is a great pub and well worth a visit – it’s also a great place to have a party!