This expansive Grade II-listed townhouse extends over 3,800 sq ft and is positioned on a tree lined avenue. Built in c1775, the house has eight bedrooms, set over five elegant storeys, including a separate two-bedroom annexe, which opens onto the house’s glorious mature garden. Rigorously restored under the current owners’ stewardship, the renovation is a celebration of the house’s many original features.
Setting the Scene
The house, and all of its neighbours on the terrace, are Grade II-listed and are in the heart of the Kennington Conservation Area. Built as one of a pair in the closing years of the 18th century, the Georgian house extends across five floors, with three principal storeys, a basement and an attic. The two-storey lower entrance bay is joined to the main body of the building and has planning to extend. Built from London stock brick, the house has a distinguished curved wall, inset with large sash windows, flooding each floor with light. For more information, please see the History section.
The Grand Tour
Set back from the road behind wrought-iron railings, a pair of panelled doors topped with a glazed fanlight open into a wide hallway with a wall of fitted cabinetry to one side. From here, doors open into a formal reception room with wooden floors. There is a beautiful fireplace, framed by a marble surround and fitted with a warming wood-burning stove.
To the rear of the house is a light-filled, open-plan kitchen and dining room. The dining space has curved walls and vast sash windows, while the recently installed, bespoke kitchen has blue-painted cabinetry and white silestone countertops. A door leads from the kitchen down stone steps to the garden.
Ascending to the first floor via a staircase crowned by a spectacular oval rooflight, there are two generous bedrooms, both with the original restored wooden floorboards. They share a generous family bathroom with a freestanding bath, a separate shower and patterned encaustic tiles on the floor. There is also a useful study on this level and a laundry room.
The second and third floors share a similar layout, with two bedrooms of almost identical size. Once again, the bedrooms at the rear of the house each have a beautifully curved wall. A bedroom on the top floor opens onto a lovely balcony which overlooks the garden below.
The self-contained two-bedroom apartment on the lower ground floor is complete with another well-proportioned living space and an open-plan kitchen. Here, the original doors have been left raw and have a beautiful patina. A shared family bathroom serves the annexe, while a private door gives access to the garden. New cast-iron pillar radiators have been installed throughout the house.
The Great Outdoors
The house has a south-east facing garden, receives sunlight throughout the day. Wonderfully green and leafy, the majority of the garden is laid to lawn and is framed by a characterful old brick wall, as well as plenty of roses and other mature plants. A large paved area is the perfect spot for eating alfresco.
Out and About
Nearby Kennington Road has excellent amenities. There is good coffee and cake to be found at Vanilla Black, Sally White and Urban Botanica and there is a daily vegetable and flower market nearby. The Prince of Wales on Cleaver Square is loved by locals, while a little further afield is the bastion of good pub cuisine, The Canton Arms, as well as the newest outpost of Theo’s Pizzeria. Bonnington Square, home to deli and cafe Italo, is also close at hand.
The Grade II-listed open spaces of Kennington Park are just across the road. There are football, tennis and basketball courts, an outdoor gym, cricket nets and table tennis tables, plus excellent pizza from Collective and fresh bread by Cable Bakery. It is a short walk to the South Bank of the River Thames. The Kennington Triangle has undergone something of an artistic rebirth in recent years; within a short walk are the Newport Street Gallery, The Sunday Painter, Cabinet Gallery, Gasworks, and The City & Guilds London School of Art.
The nearest stations are Kennington and Oval, which are served by both branches of the Northern Line. Vauxhall (Victoria Line and National Rail services towards Waterloo), Lambeth North and Elephant and Castle (Bakerloo Line) are also within easy reach. There are good bus routes into central London from Kennington Road.
Council Tax Band: F
Kennington is home to some of the finest Georgian architecture in London. The construction of the Kennington road in 1751 was preceded by the building of Westminster Bridge in 1750. This infrastructure laid the foundations for an explosion of development from the second half of the 18th century onwards.
At the beginning of the century, the area was largely rural. A small village was based around Kennington Common. Due to its geography, it was considered sacred ground and a national assembly site for millennia.
The common hosted one of the first documented cricket matches, London versus Dartford, in 1724 and the sport is still played on the same spot today, following the creation of The Oval in 1845.
Gradually enclosed during the 19th century, the vestiges of the common remain through Kennington Park, which was opened in 1854 and laid out by architect James Pennethorne. The common was also the site of the Kennington Common Chartist meeting of 1848, where 50,000 people gathered demanding suffrage and representation.