Friday 16 March 2007

Kennington Park, South London

An edgy oasis in an edgy neighbourhood, Kennington Park used to border one of the most famous squats in London. The Victorian houses of St. Agnes Place, the long-standing home of Rastafarians and hippies, have been ruthlessly demolished, but the bohemian spirit lingers on in the park. One of the least-gentifried green spaces in the Big Smoke and the starting point for many protest marches over the decades, Kennington Park today attracts hoodies, joggers, pit-bull terriers, footballers, drunks, netball players, tramps and the odd stray child. While still rough around the edges, a lot of money has been spent upgrading the extensive astroturf, floodlit sports pitches in the south-east corner of the park. Right next to Oval tube station, Kennington Park is one of the most central places in London to organise a regular game of football, hockey, netball, tennis or whatever. 5/10