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Vauxhall

London
Kennington Oval

Experience the nightlife, relax amid pockets of greenery and peruse exhibitions at independent galleries in this Thames-side area.

Set on the south bank of the River Thames is Vauxhall, a laidback and unassuming district by day and a vibrant nightlife center by night. Visit Vauxhall for pretty gardens, art galleries, riverside pathways and pulsating bars.

Head to Vauxhall Park on a sunny day to enjoy its children’s playground, model village, rose arbor and sports courts. In the 18th-century Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens was the go-to place for leisure and outdoor entertainment in London. Today it’s a popular spot for picnics and sunbathing. Partake in urban horticulture and rural recreation at Vauxhall City Farm and admire the flower displays at Bonnington Square Garden.

A flourishing arts scene developed in the area after contemporary British artist Damien Hirst opened his Newport Street Gallery in 2015. The gallery draws from Hirst’s private collection, which includes works by Banksy, Picasso and Tracy Emin, among others. Watch artists at work in the studios at Gasworks. The Cabinet Gallery puts on changing exhibitions by contemporary painters, sculptors and visual artists.

The Thames Path is a great place for a stroll in a riverside setting. There are excellent views from here of Vauxhall Bridge and its eight huge statues of allegorical figures. Look for the statue that represents architecture, which holds a model of St. Paul’s Cathedral in its hand. At the bridge’s south entrance, the colossal SIS Building is the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service and a filming location for several James Bond movies.

Make your way to Kennington Lane and the arches of Vauxhall railway station to experience a flamboyant nightlife scene. This is a hub for London’s LGBT community and features cabaret bars, raucous nightclubs and after parties. Attend drag and variety shows at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Gin fans can learn about the history and secrets of a 150-year-old gin on a tour of the Beefeater Gin Distillery London.

Travel to Vauxhall by taking underground and overground trains to Vauxhall station. It’s just a 5-minute journey from both Victoria and Waterloo stations.


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Best Western Plus Vauxhall Hotel
Best Western Plus Vauxhall Hotel
3.5 out of 5
152 Old South Lambeth Road, London, England
The price is $92 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Located in Vauxhall, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of O2 Academy Brixton, St. Thomas' Hospital, and Houses of Parliament. Apollo Victoria Theatre and London ...
4.2/5Very Good! (281 reviews)
Small but beautifully formed!
"This is a great location for visiting the American Embassy. The room was very small but comfortable. Bed very comfortable. No toiletries (handwash only). good value for money."

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

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Park Plaza London Riverbank
Park Plaza London Riverbank
4 out of 5
18 Albert Embankment, London, England
The price is $160 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Thomas' Hospital and Houses of Parliament. London Dungeon and Westminster ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,679 reviews)
"A fabulous hotel, stunning decor, friendly happy staff and in a great location. Nothing not to like"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

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Staybridge Suites London - Vauxhall
Staybridge Suites London - Vauxhall
4 out of 5
100 Vauxhall Walk, London, England
The price is $131 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of St. Thomas' Hospital, Houses of Parliament, and London Dungeon. Westminster Abbey and London ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (513 reviews)
"Stress free night in the mad London world. Can lock yaself away into ya own bubble . Perfect and thank you"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

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Stylish Newly Refurbished 2-bed Flat With Terrace
Stylish Newly Refurbished 2-bed Flat With Terrace
3.5 out of 5
Thorparch Road, London, England
Located in Battersea, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of O2 Academy Brixton, Clapham Common, and Houses of Parliament. Apollo Victoria Theatre ...
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Crowne Plaza London - Albert Embankment
Crowne Plaza London - Albert Embankment
4 out of 5
10-11 Albert Embankment, London, England
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lambeth Palace and The Oval. Imperial War Museum and London Eye are also within 1 mi ...
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"Amazing service, amazing view, great location. Was wonderful!"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

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The Thames View Apartments
The Thames View Apartments
4 out of 5
Bridge House, London, England
Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Apollo Victoria Theatre, St. Thomas' Hospital, and Houses of Parliament. Westminster ...
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