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The Complete Kennington Cafe Guide

Feb 22, 2022

When it comes to cafes, Kennington has an eclectic and interesting mix, which can actually make it a little overwhelming to choose sometimes, so we thought it would be useful to break down a varied mix of the best ones we’ve found since we’ve been running our Kennington and Lambeth nursery, Purple Jay Nurseries.

1) Sally White (353 Kennington Road)

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Sally White is a gorgeous coffee shop on Kennington Lane, featuring a striking cream exterior and a warm and light interior with gorgeous wooden floors. They have a wide selection of freshly baked goods and snacks, many taking the French Patisserie style, with good coffee options too.

2) Vanilla Black Coffee & Books (308 Kennington Road)

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Vanilla Black Coffee & Books is an interesting, charming, casual coffee shop. There is ample seating space inside, so perfect for getting some work done too and there is also a lovely, green, seating area outside.

They have an extensive brunch menu as well as a large coffee selection including a good number of herbal teas. One of the most notable features of the coffee shop is the wall of books occupying the main seating area.

3) Bouquets & Beans (286 Kennington Road)

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Bouquet & Beans is a really unique concept and we love it. Part florist, part coffee shop, and one hundred per cent worth the visit! They have a good selection of coffees and an even more impressive selection of flowers. You can’t leave this place without feeling better than when you walked in!

4) I Due Amici Garden Café (310-312 Kennington Road)

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This is a lovely, warm, traditional café with ample seating space inside or in their lovely garden area. They have a really extensive food menu, with a lot of restaurant-style items to choose from. One of the few places in Kennington where you can grab a coffee and a real authentic Italian meal at the same time, at lunch.

5) Urban Botanica (14 Windmill Road)

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What do you get when a team with taste and style cross a plant shop and with a coffee shop… Urban Botanica, that’s what. This absolute gem on Kennington Road serves up some of the best coffee in the area (from a single origin producer they work with year on year) in a modern, stylishly designed shop sprawling with gorgeous plants. They also have a really cute, green garden area that is a joy to enjoy a coffee in when the weather’s good.

6) Sugar Pot (248 Kennington Park Road)

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Sugar Pot is a small, stunning, sustainably focused coffee shop on Kennington Park Road that serves up delicious coffee and food made with fresh, free-range, organic ingredients, most of which are sourced from local producers.

We really like the vision and mission behind their endeavour, which, in their words is to “create a vibrant, homely, family-run coffee shop” that helps to recreate the same community-focused culture they grew up with. And, we believe they have achieved their mission!

7) Collective Kennington (Kennington Park, 4 St Agnes Place)

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The Collective is a stunning restaurant and café in the heart of Kennington Park, it is the brainchild of the same team from Sugar Pot so embodies the same ethos of truly serving the community and making no compromises to deliver food made from fresh, organic, sustainable ingredients, sourced as much as possible from local producers. The view from Collective is second to none in Kennington, as you are immersed in the nature of the park from all angles.

8) Lusitana London (328 Kennington Park Road)

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Lusitana is a cute, traditional family-run café with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, located on Kennington Park Road, serving up a range of hearty lunches (we recommend the grilled paninis) as well as a large selection of freshly ground coffee. We’d use the words homey, wholesome and warm to sum up this place. You will be sure to leave with a smile.


So, there you have it! A full breakdown of our fave cafes in Kennington, in no particular order. We’re sure that there is at least one on the list above that you will fall in love with!

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