Open House Festival

Housing in Kennington: A royal intervention



Outside Kennington Tube Station, Kennington Park Rd, SE11 4JQ

This walking tour around Kennington focuses on housing projects and particularly those developed by the Duchy Estate before and after World War I. The walk will provide an insight into the way public housing contributes to the mix of inhabitants in this sometimes forgotten area of London – drawing comparisons in relation to London as a whole.

Getting there


Oval, Kennington


Waterloo, Elephant & Castle


415, 333, 133

Additional travel info

The tour starts opposite Kennington tube station and ends at Oval tube station




This walk will look at various public housing projects in Kennington, particularly the Duchy of Cornwall estate (1913-1938). This is a rare example of a royal initiative in public housing, and is an interesting precursor to the current King’s architectural initiatives. We will also look at the way the area as a whole has evolved over time, and the relationship between the Duchy as a landowner and local government as its role expanded and changed from the middle of the 19th century.

Golden Key Academy

This tour is led by a participant of Open City’s Golden Key Academy – a course training up insightful and engaging guides dedicated to explaining London and bringing its many stories to life. It is part of a wider collection of tour events created by Golden Key Academy guides for the Open House Festival celebrating their conclusion of the eight month course.

Further information on the Golden Key Academy can be found here


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