Kennington Park is a well used public space next to Oval Tube station.
It became one of Lambeth's Green Flag Award winners in 2011 and it's easy to see why when you visit. There is a good mix of old and new, with areas managed for heritage (the Victorian grade II listed park for example) alongside more contemporary spaces. A concrete road circles the perimeter of the park, providing the perfect route to take in the views. More adventurous types will find it a great track for rollerblading/skating.
Before the park was officially opened in 1854 (it was the first public park in south London) it was known as Kennington Common. It had its own 'speakers corner' and public executions were undertaken there until 1800. The common was also a popular cricket venue, with major matches played here as early as 1724. The Oval cricket ground across the road now carries on this tradition.
You will not be short of things to do if you visit. Sportsmen will find themselves occupied by the basketball courts, tennis courts, Astroturf, cricket pitch and fitness trail. The park also has a skateboarding bowl (a bowl shaped concrete structure) where local skateboarders congregate to show off their skills.
There is the obligatory kids playground and the cafe is well worth a visit too. It's one of the few surviving Arts & Crafts park cafes in London and is a great place to knock back a latte or two. It also hosts regular art and photographic exhibitions by local talent.
Nature and wildlife lovers should pick up a tree walk leaflet to help discover all the flora. There are some wonderful specimens of lime, cedar and weeping ash waiting to be spotted.