King's College Hospital has been in its present location since 1809 and is one part of the rich tapestry of life in south London. Choose from the wide selection of hotels near King's College Hospital London and discover a fascinating part of the capital.
The name of artist, writer and social campaigner, John Ruskin, was given to the park next to King's. Opened in 1907, Ruskin Park was expanded to its current 36-acre size three years later. Features include a pond and a wooden bandstand that has been restored to its Edwardian peak, tennis courts and a football pitch. The park and its ornamental trees in particular attract a lot of wildlife.
South London Gallery, which has been going since 1891, concentrates on delivering art to the people of this area, with a particular emphasis on the last 20 years. There are around five exhibitions each year. And more than just a gallery, the SLG screens art-house movies, hosts performance art, talks and events for families.
Whirled Cinema opened its doors in 2010, making a virtue of having only 60 seats by concentrating on art-house and world films that rarely make it to most movie theatres. Although members-only, a one-week membership costs little more than a regular cinema ticket and gives you unlimited access to films shown over a seven-day period.
Ethiopian food is on the menu at Zeret Kitchen, a family-run restaurant that caters for vegans as well as meat-eaters. Try the traditional Ethiopian coffee made from green coffee beans and brewed in a jebena (a traditional pouring pot) with popcorn and frankincense. The Ethiopian beer is light and smooth – a perfect accompaniment to a lamb wat or kitfo. And from China, specifically the region of Xinjiang, there's the cuisine of Silk Road where you can enjoy large, tasty portions served by attentive staff.
You'll have access to a wide selection of clubs such as Plan B in nearby Brixton which offers an eclectic blend of hip-hop, drum and bass, house tunes and live acts. Jazzlive at the Crypt is located in the basement of an Anglo-Saxon church that was destroyed by fire in 1841. The venue has kept the flames of jazz alive and Friday nights feature top jazz musicians from London and around the world. Enjoy a drink and a hearty meal as you nestle in one of the nooks and crannies of this underground jazz lair. Eagle London describes itself as the "most eclectic and inclusive venue gay London has to offer." Head in the Eagle's direction for a drink and enjoy a dance to top disco and dance tunes.
Camberwell has a range of shops that include art galleries and auction houses as well as some well-known stores. For a bigger choice of retailers, Brixton is the nearest and, of course, with the City of London on your doorstep, the retail world is your oyster.