Lavington Neighbourhood Guide

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Lavington Neighbourhood Guide

Located 10km away from the city centre, Lavington is one of the major suburbs with high-end residential mansions. The neighbourhood radiates peace, calmness, and tranquillity. With the presence of different schools, a variety of restaurants and fun activities to do with family and friends, Lavington is bursting with so much personality.

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History

Back in 1860, the Holy Ghost Fathers started rescuing slaves from Zanzibar and later moved their missionary work into East Africa. They opened hospitals and schools to teach people different marketable skills which they could use to grow themselves. By the 19th Century, some parts of Lavington was known as St. Austin’s Mission which was used for coffee farming and converted to a successful commercial plantation

As more people started searching for spiritual growth, the Fathers opened St. Austin’s Catholic Church and schools, built on Catholic foundation. These schools include Strathmore School, Loreto Convent Msongari School, and St. Mary’s School. This explains why Lavington is somewhat of a spiritual neighbourhood.

Schools

Besides making a decision to have children, the other important decision is which school to take them. Getting it right from the start will put them in the right direction towards a successful and fulfilling future.

At Lavington, there are a number of great schools you can choose from, including; Braeside School, St. Austin’s Academy, Rusinga School, Light International School, Nairobi Jaffery Academy, Strathmore School, St.Mary’s School, Loreto Convent Msongari School, and Nairobi International School.

Restaurants

Lavington is a rich and diverse neighbourhood with different restaurants, each exuding its own culture and identity. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking one that will satisfy your taste buds.

Artcaffe – Lavington Green Mall

If you are looking to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee as you have a business meeting, this is the place to be.  Maybe you want to relax with friends, then you can sample the different cocktails available during happy hour. They don’t only have delicious pastries, they also have an assortment that will leave you feeling like you’ve had a full meal.

Mambo Italia – Lavington Curve

Satisfy your Italian cravings at Mambo Italia on the stunning terrace by sampling gourmet pizzas, salads, pasta, and Italian gelato.

The Steak Out – Manyani East Rd

You can never go wrong with a steak meal. If you are looking for a place with a beautiful leafy garden where you can enjoy a cool breeze and sit with family and friends, steak out is the right spot for you. With seats set out in the green garden, sample a variety of steak, fish, chicken, and pork, all cooked to your liking.

Cheka – Manyani East Rd

This is the only Japenese restaurant owned by Japanese. They have authentic meals ranging from sushi, seafood, noodles, stake and original Japanese rice wine that is imported from Japan.

Toranj – James Gichuru Rd

This multi-cuisine restaurant serves Turkish, Italian and Persian meals. If you love enjoying your meals with a glass of wine, you’re not in luck because they don’t sell alcohol. However, that shouldn’t discourage you. Enjoy other drinks with funky names like doogh – a drink made with yoghurt, mint and sparkling water. Toranj is even more beautiful at night with such a great ambience.  

The Arbor – James Gichuru Rd

This is one of the places where they put their customers first. When it comes to customer service, the waiters pay attention to your order and help you decide on what to eat. The ambience is great, and the food is even better at an affordable rate. It is especially perfect for a girl’s brunch date.

Monikos Kitchen – Gitanga Rd

With everything coming from Kenya and being organic, Monikos kitchen serves the freshest food with the finest ingredients from Kenya. To keep things interesting, they push their creativity by coming up with new menus every now and then, leaving you with a different experience each time you visit the place. You get to choose from a selection of fillet, burgers, cuts, salads, pasta, and wraps.

Nightlife

Kengeles – Lavington Green Centre

Located at the heart of Lavington, Kengeles is a sports bar where you can watch live football games with friends, enjoy an evening of networking and open mic. Get your dancing shoes on and listen to music from a live band which plays different genres as you soak up the atmosphere.

Saape Lounge – Lavington Mall 

You always feel at home when you frequent a good bar. Saape has this effect, tucked away at the Lavington Shopping Mall.

Shopping Malls

Lavington Mall and Lavington Curve are the biggest malls in Lavington. You will find fashion accessories, electronics, restaurants, home decor, food courts, banking halls, pharmacies and many more.

Outdoor

Fitness

With the hustle’s of today, you need to find different outlets for relieving stress. Jogging is one way of doing it. With a good road network, it is a good area to enjoy taking walks or running. Starting from the shopping centre in Lavington, heading towards Waiyaki Way using James Gichuru, you will need some fitness level to conquer the hill. For someone who is looking for an indoor experience, you will find a running track inside Jaffery’s Sports Club. Good news is, you don’t have to pay to access the club.

The Nairobi Art Center

This is a fun space to be if you are looking for a creative centre. If you have children, you can take them for art classes to learn calligraphy, graphic design, pottery and graffiti. Looking for space to host a party or team building? it has an open space to fit a small, intimate crowd.

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See also:

Kilimani Guide

Kileleshwa Guide

Karen Guide

Westlands Guide

Maureen Mbithe
Content Writer at BuyRentKenya