Depending on the number of people in your household, this may not be a problem, but if you have small children or pets, you won't want them charging through the kitchen while you're holding a sharp knife or a pan of boiling water.
Work with a galley corridor. Depending on the layout of your home, galley kitchens may or may not be closed off at one end. If the far end leads to another room or the garden, it will see heavy traffic because it will become a thoroughfare.
A galley kitchen consists of two parallel runs of units forming a central corridor in which to work.
Here, the peninsula at the far end of the kitchen is fully clear of the cooking zone and has seating on the far side. (It also doubles as a butcher block.)