The Oval Cricket Ground, now known as The Kia Oval, is the home of Surreys county cricket team, and one of the great grounds for international cricket. If you want to play, or watch, or just relax and enjoy the unparallelled hospitality, the Oval will provide you with a refined and relaxed afternoon.
London hotels near to the Oval can be located in Lambeth or Vauxhall districts. Of course during match times the closer hotels tend to be booked up very quickly. The Jubilee tube Line runs directly to the Oval station from north London including Hampstead and Camden Town.
The Kennington Oval was originally a market garden owned, as it is to this day, by the Duchy of Cornwall (and thus, currently, Prince Charles). In 1845 it was converted into a cricket ground, and it has remained one ever since. In 1880, the Oval hosted the first ever Test match between England and Australia. When Australia won the Test in 1882 it led to The Sporting Times printing an obituary for English cricket; the bails of the stumps were burned, and the Ashes trophy was created. This is the trophy that is still played for whenever England and Australia face each other. The current pavilion was erected in 1898. It was, for quite some time, the largest cricket pitch in the world, until it was overtaken by Gaddafi Stadium in Pakistan. It is both a historic attraction, and a sports venue, and, as the home ground of the Surrey County Cricket Club, still hosts matches to this day.
Located outside the city centre, in a leafy suburb despite only being a few minutes away from the West End, the Kia Oval is a good destination for a relaxing day away from the stresses, noise, and bustle of city life. It is, however, very accessible. Oval tube station is on the Northern Line (and it is by far the closest tube station); it is a Zone 2 station and if you are coming from Victoria you can change onto the Northern Line at Stockwell or you can walk from Vauxhall tube station. Buses 36, 185, and 436 stop at the ground, and there are others that stop within a five-minute walk: the 3, 59, 109, 133, 159, and the 333. There are overground links to much of Surrey and Hampshire via South West trains which leave from Vauxhall station. For larger groups, coach parking is available.
Although it is primarily a cricket ground, home to both Surreys matches and some international fixtures, the ground has other uses, too. From 1872 to 1879 it was used as the pitch for the England rugby team, and it was home to the countrys first international football matches. It has held hockey fixtures, concerts, and is often nowadays used for corporate hospitality. It is also available to be used as a location for filming, and it has in the past been used for television commercials, feature films, catalogue shoots, and interviews.
The Oval currently has plans to redevelop the Pavilion End (there are two ends to the ground, known as the Pavilion End and the Vauxhall End. This redevelopment will lead to the building of a new hotel, and a new pedestrian plaza. There is no confirmed timetable on the developments at the moment.
If a relaxing afternoon enjoying the cricket in luxury sounds like your idea of heaven then the Oval is just the attraction for you. It is easy to get to from Central London, and can provide a relaxing sporting afternoon.
|HOTEL / APARTMENT||POSTCODE||MILES||STAR||24 May||25 May||26 May||27 May||28 May||29 May||30 May||31 May|
|Oval Station||2||Northern||0.27 miles|
|Vauxhall Station||1||Victoria||0.65 miles|
|Kennington Station||2||Northern||0.92 miles|
|Pimlico Station||1||Victoria||1.43 miles|
|Stockwell Station||2||Northern - Victoria||1.61 miles|
|Vauxhall Station||0.58 miles|
|Elephant and Castle Station||1.71 miles|
|Loughborough Junc Station||2.10 miles|
|Wandsworth Road Station||2.15 miles|
|London Waterloo Station||2.16 miles|