The Oval has been the home of Surrey County Cricket Club since 1845 and was the first English ground to host an international Test cricket match. Book from one of our wide selection of hotels near Oval Cricket ground and discover Kennington and its iconic sporting venue.
Although synonymous with cricket, The Oval has historical links with other sports. It was the venue for England's first football international against Scotland in 1870. The first FA Cup final took place here too, in 1872, when Wanderers defeated Royal Engineers by one goal to nil. Then, throughout the 1870s, an oval ball was in use at The Oval when England played six rugby matches, three of which saw them face off once more against the Auld Enemy and the other three fixtures saw Ireland as the opposing team.
The Oval is not the only significant patch of green in this part of London. Kennington Park opened to the public in 1854 on the site of a common that hosted public executions until 1800. Happily the park encourages more benign pursuits these days. As well as a place for relaxing, it has facilities for cricket, netball, basketball, tennis and skateboarding. Close to the Thames, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens were created during the 18th century and have subsequently become the site of regular community events such as fireworks on Bonfire Night. And nearby Vauxhall Park features a playground and tennis courts, as well as a model village.
Close to the Thames, Kennington is ideal for discovering the area at large, including the London Eye, the Southbank Centre and Imperial War Museum. All of these landmarks can be found along the Thames and are easily accessible by foot.
Pop art plus sushi equals Pop Art Sushi – the clue is in the name. Relax and admire the artwork while enjoying a delicious sushi dish whose creation is inspired by great works of art, and is made fresh in front of you. The Black Dog doesn't advertise itself as a gastropub but its food is definitely a cut above the average pub fare. This Free house opens at 08:00 for breakfast and all food is freshly cooked. Promising authentic Indian cuisine, Mumbai Delight eschews artificial ingredients and prizes good service.
Two clubs that revel in a reputation for pumping dance tunes and night-time fun are within close proximity to The Oval – the Ministry of Sound and Heaven. The Brixton Academy is a venerable venue for live bands, and with the National Theatre and the Old Vic, the area has two theatrical heavyweights to add to its ample repertoire of cultural icons.
You'll find an eclectic mix of shops in Vauxhall and Kennington. Nearby Brixton holds markets from Monday to Saturday, and is excellent for clothes and bric-a-brac as well as fruit, vegetables, exotic foods and much more.
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