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Oval is a South London area within the London borough of Lambeth. It is part of Kennington near the famous Oval Cricket Grounds and is situated 2.1 miles to the south-east of Charing Cross. Oval Straddles the border of south-west London and south-east London as it coves SE11 and SW8 and SW9.

The land was founded in the 17th century and was used for a market garden. The name oval emerged from a street which was originated in 1790 but never completely built. The Montpelier Cricket Club leased 10 acres of land from the Duchy of Cornwall in 1844 and Surrey County Cricket Club was formed soon thereafter at a meeting at the Horns Tavern on Kennington Park Road.

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Shopping and Culture

The quirky Cinema Museum is a popular venue for film screenings and talks, and there are two longstanding local repertory theatres, the White Bear Theatre and Ovalhouse. The White Bear Theatre is currently undergoing a period of refurbishment and will reopen in September 2016. Pullens Yards studios, with its picturesque 1870s built live/work units, is home to artists and craftspeople. Newport Street Gallery presents exhibitions of work from Damien Hirst’s art collection. The Imperial War Museum and Garden Museum can be found here, with the popular tourist attractions of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament only a half hour stroll across the river.

Sports and leisure

Oval Leisure Centre has some 5 star sports facilities included a state of the art gym fully equipped including a weights section, outdoor tennis courts, football pitches and an athletics track and swimming pool. The leisure centre has disabled access for those who need t and there is also the opportunity to book classes, football pitches for 7 a side football and the tennis courts. Oval Cricket Grounds was formally known as The Oval and The Kia Oval is one of London’s largest cricket grounds with the maximum capacity of 23,500 and is home to England’s Cricket team. The club has played host to matches which include England vs Australia and England vs West Indies throughout the years.

Primary and Secondary Education

1. Vauxhall Primary School is a mixed school for pupils ages 3-11 and rated outstanding by annual Ofsted reports. The ratio of pupils per teacher is 16.2, and supports English speaking pupils and pupils who first language is not English.

2. Iqra Primary School is a Muslim Mixed school for pupils 3-11 rated outstanding. 3. Archbishop Tenisons School is a mixed church school who aim to achieve ambition for each of their students and wanting them want them to let their light shine before others in all that they do.

4. Westminster School is an Anglican mixed independent school for pupils aged 13-18 year olds. The school offers flexible boarding facilities to those who need it.


Tube: Oval locals have the choice of four Tube stations. On the Northern Line, Kennington and Oval stations are both in Zone 2. Nearby Lambeth North is on the Bakerloo Line and is in Zone 1.

Road: Once you’re out of the traffic on the busy A3, it takes under an hour to reach the M25, or 40 minutes to get to the M1 if you’re heading north.

Bus: The area is extremely well connected. Buses from Kennington Oval and Kennington Cross serve several areas in south London including Brixton, Crystal Palace, Streatham and Tooting. Travel north via the 133 (to Liverpool Street), 59 (to King’s Cross) and 159 (to Marble Arch).

Cycle: For many locals, cycling is their main mode of transport. It only takes 15 minutes to cycle to Charing Cross and, even if you don’t have your own bike, Kennington has several Boris bike docking stations. Cycle Superhighway 7 from Morden to the City runs through Kennington.

Getting away: London City Airport is only 45 minutes away via the DLR and Northern Line. Trains to Gatwick take less than an hour.

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