Guide to living in
At the convergence of the SE11, SW8 and SW9 postcodes and with a growing population of almost 12,000, Oval sits between the borders of South East and South West London. Central to the bustling surrounding areas of South London, Oval is primarily residential but possesses a sprinkling of shops and industry.
The West End is a matter of minutes away on the tube, whilst all basic shopping needs can be met in the local area. The Oval Farmer’s Market is also worth checking out every Saturday.
“For larger families and those with a bigger budget, there are many terraced properties as well as some 1 to 2 bedroom Victorian houses complete with original period features”
Although renowned predominantly for the batting and bowling heroics at the Oval, the area has some traditional cultural hotspots. The Oval Playhouse presents some of London’s edgiest and high quality fringe theatre; whilst the White Bear Theatre is award winning with many future stars of the stage having cut their teeth here.
There are quite a few different types of property in Oval ranging from large houses to flats and apartments. Some of the most affordable housing comes in the form of ex-council owned low-rise residential blocks that are popular with young professionals and small families.
Furthermore, for larger families and those with a bigger budget there are many terraced properties as well as some 1 to 2 bedroom Victorian houses complete with original period features. Oval also has a small selection of the sought after Georgian properties so synonymous with neighbouring Kennington.
Many men have spent time in its metaphorical namesake, but a visit to the Dog House in Oval is a much more enjoyable experience. Busy but relaxed, this pub is well known as a top post-cricket venue. Estrela Bar provides an excellent selection of Portuguese dishes from seafood to tapas, and it has a vibrant outdoor seating area to boot.
The Kia Oval is one of the world’s most famous cricketing venues, hosting England games and the home games of Surrey County Cricket Club. Even if cricket is not your thing, a lazy summer evening on the terraces with beer or pimms in hand is hard to beat.
Oval tube station is on the Northern Line and nearby Vauxhall station has National Rail services as well as a tube station on the Victoria Line. As with most areas of South London, the bus service in Oval is comprehensive and reliable.