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Population 15,106 (2011 Census.Ward)
OS grid reference TQ305775
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district SW8/SE11/SW9
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament
  • Vauxhall
London Assembly
  • Lambeth and Southwark
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LondonCoordinates: 51°28′53″N 0°07′11″W / 51.4813°N 0.1197°W / 51.4813; -0.1197

Oval is a geographically small area of Kennington, south London, in the London Borough of Lambeth. It is situated 2.1 miles (3.38 km) to the south-east of Charing Cross. Oval straddles the border of south-west London and south-east London, and is where the postcode SE11 converges with the postcodes SW8 and SW9. Oval is best known for The Oval cricket ground, the home-ground of Surrey County Cricket Club.

Oval is within the borough constituency of Vauxhall. The Member of Parliament for the area is Kate Hoey of the Labour Party.


Gasholders at the Oval
The area is known for its cricket ground and gasholders.

The land here was, from the seventeenth century, used for a market garden. The name "Oval" emerged from a street layout which was originated in 1790 but never completely built. The Montpelier Cricket Club leased ten 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 (since demolished) on Kennington Park Road.


Oval ward is in the Vauxhall parliamentary constituency and is one of four wards in the borough's north Lambeth division. It includes part of Kennington and some of the River Thames. In 2001, the National Census recorded a population of 11,983 for Oval.

Lambeth Council elections 2010

At the Lambeth Council elections, 2010 residents of Oval ward elected two Labour Party Councillors and one Liberal Democrat Councillor.

In the 2014 Lambeth Council election residents returned three Labour Councillors, Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cllr Claire Holland and Cllr Jane Edbrooke.


The nearest tube stations are Oval and Vauxhall station.

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