If you’re a sports fan with a keen interest in cricket, then you’ll most definitely want to pay a visit to The Oval during your next trip to London.
To give it its correct title, the Kennington Oval has been attracting sports fans from all over the world hoping to catch a glimpse of some sporting superstars during their stay at the Montcalm Hotel London for decades. Read on to find out a little bit more about what you can expect to see once there and how to make the most of your visit.
Although the Oval is most famous for being an international cricket ground and the home ground of the Surrey County Cricket Club, this sports ground also plays host to many football and rugby matches too. With so much going on, you're sure to find a game to suit the dates you'll be staying at our hotels in East London.
Just keep an eye on the Oval website to see what is scheduled during your stay.
Take a tour
To find out more about this history and heritage surrounding the Oval cricket ground, visitors can choose to take a tour of the grounds. This will give you access to all of the behind the scenes areas that you won’t see on television.
During the tours, you’ll visit the players’ changing rooms before heading out onto the pitch. You’ll also get to admire the view from the Corinthian Roof Terrace where media commentators report on the match and get a real feel for the Oval before returning to the Montcalm hotel London to enjoy a drink in the bar and perhaps catch up with the coverage of another local match.
Tours are available on non-match days when the weather allows, so keep an eye on the weather forecast and book your tickets in advance if you want to take a tour of this important cricket ground while stating at our hotels in East London.
Explore the area
Once you've finished taking your tour or watching a match at the Oval, the local area has plenty to offer for those who want to hang around for a little longer. Enjoy a stroll in nearby Kennington Park, or if you're feeling a little more energetic, the Tate Britain Museum is just a 20-minute walk away and has a collection of over 70,000 inspirational artworks. This is a great way of spending a few hours if you’ve had your fill of cricket for the day.
Getting to the Oval
For those staying with us at the Montcalm Hotel London, getting to the ground is easy. The extensive London Tube network covers the entire city, so just hop on at Liverpool station - itself just a short stroll away from your hotel.
Take the Central line then change at Bank station for the Northern line; this will take you directly to the Oval in just 20 minutes. Once done, it’s a quick trip back to the hotel using the same route.