Oval is one of the cricket capitals of the world, but the surrounding area offers so much more than sport, boasting a wealth of art, culture, parks, great food, and entertainment. London provides an overwhelming level of choice, so Oval often gets overlooked. However, between Oval, Kennington, and Lambeth, there are almost too many options for weekend pit stops. To help, we’ve planned out the perfect weekend in Oval, folding in comedy, tours, all kinds of eats, and leisurely strolls.

Saturday Breakfast: Morning Sarnies at Sugar Pot Cafe


Visitors to Oval are a little spoiled for choice when it comes to cozy, friendly, and sumptuous breakfasts. However, Sugar Pot Cafe stands out for its family-run, artisan ethos, elevating the humble sandwich and pita pocket through its collaborations with local breadmakers. Their homebaked buns and cakes are a glorious guilty pleasure. That’s where the guilt ends, though – the Sugar Pot team donates all grouts from Sugar Pot coffee brews to Bee Urban in nearby Kennington Park, who recycle them into compost for their beekeeping conservation mission.


Saturday’s Late Morning Activity: A Stroll Through Kennington Park’s Flower Gardens

Kennington Park is one of the first that ever became public in London, but despite its small size (compared to, say, Victoria or Hyde Park), it has a lot to offer. As a Green-Flag-Award-winning public space, its flower gardens still stand up some 170 years later. Whether you’re on a date or simply looking for a chilled-out, picturesque place to take the kids or your friends, make sure a weekend in Oval includes some mindful time in one of London’s most underrated parks.


Saturday Lunch: Tacos at Frida’s

Didn’t fancy packing a picnic for Kennington Park? Never fear. Frida’s is a local chain with a great location that’s popped up near Oval in Kennington, and it’s just a seven-minute walk from the park. Their gorgeously assembled tacos are the perfect size for a lunchtime top-up (and their refreshing margaritas don’t hurt one bit, either). Those eager to get on with their whistle-stop Oval weekend can also grab takeaways to eat on the go if they so choose.


Saturday’s Afternoon Hijinks: The Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour

Fans of gin (or London classics in general) can fill their literal and metaphorical cups with a tour of the Beefeater Gin Distillery. Sandwiched between Kennington and Oval, the distillery shows you the fruition of a recipe 150 years in the making for a gin that’s won more global awards than any other. The tour is around one-and-a-half hours long and lets you smell, experience, and – yes – taste every step of the process. Every tour includes a welcome cocktail, gin-tasting, and a G&T of the guest’s choosing.


Saturday Dinner: Authentic Korean Cuisine at Daebak

There are so many options for food in and around Oval that it’s hard to single out just one contender, but there are far worse options than Daebak. Sumptuous, simple, and very well-priced, Daebak offers a wide range of Korean delights with authentic Korean beers and spirits on offer, too. For a peckish family or a group of friends looking for pre-entertainment sharing platters, Daebak hits the spot. There are lighter options like kimchi or noodle soups for those who filled up on tacos earlier, or heartier dishes including fried chicken, ramen, stir-fries, curries, and Korean BBQ for those looking to feast.


Saturday Evening Entertainment: Big Belly Bar & Comedy Club

Nothing screams “Saturday night in London” like howling with laughter at top-end comedy, and Big Belly in nearby Vauxhall has laugh-seekers well and truly covered. While they have shows on every night, Saturday is when the roster fills with recognizable regulars from TV panel shows including Have I Got News for You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, and Mock the Week. The Saturday show starts at 8 p.m., leaving plenty of time to finish up at Daebak. However, large groups should turn up a little early to make sure seats are available.

Sunday Morning Breakfast: A Full English at Kennington Lane Cafe

A weekend in London isn’t complete without a full English breakfast, and the Oval/Kennington area’s own Kennington Lane Cafe may give you one of the best in the City. There are thousands of full English meals in the city; few of them have a five-star rating on Tripadvisor. Quick, cheerful service, high-quality ingredients, and a Create-Your-Own option that lets guests create their ideal slap-up meal. The Mediterranean twist on the menu – especially the Mediterranean breakfast with spicy Sucuk sausage and halloumi – makes this a necessary stop.

Sunday Late Morning Activity: A Tour of the Kia Oval Cricket Ground

As the home of Surrey County Cricket and the birthplace of the Ashes, fans of cricket and sports in general should make a tour of the Kia Oval part of their big Oval weekend. Booking in advance is a must given the popularity of the tour, but you can learn about the venue’s evolution from its humble, cabbage-patch roots into one of the world’s most important sporting venues. Tours only run at 11 a.m. on a Sunday, so if you’re looking to catch a guided experience, be sure to schedule the day around it. There are also 25 bars in the stadium, although not all of these will be open outside of matchdays.

Sunday Lunch: A World-Beating Roast at 24 The Oval

As a tiny Bistro with a (not-so) Secret Garden, 24 The Oval has a surprisingly large and wide-reaching reputation – specifically for its Sunday roast. It’s the ideal place to fill up and unwind after a morning of exploring the Kia Oval, especially as this gastronomically sublime experience is only a seven-minute walk away. The roast menu provides the Sunday standards with a twist (for example, lamb leg and shoulder) and sits at the more sophisticated end of the Sunday Roast spectrum. You can also stop by the on-site farm and bottle shops for cheeses, deli meats, and craft beers.


Sunday Afternoon Activity: The Garden Museum and Lambeth Palace Grounds

Just north of Oval, the Garden Museum places the history and art of gardening front and centre. Those with green fingers will relish its focus on sustainability, plant art, botanical science, photography, and architecture. People less into tilling soil and planting flowers can simply appreciate a peaceful walk around picturesque greenery and scale the museum’s Medieval Tower for one of the most stunning views of the River Thames and the London cityscape. Lucky visitors might get to see the beauty of Lambeth Palace, too. However, as it’s the Archbishop of Canterbury’s London dwelling, it’s not open to the public every day. Be sure to check before visiting. It’s a gorgeous place to be around, even without a full tour.

https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/the-museum/ https://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/about/lambeth-palace/visit-lambeth-palace

Sunday Dinner & Drinks: A Casual Wind-Down at The Black Prince

To cap off the weekend, Kennington’s The Black Prince provides a wonderfully unpretentious menu, chock with locally sourced wings, burgers, fish and chips, and steaks. It provides a stark contrast with the fancy trappings of 24 The Oval, despite its appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster Kingsman. They also provide a wide range of well-kept ales, lagers, and stouts, and their wines won’t empty the bank account, either. If the weather’s on your side, the garden provides a chic setting for any hangout.