Oval has a reputation for being a chilled-out, safe part of London in which it’s great to unwind. However, Oval is more than just the cricket capital of the UK. Whether you’re refuelling between innings, celebrating a birthday, or simply looking to treat yourself after a long, hard week working at the heart of the city, Oval’s eateries and pubs offer a surprising range of cultures, flavors, and experiences for every taste.

24 The Oval

This charming, quirky bistro lives and breathes the concept of a neighborhood dining establishment while retaining a high level of class and character. Not only does the restaurant have a secret garden – perfect for a low-key, high-ambience anniversary date – there’s also a farm shop and craft beer bottle shop to stock up on organic foods and tipples for your kitchen. Don’t be fooled by its quaint exterior, either: 24 The Oval boasts a Sunday roast that, according to reviews, could rival any in the country. And bistro is the right word for the food – slow-aged, high-quality ingredients that elevate this far beyond anything you’ve eaten in a secret garden before.



Situated in nearby Kennington, Doost@Amici provides a unique fusion of Iranian and Italian food. Aromatic Persian stews, mouth-meltingly tender meats, and a near-endless spice rack complement homemade tagliatelle, stone-baked pizzas, and an excellent lasagne. Takeaway options are available, and there’s also an on-site deli from which you can buy meats, cheeses, meal kits, and more. With an ample garden to host work drinks, family nights out, or a cheeky cocktail with a partner, Doost@Amici offers a huge variety just a stone’s throw from Oval.



Frida’s is a vibrant chain of Mexican restaurants with locations in both Vauxhall and Kennington, almost equidistant from the centre of Oval. They skimp on neither portions nor variety, with their broad range of tacos, burritos, and (obviously) tequilas able to fill up even the hardiest of eaters. And, for London, their prices are extremely reasonable – a main, side, and soft drink will set you back £14.50. Even though there’s a restaurant just up the road from Oval in Kennington, the view from the Vauxhall restaurant includes London hallmarks like the Houses of Parliament and the Tate.



Daebak provides an authentic Korean foodie fix just an eight-minute walk from the Oval. It’s a great spot serving udon, ramen, kimchi, dumplings, bulgogi, and other simple, rich, occasionally spicy Korean delights. A perfect opportunity for catch-ups, casual hangouts, or takeaway nights in front of the TV, the low price point and high-quality, filling food make Daebak ideal for a table of unpretentious sharing dishes. The bibimbap in particular is rich, nutritious, and flavorsome. Be sure to leave space for Korean booze like Cass and Kloud beers and a range of Soju flavors.


The Black Prince

If The Black Prince seems familiar, it’s because it’s the setting for Colin Firth taking on six angry assailants in Kingsman: The Secret Service. The pub boasts an urban-chic garden alongside its more traditional elements, including a wide range of ales, stouts, lagers, and ciders. The Black Prince is notorious for its crispy, succulent pork belly, served on a Sunday as part of its roasts, and the quality of its pub food is due in no small part to the sourcing of meat from the Smithfield Meat Market, just up the road. It’s ideal for a late-evening hangout with friends, especially during the summer.


The Red Lion

Even die-hard Londoners like to take in their city’s highlights from time to time, and Oval is near to several of them. Between the cricket ground, the Imperial War Museum, and Kennington Park, however, is the ideal place to stop for refreshments – The Red Lion. Those looking for an authentic, friendly, landlord-focused pub experience may have found the perfect pit stop. The Red Lion gives you everything a pub should: great beers, top-notch pub grub, a jovial atmosphere, and sizeable helpings. Plus, the pub quiz here is something of a local legend if you can get a spot.