London Area Guides
Oval Area Guide
Our area guide to Oval gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include SW9, SW8, SW4
Property Types & Architecture
Oval is a small area of Kennington in the London Borough of Lambeth. Kennington properties range from historical Georgian squares and 3 story Victorian terraces fronting main roads and squares to low rise ex-local council properties that offer both tranquillity and affordability. Large houses in the area are often formed into a number of apartments.
Shopping & Entertainment
As well as the famous Kia Oval Cricket Ground, home to Surrey County Cricket Club, there are also two theatres, the Oval Playhouse and White Bear Theatre as well as the Cinema Museum, Imperial War Museum and Beefeater Gin Distillery. A weekly farmer's market takes place each Saturday at St Mark's Church opposite the Oval tube station. Kennington also has a good range of local shops, bars and cafes.
Parks & Commons
At Kennington Park there is something for everyone, with extensive sporting facilities and plenty of space to walk with the dog or chase after the children on bikes and scooters to one of the many playgrounds. It is also the venue for community events, markets and fairs, plus a cafe in which to relax and take a break.
Who lives here?
A mix of both young professional sharers and lower-income workers favour the access to both branches of the Northern line and the extensive bus network at Oval. Affordable yet central, many are attracted the convenient location, quality properties and bargain prices.
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Guide to Oval transport links
Brixton (Zone 2)
Clapham Common (Zone 2)
Clapham North (Zone 2)
Stockwell (Zone 2)
Vauxhall (Zone 1, Zone 2)
Schools in Oval & Exam Results
Schools in Oval fall under the Lambeth Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Oval by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Oval
Oval Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 1 councils covering the Oval area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Oval Local Authorities
Oval is represented by Lambeth Council which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
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