London boasts some of the world's most exciting tourist hot-spots, and The Oval Cricket Ground - often abbreviated to simply ""The Oval"" - is high on the list of must-see visitor attractions. It was the location for cricket's first ever Test match in 1882, and has remained one of London's premier sporting venues ever since. Even if you are not a cricket fanatic, the ground is an impressive structure, and is well worth visiting even outside the cricket season. If you stay in a hotel close to The Oval, you can consider visiting more than once, and taking your time looking around.
If you come in the summer, and want to attend an international cricket match, you will probably need to book your tickets in advance, as there are only rarely seats available on the gate. Because Test matches can last for anything up to five days, it would be sensible to make a hotel reservation for at least that long if you are hoping to follow the entire game live. If you are not used to sports which go on for so long, you may find cricket quite tiring, so make sure your hotel room is one in which you feel you can relax easily.
Should you arrive at The Oval Cricket Ground when there are no matches being played, you may still be able to take a tour of the stadium. These operate on a number of days throughout the year, and usually begin at 11am, taking in areas such as the dressing rooms, the press box and the members' pavilion. Because dates and times can vary from month to month, it is recommended that you contact the ground before you set out, though hotels in the area of The Oval may well be able to provide information themselves.
You should be aware that travelling in the area when a big match is on can be difficult, as crowds often exceed 20,000. There is an Underground station - called simply ""Oval"" - close by, as well as a National Rail station - Vauxhall - about half a mile away. Many bus routes pass close to The Oval, but if you are going by road, it might be easier and quicker - though probably not cheaper - to take a taxi instead, as its driver will have an excellent knowledge of the local streets, and may be able to avoid the worst of the congestion.
Although the stadium is situated south of the Thames, and therefore a little way away from many of London's famous attractions such as the West End theatres and the Tower of London, there are still plenty of hotels near The Oval Cricket Ground. You are unlikely to find many of the most luxurious, five-star hotels in this part of the capital, but that doesn't mean that you will have difficulty making a hotel reservation; in fact, many of the local hotels are very friendly, and offer very good value for money.