Venue Spotlight: The Kia Oval


The Kia Oval has become a hidden gem for organisers looking for the perfect spot for their conferences and events. A stone’s throw from the river and situated just outside the congestion charge zone this venue surprises all with its proximity to the City. Benefiting from parking for up to 50 cars onsite and 4 minutes walking time from the transport hub of Vauxhall you won’t find a central London venue with such accessible transport links and free parking. 

The Kia Oval boasts an incredible array of rooms in two separate stands which are less than 3 minutes’ walk from each other.  Our more traditional side of the ground is our Pavilion which was completed just in time for the start of the 1898 season and even though there has been many adjustments, additions and renovations the original footprint and bones still exist to this day. This gorgeous building houses the beautiful historic, wood-panelled and chandeliered Long Room which has its own private bar attached as well as our exclusive committee room; perfect for director dinners or impressing key clients

On the opposite side of the ground is our purpose-built OCS Stand which cost £25m and was constructed in just 77 weeks (this includes the time spent demolishing the existing stands).  The new stand was opened on 12th July 2005 by the Duke of Edinburgh and was completed on time and to budget – a miracle by modern construction standards. This building houses over 25 separate rooms each built to be flooded with natural daylight. Our Jardine Suite spreads over the ground floor of the building which over 1500m2 of exhibition space and vehicular access. All other rooms can be reached by two central staircases meaning each room is minutes from one another. The OCS Stand has the great advantage of having stand access and outside space for each of the rooms with 6 rooms leading out onto covered terrace areas. In fact, the entire OCS stand is topped with the magnificent Corinthian Roof Terrace with sweeping panoramic views of London.


Here at the Kia Oval we live by the ethos that the customer deserves the best and should get the best; every enquiry is treated with the same level of dedication and each event is dealt with by one event co-ordinator from the point of enquiry right through to the morning of your event where our experienced operational team take over. This means that the client gets the best possible experience without having to repeat their requirements; this also gives our team the opportunity to learn the event inside out; understanding the intricacies of a client’s event. Our catering and operations are in the safe and experienced hands of Compass who, being a world leader in catering, bring passion, creativity and excellence to each and every plate and have a wealth of experience in all things events. Our devotion to service and passion for events means we offer each client a bespoke experience because your event is one of a kind so your service should be too.

Adam is the co-founder and editor of Adam, a technology evangelist also organises Event Tech Live, Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology and the Event Technology Awards. Both events take place in November, London.