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In our most recent venue review bites, Lara Stephenson and Christina Alexander from Banks Sadler, Sam Williamson from HRG, Callie Richardson from Inntel and Liana Winzer from GRG attended ‘to have an experience’ at the Kia Oval which included a show round of the wonderful spaces on offer, as well as an evening of T20 cricket.

 

Venue Review by... Banks Sadler 

“The Kia Oval is a very grand and spacious venue, however what caught my eye the most was the conference and events space. It’s so unique that pretty much every space offers a fantastic view of the world famous cricket pitch.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the lovely Subhan who handed us our tickets and gave us a very informative and enjoyable show round of the venue; which ended with us being shown to our seats which were situated on the roof terrace, a separate area with its own private bar and food station.  The atmosphere up here was very lively and exciting and all the staff were very helpful and friendly. There was a great selection of BBQ food which was delicious and you can never go wrong with unlimited Pimms, wine, beer and soft drinks.

I think the Kia Oval would make the ideal venue for corporate away days, small meetings as well as dinner and drinks receptions all with added bonus of the beautiful view of the cricket pitch.

I would definitely recommend this venue because this experience allowed me to receive first-hand the hospitality that my clients receive and I was able to visit the event spaces and ask as many questions as I liked which was beneficial to me as it expanded my knowledge of the venue which is useful when receiving new enquiries that will be suitable for the Kia Oval. I genuinely can’t think of any improvements!! My guest and I had a brilliant time, we has good seats and enjoyed being on the roof terrace. “

 

"When we arrived there was a live singer outside by the stools that helped create an inviting and uplifting buzz. We were greeted by Lucy who gave us a tour of the Kia Oval and the events space that is on offer. During the show round all the catering staff were friendly and attentive and couldn’t do enough to assist us. The first thing I noticed about the Kia Oval is how aesthetically pleasing it is; it doesn’t look like your typical sporting venue which is inviting for both guests and clients because it gives the venue a more intimate feel.

 I would 100% recommend the Kia Oval, the history of the venue would appeal to the clients, as well as the easily accessible location and size of the function spaces. Furthermore the amount of natural lights in all rooms was a plus point too.

For me the ideal meeting of business event to be held at the Kia Oval would be a leadership meeting or company conference. If this was on a match day this venue would work great for a team incentive or something similar."

 

Venue Review by... HRG 

“The atmosphere at the Kia Oval was amazing, all the staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable who always wanted to help you. When we arrived we were given an informative show round of the meeting space available, including the boxes which offered a delightful view of the cricket pitch. But it was the beautiful pavilion that really caught my eye. The food and drink that was on offer was very tasty, which really added to the cricket and atmosphere.

I would absolutely recommend this venue because of the fantastic and versatile spaces, along with the very helpful staff. The Kia Oval would be suitable for anything from small to large meetings and exhibitions.”

 

Venue Review by... Inntel 

"I arrived mid-afternoon for a show round of the Kia Oval then hospitality on the roof terrace. The mixture of old and new really caught my eye; the older original members building mixed with the newer conference facilities. The show round was excellent with lots of information given about the flexibility of the space and what could be done at the venue. All the staff I encountered were really helpful and friendly and really contributed towards the relaxed nature of the evening.

The food was excellent, fresh, hot and great quality. Definitely ate way too much but it was too good to leave!!

I would absoloutely recommend this venue. The space on offer is fantastic, all the amount of outside space available and the natural daylight is a real plus for a London venue. The location makes it really accessible but it also doesn’t feel like a typical ‘busy’ London area. The mixture of the older members building and the newer conference centre is also unusual and makes it a great option for planners looking for venues with some history. I would recommend this for anyone that needed a lot of syndicate space, as the boxes are ideal for this. Also for anyone that wanted or needed some outside space for team building as the little terraces attached to the rooms would make this a really viable option.

Thank you for my venue experience. Everyone was friendly and helpful, the facilities are excellent and the food offering was superb! Thank you Kia Oval and Lime Venue Portfolio for a great time."

 

Venue Review by... GRG

"For our ‘have an experience’ at the Kia Oval, we arrived at 3.30pm before being shown round the various meeting spaces in the venue which both myself and family members really enjoyed. It was great to see part of the pavilion and stands which aren’t usually accessible to the public. After we finished our very informative tour we headed off to the terrace to enjoy the hospitality and the cricket.

It was the grand old Victorian Pavilion that caught my eye. The real juxtaposition between ‘the old’ and ‘the new’ at each end of the ground, with a real range of event space to suit different clientele. The history of the venue would appeal to clients because it offers something a bit different. Moreover I think the Kia Oval would be a good venue for team building days as it has large spaces and a lot of natural light. However with its versatile spaces it provides a good option for a large range of events."

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