Lord's Cricket Ground

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Lord's Cricket Ground

Lord’s Cricket Ground has called St John’s Wood home since Thomas Lord founded the club in 1787, which was bloody ages ago. And before the self-proclaimed ‘home of cricket’ settled on its current site in 1814, the grounds had three upheavals to venues in the area that no longer exist.

Nowadays, 200-odd years on, Lord’s continues to inspire a sentimental nostalgia in fans and players alike. Former England international cricketer Andrew Flintoff declared that ‘there's nowhere on earth like it’, while playwright Harold Pinter felt moved to proclaim the club’s Long Room ‘the greatest room in the world’. You can decide for yourself if you take a tour of Lord’s, which will lead you into said Long Room (a museum housing battered bats, photos, blazers and the Ashes urn), as well as the JP Morgan Media Centre – an ultramodern raised pod that affords VIP views.

A good little nugget of info about Lord’s is that during the 2012 Olympic Games, this splendid setting was made good use of to showcase a sport of even longer pedigree: archery.

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Venue name: Lord's Cricket Ground
Address: St John's Wood
London
NW8 8QN
Transport: Tube: St John's Wood
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The tours of Lord’s Cricket Ground book up well in advance - I went on a Monday and all of the tours for that day had already been sold out online. It’s definitely a good idea to book online to avoid disappointment. Also, when booking, make sure to check if there will be limited access on the day you want to go. Some days certain areas are in use and off limits to tours. 


They recommend that you get to the grounds 30 minutes before your scheduled tour as there is a small museum which you can look around beforehand. Then the tour lasts 100 minutes. I must admit I know next to nothing about cricket and a lot of the facts that were discussed on the tour went right over my head. Even though I know very little about cricket, it was still interesting to see the ashes trophy and hear the back story on it. We also got to see inside the Pavilion, including seeing where the Queen sits to watch matches, seeing the dressing rooms, Long Room and lots of portraits. We then continued the tour in the stands and ended inside the futuristic looking media centre. This tour gives great access to the grounds and lots of history of the sport.