The home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and one of the world's greatest Test Match venues, Lord's Cricket Ground is a must-visit for anyone who loves the thud of leather on willow. Book one of our hotels near Lord's Cricket Ground and discover a historic part of London.
Founded in 1814 by Thomas Lord – who played first-class cricket between 1787 and 1802 – Lord's in St John's Wood is owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club. England has played test matches on the ground since 1884 and the governing body of cricket in England and Wales, the ECB, is situated here.
Get a different perspective on this famous cricketing theatre by visiting the dressing rooms of the home and away teams where cricketing greats through the years have prepared for the match. Visit the museum to see the most prized trophy in world cricket. The original Ashes urn has been object of a rivalry between England and Australia that has lasted over 125 years. Take your seat in the Media centre for, perhaps, the best vantage point in the whole of the ground.
St John's Wood is ideally situated to explore the many sights and attractions that the capital has to offer. Regents Park, home to London Zoo, with its boating lake and open-air theatre, could occupy you for hours. It's worth taking a leisurely stroll up pretty Primrose Hill, at the summit of which you'll enjoy spectacular cityscape views. Hyde Park is next with its unique sculptures, criss-crossing paths and elegant lake, the Serpentine. Don't miss the chance to walk through Green Park to see Buckingham Palace which sits at the end of long, straight and wide Pall Mall. St James' Park, dominated by its great lake and providing terrific London views, is next followed by a stroll past Horse Guards Parade, Downing Street and Churchill's War Rooms. Finally you arrive at the cradle of British democracy, the Palace of Westminster which dominates this stretch of the Thames.
The Long Room has seen many heroes dine and you can too. Take your seat in the opulent surroundings of this Grade II listed building and admire the MCC's fine paintings that adorn the walls around you. Next to the Lord's Grace Gates is Lord's Tavern which is friendly, laid-back and perfect for a refreshing ale or two and a bite to eat.
London's top clubs for house, electronic dance music, hip-hop, dubstep and more are all within easy reach of St John's Wood. So too are magnificent live music venues for the world's biggest acts and the up-and-coming stars of the future.
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