Lords Cricket Ground
Lord’s Cricket Ground in London is a world famous venue under the ownership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Located in St. John’s Wood section of London, it is named after its founder, Thomas Lord. It is the home of the Middlesex County Cricket Club and the England and Wales Cricket Board.
What do you get to see in a Lord’s Tour?
A tour of Lord’s gives visitors an opportunity to travel behind the scenes at this `Home of Cricket’. They get to explore famous sights in the cricket world. Lovers of the game can admire legends of past and present on the `Honours Boards’. This tour begins with the MCC Museum, one of the oldest museums in the world and which is also the home of the famous `Ashes’ urn. People get to hear the exciting story of how cricket came to life through artefacts, photographs and paintings. The tour covers a four hundred year history of cricket where visitors are taken through the development of the game from being just a rural pastime event to a modern competitive sport.
Another exhibit on this tour is the Wisden Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Test cricket series played between England and the West Indies. The tour progresses from the MCC Museum through the heart of the Nursery pavilion to the famous Long Room which can be described as both a cricket watching room and an art gallery for cricket. The Long Room has a unique atmosphere and a panoramic view of the pitch which is referred to as the `hallowed turf’.
The Nursery Pavilion
This pavilion is an eye-catching structure which overlooks the Nursery Ground and it is one of the largest venues in London. Spectators can sometimes see some of the best cricketers in the world warm up on this ground before a cricket match. The Thomas Lord Suite is a blend of style and glamour and there is plenty of natural daylight in its flexible open-seating plan. This Suite is a versatile venue which can accommodate different group sizes for varied occasions. Another famous venue here is the J.P. Morgan Media Centre which was constructed to commemorate the new millennium. It is now already an icon in the cricketing world.
The earliest match that was played in the Lord’s ground was MMC vs. Hertfordshire on 22nd June, 1814. The most important surviving sections of the Lord’s Cricket Ground from the Victorian Era are the Pavilion and the Long Room, built in 1889 by the famous architect, Thomas Verity. It was refurbished in 2005. Those into in pop quiz might be interested to know that the only cricketer to hit a ball over the Pavilion to make it disappear from the ground was Albert Trott on 31st July, 1899.
Tavern Rooms – An Ideal Conference Venue
Lord’s is the most famous cricket stadium in the world. It is an ideal venue also for holding conferences as it offers a perfect setting for conferencing and exhibition needs. Its meeting rooms are situated on the second tier of the stadium’s Tavern Stand. They offer some of the best views of the cricket pitch from their balconies.