What comes to your mind when someone talks about “The Home of Cricket”? Yes! The iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. If you are a cricket fanatic, this is a must visit place in London. It is a home for 200 years of cricket history and tradition. Want to feel how the cricketers walked all the way from the dressing room to the hallowed Lord’s turf by passing through the Legendary Long Room? Want to feel the Players’ Dining Room? It is time for you to head to St John’s Wood Road to experience the behind-the-scenes at the Mecca of Cricket and explore some famous moments in cricket history.
The Lord’s Cricket Ground tour is led by an expert guide and the tour gives you an opportunity to visit the Home and Away Players’ Dressing Rooms. You have the privilege to see the Lord’s Honours boards which are placed in each of the Players’ Dressing Room which commemorates players who have scored a century, taken 5 wickets in an innings, or taken 10 wickets in a match in either a Test match or One Day International (ODI) at this iconic venue.
Also, the tour includes the Grade II listed Pavilion. Lord’s Pavilion is one of the beautiful cricket Pavilions in the world because of its architectural style. The Legendary Long Room, described as “The most evocative four walls in world cricket”, is one of the features of the Pavilion of Lord’s one can visit during the tour and you can find paintings of famous cricketers and administrators from 18th to 21st century.
The grand tour includes lunch in the same dining area where the Greats like Sir Donald Bradman, the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and many more legends have dined. The Players’ Dining Room experience is the one you should make sure you don’t miss as it is one of the special experiences to feel in Lord’s.
One more thing which you cannot afford to miss when you are in Lord’s is the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Museum, also known as Lord’s cricket museum and is also world’s oldest sports museum. It is home to the iconic “Ashes Urn”. How would you feel if we say that the MCC has been collecting the objects related to cricket for over 150 years? It is definitely a delight for an ardent cricket fan to visit this museum and cherish the history, tradition and greatest moments of cricket through various portraits, memorabilia, books, clippings associated with players and particular moments of the game.
Last but not least, the tour concludes with the visit to the futuristic and award-winning Lord’s Media Centre, named as J.P.Morgan Media Centre for sponsorship purpose. The panoramic view of the ground from this engineering marvel is just amazing thing to be experienced. MCC has come up with an exciting new idea, whereby the events like “Players’ Dining Room”, “Beyond the Boundary” and “The Hat-Trick” will be hosted by the former England players like Marcus Trescothick, Mike Gatting and Angus Fraser, and share their experiences playing at this iconic venue.
So what are you waiting for people? It’s time for you to experience the same feeling the legends of the game used to feel when they walked from their dressing room and the Long Room to reach the hallowed Lord’s Turf. Feel the extraordinary architecture, arts and memorabilia associated with the wonderful sport of cricket at one and only The Lord’s Cricket Ground – The Mecca of Cricket!