Lord’s Cricket Ground, commonly known as Lord’s, is a cricket venue in St John's Wood, London. Named after its founder, Thomas Lord, it is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the European Cricket Council (ECC) and, until August 2005, the International Cricket Council (ICC). Lord’s is widely referred to as the Home of Cricket and is home to the world's oldest sporting museum. Lord’s today is not on its original site, it is the third of three grounds that Lord established between 1787 and 1814. His first ground, now referred to as Lord’s Old Ground was where Dorset Square now stands. His second ground, Lord’s Middle Ground, was used from 1811 to 1813 before being abandoned to make way for the construction through its outfield of the Regent's Canal. The present Lord’s ground is about 250 yards (230 m) northwest of the site of the Middle Ground. The ground can hold 30,000 spectators.
There are seven stands in the stadium and most of them have been rebuilt in the 20th century.
It is the third to stand on the site and is the oldest building at Lord’s. Verity’s Pavilion is a much grander affair, a true cathedral of cricket. At its heart lies the famous Long Room, 93 feet in length, which offers a magnificent view of the playing area and through which players pass as they make their way to and from the pitch. The walkout through the Long Room from the dressing rooms on the floor above must be the most famous walk-in cricket.
The Nursery Ground
The Nursery Ground at Lord’s was bought in 1887 (it is so named as it was until then the site of Henderson's Nursery) and is used as a practice ground and the site of some of the best grass nets in the world. During big matches crowds are allowed onto the outfield, and at the end of the season the pitch hosts Cross Arrows matches
Activities on the Nursery Ground:
The Nursery Ground hosts the players for their morning training sessions, where you'll be able to see the team go through their warm-up routines and net practices ahead of the day's play.
One of the famous Lord’s traditions is the ringing of the five-minute bell to get the players ready and on the field.
The Honors Board
Getting their names printed on the honors board of any cricket stadium is a dream come true for any cricketer. It gets even more special if he/she manages to get their name on the Lord’s honors board. The special honor is given to the cricketers who score a century or take 5 or more wickets in an innings. There are a total of 3 honors boards at Lord’s. One for home players, second for away players, and the third is used when Lord’s is played as a neutral venue. There are only a few cricketers who have got their names in both batting and bowling honors boards. It has to be noted that the honors board has included some big names like Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting & Ambrose.
Tours & Museum
A tour of Lord’s gives you an opportunity to go behind the scenes at the ‘home of cricket’, and to experience some of the most inspiring views in sport.
The MCC Museum is one of the oldest sporting museums in the world, dedicated to tracing the history and development of cricket. MCC Museum is part of Sporting Heritage, a nationwide network that cares for sporting collections, and, as a sports museum, collects history shortly after it is made through items associated with particular moments or people.
The MCC Library contains the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of books and publications dedicated to cricket.
Spanning over 20,000 titles from the latest books and magazines to rare editions and pamphlets from the game’s earliest days, the Library is an invaluable resource for authors, researchers, and journalists.
The MCC collection starts from 1826, the year when the club’s first pavilion was destroyed by fire and the original records of the club were lost.
The first-minute book, commencing from 1826, highlights this fact and goes on to document the transformation of the Club into a professional organization responsible for administering the game.
Lord’s has two gardens
Lord’s Dining Club
In the Iconic Long Room, Launched to honor the age-old pairing of food and cricket, Lord’s dining club couples the traditions of Marylebone cricket club with innovative cooking from a line-up of world-renowned Michelin-starred chefs.
Located within the historic Pavilion, the Dressing Room is a completely unique venue to hire for private dining and drinks receptions. Steeped in cricketing history, the walls play host to the Lord’s Honours Boards, featuring the names of England cricketing legends.
Indoor Cricket Center
Lord’s Shop is located next to the Grace Gate at Lord’s. Visitors alike can browse exclusive collections and come away with everything from signed books to a replica Ashes Urn.
Food & Drinks Outlets
There's a range of food and drink outlets within the Ground to suit all tastes. From fish and chips to ice cream, and Crepes to Korean Fried Chicken, our food and drink options include Halal, vegetarian, and vegan treats to keep you content throughout the day.
There are plenty of bars serving both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks including Dark's Bar, WG's Bar, and the Bicentenary Bar as well as specialty outlets including the Great Wine Company Bar.
Traditional Afternoon Tea in the iconic surroundings of the Long Room has become a firm fixture at the Home of Cricket.
Lord’s has an extraordinary history, dramatic architecture, and an unrivaled collection of cricket-related art and memorabilia. A tour of Lord’s is not only a must for all cricket lovers but anyone looking for the quintessentially English experience. Come to Lord’s and enjoy a real tradition.