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Published September 5th 2013
See the home of cricket from the inside
No trip to London is complete for the cricket lover without a trip to Lord's, the quintessential home of cricket.
Take the Tube to St John's Wood, walk south on Wellington Street until you come to the ground, you can't miss the iconic Media Centre. The entrance is on St John's Wood Road which is right off Wellington.
It's not a very big ground, but history oozes from its very gates. While attending a match is certainly necessary, taking the tour is a requirement.
You can buy tickets online, but it is easier to just buy them at the gate. The ticket booth is to the left of the entrance and if you get to the Lord's Tavern, you've gone too far!
Make sure you don't go on a day when there's a game on as
you won't get into the players' rooms and you really don't want to miss that.
In the Long Room you can almost feel the ghosts of cricket's past as you wander the boards that even today's heroes walk. At the museum you get to see and hear the story of the Ashes along with other historic memorabilia. It's quite a rush to stand before that little urn that causes so much angst between two nations.
You'll also get to see and you can attempt to understand Real Tennis. It's certainly much more complicated that today's version.
The pièce de résistance is the Media centre. You actually get to take a look and sit in the seats where the journalists call the match. The view is spectacular.
After making your way through the souvenir shop it is only appropriate to finish off the tour with a cleansing ale at the Lord's Tavern next door. You get a 10% discount on food and drinks with your tour ticket.