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Counties - Media Guide to the Grounds (2013)

 

MCC / Middlesex (Lord's Cricket Ground, Uxbridge, Radlett, Richmond) by William Powell

 

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LORD'S CRICKET GROUND 

 

Directions

 

Lord's is located in St John's Wood - part of the London borough of Westminster. The ground is currently outside the Central London Congestion Zone.

 

From north: from M1, junction 1, follow signs to A5 (Edgware Road), continue on this road towards London, at traffic lights junction with A5205 turn left into St John's Wood Road.

 

From south: from M23/M25 junction 7/8 continue north on A23 into London to junction with A203 (Stockwell Road), follow signs to Vauxhall Bridge, cross the Bridge and take A202 (Vauxhall Bridge Road) to Victoria Station, bear right on to Wilton Road, follow signs to Hyde Park Corner (A302) (Grosvenor Place), continue up Park Lane to Marble Arch, then take Edgware Road (A5) to St John's Wood, at traffic lights, junction with A5205 turn right into St John's Wood Road. From east: from M25 junction 27 continue south on M11 to junction 4 (A406) (North Circular Road), continue west on A406 to Brent Cross, junction with A41 (Hendon Way), continue on A41 to Wellington Road. 

 

From west: from M4 at Chiswick flyover, turn left on to A406 (Gunnersbury Avenue), at traffic lights turn right on to A4000 (Gunnersbury Lane), continue on A4000 to junction with A40 (Western Avenue), turn right and continue on A40 (Westway) on to A40(M), continue on to Marylebone Road, turn left on to B507 (Lisson Grove), turn right on to A5205 (St John's Wood Road). From M40: from M40 continue on A40 (Western Avenue) then as for M4.  

 

The Ground has good public transport links. For example, several Underground stations are within walking distance of Lord's; they include nearest tube: St John's Wood (Jubilee Line), Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo Line) and Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Jubilee, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines).

 

Lord's is reasonably close to two mainline rail stations, Marylebone and Paddington, too. Other London rail terminals, including Euston, King's Cross, St Pancras International and Victoria, can also be reached comparatively easily, particularly by Tube.

 

Several London Underground stations are within walking distance of Lord's; St John's Wood (Jubilee Line), Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo Line) and Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Jubilee, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines). (Telephone 0845 330 9880 or Fax 0845 600 6240).

 

Buses which pass Lord’s or close to the ground include LT 6, 13, 16, 46, 82, 98, 113, 139, 189 and 274 pass close to the ground. Route 13 (Trafalgar Square to Golders Green). Local stops: Wellington Road and Park Road. Route 82 (Victoria to North Finchley). Local stops: Wellington Road and Park Road. Route 113 (Oxford Circus to Edgware). Local stops: Wellington Road and Park Road. Route 139 (Waterloo to West Hampstead). Local stops: Grove End Road. Route 187 (Central Middlesex Hospital to Finchley Road). Local stops: Circus Road. Route 189 (Oxford Circus to Brent Cross) Local stops: Grove End Road. Route 274 (Lancaster Gate to Islington) Local stops: Park Road. Also London Country Coaches (Green Line) 719, 757, 768 and 797 from home counties pass near ground - 020 7222 1234. LT Cycle hire points are located close to the ground but remember you need a access key.

 

Ground Facilities

 

Parking arrangements – proximity to box, need to pre-arrange (if so, with whom), No parking on major match days, limited within the ground (on non-major match-days – call to Beth Wild in advance on 0207-616-8522. The press box is a Futuristic design with plenty of space. More than adequate facilities with 118 desks each with power point and facility for phone line installation. Fax and photocopier also available. Almost perfect view point from high up at the nursery end of the ground, with tv monitors for replays on major match days. Also ambient sound technology currently being installed to pick up sounds in the middle not just in the stands. Plentiful supply of padded chairs, although be careful since they are all on wheels and are easily moved. Separate Photographers room. Telecom arrangements in box BT can install line or you may rent one from MCC with 10 days notice given. Power arrangements in box - Standard plug socket located under each work station. Heat/cold/light/environmental - Fully air conditioned, vents on each work station. Perennial problems - The sun’s glare through the glass during late afternoons – bring your sunglasses. Name and number of PA contact/local paper contact: Norman de Mesquita. Scorers box – 0207-616-8624 (Middlesex matches). Howard or Ray (Major matches) 10 out of 10 for helpfulness. Name of PR contact Beth Wild (Written Media) or Clare Skinner (Photographers): 0207-616-8522 or 07960869826. Useful numbers (IT support/garage/doctor, etc.) - MCC IT Dept will try to assist – call Beth Wild on 0207-616-8522. Does the ground have wireless internet – yes, ask Beth Wild for details. A new Cloud system is being introduced by MCC in 2012 season. 

 

 

Hotels

 

DANUBUS, 18, Lodge Rd, St. Johns Wood, London, NW8 7JT Tel: 020 7722 7722 Booking line: 0845 45 66 399. NEW INN, 2, Allitsen Rd, St. Johns Wood, London, NW8 6LATel: 020 7722 0726 Booking line: 0845 45 66 399.  For other local hotels refer to www.smoothhound.co.uk or www.laterooms.com

 

 

 

Leisure

 

Pubs: As before – all expensive, It’s central London! Restaurants: The Sea Shell – 49-51 Lisson Grove 0207-224-9000, Traditional Fish and Chips with top restaurant at the back. The Kunzan Tandoori – 112 Lisson Grove 0207-724-1450 for reservations, Indian restaurant of the highest quality. Carluccios – 60 St. Johns Wood high St.0207-449-0404, Italian restaurant practically opposite the North Gate. Zizzi - 87 Allisten Road 020 7722 7296, reasonably priced Italian restaurant does great pizza. Also visit www.squaremeal.co.uk for a plethora of London eateries. Cinemas/theatres/concert halls/live music/nightclubs: Nearest cinema – Odeon Swiss Cottage, 96 Finchley Road, also O2 centre Vue Cinema 255 Finchley Road (Too numerous to mention) For info on Theatres etc visit www.timeout.com/london/. Local sights worth seeing on a rainy day/summers night: Madam Tussauds on Marylebone Road, London Eye on the Embankment, Regents Park plus numerous other attractions. Nearby golf courses what in central London ! Try North Middlesex GC, Finchley GC in North London. Swimming pools/gyms, etc. Gray's Health & Fitness, 47, St. Johns Wood High St, London, NW8 7NJ Tel: 020 7483 4130.

 

UXBRIDGE

  

Uxbridge Cricket Club, Gatting Way, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1NR Tel: 01895 237571 cricket@uxbridgecc.co.uk or www.uxbridgecc.co.uk

 

Directions

   

M25 (J16), take the A40 (towards London), at the Swakeleys roundabout branch left (signposted Uxbridge) and at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit on to the B467. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Park Road - B483. The ground is opposite Uxbridge Common, access via Gatting Way. Uxbridge London Underground Station (Metropolitan Line) 1 mile 0845 330 9875. The U1 Bus from West Ruislip/Uxbridge passes by the ground, with Routes U2, U9, U10 stopping nearby. Ground is located off Gatting Way, look out for Brearley Close!, the club has been host to Middlesex CCC on many occasions when the team are not playing at Lord’s since 1980. In 2012 the venue will host matches whilst Lord's is being used for hosting the Olympics 2012 Archery Competition.

 

RICHMOND

 

Richmond Cricket Club, Old Deer Road, Richmond Tel 020 8940 1604 is located close to Kew Gardens and Richmond town centre. Nearest Tube is Kew or Richmond thence a short walk to the ground.

 

RADLETT

 

Radlett Cricket Club, Cobden Hill, Radlett, Hertfordshire Tel 01923 856348 is located south of Radlett high street at Cobden Hill. Nearest Station is Radlett on the St Pancras to Luton/Bedford line - approximately 15 to 20 minutes walk from station to ground.