By WILLIAM POWELL
DIRECTIONS: (Satnav - NW8 8QN) 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.
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. LT Cycle hire points are located close to the ground but remember you need a access key.
FACILITIES: 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. A new Cloud system was introduced by MCC in 2012 season and remains.
For general media enquiries about Lord's and MCC, or more specific enquiries relating to any of MCC's cricket initiatives please contact:
MCC Head of Marketing & Communications, Lauren Best: tel 020 7616 8523 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MCC Media & Communications Officer, Adam Matthews: tel 020 7616 8699 or email: email@example.com
To obtain permission to film or photograph at Lord's, or to request images please contact the MCC Filming & Photography Manager, Clare Adams: tel 020 7616 8522 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For enquiries relating to the England or ECB, please contact the ECB Communications Department: 020 7432 1200 directed to Kate Miller, Alexandra Melville, Aoife Murphy or Danny Reuben through the usual channels.
ACCOMMODATION: Hotels DANUBIUS, 18, Lodge Rd, St. Johns Wood, London, NW8 7JT Tel: 020 7722 7722 Booking line: 0845 4566399. NEW INN, 2, Allitsen Rd, St. Johns Wood, London, NW8 6LA Tel: 020 7722 0726 Booking line: 0845 4566399. For other local hotels refer to www.smoothhound.co.uk or www.laterooms.com
LEISURE: 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. The Akash (Bangladeshi), 500A Edgware Rd, 020 7723 3651. 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.
OLD MERCHANT TAYLORS' CC AT MERCHANT TAYLORS' SCHOOL NORTHWOOD
Merchant Taylors' School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 2HT http://www.mtsn.org.uk TEL: 020 7289 1300.
PEDESTRIAN ACCESS ONLY VIA SANDY LODGE ROAD
Tube (Metropolitan Line): Moor Park (Zone 6) on the Metropolitan Line is a 10-minute walk from the School buildings.
At the exit turnstiles, double back on yourself, sharp right along the walkway under the railway line. Go up the stairs and turn sharp left through the barrier onto the path through the spinney. At the end, bear left along Askew Road, cross the road at the zebra crossing and walk on 50 yards until you see the school gates on your right (pedestrian gate to the left of the main gates).
Train: Half-hourly Chiltern Line trains from London Marylebone take 14 minutes to Harrow-on-the-Hill. Change to Metropolitan Line north (Amersham branch) for Moor Park (10 minutes). You may also continue to Rickmansworth (23 minutes from Marylebone) and take the Metropolitan Line south one stop to Moor Park. There is generally a connecting train within 5 minutes at either station.
VEHICLE ACCESS ONLY VIA SANDY LODGE LANE
From south & west: Leave the M25 at J17 or J18. Follow signs for Rickmansworth and Northwood through a series of roundabouts (2 from J17, 4 from J18) until you see the A4145 to Watford (Moor Lane) signed as left turn on a roundabout. Take Moor Lane for about a mile, looking for a white gatehouse on the right. Turn sharp right at the gatehouse into the Moor Park estate. Follow Sandy Lodge Road under a railway bridge, where it becomes Askew Road. Continue round the left bend (by Sandy Lodge Golf Clubhouse) where it becomes Sandy Lodge Lane. The School entrance is one-third of a mile on the left. From the M1: Leave the M1 at J5. Take the A4008, Stephenson Way, towards Watford. Bear left at the second roundabout (A411). Carry on at the mini-roundabout opposite Tesco's and follow the one-way system into Dalton Way. Keep left and continue straight on for 200 yards. Turn right at the Bushey railway arches roundabout (following signs for Northwood HQ) and turn into Eastbury Road (which becomes Hampermill Lane) continuing straight on for 5-10 minutes. The road bends sharp left and you see an Esso Station on the right. Turn right immediately before the Esso Station into Sandy Lodge Lane. The School entrance is 350 yards on your right.
From London via the A40: From the A40 take the A4180 through Ruislip following Duck's Hill Road to its end. Turn left onto the A404 - the Rickmansworth Road (which becomes the London Road). Pass Mount Vernon Hospital. At the Prince of Wales Pub, turn right into Batchworth Lane. Follow Batchworth Lane until it ends and turn left into Sandy Lodge Road. Drive down the hill. Turn left immediately after the big Esso Station into Sandy Lane. The School entrance is 350 yards on your right.
Cobden Hill, Watling Street, Radlett, Herts WD7 7JN http://www.radlettcc.com TEL: 01923 856348.
DIRECTIONS: On main road at southern end of Radlett (Watling Street). Just south of the Cat & Fiddle pub - on the opposite side of the road. From north: Leave the A1/A1M at junction 23 and join the M25 travelling West towards Heathrow. Leave the M25 at junction 22 and take the B556 towards Radlett for a mile to a T junction with the A5183. Follow this all the way into Radlett and as you leave the village you will see the Cat & Fiddle pub on your right and the turning into the Club is about 50 yards past the pub on the left. There is a brown signpost on the right indicating the turning pointing to the cricket club and Tabard Rugby Club. From west: Leave the M25 at junction 21a and take the A405 to St Albans until you reach the Park street roundabout and take the right hand/third exit, the A5183, to Radlett. Then follow the directions as details in "from the north". From east: Leave the M25 at junction 22 and follow the directions stated in "from the north". From south: Depending how far south you are: Either use the M25 and directions as directed above from the east or west; or Take the A5 Edgware Road going north to the roundabout with the A41 going straight on towards Elstree and join the A5183 towards Radlett. Follow the road until you enter the 30 mph zone and after 200 yars or so on the brow of the hill turn right into ground opposite the brown road sign pointing to Radlett CC and Tabard RFC. The turning is a small lane between two houses.
By train: Radlett Train Station (First Capital Connect) 0.7 miles - 08450 264700.
Uxbridge Sports Club, Gatting Way, Park Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1NR http://www.uxbridgesportsclub.co.uk TEL: 01895 237571.
DIRECTIONS: From the 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. If you intend to drive to the ground, please allow plenty of time as the entrance in to the parking at Uxbridge CC can be very congested, particularly for Twenty20 matches.
Parking will be available during Middlesex's matches in the field adjacent to the ground, and can be accessed via Park Road.
By train: Uxbridge London Underground Station (Metropolitan Line & Picadilly Line) 1 mile 0845 330 9875.
By bus: The U1 from West Ruislip/Uxbridge passes by the ground, with Routes U2, U9 and U10 stopping nearby.
The Pavilion, Old Deer Park , 187 Kew Road, Richmond, Middlesex TW9 2AZ
http://www.richmondcricketclub.com TEL: 020 8940 1604.
DIRECTIONS: From north: from M1 junction 1 at Brent Cross take A406 west (North Circular Road), continue on A406 to Chiswick Flyover roundabout, take fourth exit on to Chiswick High Road (A205), follow this road into Kew Bridge Road (A315), at Kew Green take right fork into Kew Road (A307), Old Deer Park is on the right hand side. From south: from end of M3 continue on A316 through Twickenham (Chertsey Road), cross Twickenham Bridge and at traffic lights take left turn on to Kew Road (A307), Old Deer Park is on the left hand side. From east: from Hammersmith Flyover (A4) continue on Great West Road to Hogarth Roundabout, take first exit (A316) (Burlington Lane), continue on A316 to Richmond Circus junction, follow signs to A307 (Kew Road), Old Deer Park is on the left hand side. From west: from M4 junction 2 follow A4 (Great West Road) to Chiswick Flyover roundabout, then as for north.
Parking will be available during Middlesex's matches adjacent to the Ground, and can be accessed through the Lion Gate entrance on Kew Road.
By train: Richmond Underground station (District Line) 0.75 mile 0845 330 9875, Richmond station 0.75 mile 08457 484950, National Rail Journey Planner.
By bus: Buses from Chiswick to Richmond pass Kew Gardens near the ground, 020 7222 1234.
The Walker Ground, Southgate, John Walker's Ground, Waterfall Road, Southgate, London N14 7JZ http://www.thewalkerground.org.uk TEL: 020 8886 8381.
DIRECTIONS: From north: from M1 junction 2 (Fiveways Corner) take A1 towards London (Great North Way), bear left at junction with A406 (North Circular Road), continue on A406 to crossroads with A109, turn left on to A109 (Station Road), turn right on to A1003 (Barnet Road), at Betstyle Circus continue on A1003 (Waterfall Road), Southgate Cricket Club is on the left hand side. From south: from Bounds Green Road (A109) continue to North Circular Road (A406), then as for north. From east: from M25 junction 25 take A10 towards London (Great Cambridge Road), continue on A10 to junction with A406, follow signs to A111 (Hedge Lane), continue on A111 (Bourne Hill), turn left on to Amberley Road, bear right on to The Mall, at junction with Cannon Hill (A1004) cross on to A1003 (The Green), continue into Waterfall Road. From west: from M25 junction 25, then as for east.
By train: Southgate London Underground station (Piccadilly Line) 0.75 mile 0845 330 9875. New Southgate station 1 mile 08457 484950.
By bus: Buses W6, 121, 298 and 299 pass near the ground stopping by the 'Cherry Trees' pub 020 7222 1234.
Ealing Cricket Club, Corfton Road, Ealing, London, W5 2HS http://www.ealingcc.co.uk TEL: 020 8997 1858.
DIRECTIONS: Ealing Broadway: London Underground District, Central Lines and Great Western trains - Turn right on leaving station. Proceed up Haven Lane. Ground at junction of Corfton Road and Woodville Gardens.
North Ealing: London Underground Piccadilly Line - Turn right on leaving the station and go straight across the crossroads with the North Circular. Turn right into Westbury Rd. At the T-junction, turn left and then immediately right into Corfton Road.
Hydeside Ground, Church Road, Edmonton, London N9 9HL
http://www.edmontoncc.org/ TEL: 020 8807 5341.
DIRECTIONS: The Hydeside ground is situated on the corner of the Great Cambridge Road (A10) and Church Street (B154). Approaching from the M25, turn off at Junction 25 southbound towards Enfield. Continue on the A10 until Church Street is reached (Approximately 5 miles). Turn left into Church Street, then immediately left (about 20 yards) into Edmonton Sports Club. Approaching from the North Circular (A406) turn off onto the A10 (northbound) towards Enfield. Turn right into Church Street at the first set of traffic lights, then immediately left (about 20 yards) into Edmonton Sports Club.
By train: The nearest BR Station is Edmonton Green (about 10 minutes on foot).
By bus: Buses serving the ground, either on the A10 Great Cambridge Road or Church Street, are: W8, 231, 217.