This year will see the Cricket World Cup being hosted by the UK< bringing a wide range of matches from 10 international teams. This event is one of the most anticipated cricketing events in the sporting calendar, and will see some of the best [layers in the world throw in their weight to take title of world cricket champion. With a wide range of cities in the UK hosting matches through the six week tournament, the cricket world cup will become one of the most talked about and exciting sporting events this year. With matches in Manchester, Birmingham, Durham and further afield, one of the main hosts will be London, where ten matches will take place, including the opening and the final.
With so much buzz around the world cup, we thought we’d give guests at the Marble Arch London by Montcalm a rundown of what to expect from London during the tournament. Whether you were thinking of seeing one of the ten London matches or simply wanted to soak in the atmosphere, here’s everything you need to know about the London elg of the tournament.
With up to 30,000 spectators at any given match, the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground is one of the best known cricket grounds in the country. Hosting the Middlesex County Cricket Club, Lord’s will be staging five of the matches during the latter half of the World Cup this June to July. Most notably, Lord’s will be hosting the final of the tournament.
Lord’s Cricket Ground is one of the most easily accessible cricket grounds in the UK, and can be reached via St John’s Woods and Swiss Cottage tube stops on the Jubilee Line. The grounds urge visitors not to drive to the station due to the massive congestion which can be cause din this incredibly central part of the city. With the nearby Regent’s Park and the commercial hub of North West London, there are plenty of eateries, bars and drinks locations in the Lord’s Cricket Ground area.
The Kia Oval Cricket Ground is located in South London near Vauxhall and Oval tube stations. This 24,500 seated cricket ground is the home to the Surrey County Cricket Club and is sponsored by the car brand who lends its name to the grounds. The Kia Oval was built in 1845 and will be the host of the first match of the Cricket World Cup. Oval will host to the first five London based matches of the world cup, before handing over the latter half of the tournaments capital city duties to Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Again, it is not advised to drive to the OVal due to its proximity to central London and large commuting and congestion zones. The Oval is however reachable via Oval and Vauxhall tube stations, located on opposite sides of the stadium. Oval tube station is located on the Northern Line whilst Vauxhall tube station is located on the Victoria Line.
The Cricket World Cup Opening Party will take place in London Mall and will host up to 4000 cricket fans. As the teams make their way through the city in a procession, lucky ballot holders will get to listen to music and see some show stopping entertainment. This event will be broadcast the world over, and will make the 29th of May, the day before England battle it out against South Africa, a day to remember.