This year the UK will be hosting the Cricket World Cup, attracting ten different teams and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of supporters from all across the world. WIth such a wide range of matches and the buzzing atmosphere, London will be lit up with sporting excitement between the 30th May to the 14th of July. With a wide range of cities hosting matches this year, London is the only city with two whole stadiums, even attracting spectators to the final match on the 14th July. If you’re looking for accommodation in London during the Cricket World CUp, then you could do far worse than the centrally located Park Grand London Hyde Park, giving you great access to both of the stadiums. But what about the stadiums themselves? With each holding at least four matches throughout the tournament, you can expect an exciting six weeks of wicket based wonder throughout the city.
Lord’s Cricket Ground is one of the most well known cricket grounds in the world, bringing with it 205 years of history and hosting the Middlesex Cricket Club, being owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club. With its own museum on site charting the development of the ground by Thomas Lord, a professional cricketer who put to task creating the historic ground.
Lord’s can hold up to 28,000 spectators and will be hosting five separate matches during the world cup. With it’s 9 different stands, the ground is definitely one of the largest, and as of 2013, plans have been put in place to redevelop the ground over the space of 14 years. This could see even more room being added to the space.
Lord’s will host Pakistan v South Africa as their first match on June 23rd, followed by England v Australia on the 25th. On the 29th, New Zealand v Australia will take place before Bangladesh Pakistan on the 5th July. After this, Lord’s will also host the final.
Based in St John’s Wood in North West London, the stadium is most easily reachable for Metropolis London Hyde Park guests via the Jubilee Line to Swiss Cottage or St John’s Wood tube station.
Nowadays, the Oval is known as the Kia Oval, and was established in 1845. This stadium has a long history, still being owned by the Duchess of Cornwall and being the host stadium for county cricket team Surrey Cricket Club.
Oval can hold up to 25,500 spectators and is known for its beautiful oval shape. Holding five matches over the course of Cricket World Cup, the Oval will mostly be used in the first half of the world cup.
The Oval will host the first match of the world cup, England v South Africa on the 3oth of May, followed by Bangladesh v South Africa on the 2nd of June. Bangladesh will play New Zealand on the 5th of June and Australia play India on the 9th. The last match at The Kia Oval will be Australia v Sri Lanka on the 15th of June.
Guests at the centrally located at The Shaftesbury Hotel will be able to reach Oval via Oval tube station on the Northern Line and Vauxhall tube station on the Victoria Line.