London hosts many sporting events throughout the year, the city being one of the most world renowned when it comes to competitive sport diversity. With the likes of rugby, football and many other sports having originated in the UK, one of the most historic is cricket. Played throughout the world in the UK’s many ex-colonies, it has become a traditional sporty for many areas of the world. This has of course led to a world cup for the sport, ensuring that every cricketing country has a chance to flex their muscles between test seasons.
The cricket world cup this year is hosted by the UK, meaning that we can expect an influx of cricket enthusiasts descending upon the city, who if their lucky can sample the delights of hotels like the Park Grand Paddington Court London. It is cities like London which find the perfect balance between sporting entertainment and comfortable accommodation. Below is everything you need to know about staying in London during the world cup, and some tips on how to make the most of the city between matches.
When is the cricket world cup?
The Cricket World cup commences on the 30th of May and the final takes place on the 14th of July. With ten teams taking part this year, the group stage will carry on until the 9th of July, with the semi finals taking place on the 9th and 11th of July. From there, the finalists will face each other on the 14th July.
What are the London grounds?
With cricket grounds across the country playing host to the world cup this year, there are two based in London.
Based in Lambeth, the Oval can host up to 25500 spectators, and is reachable via the Northern Line to Lambeth. This stadium is also the host stadium for Surrey County Cricket Team, giving guests a chance to see some regional matches in between the 5 world cup games being staged here.
One of the best known cricket grounds in the UK, Lord’s is known for being the host stadium for Middlesex Cricket Club and for its 205 years of history. Based in St John’s Wood, this stadium is easily reachable for guests at our hotels in Sussex Gardens Paddington London, due to its West London location. With room for 28,000 spectators, Lord’s Cricket Ground has the privilege of hosting the final of the tournament on the 14th of July.
With such an extended period of cricket games, spectators will no doubt have a lot of time to enjoy the sights of the city. That’s why we’ve compiled a few of the best centrally located spots to explore during your visit.
Enjoy great London tours
If you have a few days in between matches, it’ll be difficult to fit in lots of London sightseeing, especially when your days are focused on experiencing the electrifying world cup atmosphere. With many bus and river tours available for those busy tourists, you’ll be able to get a snapshot of the city sights so you can get a deeper understanding of the city you’re visiting.
With so many great matches, the perfect spot to stay in during your visit to London is the Paddington area. With the Park Grand Paddington Court ensuring great amenities and comfortable rooms, you’ll be within walking distance from tube stations, Hyde Park and central London, promising a range of activities right on your doorstep, and easy access to not only the London based cricket grounds, but nippy transport links to ones across the country.