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The Home Of Cricket is high on most people's list of grounds to watch a test match, with an Ashes Test Match at Lord's at the top. Incomparable for cricket history and heroics, you don't need to see a match to feel and absorb the difference of watching cricket here. You can't do aLord's Cricket Ground Tour during the Ashes Test Match, so create the time either side for an experience through the hallowed ground.
We are staying in west London, opposite Gloucester Road tube station, and close to our favoured Goat Tavern. There are very easy transport links to Lord's, along with dozens of dining & drinking options, and London's primary attractions such as Theatreland, galleries, gardens, museums, palaces & parks.
If you fly Qantas Airways to London, get on the Piccadilly Line at London Heathrow (tap on with your debit or credit card - you do not need an oyster card) and without needing to change, get off at Gloucester Road (Zone 1). You can save a few pounds by getting off at Earl's Court (Zone 2) and walking 15mins to the hotel. Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt is diagonally opposite the station. No simpler hotel to reach.
We only have 50 rooms at Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt. With 304 Lord's test matches pre-booked, we can't accommodate everyone. If need, and if possible, we will look to add a second hotel.
If you need extra nights before or after the test, let us know. Wimbledon Tennis Championships start the day after the Lord's Test, on July 3 so you may need 2 or 3 extra nights before going to Leed's, unless you're lining up overnight for tickets!
The pre-test match dinner on June 27 is at Park Plaza Westminster, with transfers from the hotel at 6pm (TBC). Dinner is included and hosted by Cricket Australia Travel Office.
With much to see and do in London, you can only wish for a 3 day game but you are there for the game, not the gardens. For a 'highlight' book a ticket for The Shard, where you can stay for as long as you want. For free sightseeing at altitude, book a ticket to the Sky Garden where you can look at people at The Shard that paid £30 to look at you.
Another little known London freebie, is Sunday morning mass in the Chapel, within the Tower of London. Even non-believers are welcome to this unique weekly ritual. With Day 5 starting at 11am, you'll have plenty of time to say your prayers before getting to the game.
Of course, London's West End is famed for it's plays and musicals, and getting cheaper tickets on the day from TKTS in Leicester Square is a good bet. Otherwise, visit London Tourism for a 'footy record' of who's crooning where and when and how to book tickets. Keep in mind the game will finish at 6.30pm because we won't get 90 overs bowled by 6pm.
So speaking of the game, you can easily reach St John's Wood by tube from Gloucester Road, but the hour's walk through Kensington Gardens, Paddington, and Little Venice, is a much nicer commute. With an 11am start (no early starts in the UK), you really can pace your morning.
If you are leaving us July 3, Gloucester Road tube station to London Heathrow is the easiest way out. If you are heading to Leeds by train for the 3rd Test, the tube to King's Cross St Pancras is where you need to go.