Make The Most Of Your Time In London During The ICC World Cup 2019 Season

ICC World Cup 2019 is just around the corner and its back in England where it all began! While Wales is co-hosting the cup, England is certainly grabbing all the spotlight. With a total of 44 matches in the kit, 10 top-notch international cricket teams will take each other head-on in England. The tickets are selling like freshly baked cookies and why not as all the matches promise to be enthralling. Starting from May 30 and ending on July 14, the World Cup cricket carnival will see some roaring in the joys of victory and others drown in the tears of loss. 

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London is one of the prime venues to host a number of these exciting matches. While the iconic city always welcomes a continuous stream of tourists, thanks to its plethora of attraction, London is going to receive a lot many visitors during the ICC Cricket World Cup. Take a look at the London cricket matches overview below.

Schedule of matches to be held in London

England Vs South Africa : The Oval, London : May 30 : 10:30 (local), 15:00 (IST)

South Africa Vs Bangladesh : The Oval, London : June 02 : 10:30 (local), 15:00 (IST)

Bangladesh Vs New Zealand : The Oval, London : June 05 : 13:30 (local), 18:00 (IST)

India Vs Australia : The Oval, London : June 09 : 10:30 (local), 15:00 (IST)

Sri Lanka Vs Australia : The Oval, London : June 15 : 10:30 (local), 15:00 (IST)

Pakistan Vs South Africa : Lord’s, London : June 23 : 10:30 (local), 15:00 (IST)

England Vs Australia : Lord’s, London : June 25 : 10:30 (local), 15:00 (IST)

New Zealand Vs Australia : Lord’s, London : June 29 : 13:30 (local), 18:00 (IST)

Pakistan Vs Bangladesh : Lord’s, London : July 05 : 10:30 (local), 15:00 (IST)

Final, TBC Vs TBC : Lord’s, London : July 14 : 10:30 (local), 15:00 (IST)

Hosting a total of 10 matches, including the opening match and THE Final, London is certainly the city to receive many spectators. If you are attending any of the ICC matches in London, then here are the things to know to make the most of your stay in London. 

 Where to stay in London? 

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Accommodating hotels in London that are near the iconic stadiums would benefit you. Not only will you be able to escape the traffic jams before matches, but you will also be able to bask in the sporty vibes during your entire stay. 

Hotels near Lord’s Cricket Ground: 

Danubius Hotel Regents Park: Closest hotel to Lord’s. Just right to accommodate if you wish to stay at a walking distance from the stadium.

The New Inn: Located along the Townshend Road. It is hardly a mile away from the Lord’s.

The Warrington Hotel: Located at a walking distance of 15 minutes. A 19th-century classic hotel that is near to other famous attractions in London too.

Besides these, you may find many hotels in the Lisson Grove neighborhood which is near to Lord’s. Most of the hotels in this neighborhood are to be found along the Gloucester PI road. 

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Hotels near The Oval Cricket Ground:

Belgrave Hotel London: A budget accommodation near The Oval. Located at a walking distance of 2 minutes from the Oval tube station.

Staybridge Suites London - Vauxhall: At a walking distance of about 15 minutes from the Oval. Perfect to enjoy a luxurious stay. 

You will find more accommodations in the nearby districts of London, such as Kennington and Walworth.   

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 Places to visit in London: 

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Now when you are in London, you would have some golden time, either before the match or after the match. Utilize this time to the optimum and explore the beautiful city of London. Fortunately, both the cricket grounds are closer to the major attractions in London. Here are a few that you should fit in your schedule.

Buckingham Palace: You cannot miss visiting the royal residence during your stay in London. What more, it is just about 2 and 3 miles away from The Oval and Lord’s stadium respectively. Once the matches get over, make your way to admire the beauty of the Buckingham Palace.

Big Ben: This Gothic clock-tower of 16-story is around 1.5 miles away from The Oval Cricket Ground. Hiring a cab, you will be able to reach Big Ben under 10 minutes. 

London Eye: Known as one of the most popular attractions in London, the giant Ferris wheel - the London Eye is again just 1.5 miles away from The Oval stadium. After visiting the Big Ben, you may move further and enjoy sitting in the London Eye, which is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. 

British Museum: The British Museum is a treasure of antiquities related to history, art, and culture. This is a must-visit for every history buff and art lover. It is located about 3 miles away from both the cricket grounds in London. 

Here are many more places to visit and things to do in London. Take a look and plan on visiting them during the time you would have after the matches. 

Places to eat and drink in London

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Coming to London, you simply cannot miss these restaurants and cafes where your taste buds will definitely be teased.

The Wolseley: Housed in what was previously a vintage car showroom, this place cannot get any better. It is just right to have morning breakfast or a late brunch. But book a table well in advance, for it is a favorite amongst many. 

Beigel Bake: Get a classic London experience of standing in a queue outside this deli to take a bite in its salt-beef bagel. And when you do take a bite, feel the mustard burst in your mouth. It would be an eye-watering experience, but worth everything.

Dishoom: Shoutout to all the Indians visiting London for the cricket matches! Here is a chain restaurant in town that would treat your Indian taste buds. Their chicken ruby curry and lamb chops are something you wouldn’t find even in the greatest of Indian restaurants.

Borough Market: If you are a foodie, you would already know that London is also known for its many food markets. So, it would be unfair to not visit one. The Borough Market has hundreds of food stalls, selling a variety of food items, right from mouth-watering donuts to delicious oysters.

Savoy Hotel: When in London, you cannot miss out on following the British custom of having afternoon tea. And what better place to have it than the Savoy Hotel, right? Get ready to feel royal, for you will be treated like one at this place.

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Nightlife in London 

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A visit to London can never be complete without tasting its nightlife. And with two day/night matches, you have all the reasons to hit the bars, clubs, theaters, and all that London has to offer at night. Here are the best areas where you will get to bask in the London nightlife - 

Camden: Right from live gigs to numerous pubs and bars, this place has it all. Besides, the area is hardly 2 miles away from the Lord’s stadium. 

Mayfair: This is a high-end area, located right in the heart of the city. Mayfair sports posh restaurants, clubs, pubs, and bars. However, if you are on a budget, avoid visiting this place or else get your pocket burned with holes.

East London: It is hard to believe that London has anything to do with the word hippie. But step into the East London area and the shops, bars, restaurants here will just show how hippie can London be. 

With this London guide in hand, you will definitely have a great time in the city while attending the enthralling ICC World Cup matches.

You may also check out how to have a great time in Birmingham during the ICC 2019 World Cup!  

 

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