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Coming to England v. New Zealand?

Posted: 28 May 2021

We can’t wait to welcome you to the Home of Cricket for the England v New Zealand LV= Insurance Men's Test Match.

As some of the first spectators back through our gates, we want your day at Lord’s to be special. Please read the following important information about your visit.

As you would expect, Lord’s will be operating under strict Covid-19 compliance regulations that will be in place to keep all our visitors safe. We have implemented one-way systems, spectator zones (see below), allocated entry and exit points, social distancing policies and increased sanitisation and cleaning procedures. Please ensure you read our Covid-19 – Spectator Safety Guidance and Advice and watch the below video before coming to the Ground.

Above all else, we all have a role to play to stay safe and have fun, so please follow the guidance and respect others around you. 

  • You can only enter through the gate as advised on your e-ticket

  • Arrive as close to your printed ticket time as possible

  • You must stay within your allocated Zone

  • Wear your face covering around the ground, in covered and communal areas and when indoors

  • Keep a social distance, follow the one-way signs, and use the hand sanitiser

You must not visit the Ground if you feel unwell before you leave the house. No one will be allowed to enter Lord’s if they (or anyone in their household) have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been told to self-isolate within the last 10 days.

Match Timings

9.00am Gates open - please use the gate/arrival time as shown on your ticket. This will help minimise congestion at the gates.
11.00am Play commences 
1.00pm Lunch interval (40-minute break)
15.40pm Tea interval (20-minute break)
6:00pm (or after 90 overs) - Scheduled close of play (plus an additional half an hour if required)

Lord's is Cashless

So we can serve you more efficiently and hygienically, Lord’s will be operating a card only policy at our bars, restaurants and shops. Debit/credit card payments, and mobile payments such as Apple Pay and Google Pay are accepted at all tills around the Ground.

What to Bring
  • Your e-ticket (electronic on your mobile device or printed)

  • Your debit/credit card or payment-enabled mobile device

  • Outdoor clothing and an umbrella, in case of rain

  • Your face-covering (to be worn as signed)

  • Food and drink - you can bring in your own food and drink into the Ground. See what’s allowed here.

Recup and Water

Please help MCC to reduce plastic waste at Lord’s. Beer and cider is provided in reusable cups. Please do not throw these cups in the general waste. Instead, deposit them in the Recup collection points located close to each bar. You will receive a fresh pint cup with each new drink.

We have removed the £1 deposit on these cups for your ease and safety. Please help us, in return, by depositing your used cups at the collection points.

Since adopting the Recup scheme we’ve stopped over 1.5 million single use plastic cups ending up in landfill.  For safety reasons, water refill points are not available. Canned water is provided free of charge at all bars.

NHS Test and Trace

Visitors will be asked to scan the COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace App and complete the required details. 

You can do this on arrival at the Ground using your mobile phone or internet-enable device. Please ask a steward for help if you do not have a suitable device. 


To ensure Lord's remains a safe and secure venue, you can expect to be searched on entry to the Ground. 

Please follow the guidance given by our stewards and security staff. We suggest that you bring with you only essential items or leave bags at home if possible.


St John's Wood is the closest tube station, and just over a five-minute walk away. However, it can get busy on a match day, and fans are encouraged to use Baker Street station as well, a 10-15-minute walk away.

There are planned tube closures during this weekend so if you are arriving via London's public transport system, it is worth checking on the TfL website before you travel. 

Also, please note that Kings Cross mainline station is closed (4-6 June) due to planned work for the East Coast upgrade. Please check online before you travel.


Find Out More

If you're planning to come to Lord's by car, then please note that there are restrictions on parking in non-residents' parking on weekends as well as weekdays in the immediate area surrounding Lord's.

More information on where to park near the Ground is available on the FAQs section of this site, including details of how to pre-book at a car park local to Lord's.

Lord's Tavern

We are pleased to announce that Lord's Tavern will be open during the Test Match.

Full English breakfast (£11) or Vegetarian Breakfast (£10) is available between 9-11am, as well as a special England v New Zealand 3-course lunch menu for people based in Zone A only and subject to availability.

You can view more information and book online here.

Lord's Hampers

Take the hassle our of your day by pre-ordering one of our sumptuous Lord's picnic hampers. Our renowned hampers come in different variants depending on your need from a full three-course lunch to afternoon tea. They are conveniently packed with cutery, plates and even a rubbish bag. 

Hampers are available for the first four days of the Test Match but must be ordered by 8am on Sunday 30 May. For more information and to book click here.

Food and Drink Outlets

There's a range of food and drink outlets within the Ground to suit all tastes. From fish and chips to ice cream, and Crepes to Korean Fried Chicken, our food and drink options include Halal, vegetarian and vegan treats to keep you content throughout the day. 

There are plenty of bars serving both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks including Dark's Bar, WG's Bar and the Bicentenary Bar as well as specialty outlets including the Great Wine Company Bar. For a full list of catering facilities within your zone click here.


We are confident that the measures we have in place will provide a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone at the Ground. However, please remember that everyone has a responsibility to ensure events happen safely so please adhere to all guidance.

We hope you have a great day at the cricket.

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