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Frequently Asked Questions

Lord's is the Home of Cricket, and we believe watching a match here is the best way to enjoy the game.

If you're a first time visitor to Lord's, or indeed a regular in St John's Wood, here are a few popular questions which you might want to know the answer to:

How do I get to Lord’s?

For information on how to get to the Ground, please go to our 'How to get to Lord's' page - click here.

Can I park my car at Lord's?

No. Due to space restrictions, there is no parking on-site at Lord's on major matchdays or the three days beforehand. However, Westminster Council offer parking close to Lord's. Please visit their websites via the links below:

Pay by phone parking

Local Car Park

If you are disabled, or travelling with someone who is, then do contact the Club Facilities department on 020 7616 8653 or at Clubfacilities@mcc.org.uk. They will be able to sort out drop off and pick up arrangements for you.

What food and drink can I buy in the Ground?

There are plenty of options for food & drink within the Ground and MCC is proud to be working with Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts to present the new and improved Lord's Food Village - find out more

There are also food hawkers who will be wandering around the concourse offering tasty snacks throughout the match.

Other bars and food areas under the Grand, Mound and Tavern Stands have a selection of drinks and food to choose from.

Can I bring alcohol to Lord's?

Lord's is the only international cricket venue in the world where spectators can bring alcohol into the ground.

This amount is limited to two pints of beer or one 75cl bottle of wine per spectator.

Amounts in excess of this will be confiscated.

Click here to read the full ground regulations.

Can I order a hamper from Lord’s?

You can order, online, one of our exclusive picnic hampers for two and collect at the Ground on the day of your visit.  

Orders must be made at least 48 hours prior to the match day.

Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Hampers (for 2)
Standard Hamper £77 - buy now
Luxury Hamper £150 - buy now

Tamarind Indian Hamper (for 2)
Standard Hamper £77 - buy now

Hampers aren’t available for Day 5 of the match.

Is fancy dress permitted at Lord's?

No fancy dress costumes are permitted for spectators at Lord's.

Are musical instruments allowed at Lord's?

No musical instruments are permitted at Lord's.

Is there internet access at Lord's?

Yes. Lord's offers free WiFI through The Cloud.

Please click here for more information.

Do you have a left luggage or cloakroom area?

We have a small cloakroom area in the Pavilion for the exclusive use of MCC Members who are spending their day in the Pavilion.

The Ground gets very full on Test Match days and we suggest you avoid bringing large luggage items with you as far as possible.  You will need to keep your bags with you at your seat.  

You’ll also want to be aware that for the security of everyone here, we search all bags coming into the Ground on Test Match days.

Can I bring a pushchair into the Ground?

We advise against bringing pushchairs along to the Ground on Test Match Days. 

You will appreciate that the Ground gets very full indeed, and unfortunately we don’t have any dedicated space for pushchair storage.

However, for minor matches - including Middlesex's LV= County Championship & Royal London Cup fixtures) there is sufficient space around the Ground to accomodate pushchairs.

What are the timings on a Test match day?

The Gates open to ticket holders at 09.15am.  Play is scheduled to start at 11.00am.  

Please make sure you leave enough time to get into the Ground and to your seat, especially if you want to see the start of play at 11.00am.

Lunch is taken between 1.00-1.40pm, and tea from 3.40-4.00pm.  

The scheduled close of play for the first 4 days is 6.00pm or after 90 overs have been bowled.   

As you’ll appreciate these timings can be affected by the weather, and by the progress of the game, but they provide a good general guide for your day.

Can I go on a Lord's Tour during a Test match?

No. There are no Tours during the Test match.

How do I find out if there are still tickets available for a major match? How do I get them?

The Latest ticket information can be obtained by ringing the Ticket Office on 020 7432 1000, or the Members Dedicated Line shown in your Membership Pass.

Are there any returned tickets for major matches?

The Latest ticket information can be obtained by ringing the Ticket Office on 020 7432 1000, or the Members Dedicated Line shown in your Membership Pass.

I’m coming to a major match and I’ve lost, left at home or not received my tickets. What do I do?

A duplicate ticket, issued as a replacement for any ticket which has been stolen, lost or temporarily mislaid, will be issued by M.C.C. only on production of a written statement by the person who originally purchased the ticket. If stolen, it is imperative that the theft is reported to the Police in order that a crime number can be allocated. This number is to be quoted on your written statement for duplicate tickets. An administrative charge of 10% of the face value will be made for each duplicate ticket.

During a major match can I book a session at the MCC Cricket Academy?

No. When there is a major match at Lord's, the Academy is closed for net sessions.

During the lead up to a major match it is best to call the Academy on 020 7616 8612 to check availability.

I’ve got a child (or adult) ticket but they can’t come. Can I change it for an adult (or child) ticket?

A ticket can be upgraded, or downgraded, but that should preferably be done prior to the match.

I’ve bought tickets but can’t use them, or I have a spare ticket I wish to return. Can you resell/refund me?

For major matches, a Refund Scheme applies subject to the provisions of the M.C.C. General Ground Regulations. Full details are also printed on the tickets.

Refunds cannot be made in any other circumstances, or for any other match. If the original applicant has to return tickets to M.C.C. the Club will attempt to re-sell such tickets and a charge of 10% of the face value of each ticket will be deducted by M.C.C. from the proceeds of such sales.


All tickets returned in this manner will not be offered for sale by M.C.C. until all remaining tickets for the relevant day have been issued. Under no circumstances will M.C.C. guarantee the re-sale of any returned tickets.

It must be noted that tickets may be returned only by the original applicant.

Is there a Late Gate for a Test match?

Late Gate is subject to availability, if there is a late gate, it will be advertised via Social Media channels and through the website.

What time does the Ticket Office open for a major match?

The Ticket Office is open to Personal callers during a Test Match from Gate Opening until Close of Play.

I’ve got tickets to collect for a major match. Where do I collect tickets on the day? For another day?

You can collect tickets for the day in question, either in advance of the start of the match, from the Main MCC Ticket Office inside the ground, or on the day in question from the Ticket Collection Point adjacent to the East Gate in St. John’s Wood Road, from Gate Opening time.

If I'm a Member, can I still get Rover Tickets for a major match?

 The Latest ticket information can be obtained by ringing the Members Dedicated Line shown in their Membership Pass.

I’m a Member with Rover tickets but I can no longer attend the Match. Can my guests still come without me on their Rover tickets?

If they are unreserved Rover Tickets, then your guests can come, however, if they are reserved seats, in the Members’ Friends’ Enclosures then they should be accompanied by you.

I’m a Member. Can I take a guest into the Pavilion during the Test Match?

Access to the Pavilion for watching the Test Match is reserved for MCC Members only.

What's the dress code for Lord's?

There is no dress code at Lord’s for our general public seating areas, but we don’t permit fancy dress or musical instruments.

What are the dress codes for Members in the Pavilion, for Members’ Friends’ enclosures, for hospitality boxes and for the Mound Stand Debenture area?

(a) The dress codes for the Pavilion and for the Members’ Friend’s enclosures can be found here: Pavilion dress code and Members' Friends' enclosures dress code

(b) The 2013 dress code for hospitality boxes in the Mound, Grandstand and Tavern Stand says:

Guests are expected to maintain an acceptable standard of dress while in the Private Box areas. 

For gentlemen, casual trousers or tailored shorts are acceptable, provided that they are reasonably smart. Jackets are not required, but neat shirts with collars, or polo shirts should be worn. Ladies should wear dresses, skirts, trousers or shorts worn with blouses or smart tops which may be sleeveless. Bare feet, bare torsos or bare midriffs are not permitted under any circumstances.

(c) Upper Mound Stand Debenture Area - Dress Regulations 2013

Debenture Holders and their guests are expected to maintain an acceptable standard of dress while in the Mound Stand Debenture Area. To avoid any embarrassment at the entrance to the area, Debenture Holders must ensure that their attire, and that of their guests, is appropriate.  

The minimum standard of dress to enter the Debenture Area is “smart casual” for both sexes. Jackets are not required, but gentlemen must wear collared shirts (even when a collared sweater or jacket is worn on top) at all times in the stand. Trousers must be tailored, although denim is acceptable.

The following items of clothing are unacceptable:

Gentlemen
•    Shorts
•    Shirts which do not have a collar, including crew-neck shirts (polo-neck shirts are acceptable)
•    T-shirts or singlets
•    Torn, ripped or unclean clothing
•    Tracksuits
•    Garments in military camouflage colours

Ladies
•    Shorts
•    Torn, ripped or unclean clothing
•    Tracksuits
•    Garments in military camouflage colours
•    Bikini tops or tops/dresses showing bare midriff

Bare feet, bare torsos and anyone wearing dilapidated or offensive garments of any kind will not be permitted under any circumstances.

Notwithstanding the dress standards outlined above, M.C.C. reserves the right to refuse entry to any person considered unsuitably attired. 

Is my seat under cover or is it in the open?

It varies from stand to stand.
 
In the Mound Stand, rows with letters (A-E) and row 16 upwards are under cover.  Rows 1-15 aren’t.
 
In the Grandstand, all of the rows with letters and row 11 upwards are covered.  
 
In the Compton and Edrich stands, the upper tiers are uncovered but the lower tiers are covered.
 
Members’ Friends’ Enclosures are normally unreserved seating, so it's best to turn up early for more choice.

Can I pass out of Lord's?

We operate a pass-out system for all matches at Lord's which allows ticket-holders to leave and re-enter the Ground.

On leaving the Ground, you will be issued with a pass which will be needed to re-enter Lord's. You will also need to show your ticket in order to re-enter the Ground.

No alcohol can be brought into Lord's following a pass out.


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