Lord’s cricket ground is just 1.5 miles from Marble Arch and is easy to reach by road, tube and bus. The nearest underground station is St John’s Wood (Jubilee Line), which is about 10 minutes away on foot.   Lord’s is clearly signposted on leaving the station.   Other stations including Marylebone, Edgware Road and Baker Street are within a 15 minute walk of the ground.  Entry to the Festival is via the Thomas Lord Suite entrance next to the Grace Gate on St John’s Wood Road and all events will take place in the adjacent Thomas Lord Suite which is situated above the Lord’s Tavern.  There is limited pay and display/pay by phone on-street parking available near the ground but we strongly recommend you use public transport where possible.  Please ensure you have your ticket ready for inspection either on your mobile phone/tablet or as a printed copy.

Visit the Lord’s website for more information on how to get to Lord’s:



The dates for the 2015 Festival are Thursday 12th- Sunday 15th November inclusive.  Tickets can be purchased on the door (cash and most cards accepted) or online and prices start at £10.   Events will take place throughout the day with each event lasting around one hour.  For visitors who are planning a whole day at the Festival, you will see events are timed in order to allow you time for lunch or other refreshments.  To purchase tickets, select your event and click on the buy button and you will be taken to the Lord’s e-ticket website.  There are a variety of choices including all-day tickets and great value meal options.


The Lord’s Tavern, situated next to the Grace Gate, will be open throughout the festival serving a wide range of speciality beers and seasonal, locally-sourced food.  There will be a number of special offers available exclusively to visitors to the Festival.  The Tavern is open from 11.00am until 11.00pm every day except Sunday when they close at 10.00pm.  Whether it’s a cup of coffee or a full meal, the Tavern will be happy to serve you and drinks can be brought into the Thomas Lord Suite to be enjoyed during your chosen event.   You can reserve a table in the Lord’s Tavern via their website:

You can also telephone the Tavern on 020 7616 8689 – please quote LSWF when you book.


Festival ticket holders can receive a 25% discount on an adult ticket (RRP £18) for a Lord’s Tour for the duration of the festival. Tickets can be booked in advance via 

Please use reference LSWF2015 when booking to claim the 25% discount. Tickets can be also be obtained by emailing or phoning 0207 616 8595. If space allows we will happily accept people booking on the day. For more information about Tours please visit


Books by all your favourite speakers will be on sale throughout the Festival from our bookshop located in the Thomas Lord suite adjacent to the auditorium and there will be an opportunity to have them signed by the authors, subject to author availability, after their event.


There is level access within most parts of Lord’s and Assistance Dogs are welcome.  If you require specific information, please click on this link which provides detailed information on access, facilities, parking and much more.  To access the Thomas Lord suite where most events take place, please ask one of our stewards or volunteers for assistance and directions to the lift.


For visitors to the Festival who require overnight accommodation, there are a wide variety of hotels in the vicinity ranging in price from budget to deluxe.  HotelMap is a useful tool for locating nearby hotels and can be reached by clicking on the link below:


Please contact Jane Beaton at

Any other enquiries:  Please contact Nick Walters via email at


Please note that all information on this website including programme details for the London Sports Writing Festival 2015 are correct at the time of publication.  However, the LSWF reserves the right to amend the programme and/or those involved, including but not restricted to, authors, speakers and hosts, if circumstances dictate.  In the event of an entire session being cancelled, tickets will be refunded.  Tickets cannot be accepted for refund or resale under any other circumstances.  MCC reserves the right to refuse admission.


We look forward to welcoming you to the London Sports Writing Festival 2015.