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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 and all within a 15 minute walk.  Entry to the Festival is via 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.

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


Tickets are on sale from the Lord’s online box office  Please follow these instructions carefully.  Log onto the Lord’s ticket website and create an account using your email address and choose a password.  Each time you go back to the website you need to enter these details to gain access to the tickets.  Once you’ve done this you will see all the events listed by date order.  Click on the “more details” box next to the event you wish to attend.  Now click “buy tickets” on the bottom right hand side of the page.  Now choose Pricing Band (Adult/Child) and Block (Thomas Lord Suite) and number of seats (i.e. tickets).  Now click on “Buy Tickets” and you will be taken through the payment process.  Any problems just email us – We will sort it out for you.  The only event that has sold out at the time of writing is the Roy Keane & Roddy Doyle event on the Saturday.

All tickets purchased now will be held for you to collect on the day.  Please bring a copy of your confirmation email with you as proof of purchaseIf your tickets have not arrived and you are worried then please email and someone will assist you up to the close of business on Friday 24th October.  Provided you have your confirmation email you will be issued with tickets so don’t panic!

Prices start at £10.00 per event but we also have discounts for those wishing to buy day/weekend/4-day tickets.  The cost of a masterclass ticket is £35.00 which includes tea/coffee/water.  The masterclasses will not be included in the price of discounted passes.  Remember, you can browse our programme on this website before going to the Lord’s box office but once you are ready to buy tickets you will have to create an account with Lord’s first.

PLEASE NOTE:  tickets for the Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle event on Saturday are sold out.  Lucky ticket holders will be able to get copies of Roy Keane’s latest book, The Second Half, signed by Roy and Roddy after the event but there will not be time for individual photographs or for them to sign any other books, football shirts or other material.

TICKET DEADLINES:  Tickets can be bought on the day, subject to availability, from our box office situated in the Thomas Lord Suite at the Registration Desk.

Last post dates:  Tickets purchased no later than Friday 17th October for events taking place on either Thursday 23rd and/or Friday 24th October’s will be mailed to you via first class post.  If you buy tickets online after that date, and in order to avoid possible delays in the post, your tickets for Thurs/Fri will be held for you to collect in advance from the Lord’s ticket office or from our Registration Desk on the day itself.

Tickets purchased no later than Monday 20th October for events taking place on either Saturday 25th and/or Sunday 26th October’s events will be mailed to you via first class post.  If you buy tickets after Monday 20th October online, and in order to avoid possible postal delays, your tickets will be available for you to collect in advance from the Lord’s ticket office prior to the weekend or from our Registration Desk on the day itself.

If you are unclear about these arrangements please email or phone the Lord’s ticket office.



The Registration Desk will be located next to the auditorium in the Thomas Lord Suite where all events take place.  There is level floor access for those who cannot use the stairs.  Entrance is via the Grace Gate at Lord’s on St John’s Wood Road.  If you are collecting a press pass or tickets, including guest tickets and passes, please report to the Registration Desk where you will be issued with passes and tickets.  Press passes and comps must be pre-ordered and authorised by the festival team.  No press passes or comps will be issued without pre-authorisation.  All enquiries concerning press passes please to Clare Skinner at Lord’s.  We regret that no press passes are available for the Roy Keane & Roddy Doyle event.



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:


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.  Please note that due to the number of people expected at some signings it may not be possible to arrange photographs with authors.  Thank you for your co-operation.


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.


The Lord’s Tavern, situated next to the Grace Gate, will be open throughout the festival and will serve tea and coffee as well as alcoholic refreshments, snacks and main meals.  We will also have a bar service available during the Festival in the Thomas Lord suite itself.   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.  This year the Tavern will be offering a special Festival “burger and a pint” meal deal for £10 (there is a substitute for those requiring a vegetarian/non alcoholic option).

Burger and a pint Tavern offer (CS)[6] Tavern Sept 2014 (CS)[5]









There are also a number of reasonably priced cafes on St John’s Wood High Street, just a few minutes from the ground.


If you are buying tickets for any of the events at the LSWF you will be entitled to a 25% discount on a Lord’s Tour between the 23rd and 27th of October. These tours will run at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and will start in the Museum (guests should ask staff to be directed). We would ask people to reserve spaces in advance if possible, however if space allows we will happily accept people coming along on the day. Tickets can be obtained by emailing or phoning 0207 616 8595.  Please mention when booking that you are attending the Festival in order to qualify for this reduced price.


Thank you to everyone who has helped put this festival together.  There are too many people to mention by name but we salute the awesome might of the team at MCC/Lord’s, The Evening Standard, the speakers, publishers, publicists and agents who have helped co-ordinate events, our web designer Helena at Little Black Dog, our volunteers and chaperones, and all of you who have helped us make this Festival such a success.


Please contact Clare Skinner via email to


Please contact Jane Beaton at

Any other enquiries:  please contact or

We look forward to welcoming you to the London Sports Writing Festival 2014.