Saint John's Wood Road
Photo by Neil Tingle / age fotostock
Cricket's Global HeadquartersEven if you don’t know your long-on from your silly mid-off, the world headquarters of the game of cricket is worth the pilgrimage. Almost hidden amid the upscale residential neighbourhood of St John’s Wood, its size, once you get on the inside, is a Tardis-like surprise. Its pavilion is a perfectly preserved specimen of chocolate box Victoriana (and so are some of the gentlemen who still frequent it). During the summer, it’s a great place to experience the convivial, scotch-eggs-and-champagne feel of the true English cricket match, and there are games on almost every day. There’s also an excellent museum detailing the history of the game (and this ground’s central place in it) which is open year-round, and tours of the Marylebone Cricket Club for those who haven’t yet completed the multi-year waiting period to become a member.