5 Jun 19
Cricket World Cup 2019
The 2019 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup. It's hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019. There are 10 teams and each team plays the other nine once, then the top four at the end of the group phase progress to the semi-finals. Cricket fans will love this as there are 48 matches in just over 6 weeks.
It all starts on 30 May at The Oval in London when world no.1 side England take on South Africa. The other London matches are:
2 June: Bangladesh v South Africa (The Oval, London)
5 June: Bangladesh v New Zealand (The Oval, London)
9 June: Australia v India (The Oval, London)
15 June: Australia v Sri Lanka (The Oval, London)
23 June: Pakistan v South Africa (Lord's, London)
25 June: England v Australia (Lord's, London)
29 June: Australia v New Zealand (Lord's, London)
5 July: Bangladesh v Pakistan (Lord's, London)
14 July: The final! (Lord's, London)
London also has a Cricket World Cup Fanzone in Trafalgar Square from 12 to 14 July for cricket fans to soak up the carnival atmosphere while watching the Cricket World Cup Final.
A perfect location to base yourself for the London cricket fun is Malmaison London. This boutique hotel is wonderfully central but also in a peaceful location so you can rest well between the excitement. And you don't need to worry about where to eat as the Chez Mal Brasserie is on-site. It's a great spot to meet with friends for dinner or stay for the bottomless brunch on Saturdays.
If cricket isn't your thing, London always has plenty going on. (Or combine your stay with seeing more of the city when you come for the cricket!)
It's the Queen's official birthday parade on Saturday 8 June. Trooping the Colour sees the Household Division (the Queen's personal troops) salute Her Majesty at Horse Guards. There's then a procession back to Buckingham Palace and an RAF flypast with the royal family watching from the Palace balcony. The 8-9 June weekend is also Open Garden Squares Weekend when over 200 community gardens, private parks and other green spaces are open.
If you want to see the latest art, head to the Royal Academy as the annual Summer Exhibition is on from 10 June to 12 August. Or head to Kensington Gardens from 21 June to see the new Serpentine Pavilion by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami. As he's known for his blends of traditional and experimental architecture, you can expect it to be something special.
Foodies won't want to miss Taste of London in Regent's Park from 19 to 23 June. This alfresco summer feast offers sample signature dishes from London restaurants, as well as off-menu items they've created exclusively for Taste.
The County Ground in Bristol has three Cricket World Cup matches:
1 June: Australia v Afghanistan (County Ground, Bristol)
7 June: Pakistan v Sri Lanka (County Ground, Bristol)
11 June: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka (County Ground, Bristol)
Everyone prefers to stay somewhere with character so we've got the best choice. Hotel du Vin in Bristol City Centre is in a restored Grade II Sugar House with contemporary 'loft-living' style bedrooms. Bistro du Vin Bristol is excellent for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Stop in the bar for a Six O'Clock Gin or a Bristol Milk Stout. Or stick to the cocktails as there's plenty to choose from.
If you come for the Pakistan v Sri Lanka match, do visit the Bristol Craft Beer Festival too as it's on 7 and 8 June at the harbourside. Or stay after the next Sri Lanka match and enjoy Bristol Food Connections on from 12 to 23 June as it's a city-wide celebration of food.
If you're not visiting Bristol for the cricket, come later in the month as Bristol Sounds is on from 26 to 30 June. This series of open-air gigs in a Harbourside amphitheatre is an incredible setting for live music. This year's headliners are Tom Misch (26 June), The Cat Empire (27 June), Bloc Party (28 June), Elbow (29 June) and The Cinematic Orchestra (30 June).
There's a Manchester Cricket World Cut Fanzone in Manchester Cathedral Gardens from 14 to 16 June to get you ready for the matches at Old Trafford.
16 June: India v Pakistan (Old Trafford, Manchester)
18 June: England v Afghanistan (Old Trafford, Manchester)
22 June: New Zealand v West Indies (Old Trafford, Manchester)
27 June: India v West Indies (Old Trafford, Manchester)
6 July: Australia v South Africa (Old Trafford, Manchester)
9 July: Semi-final 1 (Old Trafford, Manchester)
Malmaison Manchester is probably the most stylish hotel in the city. Housed in an elegant 19th-century warehouse there are luxury rooms and suites available so you can really treat yourself. Definitely have dinner at Chez Mal Manchester where the meals can be matched with wines and beers on the menus.
If you're not at Old Trafford on 16 June, why not take in the evening light of Manchester on a 90-minute river cruise departing from the city centre? It's on 30 June too.
Or to really celebrate this world-class city, stay for Manchester Day on Sunday 23 June. It's the city’s big free family day out and this year's theme is '10 out of 10' as Manchester Day returns to the city centre for the tenth time.
Edgbaston, home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, is the second largest cricket stadium in the UK so you know these matches are going to be fantastic. Join in the city centre fun at the Birmingham Cricket World Cup Fanzone in Victoria Square from 28 to 30 June.
19 June: New Zealand v South Africa (Edgbaston, Birmingham)
26 June: New Zealand v Pakistan (Edgbaston, Birmingham)
30 June: England v India (Edgbaston, Birmingham)
2 July: Bangladesh v India (Edgbaston, Birmingham)
11 July: Semi-final 2 (Edgbaston, Birmingham)
Malmaison Birmingham is super-stylish and the Chez Mal Bar is perfect for cocktails. When you're ready for food, Chez Mal Brasserie has British and French-inspired dishes plus Malmaison classics including succulent steak frites and the mouth-watering Malburger.
Hotel du Vin Birmingham is in a restored landmark Victorian building in the Jewellery Quarter. There's an open-air courtyard at the heart of the hotel with a retractable roof making this the place to be for an al fresco lunch. Then for dinner, the candlelit Bistro du Vin Birmingham offers delicious French home-style cooking.
If you are a foodie, Birmingham has lots to offer during June. Birmingham Coffee Festival is back for a third year on 7-9 June to celebrate the UK coffee culture. Or how about the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC from 13 to 16 June? The Chef Show is part comedy play, part demonstration on 16 June, and the Foodies Festival is on from 21 to 23 June. And if you've been waiting for a summer barbecue, you'll love BBQ Fest 2019 on 22 June.
The Leeds Cricket World Cup Fanzone is in Millennium Square on 21-23 June. And the cricket matches at Headingley are on...
21 June: England v Sri Lanka (Headingley, Leeds)
29 June: Afghanistan v Pakistan (Headingley, Leeds)
4 July: Afghanistan v West Indies (Headingley, Leeds)
6 July: India v Sri Lanka (Headingley, Leeds)
Leeds Malmaison is a stunning boutique hotel. Do check out the Mal 50/50 offer when rooms are from just £50 when you spend £50 on dinner. You'll want to stop at the Chez Mal Brasserie anyway as it's a wonderfully glamorous dining location.
If you're in Leeds earlier in June, do head to Pub in the Park in Roundhay Park from 31 May to 2 June. It's a three-day celebration of food and music organised by acclaimed chef Tom Kerridge that brings together the best pubs and restaurants in the UK. Or how about the North Leeds Food Festival on 22-23 June? If you'd like a more lasting way to remember your favourite team, the Leeds Tattoo Expo is at the First Direct Arena on 6-7 July.
Whether staying over for the cricket or for any other reason, we hope we've given you lots of reasons to enjoy the start of summer.
Laura Porter - Travel Writer for Malmaison and Hotel du Vin