Dave was in paradise when we lived in London. Why? Because we were surrounded by some of the best athletes and sporting matches in the world.
This week our guest post from Millie Spencer gives you a rundown on the best places in London to see sports being played.
Visitors to London will find there’s plenty to keep them entertained, particularly if they’re a fan of sports. You might, of course, prefer some sports more than others but you’re likely to find getting trains to London is the most convenient way to see them. However, we think some of the English capital’s venues are well worth a look even when they’re not hosting sporting superstars.
Some of the best London sporting venues:
Wembley has long been the home of the England national team and although the stadium has been rebuilt since the Three Lions lifted the World Cup there in 1966, it’s lost little of its old magic. The Twin Towers may have been replaced with the Wembley Arch but with a 90,000 capacity it’s still an impressive sight to behold from inside and out. So why not have a stroll down Wembley Way and enjoy the tour? It lasts approximately 75 minutes and could be the perfect trip out for all the family.
If you’re a rugby fan a visit to Twickenham is a must. The 82,000 capacity venue has played host to some of the most memorable moments in the game’s history and by taking the tour you can follow in the footsteps of heroes. Take a peek inside the dressing room and walk down the tunnel while learning more about its history from an expert tour guide. The admission fee also includes a visit to the World Rugby Museum, so should prove good value for money.
You know when a place is dubbed “the home of cricket” there must be something special about it. Lord’s has been hosting games since the 19th century and continues to be the destination of choice for Tests and One Day Internationals as the home of the England and Wales Cricket Board. You’ll find the stadium in St John’s Wood and can enjoy tours throughout the year. Availability can, of course, vary so it’s well worth those of you with train tickets to London checking in advance to avoid disappointment.
For tennis fans a Wimbledon visit is a must, although you needn’t feel restricted to visiting when the Grand Slam event is taking place, as its museum is open throughout the year. There you can see a treasure trove of mementos from some of the greatest players to grace the game and get up close to the men’s and women’s Singles trophies. It makes fantastic use of the latest technology too, with a holographic John McEnroe appearing in the very dressing room he once used as a player. It could be the perfect way to celebrate Andy Murray’s superb success at the tournament this summer.