A Sports Fan’s Guide to London
London is not just the capital of the United Kingdom. It is regularly referred to as the capital of the world thanks to its central location, multicultural atmosphere, wealth, and Heathrow Airport bringing people in from every country. As well as being the financial capital of Europe, packed with numerous subcultures of music, teeming with artists and creatives, and the location of many movies, London is also home to many sports teams. If you’re visiting London and you love sports, here are some places you must check out.
Wembley Stadium is the home of English football. It was rebuilt and reopened in 2007 after the original, which was built in 1923, was knocked down to make it suitable for modern demands. Owned by the English Football Association, Wembley Stadium is the location of all home games of the England national football team and has also acted as a temporary home for London club, Tottenham Hotspur. It hosts many games throughout the year, including the FA Cup Final; it will also host seven UEFA Euro 2020 games (including the final) and the 2023 UEFA Champions League Final.
It is not just association football games played there though. If you are a fan of American Football, then Wembley Stadium is the place you can catch games in the NFL International Series. Other sports are also occasionally hosted there, including rugby, boxing and the Race of Champions. When games aren’t taking place, you can take a tour of the stadium. These are available on most days with adult tickets starting from £19.
If you really love football, then be sure to also check out the stadia of famous London football teams, including Chelsea and Arsenal. Don’t forget to check out these day trips from London too!
The London Hippodrome Casino
Whilst there are numerous companies that provide apps for playing poker on mobile devices with ever more realistic experiences, there is nothing quite like visiting a land-based casino in person. If you’re a poker fan in London, one of the best options is the Hippodrome, a large venue in an iconic building packed with slots, table games, poker rooms, and more. That’s not all though – the Hippodrome packs much more under its roof, including live sports, restaurants, bars and live entertainment. What’s more, the facade of the Grade II listed building is a worthy tourist attraction in itself.
Twickenham Stadium & World Rugby Museum
Like Wembley is the home of English football, Twickenham is the home of English rugby union. With over 25,000 exhibits in the World Rugby Museum, rugby fans will have plenty to see when games aren’t taking place. Stadium tours take place regularly and give you the opportunity to practice your kicking skills.
Lords Cricket Ground
The ultimate emblem of Englishness, cricket is a sport enjoyed by millions of fans around the world, but mostly in countries that had previously been part of the British Empire. To understand how English the game of cricket is, all you need to know is that the mid-game breaks are known as “tea”, where traditionally players would stop to drink tea. Like the other stadia, when games are not taking place it is possible to take a tour of the Lords Cricket Ground.
London’s Wimbledon is home to one of the most famous tennis tournaments in the world. Played every year in June and July, the Wimbledon Championships test the skills of all of the world’s greatest professional tennis players. If you’re visiting any other time of year, tours are available that include a visit to the world’s biggest tennis museum which is located at the site.
London has enough attractions and sights to keep you busy for years, but sports fans can keep themselves occupied for days just visiting all of the legendary sporting sites in the city. London has a rich history, and so do its sports stadia and venues.