For those who love to travel, London is full of popular tourist attractions including the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, and The Shard. The UK’s capital draws in fans of everything from fashion, to music, to Michelin stars. But for sports fans touring the city, there are also plenty of iconic venues and landmarks worth visiting. Here are some of the best sporting experiences you can enjoy during your stay in London.
Wimbledon Tennis Museum and Tour
Wimbledon is considered by many tennis fans to be a truly classical venue for the sport. Founded in 1868, it is home to The Championships, the most prestigious event on the tennis calendar. A tour of the Wimbledon museum provides a real sense of the venue’s history and includes a visit to the courts, water gardens, and the Pressroom, as well as a virtual reality experience. There have been a number of exhibitions presented over the years, allowing visitors to gain further insight into certain aspects of the sport. This year’s showcase, “No.1: More Than a Supporting Act” focuses on the No.1 court and how it has become one of the most well-known stages in the sport.
Wembley Stadium Tour
Football fans will be well aware of the history behind Wembley Stadium. It hosted England’s 1966 World Cup win and has witnessed many great sports and music events since, including the infamous 1985 Live Aid concert. Rebuilt between 2003 and 2007, it was the venue for the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals and remains the location of the English FA Cup semi-finals and final, won last season by Manchester City who also top FA Cup betting this term. After breaking records and securing the domestic treble last year, it’s no wonder they are still current favourites, and that Wembley continues to be seen as the home of English football. The stadium tour takes you behind the scenes of the UK’s premier venue, where only the biggest names usually tread, allowing you to relive some of the venue’s iconic moments while creating some of your own.
Twickenham Tour and World Rugby Museum
Twickenham is home to the World Rugby Museum. The multimedia stadium offers a state-of-the-art experience that allows visitors to discover the history of the sport. Ongoing exhibitions allow visitors to view an iconic collection comprising over 38,000 recorded objects. Visitors also gain access to the dressing rooms and other backstage areas usually only frequented by the sport’s biggest stars.
Lord’s Cricket Ground Tour
Lord’s is yet another sporting venue in London that oozes history. More than 400 years of cricketing history is celebrated within the walls of the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum based at Lord’s cricket ground. The walls are adorned with paintings and photos, and the shelves are full of trophies, including the Ashes urn, in addition to other cricketing memorabilia. You can also walk through the Pavilion, visit the dressing room, stroll through the Long Room and enjoy footage of some of the arena’s greatest moments.
Whether you are a sports fan, or you love your health and fitness, there is an extensive choice of activities across a range of iconic venues to keep all tourists entertained in London. From the hallowed corridors of the capital’s finest cricket grounds to the impressive collections of one of the nation’s best-loved games, a stadium tour really takes you to the heart of a sport.