Top Sporting Attractions in London

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With 13 football teams, a dizzying array of stadiums and a rich history of sport dating back centuries, the culture of sporting in London is enough to rival every other city in the world.

In fact, tourism to the city is energised by sport, too, with many visitors from around the world staying at the Hotel Grand Royale London Hyde Park to see the spectacle of rugby, football, cricket and tennis to name just a few.

With international tournaments taking place in the city every year, there’s plenty to see, with daily events spanning the popular to the niche.

A Base to Explore London’s Sport

Guests at our London hotel family rooms are perfectly placed to explore the sporting culture of London.

With the added allure of sport-focused museums and historical relics celebrating all manner of competitions, you could spend a good month here and have every day packed out with tours, events and museum visits.

With so much on offer, it’s only sensible to break down the city attractions into the sports they celebrate. Here are just some of the events and attractions visitors can enjoy during their stay.

Football

Football

Possibly the most popular sport in the world, the “beautiful game” has long since made London a worldwide hub for both high-class club based football and international fixtures. With 13 clubs based in the city, alongside some of the best stadiums in the world, there’s plenty for football fans to explore when visiting London.

Emirates Stadium

The Emirates Stadium in North London is home to Arsenal Football Club, one of the best premier league teams in the UK.

With a 60,000 capacity, the Emirates Stadium offers up world-class football throughout the football season and has self-guided tours, matchday tours and Legends Tours providing a unique insight into the history of the club and fourth-largest stadium in England.

Stamford Bridge Stadium

The home of Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge Stadium is located in West London’s Fulham area. This historic stadium is easy to reach from the nearby Shaftesbury Paddington Hotel and promises not only Premiership excitement but over 140 years of sporting history.

White Hart Lane

The fresh new stadium for the Tottenham Hotspurs was opened this year in East London’s Tottenham area. With a capacity of 62,000 spectators, the multi-purpose Tottenham Stadium also offers up NFL Hockey games and live performance events due to a first of a kind removable pitch.

Olympic Park

The Olympic Park may be a football stadium, but it’s also used for countless other sporting activities as well.

First developed in the Stratford area of East London for the 2012 Olympic Games, the sports park has been used for West Ham United’s home games alongside international sporting events including track and field athletics.

Wembley Stadium

Wimbledon stadium

With a capacity of 90,000, Wembley Stadium is the largest football stadium in the UK and was the home ground for the Tottenham Hotspurs during their recent Stadium renovations. As host of the FA Cup Finals and home ground for the English national team, Wembley comes equipped with expansive tours and even its own museum.

Rugby

Another historic British sport represented by London, rugby traditions span from League teams to Union, bolstered even further by Rugby World Cup and Six Nations events. If you’re a rugby fanatic staying in London, be sure to check out these incredible stadiums.

Twickenham

rugby

Twickenham Rugby Stadium is a South West London arena which is known for hosting many Rugby teams from a variety of cups. From the RFU to the Middlesex Sevens, you can find weekly test matches, tours and European cups battling it out at this 1907 built stadium.

With a capacity of 82,000, Twickenham has also hosted the 2016 and 2017 NFL American Football Games on their London leg.

World Rugby Museum

Based in the Twickenham Stadium grounds, the World Rugby Museum has recently been refurbished and offers a unique insight into this British born sport. With a rich array of exhibits, the World Rugby Stadium is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am till 5pm.

Tennis

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As the home of one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world, it’s no surprise that the sport is so ingrained in the British tradition.

From Fred Perry fashion to unique British puddings, London is one of the best cities in the world to enjoy a spot of and learn about the elegant game of tennis.

Wimbledon Tennis Club

Wimbledon Tennis Club is located in the West London borough of Wimbledon and has been the home of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for over 150 years. With only 100 members allowed to be part of the prestigious club, the grounds act as a testament to an old era of British tradition.

If you’re visiting in July, then you can buy tickets for the Wimbledon Tennis tournament, pitting hundreds of world-class players against each other in singles and doubles matches.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Now that Tennis is open to more than just the ruling class, guests at the Shaftesbury London can learn more about the sport at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. With artefacts from up to 500 years ago, you can find relics from Victorian Tennis heroes, alongside an insight into how the game was played in the 16th century.

Cricket

Cricket

Another quintessentially British sport is Cricket. With the recent Cricket World Cup being hosted by the UK, now is better than any to find out more about this beautiful sport.

Lord’s

Lord’s Cricket Ground is probably the best-known stadium in the world. Located in St John’s Wood in North West London, Lord’s holds 200 years’ worth of history, which you can find out more about at the MCC Museum, which has been collecting artefacts since 1864.

Kia Oval

Based in South London’s Oval area, the Kia Oval is the second-largest cricket stadium in London.

As the home of the Surrey County team, national matches are played here throughout the summer months, alongside test matches for international teams. If that wasn’t enough for sporting enthusiasts, the Kia Oval has also played a large role in the development of modern football, the first-ever FA Cup Final having been played here back in 1872.

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