If you’re simply mad about sports, then London should be at the top of your must visit list this year. With so many iconic sports venues to experience all in one vibrant city, it’s difficult to choose which one to visit first.
To make the most of your trip and cram in as much sport sightseeing as possible, we’ve compiled our top three most famous sports venues in London, so you can visit the home of sporting legends and make the most of your next trip to London.
Lord’s Cricket Ground
If you are just crazy about cricket, no sport-buffs trip to London would be complete without a visit to the home of cricket. Lord’s really is a must for those of us that enjoy a little history because as well as being able to take in the historic features of the 200 year-old ground including the grade II listed pavilion and the ‘Old Father Time’ weathervane, Lord’s also has the world’s oldest sporting museum, ideal for spending a few hours enjoying the exhibits.
Home to the Middlesex Country Cricket team during the domestic season, Lord’s also hosts touring sides and is used by the England Cricket team on a regular basis.
Getting to Lord’s is relatively straight forward, and the Park Grand Paddington Suites are ideally situated for a quick rail journey to and from the venue. Spend the day taking a tour and enjoying the museum before returning to the Park Grand Restaurant for a G&T or afternoon tea to round off the experience perfectly.
A sporting tour of London wouldn’t be the same without a visit to Wembley Stadium. The home of the England football team, this 90,000 seat stadium imposes on the landscape and is worthy of a few hours taking in the impressive structure.
As well as hosting major footballing events, Wembley Stadium is also used for rugby matches, major boxing tournaments and more recently NFL games, so if you plan your visit in advance there’s sure to be a sporting event at Wembley that’s worth attending.
After a few hours of adrenalin fuelled sports action, head back to base camp at the Park Grand Paddington Suites and catch the highlights from the well-stocked hotel bar.
Home to the oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon is world renowned for hosting many of the world’s best- known sporting legends and is the most important date on any professional tennis player’s calendar.
Book at seat at a match on centre court in advance during June and July when tennis enthusiasts from all over the globe flock to this cornerstone of the tennis world and enjoy the thrill of watching some of the sport’s stars battle it out on court.
And if you have a little room left after all those strawberries and cream court-side, check out the fabulous menu at our restaurant for dinner and enjoy a Pimm’s or two before taking a stroll in the nearby Queens Gardens to complete your sporting tour of London.