London is packed with sporting events to watch but if you want to delve into the history of sport in the city, there are plenty of museums to choose from as well. Whether you’re a fan of football or want to discover more about cricket, there’s a museum for you among these are seven options.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Wimbledon is a British tradition and even if you’re visiting the capital when the iconic tournament isn’t on, you can still get a slice of the action. You’ll be able to view the trophy collection, see how the game has developed since the Victorian ages, discover the traditions of the tournament, and visit the Centre Court here.
If you’re a football fanatic, you’ll definitely want to visit one of the many stadiums in London. With an Underground pass, you can get to the Arsenal Museum in 35 minutes from the Park Grand London Paddington, where you’ll be able to uncover the history of the club, which was founded in 1886. As well as twenty major displays, there are also two video theatres to watch the greatest moments in the club’s history.
Chelsea FC Museum
Head in the other direction, using the District Tube line from London hotels near Paddington, and you’ll find another legendary football club. Home to the Blues, you’ll be able to tour the iconic Stamford Bridge and browse the museum that details its century long history and go behind the scenes of the world-famous club.
World Rugby Museum
Rugby is an incredible sport to watch and the World Rugby Museum in London welcomes thousands of visitors every year. The museum has just completed a complete refurbishment, giving you a chance to experience the history, culture, and traditions of rugby around the world. It boasts over 38,000 objects and 9,000 photographs to explore.
MCC Museum at Lord’s
A list of British sporting museums wouldn’t be complete without a mention of cricket. The MCC Museum is one of the oldest sporting museums in the world and its collection spans the full of history of cricket, looking at both major events and grassroots clubs. The most famous exhibit here is the original Ashes urn. Lord’s is close by the Park Grand London Paddington, taking just 20 minutes on public transport.
Brooklands Museum of British Motorsport and Aviation
Discover more about thrilling motorsports at the Brooklands Museum. It was the first purpose-built motor racing circuit and today it demonstrates the engineering and technological achievements through eight decades. It’s just on the outskirts of the capital but it’s accessible through using the Tube and railway and well worth a visit for any motorsport enthusiast.
River and Rowing Museum
The museum isn’t strictly in London but in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, however it’s easily accessible from the capital. The museum explores the history of the River Thames and the sport of rowing. It’s family friendly and includes video footage of races and the Sydney IV boat that Steve Redgrave won his fifth Olympic gold medal in at the 2000 games.