London Sport Tour in 2021
Being the capital of a sport-crazed nation, you’d expect London to boast its share of world-class stadia. And so it proves; whether you’re into football, rugby, or any other sport, you’ll find an amazing venue in which to watch it (though whether the exploits of the team you’re watching match up to the surroundings is something that’s difficult to predict.)
If you’re a fan of a particular team or stadium, then you might find that there’s a museum tour to take you round, even when there’s not a game on. Let’s take a look at some of the more impressive stadia, and how to get there.
Wembley is accessible if you’re coming into London from the M42; just hop onto the Jubilee, Bakerloo or Metropolitan lines and you’ll be there within a few stops. You can also take the national express from just about anywhere in the country, or catch a train from Clapham Junction to Wembley Stadium. With its famous arch and enviable facilities, the stadium makes for a fantastic day out – whether you’re watching an England game or a cup final.
Chelsea’s home is set to undergo expansion over the next few years. It’s home to a club which, over the last couple of decades, has been among the capital’s more successful. They aim high and, as the recent plight of Frank Lampard illustrates, are merciless with those who don’t make the cut.
Since Arsenal’s move from nearby Highbury to the Emirates Stadium (or Ashburton Grove, as it was known prior to its sponsorship), the team’s on-field exploits haven’t been quite so impressive. There was a nine-year trophyless spell, but that’s since been corrected with the help of four FA cup victories in just seven years.
Twickenham is the country’s most famous rugby ground, with capacity for an amazing 82,000 spectators. You’ll get there via the M3, which is accessible via the M25. Make sure that you book your parking ahead of time if you’re planning to attend on a match-day.
The restrictions around the pandemic are set to be gradually relaxed throughout the course of 2021 – and sports fans might, within the next few months, get a chance to head back into the stadia – albeit with season-ticket holders being given the priority.
When things do return to normal, you should be aware that crowds will be thick on the underground just prior to kick-off; make sure you get there with an hour or so to spare!