London's Best Sporting Venues

Discover London's most famous stadiums and clubs

In the run up to the World Cup 2014, Wimbledon and numerous other sporting events in the summer, we’re getting ourselves in the mood and in the mania every which way possible to celebrate another season. London, like any city, with its history and cultural and political standing, has a rich sporting pedigree from football and rugby, to cricket and tennis; and with Wembley, Twickenham, even Wimbledon and Lords, the capital has an unusually high number of top-quality stadia. So, sports nuts, this one’s for you: if you follow the nation's sporting heroes with a passion, these are a definite must-see... Twickenham Stadium Home of English rugby union, Twickenham is one of the most impressive stadiums in the world, holding the title of the second largest stadium in London (after Wembley) and the fifth largest in Europe, so you can imagine the sheer scale of it. The stadium, which is dedicated solely to rugby, was built at the start of the twentieth century, and hosted the 1991 Rugby World Cup Final (but don’t ask us about the result, you won’t get a very happy answer...) But there’s more to the stadium that just being a spectator. If you're visiting and there's not a game on while you're in London, you'll still find plenty at Twickenham to make a visit well worth it. First, there's the Museum of Rugby, which was opened in 1996 and documents the entire history of the popular sport, from its origins in England's public schools right through to the present day. It also houses the largest collection of rugby memorabilia to be found anywhere in the world. Another must-see event is definitely the Twickenham tours to give you backstage access to the stadium. You'll be able to explore this impressive building, ultimately ending up in the England team’s dressing room and you’ll be given a chance to relive your childhood dreams of running out of the player's tunnel and onto the pitch. The guides will be able to give you the lowdown on what the players do to prepare for the big games, as well as anecdotes from some of the biggest games to take place at the stadium. Wimbledon Tennis Club Even a fair-weather tennis fan will be able to tell you that Wimbledon is the most important event in the busy calendar on the ATP World Tour. It's the competition that every tennis player dreams of winning and epitomises the summer sport. Last year, our very own Andy Murray became the first British champion since Fred Perry 77 years ago. While most of us will never get to play on its sacred turf, we can still visit though! The Wimbledon Tennis Club offers a tour and museum containing historic memorabilia from the great tennis champs. Explore the grounds where you'll be able to see everything from the "Murray Mound" to the prestigious Court One, where the final show-down happens. Stamford Bridge Home to Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge may not be the biggest stadium in the world, or even in London for that matter (with a capacity of just over 41,000), but it’s certainly one of the oldest, having opened in 1877. Chelsea have been playing their home games here for 110 years and today, it is where Jose Mourinho's men have set an impressive run with die-hard loyal fans. Take a tour around Chelsea FC’s stadium for a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the most nail-biting matches. You'll be able to see the dressing rooms, where shirts of football heroes hang from Frank Lampard, Petr Cech and Eden Hazard. Soak up the success of one of London’s most popular teams! A great day out for you and the kids, there’s a souvenir megastore too so you can leave with something to remember! With the London Pass you can experience all of London’s greatest venues for free! Whether you’re a rugby man, obsessed with tennis or a football fanatic – there’s something for everyone. Find out more about our stadium tours, here...

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