London’s a magnificent city to visit and there’s always too much to see and do to ever feel really that you’ve done more than scratch on the surface, unless you live in London and spend every weekend there as if you’re a tourist. The majority of people who live in London don’t do this, of course, and can be guilty of doing less sightseeing than those people who spend a we
London’s a magnificent city to visit and there’s always too much to see and do to ever feel really that you’ve done more than scratch on the surface, unless you live in London and spend every weekend there as if you’re a tourist. The majority of people who live in London don’t do this, of course, and can be guilty of doing less sightseeing than those people who spend a week there on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the English capital.
One of the great ways to experience a city is through a sporting lens, so we’ve come up with a few different ways to see London via sport. Perhaps the most obvious chance to do this was three years ago, when the whole city (and country) went wild for London’s 2012 summer Olympics, but no matter when you’re there, there’s always something sporty going on in London.
Join the football fans
If you’re in London, you’re in a great position to get along to one of the many football clubs and watch a match in person – an experience in itself regardless of the result. There are a number of Premier League clubs that call London home – Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham and Crystal Palace – so you’ve plenty of venues from which to choose. This season’s Premier League betting odds currently feature two of the top London clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham, in the running for the title.
Bear in mind that ticket prices vary depending on the club, so you may want to start out looking at price and availability rather than focusing specifically on the team you want to see. Any Premier League game promises to be a spectacle, after all. And if you’re a die-hard Arsenal fan, for example, and can’t afford the match ticket price, there’s always the alternative of watching the game on TV and doing a stadium tour on a non-match day.
Anyone for tennis?
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) October 12, 2015
Anyone in London in June and July can’t help but notice the buzz around Wimbledon tennis championships every year. And while the centre court and other show court tickets may be too difficult to get, or too far out of your price range, there’s always the option of getting Grounds tickets and going to enjoy the atmosphere and watching games live on the outer courts. After 3pm on each day of the tournament, you can also queue up for ‘returns’ tickets for the show courts, which have been handed in by people who have seen the matches they’re interested in and have left for the day.
Don’t just spectate – participate!
London has plenty of fun runs and runs for charity going on, but it’s fair to say that many of them take place in the summer. One of the biggest winter events is the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run, which last year saw 15,000 participants taking to the streets along a route that took in many of city’s greatest landmarks. With roads closed for the 10km route, it’s a great way to take part in a fun activity for a good cause, and admire London’s best features as you jog along. You’ll also be rewarded with a Polar Bear Hug when you cross the finish line. Find out about taking part in this year’s Winter Run on the Cancer Research UK website.