Sport in London
|| Get healthy or
simply be entertained with a wide selection of sports
on offer in London. There’s a wealth of world-famous
sporting events taking place around every corner of London.
From top premiership football teams to running and rowing,
you’ll find an eclectic mix to suit every sports
fanatic and those who prefer to cheer from the sidelines.
Every year Wimbledon welcomes thousands
and thousands of tennis fans and celebrities who flock
to the Lawn Tennis Championships [map]. Book
well in advance for your centre court seat to see some
of the world’s best players go head to head, as
you relax and enjoy the very traditional strawberries
and cream that accompany the unpredictable British weather.
The tennis courts are located at Church Road, Wimbledon,
The Michelob London Triathlon [map] also begins
in SW at Lower Grosvenor Place, SW1. See international
athletes warm up to participate in the gruelling annual
swim, cycle, and running tournament.
There’s plenty of football in London but it’s
not all about the premiership. Prepare for a great evening
of fun at the England Monarchs American Football
Club [map], Crystal Palace Arena, SW9. Cheer on the
Monarchs who are one of the most successful American football
clubs in Britain. Grab a beer and dance along with the
Australian football is extremely popular in this area.
The British Australian Rules Football League [map] is based here at Quicks Road, SW19, and spectators can
watch top teams such as The Wandsworth Demons in action
at Clapham Common, SW4.
Take to the ice at the unusual out door rink Broadgate
Ice Arena, located at Broadgate Circle, EC2.
From November to April there’s family skating and
even the unique sport of broomball, which is entertaining,
if not bizarre. If this rink proves too crowded there
is another seasonal ice rink at Somerset House, The Strand,
WC2. This rink is set within the picturesque courtyard
of Somerset House and has a cosy Victorian atmosphere
Staying with the wintry theme if you have a head for heights
a visit to The Vertical Chill should be high on
your agenda. This amazing eight metre tower of ice on
Southampton Street [map],
WC1, is the perfect place to practice your ice mountaineering
skills and beginners are welcomed. Tuition and hire clothing
and kit are provided.
If being a spectator is more your cup of tea you’ve
got a ringside seat for some of the best rowing in the
world. Throughout the year the River Thames plays host
to a variety of rowing events including The Oxford
and Cambridge Boat Race, The Twickenham
Regatta, and the world’s oldest rowing
race: The Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race.
For a great family day out visit The Thames in September
for The Great River Race. More than 15
crafts compete in this fun race and modes of transport
include Chinese dragon boats, Viking longboats, Hawaiian
war canoes and whalers.
Funland [map] at The Trocadero, Coventry Street, W1, is perfectly suited
to those who like to take their exercise more gently.
This huge five-floor building brings a range of family
activities including 10 pin bowling and pool to the masses.
This is the perfect place to bring teenagers who will
enjoy the very latest sports game simulators and arcade
games. When you have built up a thirst, why not relax
in the sports bar and enjoy some liquid refreshment or
There’s also plenty of leisure centres dotted throughout
London if you want to get fit and healthy and have fun
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