A Sporting Visit To London

London is the capital city of the United Kingdom, and has a rich history dating back approximately 2,000 years to its founding by the Romans. In modern times the city is a vibrant metropolis, with entertainment in London both varied and easy to find. So look for the best accommodations in Vacation Rentals People and spend your getaway here now.

Popular tourist destinations include visits to historical attractions, such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Tower of London and Downing Street, which houses the current Prime Minister.

The world-famous West End is the location for much of the arts-based entertainment and plays host to world film premieres as well as the city’s theatre district. Opera, ballet, plays and musicals are performed here in the various venues all year long, with famous stars appearing in many of the major productions. 

However, it is as a sporting destination that London really excels, with a wide variety of sporting spectacles for tourists to enjoy.

The most popular sport in the city, as well as the whole of the United Kingdom, is football. London currently has five football teams in the English Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. The largest club stadium in the city is the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal play their home matches and the Premier League season runs between the months of August and May. In addition the city also contains Wembley Stadium, the home stadium for the England national team, who play fixtures sporadically throughout the year. 

The second most popular sport in London is cricket. Lord’s Cricket Ground is at the heart of London’s cricket scene, with the venue hosting the Twenty20 Cup, Minor Counties Cricket Championship and various other Championship finals throughout the year. The Oval is also home to the Surrey County Cricket Club and in late August or early September it traditionally hosts the final Test match of each summer season. 

During the summer months, the city hosts the Wimbledon Championships, the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, at the All England Club in south London. At the end of the year, tennis returns to the city as the ATP World Tour Finals are held at the O2 Arena. 

London also has a well-established rugby union scene, with four of the twelve clubs in the Aviva Premiership having origins in the city. At present, only Harlequins still play in Greater London, with London Irish, Saracens and Wasps playing at football stadiums just outside the city boundaries, albeit, still within easy reach. In addition, the English national rugby stadium, Twickenham, is located to the south west of the city centre.

In 2012, London will host the Olympic games for the third time and in 2017 the World Championships in Athletics will also take place in the city. The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre contains an athletics track and is often use for national meetings, while London Capital represent the city in the British Basketball League.

London’s sporting scene is diverse and will offer you fantastic entertainment whatever sport you are interested in.

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