Sports fans are in for a treat in coming months. London is simply awash with top notch sporting events. The only problem will be choosing which ones to attend. Here’s LHI’s rundown on where to catch the action and where to stay so you don’t have far to travel to the stadium, arena or pitch.
London is set for a spectacular six weeks of rugby, hosting no fewer than 17 matches for the Rugby World Cup, with the final taking place at Twickenham Stadium on October 31.
Tickets for the tournament are on sale, starting from £15 for adults and £7 for children, making it one of the most accessible Rugby World Cups ever. So it’s well worth getting your accommodation booked early before rooms fill up. The Hilton Syon Park in Middlesex sits on the edge of the Syon House Estate in scenic countryside, with Twickenham Stadium a 10-minute taxi ride away.
Coming to the crease
England is playing test matches against New Zealand in May and against Australia in July at Lords, so there’s a good chance to see some of the world’s finest players in the capital this summer.
The highlight will be England attempting to take the Ashes from fierce rivals Australia. It’s also the 40th anniversary of the inaugural world cup in June when you could take a tour of Lords, visit the MCC museum and have tea and cucumber sandwiches in the Long Room. The four-star Danubius Hotel is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the ground.
For the first time in history, the women’s boat race between Oxford and Cambridge will receive equal billing with the more famous men’s event. Breaking with 183 years of tradition, the two events will be combined.
The women’s event, which has previously taken place at Henley-on-Thames, will move to the traditional race location of Tideway on April 11. Lots of special events are organised to coincide with the race, including a festival at Bishop’s Park in Fulham and a hog roast at the Crabtree gastropub in Fulham. The Bingham in nearby Richmond is a boutique riverside retreat. Opt for the Baudelaire suite and you’ll have beautiful 180-degree views of the Thames.
Game, set and match
Summer in the city just wouldn’t be the same without witnessing the world’s most iconic tennis competition.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships start on June 29th. Will Andy Murray take the title? Will the rain hold off? How many glasses of Champagne will be quaffed? They’re all questions which will be answered at the historic tournament. Hotel du Vin has recently taken over the 16th century Cannizaro House, close to the All England Club where Wimbledon is played.
The final of English football’s showcase FA Cup final takes place at Wembley Stadium on May 30th, when the nation will grind to a halt to watch the match.
So far, there have been a few surprises. Who will end up in the final is anyone’s guess, but it’s sure to be one of the sporting highlights of the year. The Hilton London Wembley overlooks the stadium itself, so you really couldn’t be closer to the action.
These are just a handful of the incredible sporting events taking place in 2015. Whatever sport you’re into, you’re sure to find a game and hotel to suit!
Photo credits: Richard Thorpe, Hilton Syon Park, Danubius Hotel Regents Park, The Bingham Hotel, Cannizaro House/Hotel du Vin, Hilton London Wembley.