Watching sport in London
Due to it’s size London houses & attracts many top sporting teams. Opportunities for watching high class sport in London are frequent and readily available. Some of the key sporting events to take in during your time in the Capital include;
Sport in London: Premier League Football
London is home to a number of teams that play in the English Premier League. Teams such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Watford & West Ham currently play in the top flight and as such play 19 home games per season (the season runs from August to May). Tickets to see the top teams play in the Premier League games can be difficult to come by, to increase your chances of seeing a game consider heading to mid-week fixtures, FA & Capital One Cups or Champions or Europa league fixtures. Failing that you can still catch top quality football at one of the Championship clubs based in London, tickets for these match are a little cheaper and generally easier to obtain.
Sport in London: Cricket
London houses both Lords, & The Oval, 2 grounds that the English cricket team play at regularly. The English Cricket Board’s website (http://www.ecb.co.uk/) has a list of all scheduled fixtures & links to websites where you’re able to purchase tickets. Games are generally held from May through to August. If you didn’t fancy spending an entire day at the cricket, the domestic Twenty20 comp offers a great atmosphere and an opportunity to see cricket played at these venues.
Sport in London: Rugby Union
The key International rugby games / competitions are the Six Nations (http://www.rbs6nations.com/) and the Autumn Internationals (held in Oct & Nov – where the top Southern Hemisphere Teams tour Europe). London also houses a number of teams that play in the English domestic league & European Cup competitions. Details on fixtures can be found at http://www.englandrugby.com/.
Sport in London: Tennis
The main Tennis events on held in the UK include Wimbledon, The Queens Club Championship & The ATP World Tour Finals. Details of all Tennis Events can be found at http://www.lta.org.uk/. Tickets for Wimbledon are done via are ballot which needs to be entered in September the year prior to the event so if you’re keen I suggest setting up a calendar reminder for that event. Details on the ballot can be found here – http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/tickets/ballot_uk.html
Sport in London: Golf
The Open Championship is the main event on the UK golfing Calendar, details on where the annual event is scheduled can be found here http://www.theopen.com/.
Sport in London: Rowing
The Head of the River Race is rowed annually in March from Mortlake to Putney on the Tideway in London. Over 400 crews of eights take part, making it one of the highest participation events in London. It is a good day out on the banks of the Thames with a carnival like atmosphere, for details check out: http://www.horr.co.uk/. Just outside of London The Henley Regatta is also a world famous annual event that is very well attended and a great day out!
Sport in London: Rugby League
With most Rugby League games taking part in the North of England it can be a little difficult to catch a game throughout the year. It may however be worthwhile keep on an eye on http://www.superleague.co.uk/ to see if you might have a chance to catch either an international or super league game.
Sport in London: Athletics
London generally hosts an international athletics competition each year, generally throughout the summer. Check out upcoming events at http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/
Sport in London: Horse Racing
There are countless Horse Racing events throughout the year. The main racing season runs through the summer, the main events being the Epsom Derby & Royal Ascot Festival both held just outside London in June each year. For details on the main events throughout the year including the winter jumps racing (chasers & hurdlers) head to http://www.britishhorseracing.com/race-info/fixtures/major-events/.
Sport in London: Formula 1:
Whilst Silverstone generally hosts the UK’s annual F1 event each year there are also a large number of F1 events throughout Europe which can also be great to get a long to. For details on all F1 races head to https://www.formula1.com/
Sport in London: NFL (American Football)
The NFL have been bringing regular season games to London since 2007 playing as many as 3 games a season at Wembley. For details on the games & tickets go to http://www.nfl.com/international.
Sport in London: NBA (Basketball)
In recent years the NBA has held an annual game at the O2. If you’re a big Basketball fan keep an eye out for an announcement of any future games.