Is your reason for wanting to go on a London tour the result of seeing the 2012 Olympic coverage? London hosts many major sporting events during the year. From cricket to the NFL, there is a sport for every enthusiast.
Held in June at the All England Tennis Club, Wimbledon is the only grand slam event to be played on grass. You can buy tickets through the ballot ahead of the event or test your luck by lining up on the day of the event. You may be rewarded with Centre Court tickets. However you end up at the tennis game, don’t forget to sample the traditional food of Wimbledon – strawberries and cream.
Join in with the pomp and pageantry of the races at the Royal Ascot. Held every year in June, Royal Ascot is one of the social occasions of the year. The races are attended by members of the Royal Family, who parade in every morning in open-top carriages. Royal Ascot is the perfect opportunity to dress up. If you can fit a hat in your London tour suitcase, and enjoy a bit of a gamble and a glass of champagne, then this is your event.
London ITU Triathlon
London is a regular host to a leg on the ITU World Triathlon Championship. See some of the best all-round athletes in the world. The event is set in scenic Hyde Park and the 2013 event will be swum, cycled and run over the same course as the 2012 Olympics.
Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
Taking place on the last Sunday in March or the first Sunday in April, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat is a great way to sample a traditional sporting rivalry. This rowing race involving rowing eights from Oxford and Cambridge University has been regularly taking place since 1856. The race takes place on the Thames between Putney and Mortlake, the best vantage point being a riverside pub!
NFL, NBA and NHL
For a few years now, London has been home to NFL, NBA and NHL regular season games. So if you are craving a taste of home during your London tour, this could be the answer. NFL games are held at New Wembley and NBA and NHL at the O2.
Cricket at Lords
Nothing is more quintessentially English than a game of cricket. So what if you can’t understand what on earth is going on and don’t know your silly-mid-off from your long-on?! A game of cricket at the famous Lords ground is an experience that you cannot find anywhere else.
FA Cup Final
One of the premier sporting events on the British sporting calendar, the FA Cup final is an event that stops the nation (or at least the towns were the participating teams come from). The FA Cup Final is the culmination of a knockout competition of Football (that’s soccer to us North Americans) that any team in England and Wales can enter. The final is held at the New Wembley Stadium and is attended by almost 90,000 people making it the fourth best attended club championship in the world.