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For those sports gurus who want to experience British sporting life, London is a premier sporting destination and you’ll find everything from tennis to cricket to football (what Americans call soccer!)
Even if games aren’t on, many sporting venues in London allow you to take tours, which I’ll go through below.
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Where to Watch Cricket in London
Cricket is a traditional British pastime and many people follow it, particularly when England is in major tournaments.
If you want to try and figure out the rules behind this game that involves a bat, a ball, and lots of running in a straight line, you’ll learn everything you need to know at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
This is the most highly esteemed cricket ground in the UK and you can either see if there are any tickets available to matches by clicking here, or you can book a tour of Lord’s here where you get to go behind the scenes and learn more about England cricket history and how the grounds are maintained.
You can also take a tour of the Kia Oval here, another cricket ground used often and an important London cricket landmark.
Where to Watch Tennis in London
If you’re hoping for some professional tennis in London, plan to visit in the summer during the two weeks of Wimbledon, one of the best times to come to London.
This prestigious tournament is well attended by locals and visitors alike, and Wimbledon prides itself on still having a cheap ticket option, which can be accessed by getting there early and waiting in “the queue” on the day of play.
Otherwise, you’ll want to enter the ticket ballot the year before you’re set to go for the chance to get seated tickets.
If you’re in London the rest of the year, you can still experience the magic of this famous tournament by visiting the Wimbledon museum or taking a guided tour.
I would highly recommend this for any tennis fan, as you really get a fantastic overview of the courts and the chance to experience them in a whole new way.
The museum is fantastic and you can view trophies, attire, and equipment from years past.
Click here to book tickets to the Wimbledon tour.
Where to Watch Football in London
When I say football, I mean the game where you kick a ball into a net past a goalie only using your feet, not American football!
Football is perhaps the most widely followed sport across the UK and the multiple football stadiums in London can attest to that.
The best way to find tickets is simply through the websites in advance – check here for football matches in the UK.
You can also watch more local matches in lower ranked leagues in places like Harrow, Wealdstone, Northwood and more.
The more “local” games are a great experience at a cheaper price, usually, and the fans are guaranteed to be mega football fans.
It’s one of the more unique things to do in London!
You can find a full list of where football is placed in London here.
Olympic History in London
London held the Olympics in the summer of 2012 and you can experience some Olympic history by visiting the Olympic Park in East London.
There are still used structures, such as the stadium which holds sporting events and the aquatic center which is now used as a public swimming pool.
You can also see the velodrome and track and field areas.
There are plenty of parks and things to do in this area if you just want a self guided walk around, or you can take an Olympic tour of the stadium here that will help bring the 2012 games to life for you and show you what the Olympics did for London.
Where to Watch American Football in London
If you are a big American football fan, you’ll be happy to know that American teams come to play football in London a few times a year.
Check out this website for this year’s information.
These games are often teeming with Americans visiting and American expats, so that’s something to keep in mind if that interests you or not.
These games usually take place at Wembley Stadium or Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, both easily accessible from Central London.
Where to Watch Baseball in London
If you’re a baseball fan, you should know that sadly it’s not a popular sport in the UK and is not played in most places (if they even know the rules!)
However, there are some more local start-up baseball teams like the London Mets.
In 2019 and 2020, MLB also was slated to come to London for the premier baseball games in London, but the 2020 games were cancelled.
Where to Watch Running or Marathons in London
Every year in April, London holds the London Marathon which takes place all throughout central London.
This is a prestigious event that you must qualify for or enter on behalf of a charity, and you have a mix of serious runners and those who are doing it as a challenge to raise money.
The atmosphere is electric, and parts of the city are shut down on marathon day including lots of places to watch along the route.
It’s one of the best things to do in London for free if you’re a spectator.