Among its many attractions, London has always been a hub for sporting.
Whether you’re on the lookout for world-class football, riveting tennis or international hockey championships, London and its many stadiums have you covered from January through to December.
Every year, millions of visitors attend a vast array of matches, bringing families together and friends out for a truly unforgettable afternoon or night. With that in mind, guests of The Devonshire Paddington have a lot to look forward to in terms of London’s sporting world. In fact, there’s so much going on, you may have to book multiple trips!
It isn’t just as a passive spectator that you can enjoy sport in the city; with a plethora of pitches, clubs and activity centres establishing themselves in London, you can get right into the action. Furthermore, the ever-growing list of sporting events to get involved in this year, you’ll no doubt be inspired to pick up a ball, bat or paddle yourself.
If you’re planning on visiting the city over the next year, take note of these incredible sporting events, some annual, some one-offs, some having already happened, and some up next.
Top tip: If you’re travelling with a family, book your other half a spa in Devonshire.
or afternoon tea near Paddington. That way, you both win!
Annual London sporting events
London is home to a long list of stadiums focussing on a wide selection of sports. With stadiums like the Emirates in Arsenal, you have a football club orientated North London gem, giving you a dedicated premier league experience. On the other hand, you have the Olympic Stadium in East London, where West Ham regularly plays their premier league fixtures. However, this football stadium near Stratford also doubles up as an athletics field, hockey and American Football pitch. The diversity of stadiums like this, not to mention the legendary Wembley Stadium in West London, have made the UK Capital a haven for flexible, world-class sport event hosting.
Originally designated the Home Nations tournament in 1883, this world famous Rugby competition grew from 5 Nations in the year 2000 to the 6 Nations, now hosting Italy as well as France. The tournament pits the 6 countries of Italy, France, Wales, Scotland, England and Ireland against each other in a range of venues in the UK, France and Ireland.
With no set country hosting the tournament, the London venue for the 6 Nations is Twickenham Rugby Stadium. Based in South West London, Twickenham stadium has a capacity of 82,000 spectators, and is best known for hosting Rugby Union matches, as well as a range of different competitions including Rugby 7’s and the Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge.
The Wimbledon Tennis Tournament takes place in the Wimbledon area of South West London and is one of the most important tennis tournaments in the world. Televised throughout the world, this tournament is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, others including Australian Open, French Open and U.S Open. Wimbledon however, is a quintessentially British affair. With a number of traditions including a strict dress code and the serving of strawberries and cream, Wimbledon brings out the ‘Englishness’ of London.
Fun fact: 3400 kg of English Strawberries were consumed in 2017 during the event. If we had to guess, that’s probably more than all the restaurants in Paddington London combined.
With titles on the line including doubles, mixed doubles and singles, the tournament attracts the English elite and aristocracy, as well as cultural celebrities. Taking place over 2 weeks at the beginning of July, the Wimbledon Tournament is one of the most watched championships in the annual London calendar.
2019 FINA/CNSG Diving World Series
This year saw the International Diving World Series take the London plunge. During May, London’s Olympic swimming pool became the home of the world class diving series. With a range of medals up for grabs including synchronised 10 m platform and the 3-metre springboard, this is an event for swimming enthusiasts everywhere, bringing the often overlooked but undoubtedly thrilling sport of diving to the UK capital.
2019 SLS World Skateboarding Tour
Hosting some of the highest ranked skateboarders in the world, this tournament makes the most of London’s diverse selection of high-class skateparks and sees an adrenaline-fuelled 2 days of incredible skateboarders from the 25th to 26th of May. With 25 skateboarders competing for the largest monetary prize in the history of the sport, the SLS World Skateboarding Tour sees a custom made skate course as the playground for top-end athletes. The London leg of the tournament will return again in next year’s tournament.
2019 ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Major League Baseball
Currently running into mid-July, the Cricket World Cup is being hosted by the UK this year. WIth 10 teams competing, the tournament’s London stadiums are the legendary Lord’s stadium in St John’s Wood and the KIA Oval in South London’s Oval. With Lord’s now taking the tournament into London’s last matches, the final of the tournament is taking place at the Middlesex County Cricket Clubs home. Even if you can’t secure a ticket for the legendary tournament, there are plenty more reasons to visit Lord’s Cricket Club. With its cricket museum on site, you can learn more about the history of the sport whilst marvelling at the majesty of this 200-year-old venue.
2020 UEFA European Championships
West London’s Wembley Stadium will host the London matches of this legendary tournament. With all 55 European countries currently competing for the 24 spots in the tournament, this hotly anticipated football tournament will see many of the best teams in the world competing for the title of European champions.
2021 UEFA Women’s European Championship
The year after the men’s tournament, the Women’s tournament will also take place from the 11th of July till the 1st of August. The tournament will pit 15 teams in the final line up, knocked down from the 47 teams competing to qualify. With the UK being the only country to put in a bid to host the European Championship, the championship will be held in a number of UK stadiums, including several in London.
Annual NFL International Series
Previously hosted at Wembley Stadium, the NFL World International Series will move to Tottenham Hotspurs Whitehart Lane stadium in 2019. Taking place in the Autumn, the World Series sees some of the