London is a city rich in history and culture, and sport also plays a significant role in attracting millions of tourists to the capital. There are numerous events taking place on a weekly basis, although a large majority of these contests are only held on an annual basis. Anyone who is planning to visit London should seriously consider booking tickets for one of the many iconic sporting fixtures to grace the city. We’ve picked out three of the most popular events on the calendar.
Wimbledon is quite possibly the most well-known sporting event to take place in London. The third Grand Slam of the tennis calendar attracts millions of sports fans each year, with enthusiasts descending upon SW19 in their droves. It is the opportunity to see some of the games’ biggest stars compete on centre-court. Tickets are often hard to come by, and the All England Club recently announced that they’d abolished the postal ballot, which had been a long-standing tradition. However, many visitors enjoy the notion of waiting in line for tickets, with those of a more enthusiastic nature opting to camp out overnight in order to preserve their place in the queue.
Held in the summer months, Wimbledon generally boasts clement weather, and visitors will also get the opportunity to sample the world-famous strawberries and cream.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic holds the trophy after winning the men’s singles final match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. https://t.co/JSpb1qLlye pic.twitter.com/niIYQsAF82
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Premier League Darts Finals Night
Those who are looking for a far more raucous experience may want to book their tickets for the Premier League darts finals night at the O2. Taking place at the end of May, this one-off event brings the curtain down on another top-class season of throwing, and it’s the opportunity to see all of the sport’s biggest stars at the oche.
Michael Van Gerwen has dominated the sport, and this competition in recent years, and the Dutchman is 1/2 in the latest darts betting to secure a fourth consecutive title in 2019.
Visitors can expect a lively evening, with many spectators opting for fancy dress. However, it’s all part of the fun, and for those who fancy a few drinks along the way, it’s the perfect way to spend a few hours in the east of the city.
Sports fans on a budget may choose to sample the London Marathon, which typically takes place at the beginning of May. There are copious vantage points from which to enjoy the race, although Tower Bridge and Greenwich Town Centre are recognised as the most popular, and therefore the busiest areas.
If that doesn’t suit, visitors should easily be able to locate a quieter spot from which to enjoy all of the action. It’s a chance to cheer on the competitors, and help make the 26 miles feel a little quicker for all of the participants.
It’s advised to take up your position nice and early, and this will provide the opportunity to see a mix of professional athletes and amateur runners, many of whom will also be adorned in fancy-dress.
Each year, the marathon is televised, but nothing can beat the thrill of seeing the iconic race close-up.
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Even those who have little interest in sport are likely to be taken in by London’s various offerings, and there are numerous opportunities to enjoy one of the many thrilling events that are staged in this magnificent city.