Visit London Blog » wembley stadium Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:31:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Are You Brave Enough To Abseil Down Britain’s Tallest Sculpture? Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:12:57 +0000 ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit


Scared of heights? Then look away now!

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is Britain’s tallest sculpture at 114.5 metres and is the latest London landmark to offer an exhilarating experience to its thrill-seeking punters – which is how I came to abseil down it.

After an on-the-ground safety briefing, our group takes a high speed lift to the upper viewing platform of this helter skelter-like sculpture, which is a palm-sweating 80m high. Starting my dizzying descent is fairly terrifying, but my fear soon melts away as I soak up the epic view of London beneath my dangling feet.

Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit


City skyscrapers at Canary Wharf, The Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Olympic Stadium, The Shard and even Wembley Stadium can be spotted on this clear, sunny day.

And I really start to appreciate the stature and architecture of Turner Prize-winner Anish Kapoor’s fire engine red sculpture from this unique perspective.

Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit


Are you brave enough to tackle the UK’s highest freefall abseil? The next abseiling experiences will be on 17 April, 24 May, 14 June, 18 July and 30 August and will cost from £85 per person. Book here.

Visitors who don’t fancy abseiling can reach the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit by two high speed lifts and then walk down the 455 steps which spiral around the central column to experience the constantly changing perspectives from every angle.

Janine Kelso was a guest of ArcelorMittal Orbit.

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5 reasons to watch the NFL in London this year Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:00:30 +0000 NFL

Forget the Superbowl: London is fast becoming a hub for the razzle-dazzle of America’s National Football League (NFL).

The league has held regular International Series games at Wembley Stadium since 2007. This year, it has made the historic decision to hold three games on London soil for the first time, in a move that some have speculated will lead towards a permanent London NFL franchise.

The Oakland Raiders will play the Miami Dolphins on September 28, the Atlanta Falcons take on the Detroit Lions on October 26 and the Jacksonville Jaguars (dubbed ‘London’s team’) will battle the Dallas Cowboys on November 9.

As tickets have just gone on sale, so here are five reasons to watch the NFL in London this year.

Watch a Real Show

American football games are much more than just sport: they are theatrical shows. We’re talking smoke machines, bursts of fire, mascots, songs and fierce cheering, as the audience is encouraged to go into a frenzy of excitement. And of course, most teams have their own professional cheerleaders, who perform slick routines to cheer the players on.

Hang Out at Fan Events

The NFL is about much more than the three-hour games. Fan rallies and events take place all over London around each fixture and capture the spirit of the NFL in a celebratory environment. Last year, Regent Street was closed to traffic for an ‘All American Block Party’ including live music, mascots, NFL sporting challenges, American-inspired food, cheerleaders and player appearances. News of this year’s fan events will be revealed nearer to the game dates.

Learn the Rule Book

American Football (known as football in the US) evolved from two British sports: football and rugby. While there are still some similarities, the American game has its own quirks and rules which are an interesting evolution of the earlier games. Learning the scoring system and phrases like “touch down” and “the fumble” will make you seem frightfully knowledgeable to your friends at the game. Try the NFL’s beginner’s guide to football to learn.

See the ‘London’ NFL Team

London almost has its own NFL team. The Jacksonville Janguars (based in Florida) are playing four home games at Wembley between 2013 and 2016, and hope to win UK fans. They are owned by Shahid Khan, the owner of Fulham Football club. Teams that challange them at Wembley are nicknamed ‘America’s team’ in what becomes a cross-Atlantic patriotic battle. Catch them at the November 9 game.

Arrive Early For a Party

Traditionally, a ‘tailgate’ party takes place in the hours before NFL games in the US. Held in the sporting venue’s car park, the tailgate usually involves fans holding barbeques, sharing food and supporting their team. London puts its own twist on the tailgate. You can expect something similar to last year’s setup, which took over Wembley’s car park.  Those with tickets to the game could explore NFL exhibits, food and merchandise stalls, have their photos taken with trophies and play mini sports activities.

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Visiting the Past: History of the Football Assocation Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:10:42 +0000

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Football Association (FA). And it was exactly a century-and-a-half ago on 19 December 1863 that the first-ever football match was played in London under the new FA rules.

So how was the FA founded? On a cold winter’s evening in 1863, seven gentlemen representing London and suburban football teams gathered in the Freemason’s Tavern on Great Queen Street, Holborn, for what would be a historic meeting.

Included in discussions were Barnes FC, Forest (Leytonstone), No Names (Kilburn), Crystal Palace, Kensington School, Blackheath Proprietary School and Charterhouse. Together they recognised a desire to regulate the game of English football and set out to establish a governing body. That night, these ‘founding fathers’ created the first-ever football association – the FA.

In subsequent weeks the FA firmed up a rulebook for football, drafted by Ebenezer Cobb Morley, aiming for consistency in the game. No longer, for example, could you kick the shins of the opponent, known as ‘hacking’.

The first game to be played under the new rules kicked off at Limes Field in Barnes on 19 December 1863, resulting in a 0-0 draw between Barnes and Richmond.

From a humble pub to the lights of Wembley Stadium, from the grass roots to the Premier League, the early days of the FA can be clearly seen on today’s global footballing stage.

Anna Sparham, Curator of Photographs at the Museum of London

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London Video of the Week: Regent Street NFL Flags Timelapse Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:17:50 +0000

See the flags being put up overnight in Regent Street, ready for the big NFL party on the street this Saturday and Minnesota Vikings vs Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

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Top Things to do in London this Summer by Stan, 11 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:00:46 +0000 StanHi, this is my London. I am just 11 and I was born in West London but now live in South East London. I have a brother and two sisters who are younger than me. I am just about tall enough to rent a Barclays Bike to go about town and I will do it this summer for the first time. Here are a few places I recommend to go to …

 The Oval Cricket Ground

The Oval is brilliant, a very good sports facility as you can buy tickets for children for £1 to see the cricket. I have been many times and this is why I recommend it – Cricket is great fun to watch, especially the 20/20 matches as they last about three hours, not many days like Test Cricket! The Oval is home to Surrey Cricket Team, they are really good and the England Batsman Kevin Peitersen plays for them. You can sometimes see international 20/20 games here too.

London Zoo

I have been visiting London Zoo for years and I recommend it because the animals that it is home to are very interesting and the signs outside their habitats give you lots of information so in one day you can go in knowing nothing but, I bet you, you will know lots when you leave. You can learn about habitats, vegetation, diet, behaviour and also it’s a great day out. I think it’s great because there is lots of interactive stuff and walk throughs such as the Butterfly house where a butterfly could land on you. The dazzling colours of the butterflies make you want to come back again and again. The first Harry Potter film was filmed in London Zoo and the snake which escaped the cage in the film lives in the London Zoo Snake House.

This is just a little history of London Zoo that I could tell you but if you go there you could find out more and tell me by putting a note on this blog.

The Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn Theatre is a theatre for children of all ages. The programme is brilliant and the shows range from toddlers to teenagers. Seeing many of their shows I believe that they are very good and I think you should see for yourself as the acting and performances are great. One of the most memorable shows that I have been to see was Romeo and Juliet and the only prop was a giant metal heart in the middle of the stage.

One of the good things about the Unicorn is also what you see on the way there – it is near the River Thames, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and the water fountains by The Scoop. Great fun on a hot day!

Outdoor Film Screenings

There are lots of film festivals in London including one that I have made a film for this summer – the Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival. My film will screen in September. Often there are outdoor screenings across London. I have seen films in the Herne Hill Velodrome (do try and see cycling here too) where the film was pedal powered – if you stopped pedalling we couldn’t power the film so the film would pause. I have also seen films at the London Wildlife Trust Centre for Wildlife Gardening in East Dulwich – this one was a silent Laurel and Hardy movie with a live pianist performing. My friends have also seen films in Telegraph Hill Park and there is a great view from here all across London.

Wembley Stadium

Wembley is the England home ground and also where the Champions League final was played! Wembley is an amazing day out whether you are on the tour of the ground or watching some football. I have been here many times and I really recommend. The reason I recommend this is because the sport is very good and the atmosphere feels like a once in a lifetime experience especially if it’s a very important game – I managed to see some games during the Olympics, London 2012 and I have brilliant memories.

Skateboarding and Bike tracks

A new BMX bike track is being built in Burgess Park; there is one already in Brockwell Park in Herne Hill and a small one near me in Peckham Rye Park, also on Telegraph Hill. You can watch people skating under the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre – there is loads of graffiti on the walls and it is really cool to watch. If you are into cycling do try to go to the Herne Hill Velodrome either to watch a race or to go on the track yourself. Finally, if you are into cycling go to the Museum of London where there is an exhibition of the history of Cycling in London and it shows the number of journeys used by the Barclays Bikes across London. It is really interesting and there is a computer that maps the data of each journey recorded by each bike – amazing!

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Want more kid-friendly London ideas? Read these top London suggestions from eight-year-old Kane and leave your own ideas in the comments below. For even more child-friendly things to see and do in London, visit our Family page

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London Video of the Week: Wembley is 90 with Olly Murs Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:44:12 +0000

Happy Birthday Wembley! The iconic stadium turns 90 on Sunday 28 April. You can take part in a host of celebratory events tomorrow (Saturday 27 April), including a chance to have your photo taken with the FA Cup and official Nike match ball, which will be travelling through London, stopping off at landmarks including the London Eye and Buckingham Palace.

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Lionel Messi Wax Figure Revealed at Wembley Stadium Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:12:58 +0000

A wax figure of FC Barcelona’s top goal scorer, Lionel Messi, was unveiled today at Wembley Stadium, the venue for next year’s UEFA Champions League Final.

The figure, which portrays Messi in his signature goal celebration pose, cost £150,000 and took four months to create. It will go on display at Madame Tussauds from 24 September, alongside a figure of Messi’s Real Madrid rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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What’s On in London This Weekend: 14-16 September 2012 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:09:34 +0000 If you’re out and about this weekend, there’s a rugby showdown, a floating market with a Swedish twist, a design extravaganza and even jousting to choose from – all without straying beyond the M25.

Saracens v Tigers at Wembley
Two of the country’s top rugby teams will challenge each other this Saturday as the centrepiece of a whole day of entertainment at Wembley Stadium. (Saracens are from London, if you’re not sure who to cheer for.) The big game begins at 3.30pm, but warm up gig from is Bajan chart act Cover Drive, who opened for Rihanna on her Loud tour last year. Tickets are still available, with adult prices from £16. 15 Sept

Lambeth Country Show
Forget the big smoke and escape to Brockwell Park this weekend, as the Lambeth Country Show brings the spirit of a country fair to South London. We’re talking sheep dog displays, flower and vegetable competitions and more animals than ever before in the farm zone. There’s also live music on two stages and other rural pursuits like, er, horse jousting – though we’re not sure they really do that in the countryside! 15-16 Sep

IKEA Floating Night Market
IKEA wasn’t content with a catalogue to introduce its latest collection. It has set up a floating night market on Regent’s Canal this Friday evening, with market boats packed with its new wares including textiles inspired by graphic patterns and global influences. Reserve your free slot here for a trip that promises to be no longer than an hour. 14 Sep

New Artist Fair
Art can be expensive – for the artists as well as the public. The emerging talents at the New Artist Fair sell their work directly to guests, without any gallery fees. And if you feel like buying, the pieces range from a respectable £50 to £2,000. Around 45 artists have work on display, ranging from painting and drawing to printmaking, photography, sculpture and installations. It’s in the Old Truman Brewery, a distinctly cool building that is part of Brick Lane’s heritage and worth seeing for itself. 14-16 Sep

London Design Festival
Some 300 events on the programme means this festival of London’s design prowess could get a little daunting. Try narrowing your interests – are you more tempted by fabrics or furniture? Glass or graphic design? Or you could stick to one area – this map shows the location of the talks, exhibitions, installations and events taking place. A top spot will be the Victoria and Albert Museum, where a beam of light will follow you in the entrance tunnel while in the ceramics galleries you can climb previously closed staircases to see Keiichi Matsuda’s Prism installation in the dome. Until 23 Sep

Got any suggestions for events this weekend? Post them below and let us know.

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Wembley’s New Zip Wire Experience Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:30:11 +0000 Chris Wolstenholme from Muse looks relieved after zipping across Wembley Stadium Chris Wolstenholme from Muse zips across Wembley Stadium Chris Wolstenholme from Muse zips across Wembley Stadium The zip wire is about 200m long, and 30m high Here I go! Me before setting off

Last week I travelled to Wembley Stadium, the home of football. But this time was different: I was not there to watch a match, or see a concert.

Instead, I found myself on the fifth floor of the stadium looking down at the pitch. I couldn’t help thinking what a long drop it was… and considering I was about to zip wire across the stadium to the pitch on the far side, the ground suddenly seemed very far away.

After my safety briefing I was strapped into my harness and with increasing levels of nerves, I watched Tim Lovejoy and Chris from Muse run down the first few steps, then take off into the air over the pitch. After watching their successful attempts, I felt was ready to take on the challenge.

What a great way to see Wembley! You travel the 200m across the stadium at about 25 miles an hour. It really was one of the most exhilarating things I have ever done in London and a fantastic way to round up the Wembley Stadium Tour.

The unique Wembley Zip Wire tour runs from 27 August – 2 September and is available for anyone aged 12 and over. To book your place, visit or call 0844 800 2755.

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London Video of the Week: London Architecture Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:30:28 +0000

We love this video of the best of London’s architecture by Mattia Bicchi via YouTube.

Locations featured include King’s Cross Station, Strata Tower, Palestra Building, Royal Albert Hall, British Museum, RBS Building, Wembley Stadium, Heron Tower, Broadgate Tower, O2 Arena, St Giles Building, Tower Bridge, The Shard, National Maritime Museum, Wellington Arch, St Paul’s Cathedral and Canary Wharf and the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben (or the newly named Queen Elizabeth Tower to give it’s correct monkier.)

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