Guide to London’s Top Sporting Venues

Posted: Dec 04 2014

SANZA, as one of London’s leading teaching agencies, believe that our teachers should make the most of living in London by experiencing all the city has to offer. A work-life balance is essential and taking an active interest in sport is a great way to unwind and relax .

SANZA are big sporting fans and that is one reason we sponsored this seasons AFL London.  The league provides a chance for Aussie footie fans to indulge in their sporting pursuits here in London.

London is a city that is very well catered for when it comes to stadia for major sporting occasions.  If sport is your passion and you are on the lookout for teaching jobs then London could be just the city for you!  Whether your sport of choice is rugby, cricket, football or tennis there are some amazing venues all within easy reach for Londoners.

Here is our guide to London’s biggest and best sporting venues that we think are must-see attractions for sports-minded visitors.

Wembley Stadium
Located in north London, the new Wembley Stadium is the second largest in Europe, holding 90,000 people. Opened in 2007, the stadium is home to the England national football team and recently hosted its first women’s football international match between England and Germany. The venue also hosts other sporting events, including American football and boxing matches. It will be the largest stadium used during the 2015 Rugby World Cup although the final will take place at Twickenham.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
For sheer scale and spectacle this sporting complex has few rivals anywhere.  Built for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the 2012 Paralympics, it contains the athletes' Olympic Village and notable sporting venues including the Olympic Stadium, London Aquatics Centre and the Lee Valley Velodrome. Many different sports are played at the facilities within the Park in East London. The ArcelorMittal Orbitan observation tower, which is Britain's largest piece of public art, overlooks the whole site and is a great vantage point. Worth visiting even if you do not see any sports action!

Wimbledon needs little introduction- it's the world's most popular tennis venue. Every June, the home of the All England Tennis Club hosts the Wimbledon Championships, the oldest tennis tournament.  Set in leafy south west London (SW19), thousands attend this event to soak up the atmosphere and watch world class tennis matches. People even queue overnight to try to get into the Centre Court where the biggest games are played. Wimbledon and the French Open are the only Grand Slam tournaments where fans without tickets for play can queue up and still get seats on the three show courts on the day of the match. For those not keen on camping out try Henman Hill, where you can watch live matches on a huge TV screen.

Lords Cricket Ground
Lord's is home to the England cricket team and county side Middlesex . This hallowed ground is the mecca for all cricket fans who have witnessed all of the great cricketers here from Shane Warne to Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara to Sir Ian Botham. Some of the 2015 Ashes Test series played between England and Australia will take place at Lord’s. Situated in St. John’s Wood, the ground can hold up to 32,000 spectators.

Twickenham is the world’s largest rugby stadium.  Built in 1909, it has hosted thousands of games from Premiership Cup Finals, summer and autumn Internationals, Six Nations tournament home games, and even rock concerts. Situated 10 miles southwest of the centre of London, Twickenham Stadium will host the World Cup Final taking place on 31 October 2015. The venue includes the World Rugby Museum that is filled with incredible memorabilia and trophies.

SANZA Teaching Agency hope that this list of sporting shrines illustrates just what a great place London is for sports fans. The modern and efficient road and rail infrastructure means that venues are easy to get to! If finding teaching jobs in the London area is your goal then try SANZA today!