London’s Biggest Sports Venues
London’s currently enjoying a great legacy of sport that’s brought millions of visitors to the capital over the last few years.
With the famous Olympics in 2012 and the huge redevelopment that went with it to the Rugby World Cup in Twickenham earlier this year, we’ve had sports galore and regularly host huge international and giant league matches at various locations. The annual Wimbledon tournament as well as yearly events further afield, such as the Epsom Derby and Ascot, bring a lot of people into town, each looking for a decent budget London hotel.
Because sports tend to take place in large, purpose built venues, deciding on somewhere to stay near your game is quite easy. After all, if you’re here to watch a game in Wembley, then you’re unlikely to want to stay in Watford.
Cheap London Accommodation By Venue
Let’s start with the big boys. Wembley Stadium is a gargantuan, multi-use venue that is primarily the home of British football but has, in recent years, also played host to American Football, rugby matches and a range of other sports and activities.
Thanks to its relative remoteness from central London, it’s also remarkably cheap to stay there. One of our most popular hotels is the Bridge Park Hotel, situated a very short drive or train ride from Wembley Stadium.
As it’s not on the stadium’s doorstep, it’s got an incredible knocked-down price, with rooms starting from £16.60 per person.
It’s also got tons of other benefits, such as free parking, a restaurant, a bar, 24-hour room service and free WiFi. It’s all quite amazing, given the price.
Or, if you want to literally stumble out of your bed and into the stadium (or vice versa) then check out the Euro Hotel Wembley. It’s clean and modern and has rooms starting at £15.67 per person; however it does charge for WiFi and parking.
And if you really want to rest in style and comfort within shouting distance of Wembley Central train station, then you can’t do better than the Wembley Hotel London. With a higher price tag of £35.00 per person, the hotel offers exquisite, Victorian design throughout (with particularly splendid beds) with parking and a large number of amenities that you’d expect from a hotel in this price range.
Although the Rugby World Cup has regrettably finished, the sport still goes on strong (probably even stronger than before), with the vast majority of major British games being played at Europe’s first purpose-built rugby stadium: Twickenham.
In a particularly beautiful part of west London, Twickenham is a lovely place and we’ve got some great cheap hotels to match. Unfortunately, as Twickenham is very much a residential area, hotels aren’t as common here as elsewhere in London; so in order to make sure you’re not disappointed, we recommend booking well in advance.
The Twickenham Guest House is a short walk from the train station and within easy access of everything the area has to offer (besides simply rugger – although we realise that that’s quite a biggy for most people!). With prices starting at a humble £26.00 per person, you can enjoy your stay in comfort. With parking, tons of amenities and a garden, the hotel is a charming place to relax when you’re not hollering at your team.
During the summer months – a particularly nice time to stay on the Thames in Twickenham – you can also reside in a stunning university residence: St. Mary’s University College. The old, repurposed building is beautiful and gives you access to some stunning parkland, as well as the attractions of Twickers. And, from £18.75 per person, it’s an absolute bargain!
Having been built in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics, the sports arenas in Stratford are a sight to behold and attract vast numbers of visitors even when there’s no sport on. The architecture was award-winning and the capabilities vast, and since the Olympics finished, part of the site has been turned into the Queen Elizabeth Park.
Regardless of the sport you want to watch – be it athletics, football, rugby, swimming or even rowing – Stratford can, and does, host it.
Fortunately there are plenty of cheap Stratford hotels and BnBs for you to take your pick from depending on budget and what you’re after.
Lodge 51, situated near Stratford Broadway and the vibrant metropolis of Westfield, has rooms starting at £20.00 per person and has great additional offers such as free WiFi throughout and free parking! You can’t say fairer than that.
A little further away in Leyton (one stop on the Central Line) is Coronation House, which has simple but clean and comfortable rooms from £19.98 per person. There is free parking at certain times (please check restrictions) and, if you’re a Leyton Orient fan, then you’re only 5 minutes’ walk from their home ground, too!
The Glorydale Inn is a short walk from the Olympic Village and offers comfortable, modern accommodation for £23.32 per person. This cheap Stratford hotel is great for those who like their independence, as it has a shared kitchen for you to prepare your own food if you like, as well as providing free WiFi throughout for its guests.
And if you like somewhere more personal and a bit more British, then you ought to check out the Forest Gate Hotel. There is a pub on the ground floor with a friendly local crowd – a feature which our customers rate very highly – and the impressive building houses simple and comfortable rooms. Only a short train journey from Stratford, this budget Stratford hotel gives you the chance to rest in peace and quiet within easy access of bustling tourist and sporting hotspots. The pub also plays live sports on its big screens, so you can be sure not to miss a moment of the action.
The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is one of the biggest, most versatile and most impressive sporting venues in the UK. With high-diving, archery, beach volleyball, martial arts, an athletic track and field, and set within one of London’s biggest and best parks, it’s pretty much got it all.
Whether you want to visit to play a sport yourself or just to watch a favourite team compete, then you’ve chosen a fantastic place to stay.
Our best deal is undoubtedly the Queens Hotel London, which offers private room accommodation from the breath-taking price of £12.25 per person. The hotel has all of the amenities you’d expect of a much more expensive accommodation, with free parking, a heavily subsidised bar (£2 a pint during happy hour!), room service and fantastic access to the beautiful area of Crystal Palace.
In the affluent and beautiful area of Islington, the Emirates Stadium draws huge crowds. The home of Arsenal Football Club – arguably one of the UK’s top teams (though currently only 4th!) – is obviously a very popular location, and we’ve got some great cheap hotels to make sure you don’t miss that crucial game.
The Islington Inn is only a short distance away and offers exceptional comfort at a very reasonable starting rate of £24.67 per person. The hotel is beautiful appointed and decorated, with its own restaurant and free WiFi for guests.
If you’re in town for the biggest and best lawn tennis tournament in the world, then you probably spent a fair few bob on tickets and are looking to economise elsewhere.
Luckily, you can do this with your accommodation; as St Georges Lodge is just a short train ride away and offers rooms starting at £26.33 per person. The accommodation is friendly and cosy and offers free on-street parking very nearby.
You could also stay in the bustling and affluent area of Clapham, which is a short bus or train ride away from Wimbledon. The Euro Hotel Clapham is a stylish and modern hotel with lots of mod-cons and has a starting price of £14.00 per person. With such a huge amount to do on the doorstep and within close proximity to Wimbledon, you’ll be glad to spend less on your accommodation!
There are so many sporting venues in London that it’d be impossible to list them all here, but we’ve compiled our top picks for a couple of the more popular venues to save you a bit of time!
The Oval, Kennington: Our top pick is Peckham Lodge, a beautifully refurbished Victorian hotel that combines incredible value (£14.67 per person) with the best of simple, modern design. The atmosphere is great, and it’s one of our top-rated hotels.
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea: We have a huge number of hotels in Earls Court, which is only a short distance from Stamford Bridge. Our top pick is the aptly named Chelsea House Hotel, which has rooms starting at £20.00 per person and is hosted in a cosy, classic townhouse.
London is such a great place for sport that you could spend a very long time going venue to venue and seeing what’s on offer, and as most stadia also offer tours of their grounds and histories of their clubs and heritages, a great day out can be had at any one of the above venues even if there isn’t a game on!