Top Sporting Events in London this Winter

One of the first things I discovered when I studied abroad in London was how much the British love their sporting culture. Even if you’re not already a sports fan, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement when there’s a big sporting fixture on – especially if it’s somewhere near your student housing. London’s atmosphere is always amazing but when there’s a big game on it’s even more so.

Watching a game in a famous sporting venue is a hugely exciting and memorable experience, but if you can’t afford a ticket (sometimes the prices really are restrictive) the atmosphere in your local pub can often be just as thrilling!

Here are a few of the top sporting events during winter that you might want to catch live or from the comfort of a cosy pub around the corner from your student housing. London is never low on sports fixtures!

Tennis

Of course everyone’s heard of Wimbledon (and if you can make it to a game there, it’s a truly iconic thing to do), but in winter you can still see some fantastic tennis at the Nitto ATP Finals at the O2 stadium. Promoted as the ‘ultimate tennis show’, it’s an incredible opportunity to see many of the world’s best players over one exciting week in November. My insider tip? It’s a lot easier to get tickets for this than it is for Wimbledon.

Rugby

If you’ve decided that rugby (either league or union code) is your game of choice, the one big name you need to remember is Twickenham. While tickets might not be so easy to obtain, if you can get hold of one, the atmosphere at a game in this amazing stadium is truly electric.

Whether or not you can afford tickets to a game at Twickenham, you can still do a tour of the stadium (including the dressing rooms, the royal box, players’ tunnel and VIP stand). You can also visit the World Rugby Museum, which has interactive galleries and displays memorabilia from the game.

But if you can’t stretch to a ticket at Twickenham, you can try and catch one of the London teams at their home ground instead, which can be a lot more accessible. The Saracens play their home matches at Allianz Park Stadium, while the Harlequins’ (known fondly to their supporters as the ‘Quins’) home ground is the smaller Twickenham Stoop – and when I say smaller, it can still hold almost 15,000 spectators.

Football

Football (or soccer as it’s also known) is absolutely huge in the UK and there’s always something going on, even in the winter months. Whether you choose to follow Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United or any of the other Premier League teams, remember – once you pick a team you’ve got to stay loyal!

The UEFA Champions League takes place every year in a competition between the top league teams. The strongest European leagues are permitted to enter more than one team, which makes the battles even more exciting. The UEFA Europa League ranks below the Champions League, but the hard-fought games in the competition are no less exciting.

Following the football is the perfect opportunity to start a sporting tradition amongst your student friends, and heading down to the pub to watch a game as the competitions progress makes for a fun (and very British!) social occasion. 

Our expert advisors at Britannia Student Services can help you to find the perfect student housing. London is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a study abroad experience and, with our expert local knowledge we’ll make sure your time is as exciting and memorable as it can be.

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