Wembley Stadium Guide | England Rugby Travel

Wembley Stadium

The original Wembley Stadium hosted five of football's European cup finals, the 1966 World Cup Final, the 1985 Live Aid concert, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1948 Olympic Games. The symbolic twin towers were demolished in 2003 and re-emerged as an equally iconic Norman Foster-designed masterpiece four years later, complete with distinctive arch.

To date the new Wembley Stadium has staged huge concerts, a UEFA Champions League final, Olympic football, NFL matches, both codes of rugby and motor sport. The stadium was officially opened on Saturday 19 May, with the staging of the 2007 FA Cup Final. The new Wembley was a significant part of the plan for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; the stadium was the site of several games in both the men's and women's football tournaments, with the finals being held there.

During Rugby World Cup 2015 Wembley hosted matches between New Zealand v Argentina and Ireland v Romania.

Local Pubs

Being quite far out of town, there are not many pubs close to Wembley’s iconic stadium. The few pubs that are close by such as J. J. Moons (Weatherspoon) and the Green Man (both near Wembley Stadium Station) or The Torch (near Wembley Park tube station) are typically heaving on match day.

A good option is the Style Green Man pub on Dagmar Avenue, which is not far from Wembley Central station, although many fans opt to have pre-kickoff drinks in central London.

The Barrow Boy and Banker in Borough are both prominent ruby venues (and conveniently located one stop from the Jubilee line).

Local Attractions

London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities. West End Theatre, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum and the Tower of London will be just a fraction of your to-do list. 

A visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Harrods. Harrods is the world’s most famous luxury department store set in the lavish neighbourhood of Knightsbridge. Stretching across seven floors, you will find fashions and eateries to suit every taste.

The London Eye is Europe’s tallest observation wheel in the centre of London, and here you can experience breath-taking views of London’s iconic skyline, including the House of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the Shard.

Did You Know?

In 2005 a time capsule was buried under the new Wembley Stadium pitch, and it includes a signed England football shirt, 2012 Olympic bid memorabilia and part of the old stadium’s twin towers.