World class rugby, top class football and art exhibitions, theatre plays, musicals, stand up comedy and more – Hounslow has it all.
Entertainment in Hounslow
The home of English rugby union, Twickenham is a towering stadium around a mile from the Hounslow town centre and our London Twickenham Stadium hotel. The world’s largest rugby stadium, and the fourth largest sports stadium in Europe, the 82,000-capacity ground was opened in 1909 and – as well as hosting major rugby international matches and three separate World Cup events – has held concerts by Rihanna, U2, The Rolling Stones and Eminem. One of the most atmospheric grounds in the world, especially when England are winning, there are plenty of food and drink outlets around the ground, while you can also book in for stadium tours or head to the Rugby Store to pick up the latest shirts and rugby accessories.
Big England matches take place during the November series and again during the Six Nations in February and March, as well as regular cup finals and 7s tournaments throughout the year. The nearest train station is Twickenham, which is a short walk to the station, with the nearest underground station at Hounslow East, which offers a free shuttle bus running on event days to and from the stadium. Tickets for England matches usually sell out well in advance, so book as far ahead as possible to ensure you don’t miss out.
Part of the Twickenham stadium in the south stand, the illuminating World Rugby Museum covers the history of the oval ball game with over 37,000 artefacts and pieces of rugby memorabilia. Charting the game’s history from 1823 when William Webb Ellis decided to pick up the ball and run with it while playing football all the way to the modern day, the museum is a must for any rugby enthusiast.
Around a mile north of Hounslow’s town centre, Brentford Football Club is a Championship club which formed in 1889. The club has reached the FA Cup quarter-finals four times and been runners-up in the Football League Trophy three times. Home games are played at the 12,300-capacity Griffin Park on Braemar Road. As well as a long history and strong following, the club does have one major claim to fame – it’s the only football ground in England to have a pub on each corner of their ground. The club is due to move to a new stadium nearer Brentford for the 2020 season, but there is no news yet on whether the pubs would be going with them.
Hounslow Arts Centre
The Hounslow Arts Centre is a 400-capacity venue in the middle of Hounslow High Street that puts on a range of events including live music, art exhibitions, plays, pantomimes, musicals and more. As well as a full range of events, there’s a café and bar at the centre.