There’s no better feeling than hearing the famous “Hello Wembley!” from your favourite band as they take to the stage. Known as one of the world’s most iconic stages to perform on with past performers including legends such as Michael Jackson, Spice Girls and Bruce Springsteen, you know you’re going to be in for a treat. Not just for music lovers, the stadium, also known as the home of English football, is equally famous for hosting some of the biggest sporting matches and tournaments of our time. The famous arch that spans the roof can be seen for miles across the city at 315 metres long so you won’t miss it as you take the adrenaline-fuelled walk up the Wembley Way. So, have you got your ticket yet?
The largest stadium and football stadium in the UK, this establishment has got some superstar history to its name. First opened back in 1923 and famous for hosting many football cup finals, it was demolished in 2003 to pave way for a brand new, hipper, cooler and fresher new stadium. Costing a total of £753 million, the new design included a tube shaped arch which is now the longest single span roof structure in the world.
Remember Bob Geldof’s world-famous Live Aid concert? Well that was played at Wembley Stadium. There are 90,000 seats for music and sport adoring fans. And, the coolest thing? Due to its design, there are no obstructed views - wherever you stand or sit. During concerts, the pitch is covered by protective panels meaning the turf underfoot goes unspoilt so 25,000 have the capacity to rock out standing. What’s more, there’s no problem if it rains, as the sliding roof covers every seat in the stadium.
So whether you’re singing your heart out to Adele or watching a tense penalty shoot out at the FA Cup Final, you won’t forget Wembley Stadium in a hurry.
If you’re worried about missing the last tube or train, leave your event just a little earlier to avoid the crowds. Areas can get quite congested on the way back down to the stations so it’s something to consider. Better still, why not book a room at our Wembley Park hotel, just a 1800-metre stroll from the stadium and you can rock out until the very last encore.
Seeing your favourite act on stage or getting ready to wave your scarf at a football match? Here’s everything you need to know before you go.
A must for sporting fans, bring out your inner superstar during an exciting 75 minute tour. Go behind the scenes with a scoot around the footballers changing rooms, take a seat at the England manager’s seat in the press room before taking the 107 steps to the Royal Box where you can collect your imaginary trophy against the roar of the crowd. With loads of time for photos and a feel of the famous turf your footballing heroes play on, you’ll learn all about the stadiums footballing history at ‘The Exhibition of Champions’ at the end of your tour.
There are seven ATM machines across the stadium so if you run out of cash, you needn’t worry. Baby changing facilities are found on all levels and there are generous amounts of kiosks selling programmes, food and beverages and merchandise so lots of places to pick up your favourite band t-shirt.
There are 310 wheelchair accessible spaces on level 5 of the stadium near the seating bowl, halfway line, corner and behind the goals and wheelchair access at every turnstile. Accessible toilets are available across all levels as well as lifts and ramps reaching all levels, too.
Burgers, beers, hot dogs and pies are all on the menu at the stadium’s food and drink kiosks. But if you’re looking for something a little more substantial before the big match or want to grab a drink at a bar after your concert to relive it all, you’re much better off heading to somewhere outside of the venue - there’s lots nearby.
Newly renovated London Designer Outlet is a shopping centre and food court, super close to the stadium itself. With all your favourite chain restaurants in there such as Wagamamas and Nandos, you can get a fix from your favourites before or after your event. Head under the Wembley Stadium Arch instead to Wembley Tandoori for a tasty menu of Indian and Nepalese dishes that have been around for over 30 years - they’re tandoori dishes are renowned in the area.
Whether you want a few drinks before a big game or a quick one after a gig, there’s lots of pubs nearby you can visit before catching the last tube home. On sunny days, sit back in the huge beer garden at The Green Man pub just five minutes walk from the stadium or grab a few drinks at family friendly pub The Torch, a well-known sports pub on Bridge Road. Making a night of it? Neo-Indian bar and restaurant Fat Papaya is the place to go. With an extensive cocktail menu, you can enjoy a few pina coladas in the most colourful surroundings.
Wembley Stadium is so easy get to, whether you’re catching an overground train from London’s Marylebone or you’ve booked a coach ticket to your upcoming event from wherever you are in the UK. Keep in mind on event days, the stations and stops near the stadium will be incredibly busy so factor in your arrival and departure times.
If you do want to drive to the stadium, book a car parking spot in advance as they do fill up early especially on event days. The postcode for your sat sav is HA9 0WS so just pop that in.
Hop on the 18, 83, 92 or 224 buses which will drop you off right near the stadium. These will run from all across North West London from Harrow to Hendon.
Wembley Park underground station is on both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines - it’s just two stops away from Baker Street. From the station, signposts take you all the way to the stadium and there’ll no doubt be a strong crowd of fans to follow too.
From London Marylebone rail station, the train can take you to both Wembley Stadium and Wembley Central station in just eight minutes. Trains run regularly, too.
National Express provide dedicated coach services to many of the events at Wembley, from all over the UK. Just book your ticket in advance and you’re good to go.
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