Entertainment in Twickenham means only one thing: Twickenham Stadium, the largest dedicated rugby stadium in the world and the long-standing home to the English rugby union team since 1907.
The 82,000-capacity stadium is just a short walk from our London Twickenham Stadium hotel and is an all-seater stadium that hosts the English national rugby union team’s home games, including the Six Nations during February and March and the Autumn Internationals. The stadium also hosts rugby sevens games, the Premiership Rugby final, regular domestic and European league fixtures and army, navy, schoolboy and university finals. The ground has plenty of food and drink options including several restaurants, with the Duke of Cambridge and the White Hart Inn nearby pubs serving food and a good range of drinks. High profile games sell out months in advance, so make sure to book ahead.
World Rugby Museum
Formally created in 2007, the World Rugby Museum in the south stand of the stadium is the largest rugby museum in the world, with over 50,000 items in its collection including the oldest international rugby top and the Calcutta Cup, the world’s oldest international trophy, played for between England and Scotland. The museum has several permanent exhibitions and galleries, showcasing the history of the game, interactive zones where you can test your rugby skills and pop-up exhibitions and galleries. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, and you can also buy joint tickets which include a tour of the stadium.
Not only is Twickenham the home of rugby, it also regularly hosts big-name live music action, with Metallica, The Rolling Stones, U2, Lady Gaga, Rihanna all playing live in the last 15 years. And it’s not just pop stars and rock bands that you can see on the hallowed Twickenham turf – Top Gear have used the pitch to play rugby with cars (obviously) and it has in the past also hosted American football and rugby league games including the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final and several World Cup games. With a huge capacity, all the food and drink options from game day and strong transport links, it’s one of London’s biggest and best live music venues, with most events taking place during the summer outside of the traditional rugby calendar.