A name synonymous with football, Wembley is a great place to connect with sport. The newly constructed Wembley Stadium and recently renovated Wembley Arena are great attractions to visit for the atmosphere they provide and the memories they invoke. The lb35 million Wembley Arena renovations were eventually completed on 2nd April 2006. As well as this strong sporting tradition, the venues are also famously involved with popular artists such as Abba, Barbra Streisand, The Cure, and many more.
Wembley Stadium is a football stadium with a capacity of 90,000 built on the site of the famous Empire Stadium after its demolition in 2003. The modernised Wembley Stadium is now Europe’s second largest, beaten only by Camp Nou in Barcelona, and is the national stadium of England.
When moving from the bustling Cricklewood Broadway to the Victorian era residential streets you could be forgiven for believing that you’ve suddenly stepped back in time, since the gorgeous Victorian buildings are a throwback to a time before this former rural village was enveloped by gigantic London. Due to the presence of Cricklewood Studios, opened in 1934, Eric Morecambe famously said that “life’s not Hollywood, it’s Cricklewood!”.
This London district is famous for the 790 acre heath contained within its boundaries. Hampstead heath is a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of a splurging city, as well as an area for relaxing activities such as observing the native wildlife, and taking a swim in one of the natural or manmade outdoor pools.
Little Venice Canals
Found at a junction of two of London’s canals, the Regent and Grand Union canals, Little Venice is situated within Maida Vale. If you are a fan of canal boats, Little Venice is a perfect place to spot them from a caf’e or restaurant along the waterway. For those not inclined to go boat spotting, a floating puppet barge is situated at the junction and a number of gorgeous canal walks can be embarked upon from this location.
Maida Vale Area
Maida Vale in the north of Paddington is an alluring residential area consisting of a mixture of Edwardian apartments and redbrick mansions, with trees lining the area’s expansive streets. Maida Vale is popular among celebrities who are attracted by the presence of the BBC Maida Vale Studio branch opened in 1946, which was the site of the recording of many of John Peel’s early programmes, and today is a classical music hotspot.
St. John’s Wood Area
London’s NW8 area, of which St. John’s Wood is a part, is an especially affluent area and a popular celebrity residence. The Lord’s cricket ground is found in St. John’s Wood, and well known artists such as Cliff Richard, The Beatles and Pink Floyd have recorded at the historic Abbey Road Studios.
The Beatles Studio
The Beatles fans among us will instantly recognise the iconic Abbey Road as the setting of their famous album by the same name. They recorded it at the Abbey Road Studios. Tourists frequently cross this road and recreate the album cover for photos of their own.
Well known for a large contingent of Irish workers, Willesden’s house prices and investment are increasing leading to its designation as an ‘up and coming’ area of London. Willesden is also the setting for Zadie Smith’s award winning novel White Teeth, and home to the largest cycling club in London, the Willesden Cycling Club.
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