London is not only one of the most exciting capital cities in the world it is also the epicentre of all that is great and good in the sporting calendar. This year’s sporting events got under way in April with the London Marathon, which is the premier event for both amateur and professional athletes, attracting over 40,000 runners, and providing portable toilet hire in London for even more! There are many more great events to come both large and small that will attract spectators from all corners of the UK plus countless TV audiences who will be keeping a close eye on the action. If you’re looking for inspiration for your upcoming London visit, here is a rundown of some of the sporting events you can enjoy this year in our capital city.
- Hockey World League Semi-final
Taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford from 15th June to 25th June this features the best male hockey players from England, Argentina, India, Pakistan, Korea and The Netherlands.
- Athletic Events
The IAAF World Athletics Championships kick off on the 4th August and last until the 13th August. Held at The Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and featuring top names from the world of field and track, Team GB will be looking to build on their medal tally from Beijing. As part of the IAAF Championships, on the 13th August, the Festival of Race Walks is staged on The Mall between Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch. Before that, starting 14th July until 23rd July, the world’s premier Para-athletes compete at the IPC World Para Athletics Championships in the Olympic Stadium.
If you are inspired by the Tour de France head into the city to see seven of the world’s great cycle ride events starting with the RideLondon Grand Prix on 28th July at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The other cycle events are spread out over the following two days and the best part is that these are all free for spectators.
The climax of the men’s professional tennis season is the ATP Finals which is held at the prestigious O2 Arena on 12th – 19th November. Expect to see top players like Sir Andy Murray and Roger Federer among the other tennis greats.
No mention of tennis is complete without including the most famous tournament of them all – the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships which this year comes on 3rd – 16th July. Around half a million spectators are expected to descend on South London to enjoy the famous strawberries and cream atmosphere of the world’s greatest tennis competition.
- Equestrian Events
If upmarket sport, thundering hooves and Pimms is more your style head to Hurlingham Park on 9th June for the Chestertons Polo in the Park event. The England International match is on Saturday the 9th while the Ladies’ Day is on the 10th, culminating in the final on the 11th. For a chance to glimpse The Queen the Royal Ascot Racecourse is the place to be from 20th – 24th June.
- American Football
For fans of the game from across the Pond there is the NFL game between Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars on 24th September at Wembley Stadium – just one of the NFL matches being staged in London this year. The other one is between New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins on the 1st October. Expect the full cheerleaders and hot dog experience!
The world’s best female cricketers will be competing in the finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup on 23rd July at Lord’s, the prestigious home of English cricket.
Whatever your sporting preferences London has it all and the organisation is second to none with everything including portable toilet hire London provided for spectators so why not pick your event and enjoy.