London Sport

London, just like the rest of the UK, is home to all different kinds of sports, including the 2012 Olympic Games. Whether you like to take part in sport or prefer to watch there are options all across London.


London is home to 14 professional football teams, including some of the biggest names in world football; Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Fulham and West Ham United to name a few.

The home of England's national football team, Wembley, is also in London and hosts all of the national team's home fixtures.

If you want to take part by either playing football, coaching or refereeing, The FA, which is the sport's governing body in England, has details on how you can do so.


There are 13 Rugby clubs in London who play in national leagues, including some of the sports big teams: Harlequins, Saracens, London Wasps and London Irish.

Twickenham, in South West London, is the home of England's national rugby team. Just over the road is the Twickenham Stoop where Harlequins play.

If you're interested in taking part, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has information on where you can play, coach and referee in London.


England and particularly London are the home of cricket. In St John's Wood, North London, you'll find the Lord's Cricket Ground home to Marylebone Cricket Club and Middlesex County. In South London, you can find The Oval at Vauxhall, home to Surrey County Cricket.

There are lots of opportunities to take part. Check out Play-Cricket, England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) site on encouraging interaction.


Wimbledon is a district in South West London and also home to the oldest lawn tennis tournament in the world. For 2 weeks during June and July each year, people flock to this quintessentially English tradition - eat strawberries and cream on Henman Hill or Murray Mound.

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has information on how you can get started and find somewhere to play.


London was the host of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, one of the world's biggest sporting events and considered one of the best Olympics ever.

The park that was created to host it, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is still offering fantastic venues and green spaces, including the Aquatics Centre and the Copper Box.

If you aspire to be the next Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Tirunesh Dibaba, or Michael Phelps, the British Athletics Academy has details on how you can get there by taking part.