London - Wembley
Wembley is an area in London. It is notable for Wembley Stadium, the England national football team's home, and, next to it, Wembley Arena, a large multi-purpose arena used for music concerts and conferences etc.
Two London Underground stations are within a short walk of the venues. Wembley Park is on the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines, and Wembley Central on the Bakerloo line (it is also a mainline station – see below). Access to the venues are via Olympic Way and the White Horse Bridge respectively. London Underground services typically run every 5 minutes in each direction until midnight, seven days a week.
Local National Rail Services
Two mainline stations are within a short walk of the venues. Wembley Central is served by Silverlink trains on the Watford DC Line, providing services to Watford Junction northbound and London Euston southbound. Services typically run every 20 minutes in each direction Mon-Sat, and every half hour on Sundays. Southern trains also run Mon-Fri peak hour services on the West London Line, also to Watford Junction northbound but to Clapham Junction and Gatwick Airport railway station southbound. Whether matchday services will run at the weekends on this route remains unclear.
Wembley Stadium station is next to the stadium. Services are provided by Chiltern Railways on the Chiltern Main Line to London Marylebon(one stop away) southbound. Services are every half-hour seven days a week. Northbound, trains only run up as far as High Wycombe and are every half-hour seven days a week. However, if travellers go first to Marylebone, there are northbound services that go all the way up to Birmingham Snow Hill. These run every half-hour, seven days a week. N.B. A quicker option for travel to Birmingham are the Virgin Trains services to Birmingham New Street - see below.
Long Distance National Rail Services
The best public transport options for travel further afield are the Virgin Trains long-distance services. These run into London Euston from:
Holyhead and Crewe (Route VT4) Wolverhampton and Birmingham (Route VT5) Glasgow and North West England (Route VT6) Manchester (Route VT7) Liverpool (Route VT8) From Euston, travellers should take a Silverlink service northbound (in the direction of Watford Junction) which takes about 20 minutes to get to Wembley Central station.
Travellers coming by road can follow these routes:
From the North: M1/A1 > A406 > A404
From the East: M11 > M25 (J23) > A1 > A41 > A406 > A404
From the South: M25 (J8) > A217 > A240 > A24 > A3 > A306 >A205 > A406 > A404
From the West: M4 > A312 > A40 > A406 > A404
- Wembley Stadium, Stadium Way, tel: 020 8795 9000, . The large arch, the answer to the old stadium's twin towers, is an impressive structure and is often lit up to celebrate special occasions (such as London winning the 2012 Olympic Games bid).
There are several specialised shops in the area, as well as large shopping centres. Of course, there are hundreds of other shops and shopping centres nearby in London.
Wembley is noted for its large ethnic minority commmunities, particularly people of Indian orgin: as such, there are many Indian takeaways. There are also, of course, many other takeaways, restaurants and pizza parlours. For high-class tastes, many posh restaurants are available in London.
The are numerous bars in the area, although it should be noted that alcohol is not permitted in the arena or stadium.
There are several inns and hotels in the area, and London also, ranging for the cheap and cheerful to 5 star.
This page was last edited at 06:08, on 14 April 2008 by Wikitravel user Texugo. Based on work by David and Wikitravel user(s) Morph and Victor Greenstreet.