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Whether your idea of sporting heaven involves rucks, scrums and tries at Twickenham, wing wizardry at Wembley, or momentous feats of human achievement in the London Marathon, the London sporting scene promises thrills, spills and moments of magic.

These are the best London Sporting Events in 2020. Where will you be headed?

February

Come the first of February, it’s all about the Six Nations Rugby Championship. England reached the World Cup Final in 2019, but they’ll be looking for glory a little closer to home when they take on their nearest rivals to topple current champions, Wales. With just two games at Twickenham this year, tickets will be going fast. Swing low, sweet chariot!

Six Nations Rugby: England vs. Ireland

  • Where: Twickenham

  • When: 23rd February 2020

March

Whilst Premier League football is a staple on the London sporting scene with five London clubs in England’s top division, the capital also hosts the final battles in the search for silverware. March sees the first final of the year, the Carabao Cup at Wembley.

March isn’t all about the glitzy money of the football elite, with one of the capital’s most loved and most traditional events seeing Oxford and Cambridge take to the waters of The Thames, in the annual Boat Race. Who’s your money on this year?

Carabao Cup Final

  • Where: Wembley Stadium

  • When: 1st March 2020


The Boat Race

  • Where: Hammersmith

  • When: 29th March 2020

April

April sees arguably the biggest and most famous event on the London sporting calendar roll into town. The London Marathon pits the world’s best distance athletes against each other as they compete over 26 miles of the capital’s streets, shorelines and world famous locations.

And that’s not forgetting the thousands of members of the public pushing their bodies and minds to the limit. It’s such a special day and an iconic London sporting event. Get your cameras at the ready!

The London Marathon

  • Where: Blackheath

  • When: 26th April

May

Spring in London is when the sporting action really hots up with countless events happening across the capital. The stars of WWE make their way into London to lay the smack down at the beginning of the month, whilst Wembley hosts its second football final of the year, with the culmination of the domestic football season, the FA Cup Final.

The British basketball season also comes to its finale in May, with the O2 hosting the Basketball Play Off Finals, whilst there’s even more darts with Premier League Darts taking over the 02. Why not spend the entire month of May soaking up the sporting excellence in London?

WWE Friday Night Smackdown

  • Where: The O2

  • When: 8th May 2020


FA Cup Final

  • Where: Wembley Stadium

  • When: 23rd May 2020


Basketball Play Off Finals

  • Where: The 02

  • When: 17th May 2020


2020 Premier League Darts

  • Where: The 02

  • When: 21st May

June

Everyone’s favourite summer sporting event hits London in June. The crowds will be packed onto Murray Mount to watch the very best tennis players don their whites and serve their aces on Centre Court. There’ll be Pimm’s, strawberries and cream, Champagne and riveting rallies.

Major League Baseball is once again making an appearance on the London sporting calendar in June, but if you like your bat and ball action a little more traditional there’s the third test of England vs. The West Indies at the home of cricket, Lord’s.

June also sees the Euros kick off, with the continent’s best football teams battling it out to be crowned champions of Europe. The tournament has taken a slightly different format this time out, with matches being played across the continent rather than in one country. With Wembley stadium such an iconic and renowned venue, it’s hosting numerous matches, kicking off in June.

Wimbledon

  • Where: All England Club

  • When: 29th June – 12th July 2020


Major League Baseball London Series 20

  • Where: London Stadium

  • When: 13th – 14th June 2020


3rd Test: England vs West Indies

  • Where: Lord’s Cricket Ground

  • When: 25th – 29th June 2020


Euro 2020

  • Where: Wembley Stadium

  • When:  England vs Czech Republic, 23rd June 2020; Group D match, 19th June 2020; Round of 16, 27th June 2020

July

July in London is all about glory with the champions being crowned in the capital across numerous sports. Can England claim Euro 2020 on home soil? Who will rein supreme on Centre Court at Wimbledon and which Rugby League side will triumph in the Challenge Cup? Well we have to wait until June to find out, but what a month it promises to be!

Euro 2020

  • Where: Wembley Stadium

  • When Semi Final 8th July 2020; Final 12th July 2020


Wimbledon Women’s & Men’s Finals

  • Where: All England Club

  • When: 11th - 12th July 2020


Rugby League Challenge Cup Final

  • Where: Wembley Stadium

  • When: 18th July 2020

August

The London Marathon may be the most famous endurance event on the London Sporting Calendar, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t other opportunities for the best competitors to show their mettle. And this one in August takes in swimming, cycling and running. What a set of athletes that take on this challenge!

London Triathlon

  • Where: Excel London

  • When: 8th - 9th August 2020

September

The world’s best players will be teeing off and putting to perfection in September in the capital when the PGA European Tour makes it way to Wentworth Golf Club, in Virginia Water just outside London.

PGA Championship 2020 – European Tour

  • Where: Wentworth Golf Club

  • When: 8th – 13th September 2020

October

London looks majestic when the snow falls, but unfortunately you simply can’t rely on a British winter to bring you picture-postcard snowing scenes. But that doesn’t matter when it’s time for the Ski and Snowboard Festival. The fake snow is shipped in, and the top of the big slope pops up in between the towers of Battersea Power Station. Now that’s a sight to see! 

Ski & Snowboard Festival

  • Where: Battersea Evolution

  • When: 29th October 2020

November

Where once Wimbledon was the only big tennis tournament in the capital, the annual Nitto ATP Finals at the O2 has quickly established itself as a well-loved and exciting tennis event. Whilst the Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon is all about tradition, things are done a little differently on court at the O2 for this week-long event. The word’s best stars will be present, but who will triumph?

November also sees the rugby action return to Twickenham with the world-famous stadium hosting the Quilter Internationals with England taking on Argentina, Australia and the All Blacks – the latter two both defeated in England’s run to the World Cup final in 2019. 

2020 Nitto ATP Finals

  • Where: The 02

  • When: 15th – 22nd November 2020


Quilter Internationals

  • Where: Twickenham

  • When: England vs New Zealand, 7th November 2020; England vs Argentina, 14th November 2020: England vs Australia, 28th November 2020

December

The Premier League fixture calendar is jam-packed in December with matches across the month as well as the annual Boxing day encounters, meaning fans of top-flight football will be able to get their fill across the capital.

And talking of festive fun. Well, we’re back to the darts aren’t we? With the PDC World Darts Championships kicking off the festive season in style with the action from Ally Pally.

PDC World Darts Championships

  • Where: Alexandra Palace

  • When: Dates TBC 

 

London really never stops when it comes to the best sporting events on the planet. To make the most of your time here, whatever month of the year, Central London is the best spot to base yourself to travel in and around the city from sporting event to sporting event. Your best options include Leonardo Royal Tower Bridge, Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s and Jurys Inn London Holborn.

Enjoy the action!

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