Undiscovered London: Make Twickenham Stadium your next destination for a day out in the capital

17 Nov 2021 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Luxury London

There’s far more to the official home of England Rugby than just match days

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When planning a fun family day out or glamorous date night in the capital, chances are your mind doesn’t immediately go to one of London’s many elite sports stadiums. They are, after all, built for the sole purpose of hosting international sporting events, right?

Well, while this may be true of many, Twickenham Stadium is the exception you need to know about. While the Stadium is, of course, one of the world’s finest venues for world-class rugby, when the tries have been scored and the celebrations concluded, Twickenham doesn’t fall silent. Instead, there’s a whole host of events, tours, dinners and more to discover on off-match days. Here’s our guide to experiencing the best of Twickenham Stadium this season.

Christmas at Twickenham Stadium

If you’re searching for a unique way to ring in the festive season with family, friends or colleagues this Christmas, Twickenham Stadium’s shared parties may be the perfect solution. Geared towards small teams or groups looking for the atmosphere of a big event, tables can be booked for as few as two people, with attendees coming together in The Gate restaurant for a fabulous evening of yuletide entertainment. Guests will receive bubbles on arrival before sitting down to a decadent three-course festive dinner followed by dancing to a live band and late-night DJ. The evening can also be combined with hire of one of the Stadium’s 34 event spaces, which are ideal for company away days, meetings or private celebrations. Start practicing your best Mariah impression now.

Alternatively, why not give the gift of Twickenham Stadium this year? Both Premium Stadium tours, which include a jersey signed by the England rugby team, and Legend Tours led by a retired rugby icon are available to buy as gift vouchers. The ideal Christmas present for the rugby fan in your life, we can all agree this is far better than another pair of socks.

Festive dining evenings from £54 per person, twickenhamstadium.com; Premium Stadium tour for two, £280, worldrugbymusem.com; Legend Tour, £149.50 per person, worldrugbymuseum.com

Guinness Six Nations 2022 Away Screenings

As much as we know you’d love to be following England Rugby across the globe on their Six Nations campaign, for most that simply isn’t practical. However, with Twickenham’s series of away game screenings, you can recreate the atmosphere of a live match in the home of England Rugby. Hosted in one of the Stadium’s East Stand hospitality venues, fans can watch matches against Scotland, France and Italy, with food, drink, live music and a lively after party included.

Tickets cost £30 for adults, £20 for juniors, including a welcome drink and main meal, twickenhamstadium.com

World Rugby Museum

With a history dating back to 1907, Twickenham has been a part of the fabric of the international rugby landscape for as long as anyone can remember – and, accordingly, has a rich history waiting to be discovered. The World Rugby Museum, located in the Stadium’s South Stand, weaves the story of Twickenham into the wider tale of the game’s history, with galleries featuring the most extensive collection of rugby football memorabilia in the world.

Among items from the RFU Collection, RFU Rugby Archive and Harry Langton Collection is the world’s oldest rugby jersey from England’s first match in 1871 and the world’s oldest international rugby trophy, the Calcutta Cup. Interactive displays also allow fans to test out their commentary skills, discover what type of player they are and choose their own World XV.

Tickets cost £12.50 for adults, £7.50 for juniors, worldrugbymuseum.com

Twickenham Stadium Tours

Looking to get the full Twickenham experience? Combine your trip to the World Rugby Museum with a tour of the Stadium for the ultimate fan’s day out. This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour grants privileged access to areas including the Royal Box, England changing room and Players’ Tunnel, giving you the chance to learn about the match-day routines and preparations of the England team before you recreate their grand entrance into the 82,000-seater stadium. The tour also features a host of interactive digital elements so be sure to bring your smartphone for the full experience.

Tickets cost £26.95 for adults and £16.50 for juniors including access to the World Rugby Museum, worldrugbymuseum.com