As one of London’s largest indoor venues for music concerts, sporting events and exhibitions, it is no wonder that Wembley Arena attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually. If you plan to attend an event or visit the surrounding area in the near future, check out the following five popular attractions that are just within a few miles of the stadium.
1. The Royal Air Force Museum London
If you only have time to visit one attraction, let it be the Royal Air Force Museum London. Located within four miles of the Wembley Arena, this splendid museum shines as one of London’s top attractions. Here, you can explore various exhibits that highlight the history of aviation through a superb collection that includes objects such as military medals, uniforms, and other wartime memorabilia. You don’t want to miss a look at the historic hangars that display more than a 100 aircraft, many of which were used during war such as bombers, fighters, water landing airplanes and helicopters. Additionally, the museum offers 40 exciting hands-on activities such as a light and sound show where you can experience the recreated Battle of Britain.
2. BBC Television Centre
As the world’s largest broadcasting corporation, the BBC is an experience you don’t want to pass up. Having recorded numerous memorable breaking news pieces and programs since its establishment in 1922, the BBC presents an unforgettable experience by offering tours on a daily basis for those that are nine years and older. Plan to spend about two hours on your tour where you can check out several studios where well-known TV programs are recorded as well as the newsroom, weather studio and dressing rooms. You even get a first-hand chance to see what it is like behind the camera. Keep your eyes open for famous celebrities!
3. Music House for Children
If you want a place to engage the kids, check out the Music House for Children, which is located about four miles from the Wembley Arena at Bush Hall. At the Music House, children of every age can learn all about music with numerous hands-on activities and a wide variety of musical instruments that range from violins and guitars to keyboards and bongo drums. What’s more, your children can participate in classes that include storytelling, singing, dancing, poetry and puppets.
4. Portobello Road Market
One of London’s most popular markets, the Portobello Road Market should not be missed. If you are in the area of the Wembley Arena on a Saturday, this fabulous flea market offers more than 2,000 stalls where you can spend the whole day browsing for bargains with a variety of items that range from baked goods and fresh produce to antiques, handicrafts, pottery, jewelry, fashion, books and unique objects. If you get hungry or need a break, the market offers plenty of food vendors where you can enjoy coffee, tea, sandwiches and hot foods.
5. Freud Museum
Just a little over four miles from the Wembley Arena, the Freud Museum makes for an interesting visit. Formerly the home of Sigmund Freud, the world famous neurologist, the Freud Museum showcases a collection that includes family belongings such as home movies, photographs and books as well as a great number of Roman, Greek and Oriental antiques. You can even check out Freud’s personal study to see his personal documents, notes and the couch where he managed his sessions.