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Wembley is best known as the home of Football and Entertainment, but the area offers a wealth of alternatives for visitors with an appetite for food and specialist shopping.
A vibrant and bustling community of different people and cultures is reflected in the exotic selection of restaurants offering the best in Caribbean, European, Oriental, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
If you need to work up an appetite, you can spend several hours on Ealing Road, home to Asian specialist shopping and renowned jewellery quarter, featuring the great jewellery houses of India, with a sparkling array of handcrafted gold and diamond wares. Next stop is Wembley High Road offering great British traditions such as Marks & Spencer, and Boots. Experience Cool Britannia in traditional/themed pubs dotted at every corner.
Then make your way up Wembley Park taking in more pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.
Close to Wembley Park Station, Fountain Studios provides the biggest purpose built Television Studio in the country. Visited by 100,000 people annually, the studio has been home to many famous TV series including the ‘Rory Bremner Show’, ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’ ‘Friends’ and ‘Talking telephone numbers’.
The legendary Wembley Arena has a busy calendar of events including Horse of the Year Show, Holiday on Ice, and a variety of big-name music concerts. While the neighbouring Conference Centre & Exhibition Centre provides a 2,700 seat Grand Hall auditorium plus 20 seminar and meeting rooms and conference facilities for up to 11,000 delegates, with multiple bars, restaurants and catering areas. The Conference Centre attracts large corporate companies for their conferences and AGMs and hosts activities such as the National Snooker Championships.
Wembley Stadium is the centre for big crowd entertainment from rugby to rock, boxing to opera, and of course our national sport, football. The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Genesis are inscribed in its Hall of Fame.
It was here that the Pope John Paul II came for his first papal visit to the UK, that Bob Geldof presented his Live Aid concert and that Nelson Mandela made a speech on his visit to this country shortly after his release from prison.
Not to be missed is the Wembley Sunday Market, held in the stadium’s vast car park. This popular market is always full to capacity, attracting ardent bargain hunters from all over London. You can find bargains in almost everything from electrical goods to plants, suitcases to clothes, and beddings to toys.
Wembley’s superb transport connection is almost second to none. And it is easy to see why, since Wembley is not only keyed into the North Circular, but is serviced by no less than three stations, Wembley Park for the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines, Wembley Central for Bakerloo and Siverlink services, and finally Wembley Stadium Station for the Chiltern Line. The beauty of Wembley is that it is only 15 minutes on the underground and 8 minutes on the Chiltern line from the West End. The area's eight hotels makes it an ideal preferred location for those tourists not prepared to pay exorbitant West End accommodation prices.
Fed up with the usual ‘run of the mill’ shopping experience? Want to try something different in a multi-cultural setting? Then make the Wembley connection visit now.