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Learn about some very English sports with London attractions

Published: Wednesday 29th of August 2012

In the aftermath of the Olympic Games, people visiting London are likely to be inspired to get sporty themselves by looking into the sporting legacy of England's capital city. Luckily, there are plenty of brilliant London attractions that football, rugby, tennis and cricket fans will no doubt consider must-sees.

What better place to start than Wimbledon, one of the most iconic tennis grounds in the world? Renowned for its strawberries and cream, popularity with the upper echelons of English society, and fierce competitions, every summer the eyes of the world turn to Wimbledon.

Tennis fans then will no doubt want to pay a visit to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, which will take them back to some of the most memorable moments at Wimbledon. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, volatile tennis player

John McEnroe can take visitors back in time to the 1980's Gentleman's Dressing Room as he reminisces about how he first met Jimmy Connors and prepared himself to take to the court.

Visitors to the museum use interactive touch screen technology to explore the history of the famous tennis club, and of tennis itself.

In its latest exhibition, entitled Tennis at the Olympics, people can explore highlights and memorabilia from 14 previous tennis games at the Olympics, with highlights including Olympic medals and badges, certificates and diplomas, clothing, programmes and souvenirs. Rafael Nadal and Rodger Federer's medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics are on display, as well as Tim Henman's silver from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the gold medal won by Peter Norfolk in the 2004 Athens Paralympics.

While perusing the exhibition, guests will learn about the story of the first Olympic tennis champion John Boland, and the fascinating tale of Titanic survivor Richard Williams and his mixed-doubles partner Hazel Wightman, who were victorious in 1924.

Tennis fans will also revel in the chance to have a guided tour of Wimbledon. Lasting around an hour and a half, this experience gives visitors a chance to see some of the most iconic and exclusive sites in the Grounds.

However, there is more to sport in England than tennis, and Lord's Cricket Ground is no doubt another site that would be high on the list of any sports fan exploring London.

Tours of Lord's allow visitors to go behind the scenes at MCC's historic ground, at which they are able to see many of the most famous sights in the world of cricket. An expert guide will take them on a fantastic tour of the ground, lasting approximately 100 minutes each.

Some of the best features of the tour include a walk through the Pavilion to the famous Long Room, which is both a room in which to watch cricket, and an art gallery which encompasses portraits of some of the Game's most famous figures like WG Grace.

Visitors will also see the players' dressing rooms, featuring the Lord's Honours Boards, which function as a lasting reminder of exceptional batting and bowling performances in Lord's Tests. A trip to the Tennis Court where Real Tennis is still played is also on the cards.

Furthermore, visitors will also get the chance to see the MCC Museum, which is home of the world-renowned Ashes urn. It also encompasses paintings, photographs and artefacts spanning some 400 years of cricketing history, telling the story of the evolution of the rural pastime into an international sport.

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