This is the best way to see rugby in London! – Only hand luggage
- 1 1.) You see so much more rugby than on a normal game day.
- 2 2.) It's a big costume party and everyone is invited!
- 3 3.) There is a fairground with rides and live performances.
- 4 4.) There is room to relax and pamper yourself.
- 5 5.) Get an official rugby souvenir.
- 6 6.) Take a look at all the rugby premieres, including the Rugby Museum World Cup.
- 7 Auch nach dem Rugby geht die Party weiter!
It is safe to say that the idea of seeing a typical rugby match in London is child's play.
You buy your tickets, you dive (probably wearing your favorite gear), watch the game (maybe drink in your hand) and drive home when the game is over. There is not much behind it.
This post is not about an average rugby game! This is about the London Sevens who have somehow managed to evolve into more than a typical rugby match!
It's one of those things in London that has something for everyone, whether you're the biggest rugby fan or not.
If you want to celebrate with your friends, you have understood it. If you want to spend a fun day with the kids, this is the place for you. If you just want to play rugby, you are covered! Everyone from 5 (maybe younger) to 80 (probably older) were there and had the best time ever.
So here's the thing, I've never been to the London 7s so I kinda showed up as a beginner. I was in a rugby match when Edinburgh was at home (Scotland played South Africa), and Lloyd himself was with some (after all, he is a Welshman).
However, the London 7s actually invited us to visit Twickenham Stadium (it's the rugby stadium in London). Since it's on a holiday weekend and I really enjoyed my previous rugby game, it was far from easy. "Yes!".
I expected a regular rugby match and I'm disguised as such, but it's sooooooo much more! It is literally a party in London and one of the best days in London. Here is the reason …
1.) You see so much more rugby than on a normal game day.
I thought I might as well start with the obvious here – after all, it's a day of rugby.
In a regular game you will see two teams. With the London Sevens (and the Rugby Sevens in total) you have the opportunity to see ALL teams play … and they play all day! No matter which country you support, you will find a chance to cheer them on.
Understandably, the games are actually much shorter than your regular rugby match, which is perfect no matter what else you plan to do when you're here. You can still spend enough time to watch more complete matches. Support for the team.
At this stage, it's probably worth noting that a reasonable amount of your time is not even spent on watching the games! I'll show you exactly why it is down below.
I also wanted to try to explain the rules for the games (after all, it's a different cauldron), but I'm just quoting from the official description of London Sevens.
"London Sevens is traditionally played with teams of fifteen players, so that less than half of the players on the field electrify the tempo of seven players for only seven minutes in a row (ten for the final).
The game requires speed, agility, a high level of fitness and skillful tactics. Successful teams plan and practice how to take advantage of the large open spaces created by fewer players on the field. There are usually fewer jerks, jaws, scrums and lineouts in the Sevens game, and this usually results in a quick, skilful 14-minute conversation.
In short, there are seven players for seven minutes each. Each team can have five submarines. If it is a draw, the draw counts. In the final, the extra time will be played in five minutes, and the first team to score will win."
Let us now turn to the other reasons why you plan to attend the next London Sevens.
2.) It's a big costume party and everyone is invited!
Seriously, not counting it! I love a good piece of costume (my friends and I take Halloween very seriously every year) and yes, somehow I missed the memo on the costume for the second time.
It does not matter if you decide to just walk in your normal clothes – you will still be part of the action. However, it is nice to put everything in the costume front.
We love a good party in London (especially on a sunny holiday weekend) and we definitely love a good reason to dress up so the energy here is brilliant. Everyone is here for a great time and it's just the best fun!
The costumes were no longer genre, theme or movie inspiration! (* Remember how you saw a group of people as chickens having a date with a group as Colonel of KFC and bowing down to the KFC colonels like crazy 😆😆).
Then there are the bars. Everywhere there are so many, from beer, prosecco and Pimms (just to name a few) to special gin cocktails. There is also plenty to eat, so you do not go hungry here.
3.) There is a fairground with rides and live performances.
That's no joke! I thought I had somehow left the stadium and worried that I would have my ticket for a brief second before I realized it was all part of the London Sevens.
There are bumper cars, giant wheels and other rides. This is, to a large extent, the reason why it is an entertaining day not only for adults but also for children.
4.) There is room to relax and pamper yourself.
The concept of VIP boxes is probably not new to anybody who is interested in sports from afar. So I will not spend too much time on this topic. However, if you want to pamper yourself during your stay, you should consider how to get a box seat.
We were fortunate enough to have access to the boxes as guests of the London Sevens, but if we return at our own expense (* which I already intend to do), we've rounded up the troops and made an appointment with our friends in our calendars – this one We're planning to return with epic costumes), I'm planning to find out how to get boxing tickets.
The boxes also have other benefits for food and drinks. When we sat in the Britvic boxes, we were allowed to try some great cocktails made from – you guessed it – Britvic mixers (even if you do not know the company name – you know their products: Tango, Robinsons, J20 … etc are examples of some of them).
It was just awesome – a breathtaking view and a stream of seemingly endless cocktails. The. Best!
There is another place worth mentioning, and this is Ale House here, which is a bit of a bar counter, another great option if you do not have box seats. We also have access to it and keep looking in to have a drink and sit back a little (the queues were much shorter here, as only those who have access to it could get in).
5.) Get an official rugby souvenir.
After all, you're in the home of rugby, so it's only right that you get something to remind you of the day.
I chose a personalized T-shirt saying "Yaya 7" – which was probably due to the London Sevens, but actually because Lloyd had chosen the same shirt as I did, but decided to go for the # 1, which did any reason meant that there was one lower number than this would only work with the lucky number 7! (Do not ask my logic, Lol! 😄 Even I know how flawed it is … 😄😆).
6.) Take a look at all the rugby premieres, including the Rugby Museum World Cup.
A museum on a day like this, with bright sunshine and lots of beers / delicious cocktails still bearing your name, seems like a weird choice, but this is actually a really entertaining museum.
Yes, you will see the very first rugby ball ever played. You will find out how the whole sport started, which baths the teams use and even which jerseys were used in the first rugby match. One of my favorite things about this museum is how interactive it is.
Still, you can test your rugby by pressing the actual resistance again, turning off all light sequences on a wall to test your agility, and even try a simulated kick through a virtual stadium.
And if that's not enough, you can see the actual Rugby World Cup – that's a beautiful thing! 😀
Auch nach dem Rugby geht die Party weiter!
Gut, Sie müssen das Twickenham Stadium verlassen und möchten wahrscheinlich, dass die Bars ohnehin bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt geschlossen sind (gegen 18.15 Uhr), aber die Party geht rund um Twickenham weiter.
Es wurden provisorische Essensstände eingerichtet, die Bars haben sich auf Ihren bevorstehenden Abstieg vorbereitet, und sogar der Bereich am Fluss ist mit Nachtschwärmern gefüllt.
Lange nachdem wir abgereist waren (wir hatten einen Zug, um am nächsten Tag früh einzusteigen), konnte man die Londoner Sevens-Feiernden (dank Instagram Stories) noch bis spät sehen. Die Energie, die Sie zu Beginn des Tages in der Luft spüren konnten, ist im Laufe des Tages immer stärker geworden. Dies ist nur eine der unterhaltsamsten Möglichkeiten, ein Wochenende an Feiertagen in London zu verbringen.