NFL International Series at Wembley in 2014
Autumn in London is always as colourful and vibrant as the season, with plenty to see and do but for the autumn of 2014, a series of NFL matches at the majestic Wembley stadium are kicking off on the 28th September with a high impact NFL international match between the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins … and for die-hard enthusiasts the hunt is on not only for the best seats at the match but also a hotel near Wembley to make a match-day visit into a relaxed stop-over!
This is the 8th year that London has played host to the International Series and, as usual, the British are embracing the American Football League with open arms and open doors! The British reputation for reserve is being well and truly kicked into touch as many local hotels are enjoying the opportunity to be fan-base hotels and are kitting themselves out accordingly, with NFL banners and team colours starting to prevail in the Wembley area and across the heart of the City of London itself.
Of course, staying over for the matches is a key part of the series, which offers three matches spread across the autumn months:
- 28th September - Oakland Raiders vs Miami Dolphins
- 26th October - Atlanta Falcons vs Detroit Lions
- 9th November - Jacksonville Jaguars vs Detroit Lions
Hotels near Wembley are always sought after at any time of year, but with this exciting visiting series, as well as the Christmas lights going on early over in Covent Garden (6th November) and Regent Street (9th November) the temptation for NFL enthusiasts to combine their chance to see live NFL games with a little early Christmas shopping under the festive lights is too hard to ignore. So what’s the trick for finding a place to stay near Wembley which fits in with those vital match dates?
The nifty thing to do is to check out the London public transport services for Wembley and identify hotels which are close to the relevant tube and bus stations, rather than trying to get into those hotels within the more immediate proximity of Wembley Park, as these are usually booked up well in advance of these big events. As one of the primary means of transport in the city, the London Underground runs frequently and offer easily accessible services. Hotels such as the Best Western Palm Hotel, which is just 15 minutes walk from Golders Green Underground and has number of direct bus services towards Brent for easy connections to Wembley Park for the match, as well as other areas of London for shopping and sightseeing, are close enough to be an easy journey to the games but just far enough to offer great access to those other exciting areas of London.
Making your exit from Wembley Park after a big event is notoriously difficult (and time consuming) if you’ve come by car – you can find yourself in a queue to get out of the stadium’s car park zones for hours! However, the free parking at the Palm Hotel also makes it a great option for a relaxed drive up to the city and then getting around on foot or by public transport to visit your planned events, whilst you still have the ease of your car for driving home with all your early Christmas shopping, your NFL memorabilia and the relaxed vibe that comes with a weekend well spent.