Ultimate Guide To Planning Your Next Visit To Wembley

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Introduction

This is our Ultimate Guide For Planning your Next Visit To Wembley - Use this guide when planning your next visit to Wembley. Attending the numerous hard-fought football seasons' finales at Wembley, league cup after league cup, is a tradition that football fans have looked forward to and taken for granted, year after year after year.

Visiting Wembley every year is probably one of the most highly anticipated events in the calendars of perhaps the largest groups of football-loving people ever. That's why restaurants, clubs, bars, theatres, and shops in Wembley and surrounding areas, go to great lengths to present the best version of themselves to the world. 

As Wembley locals, despite the crowds, the noise and the disruption that often accompany such events, we feel privileged to be part of that ongoing excitement.

The guide is all about giving visitors the information they need to plan, visit, enjoy themselves, find what they need in Wembley, when they need it and make it back, home safely and soundly, having created greater memories for themselves.

Also, for your own personal safety, it is worth being up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 information in Brent before you travel.


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Wembley Geography & History

Wembley Geography

Wembley is located in North West London and is one of the prime reasons people, local and from abroad, visit England.


Wembley Stadium History

Wembley Stadium is famous due to it being the country's national football stadium. The area came to prominence after it was chosen as the venue to host the British Empire Exhibition in 1934. 




Today, the Pandemic notwithstanding, the Wembley area hosts many attractions.

  1. Wembley Stadium 
  2. SSE Arena - Wembley (formerly Wembley Arena) 
  3. The London Designer Outlet (Wembley Designer Outlet) 
  4. Boxpark Wembley 
  5. Troubadour Theatre Wembley 
  6. Club Wembley
  7. ... and much beyond immediate Wembley


Wembley Incorporated 1937

Wembley, Brent Incorporated 1937


Wembley's Biggest Event - Live Aid 1985

Wembley gained worldwide prominence when it became the venue for the famous Live Aid Music concert in 1985. This concert, organised by Sir Bob Geldorf and Midge Ure, raised funds to help those affected by the Ethiopian famine in July 1985.


It took place simultaneously at Wembley and the John F. Kennedy Stadium in the United States. Other concerts inspired by the same initiative also took place in Canada, Japan, Yugoslavia, Austria, Australia and West Germany.


Annual Events in Wembley

Every year, scores of people visit Wembley. After all, Wembley Stadium is the home of the National Team, the venue of their home matches, and often said to be the home of English Football.  People also come to Wembley to shop, to watch international and domestic football matches. 


Fans also visit Wembley to attend American Football (league matches), and music lovers enjoy concerts and theatre, eat out in Wembley (Wembley has a tremendous cultural), attend football Cup finals. Wembley is host also to boxing matches. Let's also not forget the multitude of annual football tournaments held in Wembley.


Others come simply to watch movies and the see what all the fuss is about. 


But without doubt, Football is the biggest attraction to Wembley Stadium which hosts big tournaments like: -

  1. The England Team's home matches
  2. The Skybet Championship Play off finals, 
  3. Non-League Finals Day,
  4. The Vitality Women's FA Cup Final,
  5. The Emirates FA Cup Final and Semi-Finals.
  6. The Papa Johns Trophy Final,
  7. The Caraboa Cup Final,  
  8. The FA Community Shield,
  9. The BetFred Challenge Cup Final,
  10. UEFA Euro tournament


Most Memorable Concerts In Wembley

One could be forgiven for thinking that all shows at Wembley occur at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

In reality, Wembley Stadium has been the entertainment venue of choice for many artists and bands due to its 90,000-seat capacity. 


Wembley Stadium has also been the host of many sell-out entertainment events featuring significant artists and bands.


Consider the joy received by many hundreds of thousands of people, over the years, from artists like these: -

  1. Ed Sheeran 
  2. BTS 
  3. Muse 
  4. Oasis 
  5. Take That 
  6. Taylor Swift 
  7. Rihanna 
  8. Spice Girls 
  9. One Direction 
  10. Beyoncé 
  11. Eminem 
  12. George Michael 
  13. Foo Fighters 
  14. U2 
  15. Coldplay
  16. Robbie Williams

Wembley Modernised 2015

However, know that, as I write this, people from across the globe would love the opportunity to walk down the steps at the recently refurbished Wembley Park Station and look towards the new Wembley Stadium. And to continue their walk along the newly built Boulevard, past the newly-built pub and eating areas, and on up the steps to the new Wembley Stadium.


And later on, to underscore their visit to Wembley, enjoy a lovely meal somewhere in the local area.


After all this is where great sporting memories get made every year, COVID-19 notwithstanding. Remember also that 2015 marked the end of a refurbishment period beginning around 2009, encompassing Wembley Park station and the High Road area, including Central Square and Wembley Central station. 


This all means that the main parts of the district have been modernised and made almost new. Also, note that improvements got made beside Wembley Stadium since it has been rebuilt, at the cost of £798m (numbers vary) in 2007.


Is Wembley a Nice Area? 

One commonly asked question - Is Wembley a Nice Area? or is "Is Wembley a Nice Place to Visit?"


Assuming that my definition of nice is the same as yours, I like that Wembley is busy, that it's bustling, that there always seem to be something going on, that there are plenty of places to go, many things to do and many places to eat (which is a great passion of mine). 


This means that certain things are inevitable. Like crowds, noise, traffic, packed trains, the sound of car horns beeping as the traffic dissipates from Wembley on event nights or the summer evening sounds of concerts as they take place at the SSE Arena. So, if you think of places with the hustle and bustle of life as not being "nice", perhaps Wembley is not for you. 


Perhaps by "is it nice?" they mean "is it safe?". I do answer that specific question later in this narrative.


However, opportunists exist everywhere, Wembley included, but know also that Wembley is not dominated by crime. Therefore, it is wise to always be vigilant wherever you go, being sure to apply the common-sense rule of keeping your belongings with you at all times, and not entrusting anything of value to anyone you don't know.


So, in answer to the question "Is Wembley A Nice Area", I'd say Yes, the Wembley area is "nice".


Wembley feels open and big. The roads are wide and spacious, the opposite of how it felt when I lived in the South of London and I feel comfortable here. 

Planning a Trip to Wembley - Next Stop, Wembley

As you might reasonably expect, Wembley, with world-class venues close by, has first-rate transport links to and from the capital commensurate with international expectations.


Consider then that you can be in central London in less than 15 minutes from Wembley Park.


This means you can easily escape Wembley if you don't like the place, even though I doubt that you'd ever feel that way. People visit Wembley for its sporting events - football (soccer), American Football, Boxing, Rugby or snooker.


People also visit to enjoy Wembley's musical events at The SSE Arena, Wembley, and the London Designer Outlet, watch a movie, visit friends, eat out, or local theatre. Additionally, there are many physical landmarks, other different parts of the London Borough of Brent worthy of a visit.


Whatever the reason for your visit might be, I'll use the remainder of this document to deal with how to get you to Wembley and back, having had a great experience in the meantime.

But let's begin with what is the biggest and most important question of all.


01- Why visit Wembley in the first place?

Every visit begins with a single question. 


Q. Of all the places to visit, why should I visit Wembley? 

It's usually easy to answer, when you consider all the reasons above for why people visit Wembley.

But I doubt many people rise from their beds one day and suddenly decide to visit Wembley.


I think the answer is simpler than we think. There are the obvious reasons, that you can see below in the next section.

But the often ignore reason is simply this.


People go visiting simply because they can.


If you have the resources, you owe it to yourself to go to those places that bring you joy.


And if Wembley is one of them, then don't wait, just do it.

But here are some activities you can do in Wembley as a visitor.

02- What Do People Do In Wembley?

Most people will be visiting to do the following: -

  1. Watch football (soccer) 
  2. Attend a concert
  3. Attend an NFL Match (American Football)
  4. Shop 
  5. Sightsee
  6. Attend the theatre
  7. Visit friends
  8. Play sports – various leagues and teams play a sport in Wembley
  9. Take advantage of Wembley's eat-out options
  10. Celebrate a milestone – a birthday, a retirement, wedding anniversary, …
  11. Watch a Movie
  12. Take a Stadium Tour
  13. Attend a boxing match

Given the above list, what is your reason for visiting Wembley? Let's not take the idea of a visit to Wembley for granted.  


I normally need a reason to travel anywhere. Without a reason, I'm going nowhere. But interestingly, not everyone does.


Below a short anecdote that came from getting stranded briefly in another country.

I still recall the peculiar look on his face when I told him how close London was to Ireland and that I'd never been. 

Don McDonald, Website Master

I was on my way home from a trip to the US but I missed my adjoining flight home. Feeling somewhat sorry for myself, having given away all my local currency before discovering that my flight had been overbooked, leaving me with no seat, I was seated in the airport terminal waiting for a 5-hour delay to pass, when a American struck up a conversation. 


When he heard my accent, he asked about Ireland and how close it was to where I lived. He also asked about the cost and how long it would take to fly there. I still recall the peculiar look on his face when I told him how close London was to Ireland and that I'd never beenI felt a bit foolish and that somehow, I had missed something fundamental about being alive.


He, in contrast, had come to LA for a ball game. He had flown about 250 miles for the weekend, just to support his baseball team. He was now on his way home, having stayed overnight for the duration.

So, in that context of the anecdote below, the question changes from why go to Wembley to why not go to Wembley?


I've learned that life can all change in a second - this current pandemic is proof of that.


So, if you're thinking of putting off a visit somewhere, then do not. Life is for living. When the time comes, rest will get forced on you.  


If you can afford it, then plan it, think it through and make the trip.

Wembley, Brent - Getting Oriented

Here's what you should know first off about Wembley (note that more details are below) to get your bearings around Wembley.


  • Wembley is more than that Stadium area. It is only of the districts in Brent, but it is perhaps by far the most popular.
  • Wembley Stadium Station on Chiltern Railways is directly alongside Wembley Stadium itself and the closest transport point (apart from the bus).
  • Imagine Wembley Stadium being at the centre of the map. Directly North of the Stadium is Wembley Park Station. It's about 8 minutes along the now pedestrianised walkway, along the Boulevard, leading up to the new Olympic Steps.
  • Outside of Wembley Park Station, you'll find shops, pubs, cashpoints and eating and drinking places along Wembley Park Drive and Wembley Bridge Road.
  • Directly west of Wembley Stadium is Wembley Central Station on the Overground network and the Bakerloo Line.
  • Wembley Central Station is on Wembley High Road and is slightly farther away from the Stadium, due to it being one of the main roads through Wembley. Here, along the High Road, you will find eating places, banks and all the typical shops you might expect.
  • Wembley High Road is a main thoroughfare of Wembley. One direction leads towards Sudbury and Harrow. The other way leads along the Harrow Road (A404) through Stonebridge, Harlesden, Willesden and Kensal Green.
  • Suppose you can imagine Wembley Stadium as the centre of a clock. In that case, Wembley Park will be at noon, and Wembley Stadium Station and Wembley Central station will be at 7 or 8 o'clock, with Wembley Central being the farther away.
  • From Alperton Station, Sudbury Town Station or North Wembley Station, you will need to walk a bit when you arrive in Wembley.

    See below for details of the other transport links in and around Wembley.

03-Why Plan Your Trip To Wembley

For trips where you might be at the mercy of the elements or stranded a long way from home, for example, it's sensible to anticipate those things could possibly go wrong. And also, what steps you might take under those circumstances. Looking ahead is always smart even though the likelihood of mishap is small.

But it's always sensible to plan a little. So is having alternative plans to keep yourself safe and make it back home without incident. 

Ok, so you don't have to do anything, but smart individuals always operate from some kind of considered action. The main reason is that circumstances can change against you quite quickly. Circumstances don't always have you at its centre. Only you can do that.

Rule number 1 - even if you are entirely independent and live alone, you still have friends, neighbours and family who love you and whose lives would change for the worse if something regrettable were to happen to you. 

This means that even when making plans that involve only you, you should indirectly include other people in those plans. 

For example,
  1. Do the people who love you know where you're going, with whom, and what time, how long for and when you'll be back?
  2. Do they know have a plan if your arrangements don't work out?
  3. Can they check on you?
  4. What should they do if they don't get in when you're supposed to be around again?
Now I know you're only planning a trip to Wembley. But this is all common-sense. We ignore it at our peril.
He didn't seem to want to help. I had to beg him. I think he enjoyed seeing me beg.

In the days before satnavs ruled the world, I used to travel for work by car. Work on this particular day was about 60 miles or so away. And on this day, for some reason that I no longer remember, I decided to drive my wife's car. I was running late, and off I went.

On the way, I told myself I should really stop for petrol, but as I wanted to get ahead of the traffic and running somewhat late, I told myself it would be ok to get the petrol on the way home instead. I had made this journey several times before, so I knew there was a petrol station just off the M25 on the way to my destination.

I arrived there without incident. My lunch break did not turn out as planned. I had some problems to resolve during lunch, so I had no opportunity to eat.

With only a few minutes at lunch for a quick call home, I realised I had forgotten my mobile phone charger. My mobile phone battery was running perilously low. Also, I worked across the afternoon, totally famished.

I set off for home, fully intending to get petrol. Before I realised it, I had flown past the petrol station. I remember seeing it recede in my rear-view mirror. And while I had no specific knowledge of where the next nearest pump was, I took a chance that there must be another one nearby. 

I was about 30 miles from home when I noticed that the petrol gauge was showing nearly empty. The red indicator was near the boundary, and I expected the light to come on any second.

I was driving my wife's car, so I had no idea how many miles I could travel after the empty red light came on, before I would run out of petrol. 

I began sweating and got quite uncomfortable. The motorway was busy, so I decided to move over to the "slow' lane to preserve what little petrol I had. I wasn't even sure if that was sensible.

I thought it would be smart to get off the motorway at the next junction – I took the next exit but saw no visible signs of any petrol station. I figured one had to be close by!

A minute or two after pulling off the junction, the empty petrol light indicator came on. I pulled in and parked. The psychological design of these red indicator lights is not accidental, and I hated seeing this one. 

With no real knowledge of the area, I looked around and took stock of my situation. I had only £10 in my wallet. I then asked a guy who was sitting in a truck parked nearby if he could take me to the nearest station.

He didn't seem to want to help. I had to beg him. I think he enjoyed seeing me beg.

I told him I would pay him. He wanted more money than I had to take me there and back. He relented when I put my only £10 on his dashboard.

He looked at it and suddenly agreed. I got the petrol I needed. I had to buy both the petrol can and petrol with my credit card, and he lived up to his promise of returning me to where my car was parked.

I filled up and drove home, learning lots from that experience.

Don McDonald

"Things often go wrong for no reason other than they can"

Why Planning Your Trip Can Be Critical

Anticipate what's ahead, even if it's only a simple trip to Wembley.

One way to protect yourself when travelling is to anticipate what can go wrong.


What I've learned is: -

  • When driving, travel only when you've paid attention to your amount of petrol. 
  • Look ahead and anticipate what might possibly go wrong.
  • Charged every electronic device (and accessory) you might reasonably need beforehand. I should not have forgotten my charger.
  • Set aside the time to plan and prepare for the journey.
  • Have enough money to cover your requirements - the farther away from home the more you might need. Without cash I would have had to walk.
  • Put yourself first - I worked all afternoon while hungry, having missed lunch, and this was far from an ideal situation. 
  • Credit/debit cards are not always replacements for cash (see below).

But here's the thing. It would have been possible to overcome each of these individual situations. None of them were insurmountable.


But when combined, the situation was dire and could have got worse. I simply needed to spend a few minutes to anticipate what might have been ahead.


The other less obvious aspect to this was that I put myself at the mercy of needing other people. Being 100% dependent on others does not always work out as well as you might expect. 

Credit cards are ok to have, but credit cards alone cannot allow you to pay in all situations that may typically crop up when you're travelling.


Credit cards are not always replacements for cash. You really do need some money for the small things that often go wrong. 


My card helped with getting petrol but not with getting help in the first place! For that I needed cash. I had too little cash for the length of my journey.

All sorts can go wrong but usually not so many at one time.


Just imagine how easily the journey could have been much worse had there also been 1) rain, 2) freezing temperatures, 3) snow, 4) a motorway delay or 5) a random 40-mile detour! 

Credit cards are not always replacements for cash. You really do need some money for the small things that often go wrong.

Now I'm absolutely sure that all your trips away will never be like mine. The illustration was a real-life example. It was also to point out how important it is to planning ahead. It shows how useful it is to anticipate your future whenever you intend to go anywhere new.

Anticipating the future is not always difficult. It's simply a matter of asking yourself what can go wrong, then taking steps to mitigate the likely risks.

Situations can change very quickly against you, leaving you worse off than you might have imagined. Yet again, this underscores the importance of proper planning. With a little forward-thinking, I could have saved myself much hassle.

Here's another short anecdote where taking a little advice would have saved me from near-catastrophe.

Travel Catastrophe - A Close Shave

I was once making a train journey to the north of England. I recall having to run to the carriage with the few unreserved seats. It seemed like half the train had the same idea.


In fact, I did manage to get a seat, but I chose to give it up to someone much more in need than I.


Had I known what was ahead, I might have made a different choice. It was clear there was something wrong. It was summertime and hot.


People were everywhere, filling the aisle of the train. It had more passengers than seats.


Worse still, there was no air-conditioning and seemingly little oxygen!


Thankfully the train took off, but the circumstances were what I thought must surely be against any sort of health and safety regulation.

I could only pray that it would all turn out well. 


Note that no train guard, conductor or official ever appeared throughout the entire journey.


It was awkward standing all round with some many people close by. Around 1.5 hours into my journey, I realised I was unwell, but, at first, I was not absolutely sure. Was I imagining it, or was I not?


I needed to be sure, so I counted to 60, and by the end, I knew for sure that I was about to throw up.


So here I was, now in distress, knowing that my next actions were significant.


Not exactly sure what I could do, it occurred to me that sitting might be my best option.

Surely there would be more oxygen closer to the floor. So, I sat on the floor.


As soon as I did that, someone close by got up and offered me their seat. I took it. I was desperate.


Within seconds of taking the seat, someone else offered me some water. Drinking water made the most significant difference. 


Then I remember that my wife had implored me to take along some water, but like most men, I thought she was fussing, so I paid no attention. 


She was none too pleased when I told her later that evening after ignoring her advice. 


So, with the seat and water I received, my biggest crisis to date got averted.


Don McDonald

You'll no doubt see my mistake. I didn't follow basic common-sense rules. And I almost created a health issue for myself. 

With a less caring crowd, I might have fainted or vomited or both, as I have seen myself.

Consider These Before Going To Wembley

Next, we'll look at how to get the best of your next trip to Wembley.


One stage of your trip will be to decide on things like

  1. What will you do when you arrive at your destination, 
  2. How you will spend the different parts of your day, 
  3. Where you will spend your day, 
  4. Perhaps, who you'll spend it with, 
  5. When will be the best time to get going?
  6. How will you get around?

But the critical part of any planned trip is to anticipate the day and those parts of your coming experience that you might overlook in your naturally eagerness to get going. 


You want it to be great so don't ignore Murphy's Law that states (nothing personal!) - things will go wrong just because they can.

Anticipating your journey to Wembley

This is worth reiterating from above. It's so critical I'm saying it twice. One of the single most important things you can do as a thinking sensible individual, especially responsible for others also, is to look ahead at what faces you.


This applies to not just to travel but to real life also. People who find themselves wondering "how did I get myself into this" are often guilty of failing to anticipate their future.


Below then, are some travel areas to which you may want to give consideration.

01 - When is the best time to visit Wembley?

Obviously, you can visit the UK at any time of the year, but the best time to visit is May to September, with the hottest months typically being Mid-June to August.

You'll often be at the mercy of your fixture date or concert dates and will have little choice. Apart from the summertime, it can be chilly in the evenings. Be prepared for that with appropriate clothing. 

02- What should I wear in Wembley?

What you wear on your next trip to Wembley depends very much on the time of year you choose to visit. Of course, most people visit Wembley when the weather is best.

December to February represents the cold rainy time of the year in Wembley. However, recently, while mainly cold, there have been some exceptionally warm days. In the main, this time of year is cold and rain prevail, with occasional snow.

Luckily the weather begins to get better around March to May with less cold days running to more temperate weather but still there tends to be a blend of sunshine and rain. That weather turns towards a cool a blend of sunshine with occasional rain around April–May.

The best time of year then is June, July, August and some of September with August of course being the hottest time. The sun often lasts towards the mid and end of September. While there may be some bright days in October the temperature is now heading towards cold.

Also, when people visit depends significantly on when their events get scheduled. For example, the time of your visit may be constrained by a football fixture, a concert date, an NFL fixture or even a postponed event.

03- How to budget for your visit to Wembley?

It is essential to budget for your trip to ensure you make the most of the event. The last thing you'll want is to have to depend on someone else for money. Being dependent makes you powerless, and you should ALWAYS be looking to control what YOU do.

Budgeting is typically reserved for costly trips – typically a holiday lasting a few weeks. But equally important is that the habit of budgeting is an activity to practice as often as you can.

Making the personal decision to budget, forces you not only to take responsibility for the overall success of your trip, but to take seriously questions such as these: -

* How much money will I need for this trip overall?
* What will I need before I travel?
* How can I save money for a trip?
* What sacrifices might I need to make for this trip?
* How can I keep cash safe when I'm travelling?
* Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
* Who can I take with me?
* How long can I afford to stay?
* What is the best way to travel?
* What will I need to take along?
* Will we be able to pick up any gifts for the kids?
* Could we afford any merchandise or souvenirs?
* Who should I let know I'll be away?
* What are the cost of the travel tickets?
* How much will the event tickets cost?
* What class of seats can we afford?
* What will we do for food?
* I wonder if we could get or favourite meals?
* How long will it take me to repay my credit card?
* How much will borrowing for this trip affect my credit rating?
* Can we stay over an extra night to avoid the departure rush?
* Can we afford to fly or is it better for our budget to travel by coach?
* Can we afford any little luxuries or are we likely to be on the edge of our budget?
* Can we even afford to go to that event?
* Can we afford Club Wembley?


Budgeting is about making sure that you have enough to do what you want, when you want. So it's all about asking yourself the relevant questions, some of which are above, determine the cost of each that you prefer, adjusting your choices if you feel the costs are prohibitive, working it all out, being satisfied that the final values you settle on are acceptable to all involved, and then having that money ready from your resources (cash, credit card and savings).

The advent of cheap credit via credit cards means that budgeting for many people is simply about checking if their credit card can support their next adventure. Off they go then spend the remainder of the year repaying, while hoping that the next adventure ( or no great expense) does not crop up before they have repaid it.

 

04- What do I need for my trip to Wembley?

What you need depends to some extent on how far you need to travel.

For example, if you're coming to the UK from overseas, you need more stuff than if you're simply making a domestic trip.

What you bring along with you affects how comfortable you'll feel on your travels. The farther you're travelling, the more you'll tend to need to take along unless you're prepared to buy missing items locally.

There are so many things to consider and think about. To make it easy, let's break things down into areas from which you can pick and choose as you like.

How to Choose a Place to Stay in Wembley

Choosing a place to stay is both straightforward and challenging at the same time. Many simultaneous questions will percolate in your mind before you can be happy with any choice about staying in Wembley. 


If you have already visited Wembley or someone you trust has made a recommendation, then that decision is made all the easier.

01- Some Questions to Ask Yourself About Visiting Wembley

Otherwise, you'll need to ponder questions like these – (I told you it was both easy and challenging!)


  • How long will you be staying in Wembley?
  • What is your budget range for the stayover?
  • How much will it cost to get there?
  • How close is the hotel to where you're going, really?
  • What is the service is like where you're planning to stay?
  • What is the atmosphere like at that venue?
  • Is there anything fun to do close by?
  • What is the food like at this place?
  • Are there any other hidden costs? For example, if you have to pay extra for air conditioning in summertime, find another place to stay.
  • Should my budget include tipping during my stay (hotels, restaurants, taxis)
  • What do others say about your planned experience?
  • What should I do if things go wrong?
  • Where to go if things go wrong?
  • Who to call if things go wrong?
  • Are you celebrating or just staying over to avoid immediate return travel?
  • Will you be staying over alone, with family or friends?
  • How many rooms will make sense for your group? For example, will it be necessary to place your grandparents into another room leading to incurring the cost of another room? 
  • Will you need to arrange people into different groups based on other criteria? 
  • Are any members of your group better off with fewer people around? 
  • Would you consider any of them to be vulnerable, thus requiring more attention or the provision of special equipment to make their stay more comfortable? 
  • Will you be making greater demands on the hotel services during your stay for different people in your group?
  • Will you be requiring wheelchair access?

Natural preference to stay in Wembley- Considering it all, what is your natural choices of places to stay? It is a hostel, a hotel or bed & breakfast? How does this choice fit in with the scenarios described earlier?


What other factors affect your choice of place to stay? - What other factors are there that might affect your choice? For example - are you travelling with very young or elderly people who might prefer to avoid crowds. 


Will it be too physically taxing? After a full day of excitement and possible exertion, struggling alongside large concert-crowds might physically tax some people. And then you'll need to navigate through the crowds onto the underground or perhaps wait around for transport or drivers or the car or taxi to pick collect you.


And this is especially when all people probably want to do is rest. 


Might you be willing to stretch your budget by a further night to avoid fatigue or crowds? If you're only looking for a place to sleep for one night, the effort to go through all the options may be too much, and it may make sense to simply choose a place based on costs. You can use the best advice given by recent visitors to guide you to your choice.

02- How Can I Keep Down the Cost of Accommodation in Wembley?

If you looking for to keep your costs down here are a few considerations.


  • Close Proximity - Hotels tend to be more expensive the closer to the attractions you stay. 
  • Just outside - Depending on your budget, it may be wise to stay one or two stops around Wembley. Wembley is well served by transport. Staying close by instead of the centre will cut the cost of your accommodation. But then you have the travel costs to consider, and this cost depends on how many people are travelling. Having travel cards can make this easier for everyone. Know too that using Uber may help with keeping costs down.
  • Expensive weekends - The time of year you visit affects the price - weekends are more expensive than weekdays. And the same goes for weekends too.
  • Discounts - Some credit cards give you free nights and free travel (rewards), depending on how much travelling you do and your memberships to various discount hotel chains.
  • Bargain - If getting a deal is your priority, be sure when searching to look by "lowest price" - choosing the lowest price is not always the smartest option considering that we tend to get what we pay for.
  • Ratings Matter - Look at the ratings left by other people - what others say is important, not just about the accommodation but the location and the food. You simply need to read but ignore the very highest and the lowest ratings. The highest ratings can be genuine, but often, you learn more from the other ratings.
  • Free Cancellation - Modern systems allow booking with free cancellation - lookout for this - it means you can cancel without cost if you get a better deal near the time of your date of travel.

Let's assume that you like the look of a place to stay, now what?

Doing your own research early on is critical to having the kind of stay you want. 

There are other questions too – for example, do you like the area where the place is located? 

03- What kind of accommodation suits you for your trip to Wembley?

  1. Hostels - If you like slumming it because then a hostel might be the kind of accommodation you prefer. There are different ways to get cheap or even cheaper lodgings, but I'd say to pay attention to what may be a riskier set of circumstances.
  2. Air Bnbs - I have no specific experience of this. This represents another way of staying in Wembley. Air Bnbs make it possible for people to afford now what they could not have afforded in the past.
  3. Hotel - If you have an acceptable budget and need less of an adventure, then using a tried and tested traditional hotel may be your best bet overall.

04- Other critical aspects of your travel to Wembley

A place to stay is only one aspect of your travel concerns.


Here are 8 other aspects to consider too when thinking of your trip to Wembley.


    1. Reviews - What do others say? - You should also pay attention to what others are saying. I confess to not leaving a post-visit review about my trip to Edinburgh that genuinely reflected how we felt about spending time above the noisy night club. I didn't want to negatively affect how well that business did in future.
    2. Night-time entry - Could you check-in late even if you intended to check-in early? Would that be ok or a big hassle?
    3. Room Safety - The more trusting of us would assume that if a hotel is in the business of accommodating people, those people's security would be paramount. On first entry to your room, you may want to check for adequate locks where others could enter.
    4. Room Service - if you're only staying in the hotel for a day or two, do you really need someone entering your room and all that could go wrong with that? Only you can decide, but you could minimise the chances of things going wrong by keeping others out of your room.
    5. Door Lock - Is the internal door lock adequate? Would it keep sleepwalkers in (your young children perhaps) and keep potential intruders out while you're asleep?
    6. Smoke detector - How about the smoke/smoking detector? This is yet another way you should expect your hotel to take your health seriously. And to be fair to them, they usually do. 
    7. Valuables - Do you need to take your jewellery from home? Really? By doing so, you increase the likelihood of losing them. If you were to think carefully and consider the risks, you probably wouldn't mind leaving them at home.
    8. Room/Venue Features - wi-fi, tv, local pickups, laundry, hot water, breakfast, coffee or coffee machine, a kettle, iron and ironing board, a fridge, a reception to suit your needs.

05- Where Should I Stay in Wembley?

There is no shortage of places to stay in Wembley. One way to keep your costs down might be to stay in one of the areas that neighbour Wembley.


Areas surrounding Wembley - But Wembley is part of the wider Borough of Brent. Wembley is immediately adjoined to districts like Kingsbury, Harrow, Alperton, Sudbury, Neasden, Kenton, Stonebridge, Cricklewood, Harlesden, to name a few. 


Therefore, all of these areas are within a short distance and offer places within Wembley's easy reach.

If you are on a budget, you could consider staying in and around Wembley. 


Where you stay will depend on your budget and whether or not you prefer to stay within Wembley itself plus what's available when you're ready based on the amount of demand there is.

See below for some well-known established places to spend time.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wembley

It's natural, after you've made your decision to travel, that you almost immediately begin thinking of the practical aspects of your travel.

For example, you may already be asking questions like these?

  • Can I drive to Wembley Stadium?
  • Can I park in Wembley on event days?
  • Does every car have to pay congestion charge?
  • Can I wear shorts in Club Wembley?
  • How do I get to Wembley By Tube?
  • How Far is it from Wembley Park Station to Wembley Stadium?
  • How long does it take to get out of Wembley Stadium?
  • Is Wembley safe at night?
  • What is so special about Wembley?
  • Can I drink alcohol in Wembley Stadium?

We have the answers to these frequently asked questions and more.

Places to stay in Wembley - Recommendations

Here is a list of places to stay in Wembley.

This list is not exhaustive and centres around the Wembley Area

  1. Premier Inn London Wembley Park Hotel
  2. Novotel London Wembley
  3. Hilton London Wembley
  4. OYO The Green Man Pub & Hotel
  5. London Wembley International Hotel 
  6. The Travel Lodge, Wembley High Road
  7. The Arena Lounge (7 minutes from Sudbury Town Station) 

Essential Travel information For Wembley

First off, you need to secure your essential critical information. You'll be looking to capture this information and keep them handy. 


Also, you need to be ready to do the following: -


  1. Treat wounds 
  2. Have medicines to cover scenarios you encounter when away from home
  3. Manage your personal hygiene
  4. Protect your skin
  5. Handle your bathroom situations depending on your particular requirements
  6. etc.

Essential Documents and Information To Keep Handy

Some of these items you will leave at home, and not all will be appropriate for every trip or everyone.

  • Emergency contact details 
    • Include home address and next of kin
  • Destination details
    • To where you're travelling (address and phone number) and what time you expect to arrive and return.
  • Bus/Coach/Train/Plane tickets 
  • Event Tickets
  • Local Travel Tickets 
    • Oyster Cards
    • One Day Travel Card
    • 60+ Oyster Card (if you're from London and over 60 years of age)
    • Freedom Pass (if you're older!)
  • Plane Boarding Cards (if appropriate)
  • Passports (if appropriate) - is your passport up to date?
  • Driving Licence (always useful for identification) - is your driving licence up to date?
  • Credit/Debit cards for emergencies
  • A splash of cash for local tipping 
  • Travel documents and itinerary 
  • Hotel reservations (if appropriate)
  • Insurance papers and details to call if you need them
  • Event/Travel Itinerary
  • Have recent photos of your children - they will help tremendously in helping find your children in case you get separated.

Make the effort to fill out the emergency section of your passport.

Medical Supplies and Medication

Now, unsurprisingly, there are many pharmacies or chemists in and around Wembley. So you're unlikely to struggle to find one in your time of need.

Similarly, many hotels will be able to direct you to the nearest one were you to need one. But it makes sense to make an effort to anticipate the practicalities of any medication you may need while travelling, before you leave home. 

It will be a problem trying to get prescription medication from a local pharmacy without proper paperwork. If severe, it might be best to see a doctor first. So don't forget your prescription medicine and be sure to carry enough for your entire trip.

Better still, if truly severe, why not consider a walk-in clinic or visit A&E?

"Just imagine how easily my journey could have been made much worse, had there been one or more of these also involved -
1) rain, 2) freezing temperatures, 3) snow, 4) a motorway delay or 5) a random 40-mile detour!

Over-the-counter Medications While Travelling

However, it's sometimes necessary to need over-the-counter supplies if some situations were to arise.

Perhaps it's because of a touch of hay-fever, a headache or a slight abrasion or cut.

Here is a list of medicines for common ailments 

  • Flu medicines - containing Phenylephrine hydrochloride, paracetamol. I take one of these sachets EVERY TIME I feel a cold coming on. 
  • Pain killers - for headaches, toothache and general pain
  • Motion-sickness - tablets or wrist bands to help while travelling for those who suffer.
  • Sleep tablets - containing Valerian
  • Lip balm – help with lip dryness throughout the day.
  • Diarrhoea - Imodium is a well-known brand - it stops diarrhoea after a tummy upset – if you're unwell at an inconvenient time, or don't have Imodium, then ingesting starchy liquids can be extremely helpful in aiding your condition
    • A pharmacist once told me to - drink the cooled water from boiled rice as a fix for tummy upset – you begin with more water in the saucepan than you would typically need, you cook the rice until it boils, you allow the liquid to cool the water, you strain it, then drink it. It has a bland taste but it's not unpleasant. One big advantage is that it's also ideally suited to young children.
    • The same pharmacist also recommended drinking barley water, but I've no personal experience of that working.
  • Hay fever - Allergy tablets – contains Loratadine 
  • Antacid - indigestion – contains calcium carbonate
  • Allergies - antihistamines 
  • Cough/Cold mixture/medicines 
  • Antibacterial Water-Resistant plaster - keeps minor cuts and scrapes clean
  • Indigestion tablets
  • Plasters/Elastoplast

A note about coughing – if you are concerned about having a coughing fit on your travels – instead of taking along cough medicine, take along some sweets to suck instead. Sweets help because it's not possible to cough and suck at the same time. You'll want to take some long-lasting sweets like Jakemans – readily available from Boots or other supermarkets.

How To Find An Emergency Dentist In Wembley

If while travelling you have severe trauma, that requires dental work, you're probably unlikely to require this immediately on the typically short journeys that most people make to Wembley.

Unfortunately, a sudden mouth trauma like a punch, or a fall, requires time before any work can begin. You'll need to undertake this on your return home.

You might find yourself in need a repair of a tooth implant, or severe toothache perhaps, in which case, seeking out an emergency dentist makes sense.

You can use the NHS Dentist Search Tool.

How To Find An Emergency Doctor In Wembley

What do I do if I need a doctor in an emergency situation while in Wembley?

You can use the NHS Doctor Search Tool.

Normally you'd only be thinking of needing a doctor in circumstances where you felt that your life was in danger - so that would be for the following levels of seriousness.

  1. Loss of blood
  2. Severe head trauma - perhaps someone has had a fall
  3. Severe chest pains
  4. Damage to face or teeth
  5. Loss of consciousness
  6. Broken bones - suspected
  7. Any other life-threatening condition

In which case, you should get yourself, or the person in question, to Accident and Emergency care immediately. This health-related requirement transcends any loss of money or other inconvenience that can be later resolved or laughed at!

Take your phone, turn on location-tracking and search the local area for a doctor or hospital.

If in the slightest doubt, call NHS 111.

Hospitals (Accident & Emergency) In and Around Wembley

Below I list five hospitals in order of proximity to Wembley – they are all always open, and any taxi can take you there.

  1. Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, HA1 3UJ – this is where any ambulance is likely to take you in the event of a significant incident. 
  2. Central Middlesex Hospital, Acton Lane, London, NW10 7NS 
  3. Ealing Hospital, Uxbridge Road, Southall, Middx, UB1 3HW
  4. Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, London, W12 0HS 
  5. Hillingdon Hospital, Pield Heath Road, Hillingdon, Middx, UB8 3NN

The first 3 hospitals in the list above are closest to Wembley.

Walk-in Centres Around Wembley

There are several Walk-in centres around Wembley. 

  1. Wembley NHS Walk-In Centre - 116 Chaplin Road, Wembley, Middx, HA0 4UZ - 020 8900 6020
  2. Wembley Pharmacy, 183 Ealing Road, Wembley, London, HA0 4LW - 020 3967 8558 - Note there is a cost associated with this centre.
  3. St Charles Centre For health, London, W10 6DZ - Open daily 08:00 – 21:00– this is situated between Kensal Green and Notting Hill
  4. Ridgeway Surgery, 275 Alexandra Avenue, Harrow, Middx, HA2 9DX - Open daily 08:00 –19:30
  5. The Pinn Medical Centre, Pinner, Middx, HA5 3EE - Open daily 08:00 – 19:30
  6. Belmont Health Centre, 526 Kenton Lane, Harrow, Middx, HA3 7LT - Open Mon-Fri 08:00 – 18:30, Sat 09:00-12:00
  7. Edgware Community Hospital, Edgware, Middx, HA8 0AD - Open daily 07:00 - 21:00

What Pharmacies/Chemists Are There In And Around Wembley

Consider too that many supermarkets have a pharmacy and therefore sell medicines over the counter.

Be sure to call 111 if you need urgent treatment and are unable to find a pharmacy that's open.

Pharmacy Name

Address

Postcode

Phone

Tesco Express

492-500 High Road Wembley

HA9 7BN

(+44345 674 6385)

Paster Chemist

212 Preston Road, Wembley

HA9 8PB

(+4420 8904 3334)

Peace Pharmacy

14 The Broadway, Preston Road Wembley

HA9 8JU

(+4420 8904 2071)

Boots

500 High Road, Wembley

HA9 7BH

(+4420 8902 2866)

Health First Pharmacy

95 Wembley Park Drive, London

HA9 8HF

(+4420 8902 1402)

Tesco In-Store Pharmacy

Great Central Way, Brent Park, Neasden

NA10 0TL

(+44 345 677 9067)

Wilko

464-466 High Road, Wembley

HA9 7AB 

(+44 333005 1315)

Lloyds Pharmacy Inside Sainsbury's

360 Ealing Road, Wembley, Middx

HA0 1PF

(+44 20 8998 3070)

Chana Chemist

96-98 High Street, Harlesden, London

NW10 4SL

(+44 20 8961 4525)

Optipharm Pharmacy

29 Bridge Road, Wembley, Middx

HA9 9AB

(+44 20 8908 1960)

Lloyds Pharmacy Inside Sainsbury's

1 Nash Way, Kenton

HA3 0JA

(+44 20 8907 4928)

Wembley Pharmacy

183 Ealing Road, Wembley, Middx, 

HA0 4LW

(+44 20 8795 3636)

Superdrug 

464-466 High Road, Wembley

HA0 3AP

(+44 20 8795 0058)

Asda-In-Store Pharmacy

Forty Lane, Wembley Park, Middx

HA9 9EX

(+44 20 8782 6310)

Asda Superstore

Forty Lane, Wembley

HA9 9EX

(+44 20 8782 6300)

Chana Chemist

Willesden Centre for Health & Care, Robson Avenue

NW10 3RY

(+44 20 8459 2332)

Asda-In-Store Pharmacy

Colindale, London, Middlesex

NW9 0AS

(+44 20 8358 2510)

Morrisons Pharmacy

Morrison Superstore, HoneyPot Lane, Queensbury, Middx

NW9 6RN

(+44 20 8206 1357)

Public Toilets/Lavatories in the Wembley Area/Disabled Toilets in Wembley Area

In the unlikely event that you need a lavatory while in Wembley, know that most food-related establishments will have a toilet that may be more convenient for you.

Listed below are three public toilets in and around Wembley. The disadvantage is that you may have to travel to them.

Brent Civic Centre

Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ, M-F 08:30 - 20:00, Sat/Sun 0900-17:00 (D)

 

Douglas Avenue

Alperton, Middlesex, HA0 4PY (DK), 24x7

Oakington Manor Drive/Harrow Road

Junction of Harrow Road and Oakington Manor Drive,
Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 6QU (S)

 

St Johns Road Toilets

St John's Road (junction with Elm Road), Wembley, HA9 7HU
Located just a short walk just off Wembley High Road, 24x7 (S)

Tavistock Road Toilets

Car park, Tavistock Road, Harlesden, London, NW10 4ND (DK)

Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre

Brentfield, Harrow Road, London, NW10 0RG (C)

Empire Way Toilets

Empire Way, Wembley (C), 24x7

 

Roundwood Park

Harlesden Road, London, NW10 3SH (D)

Sudbury & Harrow Road Toilets

Outside Sudbury & Harrow Road Station, HA0 2LW (C)

Vale Farm Sports Centre

Watford Road, North Wembley, Middlesex, HA0 3HG (C)

Legend - (C) = Conventional, (D) = Disabled, (DK) = Radar Key, (S) = Semi-automatic

It's always sensible whenever you go off the beaten path to never go alone - go accompanied - take a friend along with you to help safeguard your luggage, children or belongings.

"It's always sensible, whenever you veer off the beaten path, to go accompanied -
take a friend along with you to help safeguard your luggage, children or belongings"

Radar Keys And You In Wembley

I heard about radar keys only while researching this article. Radar keys enable access to disabled toilets for people with disabilities.

Anyone with a registered disability can purchase a radar key online, by email sending an email to shop@disabilityrightsuk.org or by phone on 020 7250 8191

Underground Station Toilet Facilities

Note also that the following stations also have public toilets.

  1. Wembley Central Station – In the ticket hall area and on platform 7
  2. Wembley Park Station – Gents toilet behind the stairs (ladies and accessible) - Platform 1,2 and 3
  3. Wembley Stadium has 2618 toilets to cater for its 80,000 people capacity
  4. SSE Arena, Wembley – according to reviews in 2015, there were never enough toilets for the ladies - as you know women tend to suffer all around the country in this regard.

Travel Accessories for your trip to Wembley

Imagine remembering that you've left your headache pills on your dresser, halfway into your journey just as your pain killers are wearing off? Or discovering that you have totally forgotten to pack socks! Neither would be the end of the world but would certainly impact your ability to have the fun you deserve.


So, it makes sense to think ahead and plan what you might need for your trip. 


In no particular order, you should be prepared to treat minor wounds.


Below are some ideas for accessories to include on your next trip. The assumption is that you're travelling to Wembley for a few days, even though most events are single-day events.


01- Travelling by Vehicle

  • Power Bank for ad-hic recharging of electronic devices
  • Hands-free phone kit
  • Emergency Travel Kit for treating minor wounds
  • Portable plugin charger
  • Vehicle Air freshener
  • Local maps in case your satnav is in doubt (so you won't end up in the river!) – Google Maps on your mobile can help here also.
  • Audiobooks
  • Accessories when travelling alone to Wembley
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses for the poseurs!
  • Face masks
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Sunscreen (perhaps for young children); Wembley doesn't usually get overly hot!
  • First aid kit
  • Travel-size toiletries

02- Travel Accessories - Clothing

Having to choose clothes as a man is trivial but a much bigger deal for women and girls. Remember that anything you forget to pack, you can purchase in/around Wembley. So, don't worry too much about this.


  • 1 pair of trousers for every 3 days you'll be away up to a maximum of 3
  • 1 pair of socks and underpants for each day you'll be away
  • 2 shirts for each day you'll be away.
    • 1 for breakfast the following morning
    • 1 for eating out in the evening
  • Clothes for the particular occasion/event
  • Casual shoes
  • Evening shoes for the occasion
  • Women – perfume
  • Men - cologne
  • Lounge-wear and/or pyjamas
  • Light foul-weather gear - dependent on the weather forecasts – rain tends to stay away during the summer, but nothing about the weather is guaranteed!
  • Comfortable shoes – Planning to walk much? The more walking, the more comfortable your shoes need to be. Especially if you'll be waiting around. 
  • New shoes: If you're intending new shoes, why not "break" them in before you go? The last thing you'll want is to be uncomfortable because of new shoes.

03- Travel Accessories - Entertainment 

What about entertainment for you and your companions during those wait times? It's essential to fill your time while waiting but be careful to live in the now. 

No one wants to miss the real moments of their visit, so it's essential to be mentally present "in the moment". It won't be much fun doing Sudoku, standing in line for a concert, while your friends are enjoying themselves – laughing and joking.


  • Mobile phone – this is currently the most significant entertainment device
  • Board Games
  • Book games and puzzles: Crosswords, Word Search, Word Scramble, Sudoku, …
  • Popular Books
  • Dominoes – playing dominoes can be great fun but require multiple players
  • Playing cards – as above but equally fun playing by yourself.
  • Bluetooth speaker for shared impromptu music
  • Wi-fi hotspot

04- Travel Accessories - Entertainment for the children

We must not forget our children's comfort in the melee of getting ready to travel. Below are some commonly required travel items.

  • Kid-friendly snacks
  • Pushchairs
  • Favourite Toys 
  • Stuffed animals
  • Wet wipes – depending on the age of children
  • Cough medicine

Essential Travel Items People Often Forget at Home

I added this section because it represents the forgetting these can cause you pain and disappointment.

These items are obvious but the start of many a trip got delayed because one of more of your fellow passenger forgot or lost or misplaced one or more of these items by not taking enough care. Pay attention therefore to the items that are relevant to your journey.

Why not therefore treat it as a checklist?

  1. Passports/Visa details 
  2. Hotel Reservation papers
  3. Event tickets (Theatre, Concert, Sport, ...)
  4. Insurance documents (if applicable)
  5. COVID-19 Passport (Passport?)
  6. Toothbrush, Toothpaste,
  7. Group/family Itinerary 
  8. Debit/Credit Cards
  9. Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  10. Small Deodorants 
  11. Hair brush/Comb
  12. Shaving blades/Razors
  13. Tissues

Items women tend to forget at home when travelling

  1. Lipstick
  2. Fragrances
  3. Comfortable Walking Shoes
  4. Sufficient Cash (even though as the world further embraces digital, cash is becoming less important)
  5. Pain Relievers
  6. Skincare Products
  7. Phone Charger
  8. Facial Towels
  9. Moist Towelettes
  10. Baby Oil/Moisturiser
  11. Aloe Vera
  12. Nail Clippers
  13. Hair ties
  14. Relevant Medications
  15. A First Aid kit

Useful Travel Numbers (emergency and non-emergency)

Use these number 999 and 112 for serious emergency services, fire, ambulance and police. 

  • 0845 4647 and 111 are other non-emergency numbers to contact the National Health Services to get professional help from trained individuals.
  • 0800 111 999 is another useful number that connects you with the gas emergency number if staying locally for some time. However, as a visitor, you're unlikely to need it. 
  • 999 - use to call the Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance Services
  • 101 - Use this number to report crime that is not an emergency
  • 111 - call this number if you have a medical problem that is not an emergency

Getting to Wembley from Abroad

If travelling into the UK, it's always useful to have your embassy numbers to hand in emergency situations.

Know also that you may need a visa to enter the UK from someplace other than England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – see Visa requirements earlier in this document.

Listed below are 4 typically-used embassy phone numbers.

Country

Embassy Number

Australia

+44 20 7379 4334

Canada

+44 20 7004 6000

New Zealand

+44 20 7930 8422

United States

+44 20 7499 9000

UK Visa Requirements

If you're travelling from outside the UK, you may already be aware of your visa requirements. People who are permanent residents of the UK plus those living abroad but return within 2 years of their last departure do not need visas to enter the UK. 

If you have a certificate of entitlement to the "right of abode" label, you don't need a visa.

Generally speaking, people who have a permanent residence permit for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the USA do not require visas. 

UK Visa Costs

Visa's cost – as of 31st January 2021, it is set at £95 per person for a stay of under 6 months.

However, Visa requirements are involved, especially with Brexit, and you should do your homework before attempting to travel.

You can find more details from the UK visa requirements website.

Arranging Insurance For your Trip to Wembley

If you're travelling from outside of the United Kingdom, then you should probably consider getting insurance. It might be a different matter if travelling totally inside the UK, but it's inclusion in your plans depend on the likelihood you think it is to occur. 

If highly likely, then it's also expected to be expensive. However, things do go wrong, so it pays to consider insurance if you are concerned.

What to insure on your trip to Wembley?

If you're travelling from abroad, I'd say you should consider insurance. Your travel agent or advisor can do just that - advise you if you're unsure.

These days insurance policies can protect against the following scenarios.

  • Delays
  • Loss
  • Medical expenses 
  • Inconvenience 
  • Trip being cut short 
  • Trip being cancelled 
  • Theft of possessions 

Insurance experts always recommend taking out insurance as soon as possible after booking your trip to cover you against changes that can take place before you depart. I've mentioned a number of times that you must take with you and keep handy the details of any insurance policy you have. The policy number is key as well as the emergency assistance number given to you by your provider.

What if you are unable to contact the insurance company for yourself? It is for this reason that you should leave a copy of those important documents with family at home or with fellow travellers who can act on your behalf, should the need arise.

What Should Your Travel Policy Cover?

You don't want to be skimping on this part of your policy.

You should include cover for critical items like: -

  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Emergency local transport
  • Getting home after treatment
  • Emergency dental treatment
  • Getting help from home

Some providers will insist on knowing the full extent of any pre-existing medical conditions. This helps them to fully assess any risks in insuring you. You may benefit from approaching a special provider under.

Most visits to Wembley are not about getting involved with sports or dangerous activities. If you intend to engage in such activities you may prefer to take out insurance to cover eventualities that might arise from such activities.

If you remember nothing else, remember these two things.

  1. Life can all change in a second - consider how the life of someone you know has changed after a fall.
  2. Accidents don't just happen, they get caused. Be careful out there.

There are a few other things to consider.

  1. Personal Liability - What if you accidentally bump into someone and injure them? You may knock someone's laptop into the floor damaging it. Personal Liability cover protects you from such mishaps. 
  2. Personal accident cover
  3. Legal expenses cover
  4. Adjustable excess (a premium payment upfront to reduce or remove the excess in place when you take out your policy)
  5. Lost baggage on flights

What might not get covered under your travel policy?

For reasons of reducing risk and costs, not everything can get covered by an insurance policy.

Some policy exclusions are

  1. Events that include alcohol or drugs
  2. Acts of terrorism
  3. Medical conditions or treatment not declared

You may want to refer to the UK's Foreign Travel Insurance website for more complete details.

How To Get To Wembley Park, Wembley Arena, Wembley Stadium

With Wembley being an international venue, there are many options for getting to Wembley – I've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about travelling to Wembley.  There you will find questions and answers relating to stations, station opening and closing times, travel zones, travel lines, station and travel distances, Travelcards, parking, tickets and much more.


Be sure to check there for answers.


Train Stations In Wembley

Wembley is surrounded by no fewer than 8 stations - National Rail, Underground or Overground stations – namely

  1. North Wembley, 
  2. Wembley Central,
  3. Wembley Park,
  4. Sudbury Hill,
  5. Sudbury Town,
  6. Preston Road,
  7. Alperton,
  8. Wembley Stadium
  9. Sudbury and Harrow Road.

All of these train stations are in Wembley and thus not far from the action.


How will you get to Wembley?

The answer to this depends on where you're coming from, your intended mode of transport, how quickly you need to get there and how much you're willing to spend to achieve that.


Below this is some information about these different ways of travelling to Wembley.


01- Getting to Wembley By Air

In case you're wondering, Which airport is closest to Wembley Stadium?


It is London Heathrow (LHR). Gatwick is just over an hour away, depending on the traffic and time of arrival.


If you're flying into Heathrow, you'd take either a taxi or minicab (private-hire arranged beforehand) from the airport. The journey takes around 30-40 mins (expect to pay between £25 and £50). This duration depends on the time of day and the amount of traffic. 


However, while Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are the most known airports closest to London, other airports also integrate with the train network.


Airports around London are: -

  1. Heathrow Airport
  2. Gatwick Airport
  3. Stansted Airport 
  4. Luton Airport 
  5. Southampton Airport
  6. Birmingham International
  7. London City Airport

Use this link for airport contact numbers.


02- Getting to Wembley By Train

Alternatively, if you prefer public transport, you can use the Heathrow Express to Paddington station then make your way to Wembley. You can also take the Piccadilly Line into London. But for sure, that is only the final part of your journey. 


Trains from around the country arrive at various points around London. You can begin your travel at National Rail Enquiries to arrive at one of the main national rail stations that surround London.


I list them immediately below for your convenience.

The movement of people around the country gets handled by a variety of train companies.


Below I list the biggest of these stations and the train companies involved below your convenience, with their links for tickets, timetables, maps and service availability.


  • Avanti West Coast      
  • Chiltern Railways        
  • Cross Country Trains
  • c2c
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Eurostar
  • Gatwick Express
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Northern
  • Great Western Railway
  • Heathrow Express
  • Island Line
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • London Northwestern Railway
  • London Overground
  • Southeastern High Speed
  • Southern
  • South Western Railway
  • Thameslink
  • Tfl Rail
  • Transport for Wales
  • West Midlands Railway

  • Services and facilities are dynamic. To avoid disappointment, be sure to check with any train company before you travel, at least until travel returns to normal.

    03- Getting to Wembley By Car

    Obviously, you can drive to Wembley, which makes sense depending on how long it is, how long you intend to stay, how many people are involved, your length of stay, ease of parking etc.  These days, I much prefer to let the train take the strain, but let's be honest; the train ticket prices can appear outrageous, and I expect them to be worse when this pandemic is over.


    Sadly, compared with other countries, the prices do cause us to question the value of attending. Some people change their minds at this point. However, the value of an experience is much greater than the immediate costs.


    Be sure to factor this in when you decide.

    11 Tips To Survive Your Trip to Wembley By Car With Kids
    1. Comfort - Travelling should be comfortable, so the first rule is to treat the inside of the vehicle as a sanctuary. By that, I mean no unnecessary clutter or anything else that might reduce the travellers' available space, especially children.
    2. Frequent Breaks - Consider the children when travelling - stop more frequently than you would if you had adults in the car. Adults can obviously go for longer distances than can children.
    3. Mix it Up - Make life interesting for children as they travel - why not encourage them to collect something from every place you stop on the outbound and return journey?
    4. Images Say It All - What's a journey without images to look back on? Encourage children to take family pics, situation pics and friend pics - they'll be grateful in a few years.
    5. Travel light - For short stays, choose light baggage over bulky suitcases - you'll be surprised how much you can get in a rucksack.
    6. Kids Prepare - Encourage your children to gather their favourite movies or music onto their portable devices in good time for their journey.
    7. Electronic Devices - Don't forget to include the "old fashioned" DVD players. Such devices still have a place in our rucksacks when travelling, even though you can stream movies via hotspots. At the same time, they are easy to ditch if you're short of luggage room.
    8. Excitement - Packing your children's Gameboys (with favourite games) and/or Nintendo Switches still provides kids with excitement.
    9. Having A Great Time - Most of us associate having a great time with food (and music). Similarly, no journey involving children would be complete without including their favourites fruit, snacks and/or drinks. Depending on their ages, don't forget their colouring books, their crayons and their favourite games.
    10. Hotpots - If you consider internet access while travelling to be essential, then be sure to test out how to enable and disable the hotspot capability on your mobile phones. Needless to say, hotspot usage will affect the cost of your mobile data plans, but these days this is less of an issue than ever.
    11. Stress and Rush - You know your children better than anyone. If you can afford it, setting out for your trip a day earlier or later may avoid the rush and the stress that often accompanies travel. You could, for example, leave home at the intended time and stay overnight instead of attempting the entire journey all in one. We build memories during our youth, and ideally, those memories would get cemented in fun memories rather than any other kind.

    04- Getting to Wembley Stadium By Train

    There are several ways to get to Wembley Stadium. One way is to use the Wembley Stadium train service.


    The platform is only a short walk from the Stadium. You could make your way to West Ruislip and travel the 13 minutes (some trains take 8 minutes) by train to the stadium - these cost about £4.


    You could even travel from London Marylebone station. This costs about £5.70 or so.


    05- Getting to Wembley Stadium By Tube

    Wembley Park underground station is the closest Tube/Underground station from Wembley Stadium. Wembley Park station is a 9 to11 minute walk. 


    Wembley Park is on the Metropolitan Line and Jubilee lines in Zone 4. Depending on where you're arriving from, you could go to Wembley Central and walk the 15-minutes or so.


    This is also in Zone 4 and you can get there also via the Bakerloo Line or London Overground lines.


    06- Getting to Wembley By Coach

    According to their website, National Express, the coach company, provides an Express service to Wembley for Wembley Stadium Events from over 50 locations across the UK. 


    This mode of travel provides an alternative stress-free experience. According to the National Express website, they have offers that cost £5 or less! Prices like these are difficult to beat. Note that you can also reduce your travel costs with a Coach card by applying for a 1/3 off certain fares. 


    If you're 60 years or over, you qualify for a National Express Senior Coachcard. If you're between 16 and 26, you could be eligible for a National Express Young Persons Coachcard, and if you're registered disabled, you can qualify for a National Express Disabled Coachcard.


    Obviously, the journey times by coach are significantly longer than other means, but this option, because of its relatively low cost, makes it easy to enjoy the events you long to see. 


    You plan, get organised and go!


    Popular locations to Wembley Stadium include London, Bristol, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Leicester, Cardiff, Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds, Coventry and Southampton.

    Below are some typical journey times by coach to Wembley Stadium, according to National Express.

    Location

    Travel Time To Wembley

    Birmingham

    2hrs 30 mins

    Bristol

    3hrs 38 mins

    Bath 

    2hrs 40 mins

    Bournemouth 

    2 hrs 35 mins

    Cardiff 

    5hrs 56 mins

    Coventry 

    2hrs 20 mins

    Gloucester 

    2 hrs 55 mins

    Leeds 

    4 hrs 45 mins

    Leicester 

    2hrs 35mins

    Manchester 

    5hrs 30 mins

    Nottingham 

    2 hrs 45 mins

    Portsmouth 

    2 hrs 45 mins

    Southampton 

    2hrs

    Wolverhampton 

    3hrs 20 mins

    Bear in mind that using National Express is also an option for travel to/from Europe. 

    Surviving your coach journey to Wembley

    Some of these travel times above are over 5 hours – so you'll want to consider having some of the following items on hand to survive the journey without going stir crazy. 

    Most of what you need for your trip will be about keeping you comfortable and entertained for the duration of your journey.

    For Comfort
    • Water, food, snacks and fruit
    • Travel Pillow on which to rest
    • Blanket or suitable clothing
    • Blindfold
    • Earplugs
    • Travel sickness bands/tablets
    For Entertainment
    • Music 
    • Videos
    • Headphones
    • Books
    • Magazines 
    • Newspapers 
    • Puzzles
      • Word Search
      • Word Scramble
      • Sudoku 
    • Technology
      • Mobile phone & charger
      • Tablet for videos/movies
      • Power Bank
      • Mobile hotspot for internet access if not provided by the coach.
      • Laptop if appropriate
      • Access to a mains plug

    Most coach companies work hard to make you comfortable, so they provide many such facilities already like: -

    1. Reclining seats
    2. Plug sockets
    3. Air conditioning
    4. Lavatories (toilets)
    5. Onboard entertainment

    How To Get Around Wembley

    The ease with which you can travel around Wembley depends on where exactly in Wembley you are. Relative to Wembley's main attractions, listed here are the stations within 10 to 15 minutes. 


    In order of proximity, there is Wembley Stadium (National Rail), Wembley Park (Underground), then Wembley Central (Underground and Overground). Most people simply walk when in Wembley as it's easy to do.

    01- Travelling by Uber in Wembley

    Travelling by Uber is an option in Wembley but bear in mind that while the vehicle can be with you in under 2 minutes, Wembley is a bustling area, and traffic can hardly be avoided, so be sure to allow enough travel time. The advantage that Uber drivers have is knowledge of the local area and could reduce your journey time using shorter routes.

    If you're new to Uber, step 1 is to download the Uber app onto your phone. Open the app and register. You will need to give payment details because you always pay in full before the journey begins whenever you choose to use an Uber. 

    On completion of your trip, you get a chance to tip the driver. I always give a tip unless I've had a bad experience, which has not yet happened. 

    02- Travelling by Taxi/Mini-cab in Wembley

    There are many Taxi ranks outside almost every train or tube station. Usually, it's the major ones.

    Similarly, there are many minicabs around Wembley to serve you. Your hotel will call a taxi for you or provide you with local cab numbers in either case.

    As mentioned below, Uber remains a choice also. 

    03- Travelling by Bus in Wembley

    One mustn't forget the obvious ways to travel around Wembley. There are situations where using a bus makes sense, like when staying just outside of Wembley. The buses are efficient, having bus lanes allotted to them in part of the journey. Also, busses are relatively cheap and frequent. 

    However, when you travel and let's face it, one can't avoid the traffic these days in busy town-centres. The key is to allow more time to get to your destination than you think you need.

    The buses that run through Wembley are 18, 79, 83, 92, 223, 234, 204, 245, 297, 483, N18 (night bus).

    Below are some details of the bus routes to help you plan if you want to. I've focussed mostly on the stops in Wembley. 

    You should be able to tell which busses go close to the main Wembley attractions. Remember that it's only about 10 minutes' walk along the new Boulevard from Wembley Park Station to Wembley Stadium.

    Major Bus Routes Through Wembley

    For your convenience l list the major bus routes that cross Wembley from the surrounding areas - this is useful if you decide to stay in accommodation outside of Wembley.

    Bus 18 – From Euston to Sudbury and Harrow Road Station

    Bus 18 bus cuts right through the heart of Wembley Central. Starting at Euston Station (a transit point from the North and Midlands), it travels through Kensal GreenHarlesden, Stonebridge ParkWembley Central, and Sudbury & Harrow Road

    Bus 79 – From Edgware Station to Alperton Sainsburys

    Bus 79 goes through Queensbury, then Kingsbury, past Preston Road StationWembley Central, the High Road, Alperton Station, and Sainsbury's. Note that the 79 bus does not go past Wembley Park Station or Wembley Stadium stations, even though they are close by.

    Bus 83 – From Golders Green Station to Alperton Station. 

    Bus 83 travels through Hendon, Kingsbury StationWembley Park StationWembley Stadium StationWembley Central and Alperton Station.

    Bus 92 – From Brent Park (Ikea) to Ealing Hospital

    The 92 bus travels past Wembley Stadium from Brent Park, through Wembley Central, past Ealing Road, along the High Road towards Sudbury, past Sudbury & Harrow Road Station, past Sudbury Hill railway station, then Sudbury Hill underground station then out of Wembley through Greenford and on to Ealing Hospital.

    Bus 182 – From Brent Cross Shopping Centre to Harrow Weald

    Bus 182 journeys from Brent Cross then through Wembley Park StationWembley StadiumWembley Central Station, Sudbury & Harrow Road Station then out of Wembley through Harrow on to Harrow Weald

    Bus 204 – From Edgware Bus Station to Sudbury Town Station

    • Bus 204 moves through Edgware Station, Burnt Oak Station, Colindale Station, Kingsbury StationPreston Road Station, across East Lane, Wembley Central Station, past Ealing Road towards Sudbury, past Barham Park on to Sudbury Town station.

    Bus 223 – Harrow Bus Station to Wembley Central Station

    Bus 223 goes from Harrow Bus Station, through Harrow town centre, past Northwick Park HospitalKenton Station, South Kenton Station, Preston Park, Wembley Park Station, and Wembley Stadium to Wembley Central Station.

    Bus 245 – From Golders Green Station to Glacier Way Wembley

    Bus 245 travels from Golders Green (Finchley Road) and touches Wembley at Cricklewood Broadway, through Cricklewood Bus Garage, along Dudden Hill Lane, Neasden Underpass, and on past where the old Brent Town Hall used to be (now the Lycee international French School), opposite Kings Drive. Note that Wembley Park Station is just a few hundred years from this bus stop. Bus 245 continues along East Lane to North Wembley Station (Underground/Overground), along Sudbury & Harrow Road Station (this station is one stop from Wembley Stadium Station), and on past Alperton Station. A few hundred years farther on is Glacier Way, located next to Alperton Sainsbury's, Wembley, where it terminates.

    Bus 297 – Willesden Bus Garage (Wembley) to Ealing Broadway

    Bus 297 begins at Willesden Bus Garage (Wembley). It goes past Neasden Station, along Neasden Underpass, also past the Lycee international French School (where the old Brent Town Hall used to be - opposite Kings Drive), then stops outside Wembley Park Station. On it goes, along Wembley High Road past Wembley Central Station, towards Alperton Station and heads to Alperton Sainsbury's, Wembley. The bus then leaves Wembley and goes to Ealing Broadway Station, where it terminates.

    Bus 483 – From Harrow Bus Station via Wembley to Three Bridges, Ealing

    Bus 483 is a relatively new route, only now in place for a few years ago. Bus 483 makes it convenient for travellers to move between Ealing Hospital at one end of the journey and Northwick Park Hospital. After leaving Harrow Bus Station, past Northwick Park Hospital and onto East Lane past North Wembley Station (Underground/Overground). This bus turns right at East Lane and Preston Road's junction and goes past Wembley Stadium Station along Wembley High Road towards Wembley Central Station. After this busy street, its next major stop is Alperton Station, through Hangar Lane (Central Line) to Hanwell to Three Bridges, near Ealing Hospital.

    Which Buses Stop At Which Stations In Wembley?

    It might be useful for you to know not just the route a particular bus in Wembley takes but which buses go past the locations you're interested in. 

    Here is a list for your convenience of Wembley locations and the buses which go past them.

    • Alperton Station – 245, 483, 79, 297
    • Kensal Green Station - 18
    • Kenton Station - 223
    • Kingsbury Station – 83, 204
    • Preston Road – 79, 204, 223
    • North Wembley – 245, 483
    • Northwick Park Hospital – 483
    • Queensbury Station – 79
    • South Kenton - 223
    • Sudbury Hill - 92
    • Sudbury & Harrow Road – N18, 18, 245, 182, 92
    • Sudbury Town – 204
    • Wembley Park – 297, 182, 223
    • Wembley Stadium – 483, 182, 92, 223
    • Wembley Central – 79, 204, 92, 83, 483, 18, 297, 182, 223

    What Are The Football Pubs In And Around Wembley?

    There are many great pubs in and around Wembley - some of them new and modern while many are older and well established.

    You can find more details on the best 11 Football pubs in Wembley - be sure to click through to read the reviews left by others and click again through to their website if they have one shown.

    Similarly, if you're choosing to remain outside Wembley, in say Kenton, one of Wembley's neighbouring areas you can easily also find a great place to hang out in Kenton to find a football match.

    How To Handle Tipping While In Wembley

    Everyone loves being tipped. But in the UK, we tend to be ambivalent about tipping. I don't give tips unless I've received explicit help in some way. However, I do it more often than not.

    I've recently had a rethink, and I now accept that you either want to tip or don't. Tipping needs no justification. This comes down more to your personality than anything else about the other person—you either give tips or do not.

    Is that puzzling for you? It shouldn't be. I mean, does the Sun choose on whom to shine?

    With that said, I usually tip for taxi rides, hotel room staff, great meals and exceptional service.

    This brings us nicely to the next main question.

    How To Keep Your Cash Safe While In Wembley

    • Contactless - Luckily, these days, most of us carry less cash and use either credit or debit cards. The advent of contactless payments has reduced the need to take even less money than before. But some of us still like carrying cash for those little ad-hoc practical uses – like tipping as mentioned above.
    • Separate it - The way to protect your cash is to separate it from your other means of payment. That way, loss or misplacement of one does not lead to a travesty. Keeping that cash on your person makes it easy to keep hold of it.
    • Stash it - Keep money and coins on your person to reduce the risk of having it snatched and thwart potential opportunists. If you're staying overnight in Wembley, it might be wiser to keep your cash and other valuables in the hotel safe.
    • Slippery cash - Be aware that it has become easier to drop banknotes than ever before. The new notes are not only made from some kind of slippery plastic, but they have a tendency to return to a non-folded state when you attempt to fold them. In so doing, they often slip and fall from your grasp often without you noticing.
    • Limit the cash you carry - Take only the money you expect to need rather than all of it. Pay attention to your surroundings and others that occupy your personal space. There are no Spidey senses to warn us when we might be attracting the wrong kind of people. This is not specific to Wembley but to travel in general.
    • Cashpoints/ATMs – There is no shortage of cashpoints in Wembley. If you run out of cash or are looking to obtain some money from a Cashpoint or ATM, you can use the ATM near me site to locate them in Wembley. To be fair, in Wembley, you don't need a locator. Almost every bank has an ATM. Most petrol stations have them too. They are visible when you walk around.

    Wheelchair Access In Wembley

    • Wheelchair access at Stations in Wembley - You'll want to confirm wheelchair access for your hotel if you're staying over. Wembley Park station certainly has wheelchair access from the platforms to the concourse to the ground level. 
    • Wheelchair access in Accommodation in Wembley - You may want to check if where you're staying has proper provision for wheelchairs. Most places these days do, but it's worth checking to avoid what may be a catastrophe for you. 
    • Wheelchair access on buses in Wembley - All modern buses have been adapted to support not only wheelchair access but access for people with buggies, people with mobility impairments, perhaps using mobility scooters and people with assistance dogs (guide dogs, fetch & carry dogs, hearing dogs and sensing dogs). Note also that many stations support access for Wheelchair users.
    • Accessibility Guides - When planning your journey, if you prefer more specific details of which stations have the correct access level on the Underground, there are downloadable accessibility guides available for your perusal.

    You may find other similarly use guides on the Transport for London (TfL) website – audio tube maps, large print maps, step-free tube guides, Tube tunnel maps, River Thames boat services guide.

    London TfL Mobility Aid Recognition Scheme

    There is a scheme that people with disabilities can avail themselves of if they intend to travel by bus. The Mobility Aid Recognition Scheme provides you with a travel companion who shows you how to get around using your mobility on buses. 

    If a service such as this interest you, be sure to contact the Transport for London Travel Mentoring service before your travel.

    Which Train Stations Are Located within Wembley?

    Here is a list of the train stations that are located within the Wembley area.

    1. Wembley Stadium - Chiltern Railways
    2. Sudbury & Harrow Road - Chiltern Railways
    3. Wembley Central - Bakerloo Line/ Overground 
    4. North Wembley - Bakerloo Line/ Overground
    5. Northwick Park Station - Metropolitan Line
    6. Wembley Park - Metropolitan Line, Jubilee Line
    7. Sudbury Hill - Piccadilly Line
    8. Sudbury Town - Piccadilly Line
    9. Park Royal - Central Line
    10. Preston Road - Metropolitan Line
    11. Alperton - Piccadilly Line
    12. Stonebridge Park - Bakerloo Line/ Overground

    What are the train lines/systems that take you into Wembley?

    Listed below are the lines and system that bring visitors into Wembley.

    1. Chiltern Railways
    2. Bakerloo Line - Kenton, South Kenton, North Wembley, Wembley Central, Stonebridge Park, Harlesden, Willesden Junction, Kensal Green
    3. Southern Railways
    4. West Midland Trains
    5. Watford DC Line
    6. Jubilee Line - Queensbury, Kingsbury, Wembley Park, Neasden, Dollis Hill, Willesden Green
    7. Metropolitan Line - Northwick Park, Preston Road, Wembley Park, Willesden Green, Northwick Park
    8. Piccadilly Line - Alperton, Park Royal, Sudbury Hill, Sudbury Town

    Where Can I Park In Wembley On Event Days?

    Parking in Wembley is controlled by a series of Zones around the Stadium area. Without a permit on event day, any parking in the event zones your vehicle with getting towed away – there are many signs about this and be warned the local council enforces this regimen quite aggressively.


    You can park in the designated car-parks just alongside the Stadium or other Council controlled parking spaces (see below). You might not be surprised to learn that it is often more expensive on event days. 


    It may be wise to park at one of the stations outside of the Wembley area, where parking is cheaper, then travel onward to Wembley Park using public transport.


    The farther away from the centre of Wembley you choose to park, the easier it will be, but you'll need to consider how easy/difficult it will be to return to your vehicle at the end of your event or trip. If you plan to park in Brent it's best to download and install their Ringo application. It makes it easy to pay for your parking.


    Why not check out Brent's Wembley Event Day parking details and zones for yourself.

    Car Park Season Tickets In Wembley

    Brent Council runs a Car Park Season Ticket scheme that allows you to use certain car parks within the borough on Mondays to Sundays.


    However, in the Wembley area, you're at risk of having your vehicle towed away if you fail to see the many signs that abound in Wembley. And that is even if you misunderstand those signs. 


    So, for your convenience, listed immediately below, are the Brent Council controlled Car Parks - be sure to install the Ringo Parking App on your mobile phone before using these car parks.

    Northwick Park Car Park Season Ticket Prices

    The Northwick Park car park with its 50 spaces, close to both Northwick Park Hospital and Northwick Park Tube Station, can be rented for £160 per year but is not affected by the Event days in Wembley. 6 months costs £80 and 3 months costs £40.

    Preston Road Car Park Season Ticket Prices

    You can also get a season ticket for the Preston Road car park that's close by the Preston Road Metropolitan line tube station for a slightly higher price of £50, £100 and £200 for 3,6 and 12 months respectively.

    Disraeli Road Car Park Season Ticket Prices

    Disraeli Road Car Park has 55 spaces and costs 100, 200 and 400 respectively for 3, 6 and 12 months

    Brent Council Controlled Car Parks

    Barham Park, Wembley

    You pay at this Barham Park Car Park from Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays - 10am to 3pm. 

    Also on Wembley event days including bank holidays - 10am to 12midnight.

    The parking fee is £7.50 for all day with reduced amounts for shorter stays.

    Brent Civic Centre Car Park, Wembley Park

    From Engineer's Way this Brent Civic Centre Car Park, on the left of the road, has free parking for Blue Badge holders.

    This car park is located very close to Wembley Stadium. Alternatively you can approach it from First Way in which case the carpark is on the right side of the road.

    On event days you pay £30 for the entire day, but instead pay £15 on Monday to Sunday. 

    Here you Pay and Display with either card or cash.

    Disraeli Road Car Park, Harlesden

    This Disraeli Road Car Park is open M-F 8:30 to 6pm - it has 55 se4ason ticket bays - no cash payments are available and the Ringo app is required when making payments. The first hour of parking is free and the parking fee is £2 for three hours. 

    Disabled badge holders park for free and Motorcycles park for free but residents and business permit holders are not valid here.

    Kingsbury Road Car Park, Kingsbury

    This Kingsbury Road Car Park has 44 bays plus 4 bays for disabled individuals and 4 motorcycle bays. Payment to use this car park requires the Ringo mobile app. Parking costs £7.50 for the day with reduced costs for parking of shorter durations.

    It is open Monday to Friday and is open 24 hrs/day and charged hours are 8am to 6:30 pm.

    Lonsdale Avenue Car Park, Wembley - HA9 7EG

    You can park at this Lonsdale Avenue Car Park all day for £20. 

    It is close to Wembley Stadium and Wembley Central station and great location for easy access to the North Circular. You pay during the hours of 8am to 6:30 pm Monday to Saturday, and free on Sundays. It is not free on Event days even if a Sunday. Event day parking is 8am until 12 midnight.

    It is open 24 hrs with 33 bays and none catering for disabled or motorcycle users.

    You pay£7.50 all day with reduced costs for parking of shorter durations

    Neasden Car Park

    Payments for this Neasden Car Park require the Ringo app. Like other car parks, you pay during the hours of 8am to 6:30 pm Monday to Saturday, and free on Sundays. It is not free on Event days even if a Sunday. Event day parking is 8am until 12 midnight, but is open 24hrs.

    There is an all day charge of £7.50 and has 38 bays

    Northwick Park Car Park

    The Northwick Park Car Park is close to Northwick Park & St Marks Hospital and has 96 bays- It's free of charge for the first 3hrs (no returns within 2hrs) while £3 is charged for all day - it is part of the Brent Car Park Season Ticket scheme.

    Payment is made using the Ringo app (reference 5096. Free parking sessions (not required for disabled badge holders) must also be booked through the Ringo application.

    Preston Road Car Park - HA3 0QQ

    This Preston Road Car Park is open 24 hrs and you pay for parking during Monday to Saturdays 8am to 6:30 pm.

    For parking of over 5 hrs you pay £7.50 with reduced costs for shorter parking periods. On Event days you pay £10 for all day parking.

    You also pay through Ringo using reference 5005 and there are 164 bays including 2 electric charging points, 3 disabled bays and 4 parent and child bays.

    Salusbury Road Car Park, Queens Park

    With the Ringo app you pay to park in this Salusbury Road car Park. It is open 24hrs and you get charged for parking between Monday to Saturday 8am and 6:30pm.

    Payment is £7.50 for all day parking and there are 41 bays. There is a public toilet here and is open 24 hrs.

    St John's Road Car Park, Wembley

    St John's Road Car Park is close to Wembley High Road.

    It is open 24 hr and you get charged for parking on Mondays to Saturdays 8am to 6:30 pm, and 8 am until midnight on Wembley Event days.

    You pay £7.50 for parking all day and you pay using the Ringo app using reference 5007.

    Wendover Road Car Park, Harlesden

    The Wemdover Road Car Park is open 24hrs and like the other car parks you pay between 8am to 6:30pm. You pay £7.50 for all day parking and use the Ringo app with reference 5008 to make payments.

    This car park has 27 bays with 2 electrical charging points.

    Disabled badge holders can park for an unlimited period when displaying a valid badge.

    Train Station Car Parks Near Wembley

    There are other car parks controlled by other parties - For example many stations also have car parks.

    Below is a list of other car parks in Wembley for your perusal.

    Station Carparks in and around Wembley

    Car parks can often be found at or close by to some railway stations too. Some of them are therefore managed by the stations authority and you must therefore adhere to their times, schedules and rules.

    To use these car parks (which are all on Transport for London property), you will need to download, install and set up the PayByPhone app on your mobile.

    Note that Greenford, Perivale and Harrow on the Hill are located in neighbouring boroughs and are thus just outside of Wembley

    • Wembley Park Station, Bridge Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 9AA - 82 bays, 12 disabled parking bay
    • Sudbury Town Station (TfL), Station Approach, Wembley, HA0 2LA - 83 bays, 3 disabled parking bay
    • Perivale Station (TfL), Horsenden Lane, Greenford, UB6 8LE - 27 bays, 2 disabled parking bay
    • Colindale Station (TfL), Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5HR - 23 bays, 2 disabled parking bay
    • Queensbury Station (TfL), Cumberland Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA8 5NP - 74 bays, 5 disabled parking bay
    • Greenford Station (TfL), Oldfield Lane, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8PX - 14 bays, 1 disabled parking bay
    • Harrow on the Hill Station (TfL), Station Approach, Harrow, HA1 1BB - 77 bays, 1 disabled parking bay

    Places of Worship And Contemplation In Wembley

    People come to Wembley for all sorts of reasons. It's true that the visit is probably sporting action. However, during that time some may seek some solace, some quiet time, some peace.

    In which case, knowing where in Wembley the best places of worship are, may be helpful to you.

    For your convenience, I list some of the most churches and other places of worship, in and around the Wembley area, for your convenience.

    Note that with the COVID-19 issue, the opening times and availability of some of these establishments may have changed.

    It is worth mentioning that some churches and schools may be willing to allow temporary use of their car parks on Event days. One such location is St Augustine's Church Wembley Park on Wembley Hill Road (at the junction of Forty Avenue and Wembley Hill Road) - directions are available from their website

    Churches In Wembley

    • St Andrew's Church Kingsbury, 28 Old Church Ln, Kingsbury
    • St Augustine's Church Wembley Park152 Wembley Hill Rd, Wembley
    • St Catherine's Church, Neasden Ln, London
    • St Erconwald RC Church, Wembley, 112 Carlton Ave E, Wembley
    • St James Church, Alperton, 32 Stanley Ave, Alperton, Wembley
    • St John's Church, Wembley, 3 Crawford Ave, Wembley
    • St Joseph's Church, 339 High Rd, Wembley
    • St Margaret's & St Georges Church, 67 Nicoll Rd, Craven Park Rd, London
    • St Mary Magdalen Church,1 Peter Ave, London
    • St Mary's Willesden, Neasden Ln, London
    • St Michael The Archangel Church, Wembley, Wembley
    • St Patrick's RC Church, Neasden, Hardie Close, London

    Mosques In Wembley

    • International Islamic Link858 Harrow Rd, Wembley
    • Islamic Cultural Centre (Monks Park Masjid)72 Harrow Rd, Wembley
    • Wembley Central Mosque35-37 Ealing Rd, Wembley

    Synagogues In Wembley

    • Wembley Sephardi Congregation, 46 Forty Ave, Wembley Park, Wembley
    • Wembley Sephardi Synagogue, 46 Forty Ave, Wembley
    • Wembley Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, 46 Forty Ave, Wembley
    • Wembley United Synagogue, 8-10 Forty Ave, Wembley
    • Kenton United Synagogue, Shaftesbury Ave, Kenton, Harrow
    • Kingsbury United Synagogue, Kingsbury Green/Kingsbury Rd, London

    Temples In Wembley

    • Dream SAI Wembley, Union Hall, Union Rd, Wembley
    • Eelapatheeswarar Aalayam, 22 Pavitt Hall, Union Rd, Wembley
    • Jalaram Temple, Sudbury,14 Hastings Close, Wembley
    • Mahavir Foundation Jain Derasar, 557 Kenton Rd, Kenton
    • Shirdi Sai Baba Temple (Alperton), 23 Atlip Rd, Alperton, Wembley
    • Shree Sanatan Hindu Mandir, Wembley, UK, Wembley

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    Unluckily for us, our room was situated above a noisy night club, without a fan or air conditioning.
    It meant having to open the window for ventilation and subjecting ourselves to even more noise from the club.
    A quick check on Google Street View would have helped us tremendously.

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    What And Where To Eat In Wembley?

    This is a relatively easy question to answer.

    Eat Out In Wembley is all about what and where to eat in Wembley. It is the reason this site got created in the first place.


    Among other things, this site makes it easy to find food places by first deciding on the kind of food you're interested in eating and showing those places that serve your preferred food on a map. All without needing to know the names of the eating places beforehand. 


    Many of the eating places on this site have reviews to help you decide which might suit you best.


    This is a relatively easy question to answer. Eat Out In Wembley is all about what and where to eat in Wembley. It is the reason this site got created. 


    This site makes it easy to find food places by first deciding on the kind of food you're interested in eating and showing those places that serve your preferred food on a map. All without needing to know the names of the eating places beforehand. 


    Many of the eating places on this site have reviews to help you decide which might suit you best.


    Like any thriving area Wembley is no different when it comes to food. There really is no shortage of quality food places from which to choose.


    By Type of Food - If Fish & Chips is your thing, then you are well catered for in Wembley. Most eating places do Fish & Chips very well. If you staying in or around Harlesden, then check out the best fish and chips places near Harlesden.


    You may be interested in taking it all in from a pub so we've listed the best 11 football pubs in Wembley for you. If you prefer to be outside of the hustle and bustle of the centre of Wembley, then Kenton may be a preference, so check out - 10 Great Pubs in Kenton to Catch a Football Match or The 10 Best Fish and Chips Shops Near Colindale.


    For Greek food you have many options plus West Indian (Caribbean) foodChinese Food. If punishing yourself with hot curries is your thing (each to their own!), then do not miss Where To Find The Best Laal Maas Curry In Wembley. For burgers in and around Wembley we have you covered too.


    It would be a serious mistake to not mention the numerous Indian Food places and Restaurants in Wembley that are a reflection of it's population. Ealing Road is replete with eating places so see the culinary gems on Ealing Road for more details.


    By Location - If your focus is eating near the SSE Arena, Wembley then check out Where Can I Eat Near the SSE Arena in Wembley? If Club Wembley is of interest to you, then see Everything You Need To Know About Club Wembley.


    If you're close to Wembley Central then see The Best 12 Greek Food Places Near Wembley Central which details the 7 Food & Drink Outlets at Wembley Stadium, 11 Other Eating Options Close to Wembley Stadium and the 5 Restaurants at Club Wembley.


    You might be curious about the typical food prices at Wembley Stadium but note that these prices are very likely to get adjusted upwards when the pandemic is over!

    01- What are the typical food options in Wembley?

    Wembley is like any other place for food choices.

    If you are unadventurous about your food choices, you'll find the following suggestions useful.

    • Fish & Chips
    • Sunday Roast (Most reputable hotels serve this)
    • The Full English Breakfast (Most hotels serve this)
    • Steak & Kidney Pie & Chips
    • Steak & Ale Pie 
    • Chicken Tikka Masala 
    • Bangers & Mash ( most reputable hotels serve this)

    02- Where to Eat in Wembley?

    But Wembley has more diversity than reflected in the above typical list of dishes. Alongside such safe foods, you find all the other kinds of cuisines like any modern city. 

    Click any of the provided links to discover those places in and around Wembley that are most popular – Fish & ChipsIndian, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Caribbean, Portuguese, to name a few.

    There are many popular bars and pubs in Wembley, all of which serve excellent food.

    Most if not all of them serve burgers and Fish & Chips.

    03- Where to Eat in Wembley - Recommendations

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    Wembley Stadium Entry Rules

    As a world-class event venue, the authority of Wembley Stadium have rules in place to which visitors must adhere. There is now a Wembley Stadium restricted-bag policy.


    One area of consideration is that of attempting to take luggage, bags and items into the stadium. The last thing you need is to miss being able to enter the stadium because you fall foul of these rules.


    1. The rules are that your bag must be no larger than an A4 sheet of paper. That is approximately 12"x8"x8" or 30cm x 20cm x 20cm in old money. 
    2. All merchandise you purchase will be given in clear plastic bags and sealed if inside the Stadium area. Each individual is permitted only one small bag plus any merchandise bags. So, this rules out many laptop cases, some camera bags, backpacks and other popular bags. 
    3. Apart from the health and safety aspect of such a policy, a restriction on bags, make it easier for people to enter, exit and get around unencumbered, not just you but other fellow visitors also. This offers people a better all-round experience while there.
    4. In the unlikely event that you need an exemption, perhaps for medical reasons, you'd need to apply, using the Wembley Stadium website, for a medical exemption certificate to show when you visit.

    Follow the rules and enjoy your trip.

    Surviving Wembley

    Surviving Wembley is all about anticipating things that might go wrong, that we typically stress about, all while making our situation worse. Stressing unnecessarily over simple situations or accidents, essentially distort your perceptions and can ruin your event or overall experience. We've all seen this.


    Something small or low priority, gets blown out of proportion leading to raised voices or sometimes lead to violence in the worst case.


    However, smart people recognise that stuff happens and that stuff will always happen. there is no avoiding it . Yet what matters is not so much that it happens but how you respond to it. It's how you react and respond that matters.


    Following this is a list a tiny subset of typical travel mishaps.

    01- Travel Mishaps

    • Severe train/plane delays
    • Your scheduled train departs without you due to some incident 
    • You feel sick, unable to travel/return home
    • You lose your train/event ticket (luckily, most tickets today are digital), 
    • You miss your train or connecting flight 
    • Your train or plane arrives but suffers some kind of defect
    • Missed train/plane departure - inbound or outbound
    • Loss of passport, loss of wallet, loss of money
    • Car, train, coach breakdown, delayed baggage at the airport
    • Flooding on the train lines requiring replacement transportation
    • Something serious occurs forcing you to cut your journey short and return home earlier
    • There is some injury involving you, your friend or loved one(s) that requires a doctor or A&E treatment
    • You arrive at your destination, and there is a booking mistake which means there is not enough room for everyone 
    • You get separated from your friends
    • You have an injury that affects your enjoyment

    02- Hotel Mishaps

    There are a million things that can go wrong when it comes to places, people and food.

    Here are a few.

    • Room paid for in advance but not available when needed
    • Noisy hotel overall
    • Noisy room
    • Room too hot or too cold
    • Shower does not work as expected
    • Room not as secure as expected
    • People in a drunken stupor mistakes your room for theirs, waking you up at the wrong time

    03- Restaurant Mishaps

    We all have stories about restaurants and eating, and it is fascinating to me how well things work in restaurants overall, considering all the variables and complex logistics involved. And also considering how finicky and precious we can be, especially when around other people.

    Note too that we stress over aspects of eating that are highly subjective, that the restaurant staff could hardly be expected to know. Believing that the customer is always right, we make increasing demands of our restaurants.

    Here are a few typical examples that if any of them were to occur: -

    • Cold food
    • Poor service
    • Toilets out of order
    • Inadequate heating in your eating place
    • Uncomfortable seating
    • Inconvenient seating
    • A child being sick on you
    • A waiter spilling food on you, accidentally!
    • Spilling food or drink (red wine!) on yourself
    • You slip, your stumble, you fall, not good

    04- Event Mishaps

    There are a million things that can go wrong when it comes to your overall event. 

    Here are a few.

    • You go to the toilet and you cannot re-join your friends
    • You go to the lavatory and for some reason you're not permitted to re-enter
    • You go to the lavatory and for some reason you lose your way
    • You go to your event and you cannot see because of other people
    • You discover the seat you chose is not at all great
    • Someone else has taken your seats
    • You lose your ticket
    • The colours you're wearing clash with the organisers colours so you're not permitted to enter - ok so this was at a rare football event, so not very likely.

    For an indication of other mishaps, simply take a look at any insurance travel document!

    How To Stay Safe In Wembley

    Police Station Wembley Central

    Police Station Wembley Central

    Without a doubt, we want you to have a safe trip to Wembley. But there is no magic and so you too must play your part. People visit Wembley time and time again without incident. 


    For many staying safe requires nothing more than our keeping your wits about us and using our common sense, like not going off by ourselves, keeping our money out of sight etc.


    But staying safe is also about anticipating what situations might happen (yes I know there are an infinite number of things that could happen, but in reality, only a few ever do) and being prepared for them. You increase your chances of remaining safe if you travel with friends all of whom share the load for their collective safety.

    25 Tips For Staying Safe While Travelling in Wembley, Brent, United Kingdom

    Most people usually visit Wembley for only part of a day. This means no hotels involved. However, some people prefer to make an event of their stay, so paying attention to remaining safe is a priority.


    Here are a few tips about how to remain safe in Wembley.

    1. Hotel Safe - Most hotels provide a safe for your use. Be sure to use it for your money, your travel documents and other things like jewellery. If you choose to use the hotel room safe, practice opening and closing the safe before entrusting your money into it. You must be able to operate the safe properly.
    2. Hotel Taxi - Hotels will typically arrange a taxi for you if you need one. So, it makes sense to begin your taxi journey at the hotel. This is the safest course of action.
    3. Return Taxi - Be sure that your taxi returns you to your hotel, just in case. If you've partied a bit too hard, this saves you the hassle and leaves you somewhat less vulnerable.
    4. Stranger Directions - Refrain from asking strangers for directions. I tend to ask public servants over other kinds of strangers. It's wiser to pop into a chemist or shop or another hotel to ask for help should you need it.
    5. Money Belt - If you are like me and prefer not to store items in the hotel safe, it's wisest to invest in one of the many money belts or body purses available. Even so, still take as little with you as possible to limit any potential loss.
    6. Stay Private - No matter how friendly people might appear, consider withholding your hotel details, especially not your hotel room numbers. It's best to arrange to meet other people in a neutral place or perhaps the hotel's lobby.
    7. Stay In Touch - You undoubtedly have people at home who love and care for you and who would want the best for you. Therefore, it's wise to leave with them your detailed itinerary and stay in touch with them as often as you can, letting them know that all is well with you.
    8. Must You Go Visiting? - Similarly, you may want to refrain from visiting someone in their hotel room for the same reasons as above. Things can change quite quickly, and you may find yourself in a situation much faster than you might reasonably expect. In times of crisis, we still find it difficult to be rude to people we suspect could cause us harm. Be ready to regain control of a situation by being rude if necessary. If you're wrong it's fine to apologise later if appropriate.
    9. Common Sense - Wherever you travel, be sure the local area is well lit and that people are around.
    10. Trust your senses - It is safest to always trust your senses when you're walking or travelling alone. Act sooner rather than later if you don't feel right. By this, I mean turn around, cross over, get a taxi.
    11. Don't Lose Your Mind - If you lose your mind and decide to hook up with someone local, it is wise to let someone else know, even if it is your hotel.
    12. Short term or long-term - Sometimes when away, we lose our minds, do crazy things and get carried away "in the moment". Alcohol is one hell of a drug. In every adult encounter, always practice safe sex. Think long term over short-term.
    13. Are You Crazy? - Don't do crazy things in public places. With smartphones and hidden cameras everywhere, you could end up being the last place you'd ever want to be, at the centre of a video of some crazy person being spread on the internet at light speed.
    14. Did You Really Bond? You may bond with someone while away from home. Without meaning to sound particularly heartless, before giving out your contact details, consider how that person might change your life and what it would mean in practical terms to develop that relationship.
    15. Share At the Last Minute - If you must share contact details, withhold doing so until you are about to depart - too early, and you may unwittingly be letting others know that you're away from home.
    16. Don't Go Public - If you love interacting with social media, it would be wise to postpone giving details of your time away or your visit to Wembley until AFTER you have returned home. This is for the same reason as above, about not letting the world know that you're away from home.
    17. Bling - Avoid wearing expensive looking items of jewellery
    18. Attention - Be sure to pay close attention to your luggage and bags.
    19. No last-minute changes of plan - Whenever you arrive at a place with a plan stick to your plan and avoid being persuaded by anyone to change those plans at the last minute.
    20. Avoid crowds - Avoid walking if possible, in the hustle and bustle of crowds. If you can avoid the crowds and walk in the road then do so.
    21. Oh, my rucksack! - Be aware that most rucksacks are easy to open when you remain still. If possible, use a rucksack with the zips close to your back.
    22. Reserve - Ideally any hotels you intend to use should be reserved in advance.
    23. Group travel - Travel whenever you can in a group - if you're alone tag along with a group of people that you've befriended.
    24. Pre-arrange - Always use official taxis and avoid using taxis that you did not pre-arrange.
    25. Distraction techniques - Take people bumping into you in public places very seriously. Loud noises, spills onto your clothing or other distractions can be attempts to part you from what you own.

    How To Handle Safety Situations While in Wembley

    It's crucial, therefore, to be ready for scenarios as described below.

    Q. What should I positively do if I get lost in Wembley?

    It's easy to lose your bearings from time to time in unfamiliar areas but it's difficult to do in the part of Wembley where the attractions cluster together.

    However, wherever you may be, with a mobile phone you can fix that situation quite easily.

    Follow these steps - Using your mobile phone, turn on location services and locate the nearest service for which you need help.

    You may need a pharmacy, a lavatory, a doctor, a police station, nearest tube station, nearest train station, crowded place, water, It's always sensible to travel with friends or family. That way, you can all support each other. As soon as possible, aim to make your way back to where people are.

    Q. What should I avoid doing if I get lost or lose my directions in Wembley?

    The first piece of advice is "Do not panic". Ask yourself what's the next best thing for you to do or place to go. Ask yourself if you need help and what kind of assistance you might need. Most people will offer support, but public servants are your best bet, like pharmacists, doctors, police, transport staff, hotel staff, ambulance crews, etc.

    I'd also say to try not to elicit sympathy. even though you might need help.

    By not eliciting sympathy, I mean, don't act like a victim. Victims convey weakness, and others may seek to exploit your situation even further, all while appearing initially to help you. Most people, of course, will naturally be sympathetic and luckily this type of exploitation is not at all common.

    Q. What should I do if I were to lose my property?

    What you do depends on where your stuff gets lost. In crowded places, there is always the risk of theft or pickpocketing. Report it to the police and get a crime number – it may help with your insurance claim. The first order of business though is to identify if there is a Lost Property office or place to go and check there when open and convenient. Depending on what time it is, and how busy it may be, you could retrace your route. You might get lucky.

    We are only human - People lose stuff all the time.

    Q. Where do I go if something goes wrong during my visit to Wembley?

    This depends on whether or not it is an emergency or not. And, of course, what type of crisis you have. If you're close to where you stayed, then head there. You will find rest and shelter and get a chance to better understand the issue.

    Your place of stay will be familiar territory with some familiar faces. They are likely to have encountered issues similar to yours.

    Even if you didn't stay at a particular establishment, you could ask for help anywhere – people tend to help. If you're at an underground station, seek station staff for assistance. Smaller rail stations or Overground stations tend to have a less visible team. This can sometimes make it more challenging to get help. This is, of course, a general travel advice, not one that's specific to travel in Wembley.

    Q. Where is the nearest police station to Wembley Stadium?

    There are two police stations around the Wembley area, which are open 24 hours per day.

    1) Wembley Police Station and is located at 603 Harrow Road, HA0 2HH.
    2) Wembley Park Police Station (British Transport Police) is situated at Bridge Road, HA9 9AA – but while open 24 hours, it is not available to members of the public without an appointment. It's not clear how helpful it would be contacting this station about a travel in an emergency.

    Bear in mind that there is usually a highly visible police presence on event days for your continued safety.

    Q. Where is the nearest police station to Wembley Central?

    Wembley Central Police station is close by. But, depending on the nature of your emergency and where you're currently located, it may be wiser, smarter and quicker to directly call the emergency services. 

    Q. Who should I call if something goes wrong during my visit?

    If something were to go wrong during your visit to Wembley, that requires police assistance, you should call 999 or 112. Otherwise, your companions or your family should be considered too. Continue reading for some other situations in which your might find yourself.

    Q. How do I avoid being a victim of crime - pickpocketing, wallet gets stolen, etc.?

    A class of emergency always involves handbags, ruck-sacks, credit cards, debit cards, mobile phones, wallets, cash, and the loss of other valuables. When in crowds, be conscious of everyone around you.

    Do you want to know how you can tell what a thief looks like? Often, they look just like you – you know what I mean, nice, friendly and trustworthy, and they may be pretty too!

    Note, though, that not all emergencies are a result of a crime. People are unaware, get euphoric and careless. We sometimes cause our own crises.

    Sometimes also we wander off away from our friends. We do so with no suitable music like the movies with giving a clue about impending danger. Then we find ourselves the victim of some crime, basically from being stupid. Thankfully, these kinds of incidents are rare.

    A few other tips: - 

    • Stay as a group with your friends – don't get distracted.
    • Arrange with your friends to stay together without everyone understanding that's what they explicitly mean to do – especially if alcohol was involved
    • Don't flash your cash and remind your friends of the same
    • Look out for each other through the event and until you return home
    • Keep your valuables secure - do you really need to take them along.
    • Keep your belongings safe – I know – you've heard this a million times – but by safe, I mean in a way that opportunist cannot snatch it leaving you to having to give chase
    • Decide beforehand to not wander off - like when you go on holiday and before you know it, you're in a time-share seminar wondering how in God's name you got there!

    Q. Is it ok to take along my dog Rover?

    Firstly, your options depend on what you intend to do in Wembley. I'm sure that if Rover is your assistance/guide-dog, they will be able to go wherever you go. Different establishments may have specific rules governing a dog's access to eating places so check locally.

    Noise and crowds - You should be concerned too about those areas where noise may upset Rover. The presence of masses, like the noise, might be a limiting factor. Would it be ok to take your dog into areas where it may get accidentally stepped on or negatively affected?

    If you're used to travelling with your assistance dog, you most likely have your own items – here are some obvious ones.

    * Car safety harness - if appropriate
    * Dog bedding
    * Dog food
    * Food bowl
    * Dog treats
    * Dog leash
    * Waste disposal bags

    Q. Is it safe to take grandma and grandpa along to Wembley?

    Are you sure that grandma or grandpa is up to the trip? If yes, then Wembley welcomes them.

    Ask yourself a few questions, quite realistically.

    * Is the trip truly suitable for them?

    * Are they fit and healthy?

    * How will including them work concerning their medication requirements, wheelchair access, walking aids or mobility scooters or walking chairs?

    * Will there be any issue with hearing aid, dentures and other impairments that may cause them inconvenience?

    Be sure to discuss the critical issues and possibilities with them.

    9 Tips for Travelling With Your Dog To Wembley

    Unsurprisingly, for everyone's safety, dogs and other animals are not permitted entry everywhere. But your visit to Wembley need not include visits to attractions or places from which they might get excluded. 

    So, with a bit of thought, planning and care, your beloved four-legged dog can accompany you, especially if you're travelling privately rather than on public transport.

    Dogs experience stress and anxiety, as do children. We instinctively understand that their needs, care and attention requirements are similar. Unlike children who cry to make it clear when they are displeased or uncomfortable, dogs tend to behave in ways specific to them. 

    1. Dog Anxiety - Dogs that get anxious about staying someplace new may choose not to eat or drink - we all need to be hydrated, so with what you know about your dog, you must be confident of getting your dog to eat or drink as required, all before setting out on any trips you take.
    2. Travel exposure - The more often you travel with your dog, the easier your trip will be to Wembley. Therefore try getting your dog exposed to similar situations before you travel.
    3. Dog Breaks - As with children, stop for regular breaks from driving to for your dog's sake.
    4. Dog Nappies - You must be ready when travelling with your dog to clean up any mess they may make. Better than to only stop on your journey in those places where it makes sense for a dog. You can also buy washable, reusable nappies for your dog if it applies.
    5. Comfort at Rest - Where will your dog sleep if you plan to stay overnight? Your aim should be to make your dog as comfortable while travelling as they would generally be. Taking along what they usually sleep in would be ideal for them. Also, it would be the place to leave them if they couldn't accompany you for any reason.
    6. Comfort on the move - Like travelling with children, you must carry along enough water, snacks, toys and usual treats, all for their continued comfort.
    7. Travel Securely - Your dog should be kept secure while travelling. Use dog seat belts to keep your dog in place when on the move. Be sure to cover the seats to protect them.
    8. Travel Sickness - Does your dog travel well? By that, I mean, does it get sick while travelling? If yes, you may want to refrain from feeding them before you travel. An empty stomach will prevent travel sickness. 
    9. Dog Associations - Dogs form associations with places, sounds and events. Therefore, you should expose your dog to the sounds of the typical vehicles, travel sounds, foods and crowds as much as you can before you travel.

    Major Travel Scams To Avoid While Travelling

    In the same way that it's sensible to anticipate what could go wrong on your journey, it is also reasonable to read ahead on some of the most common travel scams that take place wherever people are. People are people are people. Wherever crowds are, certain people get interested.

    Like I said earlier, Wembley is not known for its crime. However, it is wise to check out the major scams that people encounter as they travel and learn how to avoid them.

    This way, you'll smell the scams a mile off and protect not just yourself, but what you own. 

    How To Handle A Medical Emergency In Wembley

    Despite your best efforts, something outside of your control may take place that limits you or sets you back.


    That may range from having a headache to experiencing a severe tummy upset through to delays getting to your event, losing your ticket, being unhappy with your food, train delays on the way home, trains being cancelled, planes being overbooked and so on. 


    There is, therefore, always an element of risk about every trip. These kinds of emergencies leave you incapacitated and unable to function. These are the kinds that prevent you from returning home from your trip or from leaving home in the first place.

    01- What Do I Do About My Diarrhoea?

    I mean some kind of diarrhoea. Getting a tummy upset after a meal, where you've suddenly changed your diet, or have ingested sauces with which your stomach is unaccustomed, is quite a common ailment. We've all experienced this and might have even confused it with food poisoning.

    But the is not to be confused with more acute conditions where perhaps you picked up some kind of gastroenteritis or food poisoning. For some people, it could be their medication that is causing them a problem. This is not a medical blog, and so please know that there may indeed be other reasons for your tummy problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or even anxiety.

    The problem, of course, is that this can cause distress with cramps, in some cases fever, nausea and/or vomiting. These days some of these symptoms may, in error, get automatically regarded as being Covid-related.

    How to tell - Your job is to determine the extent of your problem and how to handle it. The best way, if you're having a tough time, is to consult a doctor. You should find a doctor (as a priority) if you have any condition that has lasted beyond a week, that involves blood or fevers or cramps and abdominal pains.

    The doctor may recommend rehydration, medication, a change in diet or even antibiotics as required.

    Thankfully, we can sort common diarrhoea problems, often with a single dose of Imodium.

    Protect yourself - Prevention is better than cure and so doing your best to avoid getting ill in the first place is to be preferred.

    Here are a few tips to avoid getting sick

    01- ALWAYS wash hands before eating
    02- Avoiding eating rich foods to which your stomach is not accustomed
    03- Be exceptionally careful about what you eat and drink.
    04- Aim also to eat not only hot foods, but well-cooked foods
    05- Avoid cold meats at events that may have been sitting at the wrong temperature for long periods.

    If diarrhoea is a significant concern for you, consider learning more from The British Society of Gastroenterology.

    02- How Do I Handle My Constipation?

    The other side of the same coin is the condition where you're uncomfortable because your body is not getting rid of its waste. This is the opposite of diarrhoea. You may not feel it to be an emergency but this depends on how you're feeling knowing what you know about your situation.

    Using the toilet less than, say, three times a week is problematic. The last thing you want is to be having a good time away in Wembley to discover that you're constipated. It's best always to deal with issues like this at home but getting seen immediately if possible is better. You may prefer to not travel for long distances and for extended periods if you know you're unwell.

    Laxative - A simple solution might be to take a laxative. But we should consider this option carefully. It's not always possible to know when your body will act on the laxative, and it may do so at the most inconvenient time - like when you're just about to board a flight.

    Another excellent solution would be to see a doctor if possible.

    If the onset of constipation on a trip is a significant concern for you, consider learning more from The British Society of Gastroenterology.

    One way to avoid becoming constipated is to drink lots of water, and eat more fibrous foods.

    03- What to do about Ear Ache?

    In the scheme of things, ear-ache is not terrible but all aches simply makes it difficult to enjoy yourself.

    However, if it is severe you'll need to get it seen to.

    There may be ear drops that could help or other local anaesthetics to dull the pain. At the very least, pop by a pharmacy and have a chat. 

    04- Is there anything worse than Tooth Ache?

    As with ear ache, tooth ache makes it almost impossible to focus on anything other than the tooth ache. On top of that not being able to eat properly is a double whammy. If it's mild then pain-killers may help. You could try too with a local analgesic like Bonjela which contains Choline salicylate and cetalkonium chloride for adults. Strictly speaking this is for mouth ulcers but applying it to your gums my give some temporary relief until you can get to your dentist. Alternatively you may need to seek out an available dentist.

    What Can I Do Indoors In Wembley?

    There are many such facilities in Wembley and the surrounding area.

    If you're staying over in Wembley, why not go for a swim?

    Here is a list of sports centres around Wembley area

    1. Wembley Leisure Centre, Grand Felda House, Empire Way, Wembley - HA9 0EF
    2. Vale Farm Sports Centre, Watford Road, North Wembley, Middx, HA0 3HG (0208 908 6545)
    3. Living-Well Health Club London, Lakeside Way, London, HA9 0BU
    4. Willesden Sports Centre, Donnington Road, Willesden, London, NW10 3QX

    You can not only swim, but you can play sport, eat, shop, watch a movie or take in a show at a local theatre.

    If you're staying overnight, you could certainly go to one of the many excellent pubs in an around Wembley, or go dancing if you have company, or to a casino (play some poker maybe), or play pool, or snooker, or go to a comedy show.

    Let's not forget that walking is an option, or bird-spotting if you were so inclined, sailing or canoeing.

    With the Welsh Harp close by, your options also include fishing, cycling and boating.

    Departing Wembley

    So your trip is finally over - I hope you stayed safe and had a fantastic time. We are sorry to see you go.


    The return journey is probably even more important than the trip in. This is due to the way we reprioritise the need to be home pronto. This can often be the more irritating part of the overall event seeing that we feel less tolerant of delays on the way home. Delays put us in a foul mood.


    We need to guard against taking it out on other friends, family and officials. Consider the children, the elderly and any other vulnerable people that may be with you. Return journeys are trying and taxing, and we usually want them to be over. Immediately.


    That is why your chosen mode of travel is essential. Ideally, the return journey should not be stressful. Driving is inherently stressful as you navigate yourself away from Wembley while doing precisely the same as a few thousand other people. 


    As a Wembley resident, I can gauge the late-night frustration from the car horns' noise after each event. Imagine if your car fails to start, or you can't quite remember where you left it, or it breaks down when you least want it to. 


    On the other hand, can you really not stay local that night and travel home in a more civilised manner after a hearty breakfast? Of course, only you can decide.

    Considering the less apparent aspects of travel.

    In my youth, I worked in an environment where it was often said, "Accidents don't just happen; they are caused". The idea was to take responsibility for your own safety and accept that accidents are often not predictable or foreseen. 


    So, when it comes to travel, it pays to anticipate the kinds of accidents/incidents that might occur, all of which will affect your mode and mental state. Sometimes it is sufficient to have considered the possibility of the mishap, to be able to cope with it, were it ever to occur. 


    No one wishes for anything to go awry, while pretending they do not is simply not like life. To anticipate what might go wrong is not about inviting trouble.


    Much of what goes wrong occurs in everyday life, and its anticipation, helps you handle almost anything. Calmly.

    01- Friends on Holiday: Will your relationship(s) survive a trip together with friends?

    One big issue about travelling with friends is that many friends cease to be friends, either temporarily or permanently, after sharing holidays! This may have already happened to you or to someone you know. 


    Ask around. You'll find this breakup of friendships is more common than you think. As I write this, I have had one personal experiences of this and know of two others.


    As I see it, there are two ways people lose friends. 

    1. One lends money to the other that never gets repaid, leading naturally to conflict
    2. Friends leave home as friends, disagree while on holiday, never resolve the underlying issues, and never speak to each other again.

    Friends go on holiday and then discover they are not so alike, after all. The reasons why are usually wholly predictable. 


    Here are some reasons to be aware of if you intend to remain friends throughout and after your trip.

    • Their tastesopinions, and choices differ from yours.
    • Their taste in partners they meet on holiday varies. 
    • One of them thinks the other take is taking "advantage".
    • One of them is surprised when "as good friends", the other party does not support them fully, in all ways, even financially.
    • One friend depends on the other for money, unexpectedly.
    • One friend expects more attention than the other desires to give
    • The friends make conflicting decisions between them and cannot reconcile or forgive one another.
    • One friend behaves in one or more ways that surprise the other.
    • One friend neglects the other with another individual or group.
    • One friend talks negatively to strangers about the other, and the first party overhears it, suspects it or discovers it.

    02- Friends Together: Should I take up my friend's invitation to stay with them or should I use a hotel instead?

    Being friendly with someone is quite a different matter from living with them, albeit temporarily. So, the answer to this question is - it depends.


    And to be frank, no one can predict how accepting such an invitation could work out. 


    I prefer to keep life simple, so my preference would be to do the same, mainly if your budget permits you to keep your independence. That way, you retain the power to come and go as you please, and live the way you prefer, under no rules other than yours.

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