A different kind of London Derby – Footballers’ top attractions

Monday 17 March 2014
zoocha-admin

Discover London through the eyes of two Barclays Premier League football players ahead of the London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal this weekend! Chelsea player Cesar Azpilicueta and Arsenal midfielder Lukas Podolski go head to head and share their favourite locations in the English capital. Which attractions get your vote?

First up, Chelsea FC’s Cesar Azpilicueta:

Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta

 

  London Eye - This is the best way I have seen the whole city in one go. On a clear and sunny day you can see for miles around, and you can really see how beautiful London is. I know the Shard is even higher and that is something I would like to try also. London Eye 600 Stamford Bridge - I am a little bit biased but there is no way you can go to London without coming to Stamford Bridge.  At least if you like football, anyway. People tell me Chelsea is the most central club into the city, so it is easy to get to, and of course, we are the best team! Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Regent Street shopping - There are really good shops all over London, but some of my favourites are on Regent Street and in the nearby area. Oxford Street is close, and very busy, but Regent Street is a little more relaxed and takes you to Piccadilly Circus, an interesting place with all the lights. Regent Street-Oxford Street 600 Regents Park - London has some of the nicest parks. It is great to be able to walk around in the fresh air, and Regents Park has lots of squirrels always running around you. There is also London Zoo, which can keep you busy for a whole day.

Regents Park (c) Giles Barnard Regents Park (c) Giles Barnard

 

  Hyde Park - I think Hyde Park is even bigger than Regents Park, and has lots of attractive features like the Serpentine lake and many memorials. There are always people jogging, cycling or even riding horses, and you sometimes see military in traditional British dress like at Buckingham Palace. Even though it is in the middle of a busy city, it feels like you are a long way away! Hyde Park 600  

Next, it’s Arsenal player Lukas Podolski’s picks:

  463500361 600 Street markets - There are many street markets all over London to suit everyone’s taste; from food at Borough Market to antiques at Portobello Market.

Borough Market ©VisitBritain Joanna Henderson Borough Market ©VisitBritain Joanna Henderson

 

  Hampstead Heath - I love going to the park when I have some free time and Hampstead Heath in North London has to be my favourite. The green space is a great place to unwind.

Hampstead Heath - photo by Cristian Bortes Hampstead Heath - photo by Cristian Bortes

 

  London Eye and Up at the O2 - If you fancy an adventure and have a head for heights, take a ride on the London Eye or scale the O2 arena in Greenwich James Bond style with Up at the O2. O2 Westfield - I’m a sucker for good clothes and London’s Westfield Shopping Centres at Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush plus plenty of great shopping areas in central London mean I’m spoilt for choice. Westfield 600 Black Cab Tour - As I’m fairly new to living in London, one of the best and quickest ways to take in some of the city’s most famous sights is with a Black Cab Tour. It’s really fun! VB22441857 1600 600 Discover more about the Barclays Premier League on the LoveWall or test your football knowledge for the chance to win a trip to Britain for you and a friend. Play now!

Latest Blogs

Feeling blue? The best British destinations for getting over a breakup

Read more
Feeling blue? The best British destinations for getting over a breakup

How to plan the ultimate girlfriend getaway in London

Read more
How to plan the ultimate girlfriend getaway in London

Where to celebrate St Andrew’s Day in Scotland

Read more
St Andrew’s Day Celebrations in St Andrews, east Scotland
Where to celebrate St Andrew’s Day in Scotland

5 Great British Shopping Breaks To Explore

Read more
5 Great British Shopping Breaks To Explore

How to score Black Friday deals all year long in Britain

Read more
How to score Black Friday deals all year long in Britain