The Rugby World Cup of 2015 is here, and fans from all over the world have descended on the UK to enjoy the finest sporting spectacle that the game of rugby has to offer. With the home side playing at the famous Twickenham stadium and other games taking place in and around London, plenty of visitors are looking for the best areas to stay within easy distance of the home of rugby. While there’s no shortage of guides on where to eat and drink near the stadiums at this year’s Rugby World Cup, deciding on which areas to look for accommodation in can be a little more difficult. Twickenham itself may well be a little too congested for most people’s tastes when choosing a place to stay during the tournament, so here’s a rundown of a few nearby locations you might not have considered.
Leafy Richmond is a charming royal borough of historical significance. The area is home to London’s largest park, Richmond Park, where wild deer roam, adding a touch of old England to many tourist’s visits. Aside from enjoying the rugby in nearby Twickenham, there are plenty of other things to do during your stay. The famous palace at Hampton Court is just down the road, where you can gaze in awe at one of the Queen’s royal residences and have a wander through stunning gardens, visit the annual flower show, or stumble through the dizzying maze. Nearby Kew Gardens offer another must see for horticultural enthusiasts, with plenty of exotic plants and greenhouses guaranteed to whisk you away from the English weather for an afternoon. Richmond has plenty of B&Bs, hotels and rentable rooms, making it a perfect place to stay for those wishing to visit the south east for the rugby, without having it right on your doorstep.
Kingston Upon Thames
The Royal Borough of Kingston neighbours Richmond and is also within easy reach of the UK rugby capital. Kingston is a little busier than neighbouring towns, and is in fact something of a shopping and entertainment hub for the area. Having said this, there’s still plenty of historical significance around, including an ancient coronation stone, where several Saxons kings were crowned. Along with wonderful riverside dining, more shops than you can count and great transport links into central London, there are plenty of places to stay during the Rugby World Cup.
Fulham & Putney
The slightly more central options of Fulham and Putney are near enough to central London for convenient trips into the capital, whilst still being far enough out for a sense of suburban serenity. Putney in particular is a great place to visit a number of traditional English pubs, while nearby Fulham is perfect for a weekend day out if you want to watch a game of football at Craven Cottage, renowned for its welcoming and family atmosphere. This part of south west London is full of parks and green spaces; perfect for getting out and having a game after being inspired by this year’s world cup. And with plenty of affordable options for short-stay visitors, both Fulham and Putney are perfect destinations for a Rugby World Cup stay.