Yes, there’s more to Wembley than just the stadium and the arena. Although the Brent neighbourhood is admittedly most famous for Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, it has a lot more to offer.
For starters, it’s one of the most multicultural areas in one of the most multicultural cities in the world. You’ll find a great mix of ethnicities here, including large Asian and African communities.
And with all that diversity comes the food! More on that later…
Travel to Wembley: Hop onto the tube at Dollis Hill and you’ll be at Wembley Park station in two short stops.
Let’s start with the obvious. The famous Wembley Stadium is an iconic football and music venue which has been the home of many major concerts and legendary football matches. If you don’t have tickets for an event here, you can still take a tour.
Wembley Arena is situated right opposite the stadium and is an indoor arena more focused on music and entertainment. It’s smaller than the stadium but still fairly massive. Icons such as Tina Turner, U2, and The Rolling Stones have played here. You can really feel the energy and excitement in the arena air when there’s a huge act on, and it’s well worth booking tickets for an event here.
Travel to Wembley: Nearby Harlesden station gets you to Wembley Central in 5 minutes.
London’s best shopping spots aren’t confined to just the centre of the city. You’ll find two great options to shop to your heart’s content in Wembley. Brent Cross, just a short bus ride away, is one of the city’s biggest shopping centres and home to more than 2000 brands. Also situated right next to Wembley Stadium is the London Designer Outlet. Don’t be fooled by the name though, as they don’t offer high end but have a mix of mid-range and high street brand outlets here.
Travel to Wembley: Nearby Kilburn station takes you to Wembley Park in 10 minutes.
Sometimes referred to as ‘Little India’, Wembley has a plethora of authentic Indian restaurants that you absolutely must eat your way through. Most are located around the Ealing Road and the High Road, and many have been family-run for years. The settings are modest but the food packs a punch. Must-tries include Sakonis, which serves up scrumptious vegetarian street food, and Maru’s Bhajia House which often has queues outside waiting to devour their famous crispy bhajia. Finish off with a sugary Indian treat from Prashad Sweets at 222 Ealing Road.
Insider’s tip: Want to try your hand at traditional Indian cooking? There’s an abundance of Indian and Sri Lankan food shops on Ealing Road where you can stock up on spices and ingredients to try and recreate those flavours when you get home.
Travel to Wembley: Willesden Green station is just around the corner and a mere 3 stops from Wembley Park on the Jubilee line.
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (commonly known as Neasden Temple) will instantly transport you out of London and into India from the minute you set eyes on it. This traditional Hindu temple is completely carved from stone and is one of the city’s most breathtaking buildings. We won’t say any more - just go! They offer free guided tours, or you can choose to wander by yourself.
Travel to Wembley: Kensal Green station is a walk away and 4 stops from Wembley Central on the Bakerloo line.
- Tube: You’re well connected to the rest of the city with Wembley Park Station (Jubilee and Metropolitan lines) and Wembley Central Station (Bakerloo line). Out of the two underground stations, Wembley Park is slightly closer to the stadium and the arena, although both are a quick bus ride away.
- Train: Overground options are available too at Wembley Stadium Station (Chiltern Railways)
- and Wembley Central Station (London Overground, London Midland and Southern lines), taking you further out of London if you’d like.
- Bus: Like most areas in London, there are multiple and frequent bus services in Wembley. And regular buses taking you from the nearby tube stations to the stadium and arena (and back).
Travel to Wembley: Nearby Queen’s Park station takes you to Wembley Central in just 12 minutes.