When it comes to major concerts, sporting matches and other entertainment events, Wembley Arena (or the SSE Arena, as it is now officially known) in northwest London is one of the capital's top destinations.
Recently renovated, the historic venue is the second largest indoor arena in London, surpassed only by the O2. Over the years, acts ranging from the Beatles, ABBA and Cliff Richard to the Grateful Dead, David Bowie and Prince have all graced its stage.
Whether you're hoping to see a star-studded concert or a tense wrestling match during your stay, this massive venue's packed programme of shows and events is a great place to start, with exciting choices for all ages and interests.
Enjoy world-class sporting and entertainment
Wembley Arena has exhibited the finest in music, performance art and sporting events in the UK for nearly a century. Originally built as the Empire Pool for the 1934 British Empire Games, the arena continued to host events of all kinds following the conclusion of the games.
While sport continues to be a major offering at the arena, with basketball and wrestling events regularly popping up on its schedule, the venue has become chiefly known for pop and rock concerts in recent years. International and British acts often make a stop at Wembley during their tours. Pearl Jam, Madonna and Bob Dylan are amongst the many who have played to sell-out audiences at the arena.
Wembley Arena also regularly hosts family-friendly events, with ice shows and other performances based on popular children's characters both staples. Spin-off TV tours such as X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing have also visited recently.
Travel from the hotel
With an easy commute from the airport and quick transport to London
, the Park Inn Hotel & Conference Centre London Heathrow is an ideal place to stay when attending events at Wembley Arena or nearby Wembley Stadium