A trip to Wembley will probably immediately conjure up images of sitting in Wembley Stadium and watching the football. That can be a very exciting prospect - if you’re actually into football - but it can also be quite an off-putting one if you’re not really a fan of the beautiful game.
Luckily there’s so much more to Wembley than football - in fact it’s one of the most varied and interesting areas you can visit in London. So get planning your day (and night) around Wembley with the family.
Take a footy-free tour of wonderful Wembley Stadium
Now we did say there was more to do in Wembley than watch the football, but hear us out when we say that Wembley Stadium is still very much worth visiting.
Wembley Stadium has the second largest capacity of any stadium in Europe, at a staggering 90,000 people. it also has 400m of escalators, and a two-part retractable roof, so it’s very much worth taking a tour of the stadium just to see this marvel of modern engineering and construction. "My seven-year-old son loved the tour, and there were lots of nice photo opportunities throughout," says mum-of-one Nicky.
And in terms of events, you can enjoy a whole night in the stadium without spending even a single moment watching football. That’s because there are regular concerts here, where you can see the venue at its fullest and most impressive, without fraternising with any footy whatsoever.
Check out the SSE Arena for stand-up - or dancing on ice
The Stadium isn’t the only place you can see a night of world class entertainment in Wembley. There’s also the SSE Arena, where gigs of all kinds happen on a regular basis.
While it’s not nearly as big as the Stadium, at 12,500 seats it’s still pretty sizeable, and it hosts live music, comedians and even sporting events like WWE (if you’re not dodging sport altogether).
There’s also a solid programme of family events, with big hitters like Disney on Ice gracing the venue, so you can build your whole day out in Wembley around one big special event.
Tick every box at Wembley’s Boxpark
Taking its cue from the hugely successful Boxpark in Shoreditch, Wembley has a newly opened version of its own. And just like its Shoreditch counterpart, Boxpark Wembley is a shipping container constructed paradise of food and drink spots, shops and art.
As well as lots to eat, drink and buy, there’s also a 20,000 square foot space just for events, and a venue that holds 300 people, so it’s the complete package if you’re stuck for something to do. The highlight for young kids is the covered playground, complete with replica towers from the old Wembley stadium. Susanne, mum of three, said, "I kept my eight-year-old and two four-year-old boys entertained all afternoon here, with a combination of the covered playground, ice cream and the Tube journey!"
Oh, and it’s perfect for a rainy day, because you know those shipping containers were built to be more than a little bit waterproof.
Find out why the future is Yellow
Formerly known as The Yellow Pavilion, this once temporary building in the heart of Wembley’s community is now a permanent space simply called The Yellow.
Made for local residents, as well as people who work or study there, The Yellow is a fun and interesting place where you can join in with anything from yoga and guitar lessons to parkour and curry-making.
Make virtual reality an actual reality at Immotion VR
If you want to try some of the best and most entertaining virtual reality out there, but you don’t have the equipment at home, then Immotion VR in Wembley is well worth a visit.
It’s VR, but with a fun social side, because you get to experience it in an arcade-like environment with other people at the same time.
Choose from seated cinema pods or other fancy bits of kit, like bikes you can actually sit on and feel like you’re really riding, so you can get more out of VR than you could ever get at home.
Ready to visit Wembley? Find out all you need to know here.