Wembley Area Guide
Wembley is part of the London Borough of Brent. It is home to the famous Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena. It is the most ethnically diverse area of London.
In recent years, there has been a major considerable re-development. Central Square is one of the finished developments in the heart of Wembley. Another development also takes place in the Engineers Way and Empire Way junction, named Wembley City.
Wembley is derived from the Old English proper name “Wemba” and the Old English name for meadow “Lea”. Hence, Wembley means Wemba’s lea, or Wemba’s clearing and was first mentioned in the charter of 825 of King Beornwulf.
The prime landmark is Wembley Stadium, rebuilt 2003-2007 at a cost of £827 million, which is approached via the White Horse Bridge designed by the London Eye architects. Nearby are Wembley Arena, a concert venue built in 1934 as the Empire Pool, a swimming pool for the Empire Games, and Fountain Studios, one of the country’s largest purpose built television studios and host to X Factor, Bremner, Bird and Fortune and Britain’s Got Talent. Brent Town Hall is a Grade-2-listed building located on Barn Hill facing Wembley Stadium; its future is uncertain due to plans to move the town hall function, including council chamber, to a new civic centre as part of the Wembley redevelopment.
The term Wembley is synonymous with the stadium. Costing over £800m Wembley stadium is one of the most advance and desirable of it’s kind in the world. The current structure is built on the site of the previous Wembley Stadium (built in 1923) and was opened in 2007. With a 90,000 seater capacity and even more for concerts, Wembley Stadium holds the premium sporting and musical events for the UK, including the FA Cup final, national England football football matches, and has been the venue for several NFL matches.
This indoor arena, set on the same park as Wembley Stadium, holds up 12,500 people. This is a very popular venue for music, comedy and also annually holds the Master snooker tournament.
Wembley Retail Park
Over 200,000 sq ft of retail space featuring household brands such as Comet, Halfords & Wickes.
Places to Eat, Drink & Hotels
Eating & Drinking
Blue Check (Contemporary Cuisine) – 12-13 Empire Parade, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0RQ (020 8902 8147)
Moore Spice (Chinese Cuisine) – Wembley Retail Park, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0DH (020 8795 1966)
Moulin Rouge (Café/bar) – 139 Wembley Park Drive , London HA9 8HQ
Pacific Plaza (Food Court, variety) – Wembley Retail Park, Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0EG
Wembley Plaza – Empire Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 8DS (0208 902 8839)
Hotel Ibis London Wembley – South Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 6BA (0208 453 5100)
London Premier Inn – 151 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 8HQ (0871 527 8682)
Best Western Cumberland Hotel – St Johns Road, Harrow, London HA1 2EF (0845 155 0707)
Interesting Facts about Wembley Stadium
- When lit on a clear evening, the Arch can be seen from Canary Wharf – 13 miles away
- The Arch is 133m at its highest point – this is over four times the height of Wembley Stadium’s original Twin Towers. To put this in perspective, the London Eye could be rolled underneath the Arch.
- Weighing in at a mighty 1,750 tonnes, the Arch weighs the equivalent of 275 double decker buses or ten Jumbo Jets.
- At seven metres in diameter, the Arch is wide enough for a Channel Tunnel train to run through.
- With a span of 315 metres, the Arch is the longest single span roof structure in the world – the length of three football pitches.
- The tips of the Arch, known as ‘pencil ends’, are 18 million times as heavy as an average pencil.
- The Arch is made up of 500 steel tubes, referred to as ‘straws’. The ‘straws’, each large enough to hold over 850 pints of milk, form 13 modules each 20.5 metres in length. These are attached to giant 70-ton hinges using the two ‘pencil end’ sections.
- Pre-fabrication of the Arch was undertaken by Cleveland Bridge UK in Darlington and the surrounding area, and then transported down to Wembley for it to be joined together.
- The Arch is made of British steel, supplied by Corus.
- Over 200 people, both on and off site, have worked on the fabrication and assembly of the Arch – a representative from every county of England has been involved.
- The total pulling force that the Arch jacks are capable of lifting is 12,000 tonnes – this is the equivalent pulling strength of a fleet of 6000 four-wheel drive vehicles.
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