Accommodation AVIVA Premiership Rugby Final 2017
Looking for a budget stay near Twickenham Stadium ?
The month of May sees the undoubted highlight of English domestic rugby, as the two best teams compete in the AVIVA Premiership Rugby Final. Never less than intense, a gruelling season of combative rugby often saves the best performance till last. The final will be held in London at the Twickenham stadium.
When: 27 May 2017
Places at Twickenham are always hotly contested. Dominant for many years, Leicester Tigers and Bath will be among the hopefuls, together with Leicester’s rivals Northampton Saints, whose record in the AVIVA Premiership Rugby Final belies their potential.
From the South West, the resurgent Exeter Chiefs will be looking for a debut appearance. Boasting much international talent and a steely edge, Saracens have a dominant record in recent seasons, while their London rivals Harlequins can surprise anyone at ‘the Big Stoop’. While they compete to be there for the final, it’s time for you to get your reservation.
Where to Stay ?
With picturesque pubs and a host of small-town independent shops and restaurants, residential Twickenham and Witton offer their share of good-value b&bs and hotels for those looking for the essentials: a comfy bed and a hearty matchday breakfast.
But the popularity of the season’s showcase match – for both supporters and neutrals – means that many choices get booked up well in advance. Look slightly further afield, and you might get a better deal. In this green and affluent corner of the capital, Kew, Teddington and Wimbledon all offer leafy surroundings within a cab or bus ride of the home of rugby.
If this is your plan, early check-in times (or surcharges) may be more of an issue as you plan your day, as may check-out and breakfast times; you’re also more likely to find on- or off-street parking than in the busy centre of Twickenham village.
Picturesque Richmond is a short distance away by train, and has a range of bustling restaurants and cafes, as well as smart pubs and waterfront bars for post-match celebrations.
This still leaves two important alternatives to consider. Twickenham station is less than 30 minutes away from the Waterloo mainline terminus, meaning that Central London’s huge variety of hotel chains, boutique addresses and big names are all easily within range – ideal if you’re thinking of turning your matchday into a few days’ city break.
Southwark, Bankside, Bermondsey and London Bridge all offer a combination of accommodation and nightlife, plus the cultural attractions of the Tate Modern and the BFI, if you want to extend your stay and discover a cooler take on London life beyond the West End. Clapham Junction also offers a direct rail link, and opens up a number of further overnight options, while hotels near Heathrow are used to one-night stays and may be more accommodating about changes to arrival and start times.
Further west, there is a direct rail link to Twickenham from Reading. Booking a hotel in Berkshire’s main town avoids the crowds from the capital, and may make more sense for onward journeys to the rugby union heartlands of the Midlands and the West Country.