After dropping off our purchases and day gear at the hotel and the high speed consumption of a very tasty steak in the Beefeater attached to the Hotel, we headed off back to the tube. Only this time, I took us just 5 minutes around the corner to Northwick Park station instead of Kenton. Why? Because NP is on the Metropolitan line that brings you in at Wembley Park meaning you get to walk along Wembley Way!
I’ll never forget the first time I saw that heaving mass of people back in ’87 for the Littlewoods Cup Final and I wanted my kids, and Pippa, to see it now. It’s still quite a sight even to a veteran like me and I breathed it in even as I was taking pictures to remember it by.
It was slightly tarnished by LittleBear’s desperation for a pee (!) but we slowly made our way up to and into the stadium and found our seats way up in the higher tier with a great view down over the pitch. There was an absolutely fantastic atmosphere and we got fully involved in the singing and cheering. An early goal was enough to see TeamGB beat Brazil by a goal to nil and it was heartening to see so many families enjoying a football match without any of the silliness that you see at a Premier League or England game.
After the match we allowed ourselves to gently flow with the crowds as they poured out of the stadium. Our parental worries that this bit might all be a bit overwhelming for the boys were unfounded, probably slightly helped by my own surety in a.) where I was going and b.) generally being in the crowd. We’ve never quite forgiven the official who gave us incorrect directions once we’d got to Wembley Central station but after I chose to ignore him and trust my own instincts we found our way to the outbound platform and easily back to Kenton for a great night’s sleep in our hotel.
The pre-advised warnings about being right next to the main trainlines into Euston proved unnecessary as four very tired Perry’s slept off a busy day and it wasn’t all that easy to get up and drag ourselves down for breakfast in the morning. I can highly recommend the Premier Inn buffet breaky as an opportunity to fill up for a big day out and with the kids eating for free it was excellent value.
So with full tummies we packed up our bags and loaded the car up ready for later and then headed back off to Kenton station for the fourth and final installment of our London adventure…..