The Rugby World Cup is set to kick off on September 18th, so with just a few weeks left to go Centurion is offering some help and advice on hotels, restaurants and nightlife within the areas of the UK picked to host the matches.
Eleven cities across England and Wales have been selected to host the Rugby World Cup 2015, and this month we've picked Twickenham as our place of interest. Twickenham houses the largest rugby union stadium in the UK, which seats 82,000 fans and is an icon of English rugby.
If you're looking for places to stay, eat or go out, we've put together a short guide below to Twickenham, to help celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015.
Friday 18th September - England v Fiji - 20.00
Saturday 19th September - France v Italy - 20.00
Saturday 26th September - England v Wales - 20.00
Saturday 3rd October - England v Australia - 20.00
Saturday 10th October - Australia v Wales - 16.45
Saturday 17th October - Quarter Finals - 16.00
Sunday 18th October - Quarter Finals - 16.00
Saturday 24th October - Semi-Finals - 16.00
Sunday 25th October - Semi-Finals - 16.00
Saturday 31st October - Final - 16.00
Top places to stay
Considering Twickenham is famous for its rugby stadium, accommodation within the town is fairly limited so you may need to look further afield to the nearby villages of Richmond and Teddington. Take a look below at some of our favourite picks in the area.
Twickenham Guest House
Scoring highly on Trip Advisor, this guest house is situated just 500 metres from Twickenham Rugby Stadium and offers a selection of cosy rooms with free WiFi. Furthermore, Twickenham Railway Station is just a 5 minute walk away.
London Marriott Hotel, Twickenham
This stylish 4 star hotel is actually inside the South Stand of Twickenham rugby stadium! Only 6 miles from Heathrow Airport and a few hundred metres from the train station, the Marriott offers a Virgin Active Classic Health Club next door and free satellite TV to guests.
Apple Apartments, Richmond
If you prefer to self-cater, the Apple Apartments are located in Richmond, just 1km from Twickenham Stadium and offer guests free WiFi access, a flat-screen TV and city views. St Margaret's Train station is a 5-minute walk from the apartments.
Situated just a short walk from Twickenham Stadium and 5 minutes from Strawberry Hill train station, The Alexander Pope Hotel is a modern, 3-star family friendly hotel with a traditional pub, overlooking the River Thames.
Top places to eat
Twickenham offers a wide selection of great places to eat covering all the major cuisines, so if you're looking for somewhere to eat before a rugby game you'll be spoilt for choice. Most restaurants in Twickenham are located approximately 15 minutes walk from the Stadium. Our top picks are listed below.
Located on The Green, and part of a popular Italian restaurant chain, Ask offers a varied menu for those looking for a reasonably priced family-friendly restaurant.
Located on York Street, Atithi offers deliciously authentic Indian cuisine by a Chef who has previously worked at a Michelin Star restaurant in Chelsea - needless to say it's well worth a visit!
Chicago Rib Shack
Also on York Street is the Chicago Rib Shack offering classic American cuisine and home smoked food including burgers, ribs and chicken - as well as plenty of cocktails!
Jun Ming Chinese Restaurant
Located on Heath Road, Jun Ming has been serving Chinese Peking Cantonese and Thai cuisine prepared in the traditional Chinese way for over 15 years - look out for the regular all you can eat buffet!
Miss Siam Thai Restaurant
Located on York Street, Miss Siam is a family run Thai restaurant which has remained open for more than 10 years in Twickenham - a good sign of its popularity!
Top pubs and bars
You don't have to venture far to find a bar in Twickenham, in fact, the Stadium itself houses a large bar at each corner, and there are many smaller bars on each level. But if you wish to venture further afield, you'll find plenty of entertainment awaits outside the walls of the Stadium. Take a look below at some of our favourite picks.
The Turks Head
Located on Winchester Road, this pub serves as a highly popular pre-rugby pub also known for featuring in the Beatles film, A Hard Days Night! The food comes highly recommended and look out for the regular comedy night.
William Webb Ellis
Located on London Road in the centre of Twickenham, this pub is named after the man who invented rugby therefore it's no surprise it remains a popular with rugby fans. There are TV screens for the big sports games and free wifi is offered.
Located on the Riverside, the Barmy Arms remains a highly popular rugby pub. Overlooking the river and Eel Pie Island, it has a superb large beer terrace and you'll no doubt find it packed out on match days!
Stokes and Moncreiff
Located on Richmond Road, this pub was refurbished in 2014 and renamed after the Captains of England and Scotland in the very first rugby International - Frederick Stokes and Francis Moncreiff. Highly recommended for food.
The Sussex Arms
Located on Staines Road, the Sussex Arms is particularly proud of its homemade pies and serves one of the best Sunday roasts in Twickenham. There's a huge beer garden in the back, and the pub often runs highly popular live music nights.
Getting there and Away
Special public transport notice
Richmond council are putting additional transport measures in place for the Rugby World Cup 2015 to include park and ride facilities from Kempton Park and shuttle buses back to central London. There will be an RFU shuttle bus service between Richmond Station and the stadium before and after events. Before events the fare will be 50p (donated to charity) but after events the service is free.
By Train/ London Underground
The nearest train station is Twickenham, which is a short walk from the stadium. Turn right out of the station, and then continue down Whitton Road. Regular trains run to Twickenham from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Reading, Ascot and Windsor & Eton Riverside. Other stations in the vicinity of the stadium are Whitton, St Margarets and Hounslow. The London Overground service also runs from Richmond to North London and Stratford.
The buses 281, 267, 481, 681 and H20 each have regular services which pass close to the stadium. Alternatively take the R68, R70, 33, 110, 290, H22 or 490 to Twickenham town centre – the stadium is a 10-15 minute walk.
By Car and Parking
Twickenham Stadium is on the northern side of the A316 into London. From the M25, exit J12 onto the M3. A controlled parking zone operates over an area of approximately one mile around the stadium. It is recommended that you pre-book a car parking space online via the RFU eTicketing site.
Useful websites for further information on the town of Twickenham: