The FA Cup Final: A Preview

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If there is one sporting event that is synonymous with Great Britain then it has to be the FA Cup Final. Like a national holiday of sorts, this 90 minutes of football is firmly in the diary for football fans worldwide.

And even if you’re not that big a fan of the Beautiful Game, like the Grand National, Wimbledon and the Six Nations, we all seem to be glued to the television for this one, whether we’re a seasoned expert or a part time punter.

And so, it is with much excitement that the country awaits the clash between two of the FA’s biggest teams, Arsenal and Hull City at 5pm on May 17th. Two teams who will both be hoping their name is inscribed on that famous trophy and 90,000 fans will fill Wembley to the rafters, hoping that after 90 minutes (unless there’s extra time or penalties) their half of the stadium will be happy in the knowledge their team has won one of the greatest prizes in world sport.

So if this has whet your appetite and you fancy seeing it for real, why not check out one of our hotels near Wembley and start planning a weekend to remember (whoever you support).

After Arsenal scraped through against Championship side Wigan Athletic on penalties, the Gunners will be hoping they can finally break their trophy duck and give long-suffering fans (and manager Arsene Wenger) a day to remember.

Hull City on the other hand beat plucky Sheffield United in an eight goal 5-3 thriller of a Semi-Final and Steve Bruce’s side will be hoping to upset the odds and send the Tigers fans back up north with a smile on their faces.

With the game kicking off at 5pm there is plenty of time to sample the local delights, enjoy some Dutch courage and soak up the atmosphere before a nail-biting 90 minutes!

For pre-game drinks, head to one of the pubs near the stadium, including excellent watering holes such as The Crock of Gold and The Torch, but be aware, different pubs will be allocated to different sets of fans so be sure to check where you can and can’t go before turning up.

For the whole family, there’s the London Designer outfit, where you can get some last minute shopping done in 70 shops, while enjoying 20 restaurants and caf├ęs and even a cinema. If the weather’s nice, King Edward VII Park has plenty to keep the kids busy – but make sure they save some energy for the big game.

So if you want to be your team’s 12th man and experience what is one of the biggest and best sporting events this country has to offer, why not check out our hotels near Wembley and make a weekend break out of it?

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