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Mayor announces plans for four-day UEFA Champions Festival

  • May 17, 2024
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Mayor announces plans for four-day UEFA Champions Festival

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hailed London’s status as the sporting capital of the world as the city prepares to host European club football’s biggest game, the Champions League, for a record eighth time.

The UEFA Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, will take place at Wembley on 1 June forming the centrepiece of a four-day, family-friendly UEFA Champions Festival. This will take place across five central London locations between Thursday 30 May and Sunday 2 June.

Festivities will kick off on Thursday, 30th May, at Trafalgar Square as the Mayor welcomes the UEFA Champions League trophy to London, before the square becomes a hub of family activities. This will be followed by an exclusive headline performance by Hackney’s Rudimental on Friday night (1), with the show powered by the movement of dancing fans through a cutting edge ‘kinetic dancefloor’. Thursday’s festivities will culminate with  a DJ set by Faithless.

Meanwhile, Somerset House courtyard will be transformed into the home of footballing royalty as it hosts the Ultimate Champions Tournament, bringing together former UEFA Champions League legends from around the globe to showcase their skills in a 5-a-side tournament. The UEFA Champions Pitch will also host community groups and schools from across London, offering them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join in the celebrations. 

The UEFA Champions Festival will also come to Regent Street on 30th and 31st May, with a two-day takeover pedestrianising the iconic thoroughfare from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus. Fans will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities, including penalty shootout challenges.

Visitors to Potters Fields Park, next to Tower Bridge, will be greeted by a giant inflatable UEFA Champions League trophy, providing a striking backdrop for photo opportunities and immersive experiences that celebrate the grandeur of the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s premier club competition. These interactive installations will continue along the South Bank, with a range of activities for visitors to take part in.

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