When you think of Wembley, the stadium host to music icons and legendary football matches usually comes to mind.
However, there is a lot more than cheers of joy and edge of your seat moments to the North-West London destination.
Singing along to Harry Styles, who announced a second stint of his tour at the venue next year, or watching England lift a major trophy (thank you, ladies) are unforgettable moments witnessed within the stadium.
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But, you do not need to be immersed into a crowd to create memories at Wembley Park.
Having undergone a makeover in recent years, the area's face lift is suitable for all walks of life – and, is certainly a contender for being a great day out for the family.
After I was invited to get a taste of what Wembley Park has to offer – quite literally is some instances – I stepped off the tube and down the stairs for my day out.
Pasta Remoli faces the stadium but immerses you into an Italian al fresco dream. It was easy to forget that the white metal arch was looming behind while munching on olives to start.
Aperol Spritz in hand and the smell of carb filled dishes being served around me, was I still in London? Transported by the atmosphere of dining underneath orange parasols and ‘authentic’ Italian cuisine, it was hard to tell.
The menu was full of homemade fresh pasta dishes that left me spoilt for choice, which is a sure sign the food is good.
And to every lactose lover's delight, you even get to choose what cheese to accompany your dish.
Finding room for dessert can at most times be an unsuccessful task – but tiramisu and Italian holiday delusion ensured I had room.
With my last sip of the spritz underway, my short whisk away to Italy was over – but fun lurked not too far away.
Black container units never looked so good in the shape of BOXPARK. Home to live music, bars, food and activities – you could spend hours making your way around what the confines of the warehouse type building has to offer.
Like a trip to axe throwing at Bad Axe.
For someone whose aim needs to take its own trip to Specsavers, holding a sharp object and throwing it for fun sounds risky.
However, I might have just found my knack.
A cider to calm the nerves while the axe throwing expert demonstrated how to safely and skilfully do the deed – and it certainly looked impressive.
I hoped to hit the bullseye straight away – but no joy.
In reality, the axe didn’t even hit the wood but instead laid on the floor as it waited for me to solemnly bend down and collect it.
Luckily, the expert told me to put a bit more oomph in and correct my hand positioning
Hey, presto, I hit the board. But not the target just yet.
However, the bullseye and the blade of the axe quickly became best friends thanks to me and my new found talent.
After throwing my axe like a seasoned lumberjack (without the beard or the plaid), I left Bad Axe feeling accomplished and full of joy.
The best part is that you need not walk that far to continue your day out as BOXPARK is packed with things to do – mostly a huge choice of food.
Whether you fancy a juicy burger or noodles, the stalls are great for groups with differing taste buds.
Just a stone throw away from the fun packed BOXPARK and the lined lead up to the stadium of restaurant lives the designer outlet. Or, retail therapy heaven.
From Converse, Calvin Klein to even Yankee Candle – your hands are bound to get full of shopping bags galore.
After a hard day of having fun, it’s only right to treat yourself – right?
For the foodies to the retail maniacs, and for those who fancy a tipple and a bit of fun – or if you find pure joy in throwing pointy objects at wood.
Wembley Park is more than football and concerts – it’s a day out destination for everyone.
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