Hackney Marshes is the spiritual home of Sunday league football, with over 50 matches played between dozens of amateur teams every week.
The quality of football is usually quite high... but even if you end up watching a duffer, you can simply walk over to the next pitch and watch that instead. There are so many games being played each week that you're bound to find a good one. You can even watch a couple at once if you don't mind swivelling your head around.
This place is for real football aficionados. Going to the big games at Wembley and Arsenal and Chelsea is fine, but there's nothing like standing pitch-side and hearing the bone-thumping tackles coming in, seeing the mud flying, and supporters getting irate every time they miss a kick. This is real football. And it's free!
The area of Hackney Marshes where the games take place is huge. There are an incredible 82 pitches in total (that is how large it is!), but the matches are spread across three separate venues: Hackney Marshes Centre (also known as The South Marsh), Mabley Green and Victoria Park. Check out their website at hackneyandleytonfootballleague.co.uk for details about how to reach each of the three sights. That website also provides a fixture list of upcoming games.
You can ask some questions and talk about Hackney Marshes on the forum.
Admin – “The fixture list is still up for Sunday, so it all looks okay. If you want to check before you set out, to be safe, then you can always give them a ring. There are a few different locations for the pitches, but all the telephone numbers can be found here — hackneyandleytonfootballleague.co.uk/pitch-directions/4578170785 The fixtures for Jan 5th can be found here — hackneyandleytonfootballleague.co.uk/january-2014/4581703500”
Guest – “do leigh utd from tottenham still play other there from 1964 era”
Listen to a speech at Speakers’ Corner – Every Sun (around noon) – If you visit Speakers' Corner at Sunday lunchtime you can listen to an orator stand up and discuss whatever they like -- all in the name of free speech.
Hire a deckchair in one of London’s parks – 1 Mar to 31 Oct 2018 – Have a nice, relaxing sit-down and doing a bit of people-watching in one of London's Royal parks, by hiring out a deckchair.
Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake – 1 Apr to 31 Oct 2018 – Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine, or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle.
Buckingham Palace Tour, and garden highlights – 23 Jul to 30 Sep 2018 – Why not combine a visit to the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening with a tour of the Queen's gardens as well?
Gun salute to celebrate Prince Charles’ birthday – 14 Nov 2018 – The KTRHA will be firing a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark Prince Charles' 69th birthday (happy birthday Charlie!
If you enjoy Hackney Marshes then you might like to visit Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium (catch the train from Leyton to Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium), Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge (catch the train from Leyton to Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge), Tottenham FC, White Hart Lane and Wembley Stadium (catch the train from Leyton to Wembley Stadium)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans