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Five London locations to host UEFA Champions Festival

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has revealed plans for a four-day UEFA Champions Festival.

The UEFA Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, will take place at Wembley on June 1 forming the centrepiece of a four-day, family-friendly called the UEFA Champions Festival.

The festival – being delivered by LS Events – will be held at five locations across the capital: Potters Fields Park, Regent Street, Somerset House, South Bank and Trafalgar Square.

Festivities will kick off on May 30 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 Rudimental.

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.

The UEFA Champions Festival will also visit Regent Street on May 30 and 31, 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 backdrop for photo opportunities and immersive experiences that celebrate the UEFA Champions League. These interactive installations will continue along the South Bank, with a range of activities for visitors to take part in.

Across the five locations, festivalgoers will also be able to enjoy skills challenges, selfie points, inflatable football activities, football freestylers, giveaways, a wide range of food stalls and much more, as well as purchase exclusive merchandise at the UEFA Champions Festival Official Shop.

Khan said: “London is the sporting capital of the world and so it’s fitting that we are hosting the UEFA Champions League final.

“I am proud that Europe’s biggest match will take place in London and delighted that thousands of Londoners and visitors will be able to experience the thrill of this special competition through the UEFA Champions Festival.

“This is the start of an incredible sporting summer for London and a key part of our work to build a better London for everyone.”

Chief Superintendent Joe McDonald, who will be part of the command team overseeing policing in London during the weekend of the UEFA Champions League final, said: “The eyes of the sporting world will once again focus on London and our officers will be there to ensure this is a memorable week. We have been working closely with a number of partners including UEFA, FA, Wembley Stadium, local authorities and other blue light emergency services.

“Throughout the week there will be a number of events building up to the Champions League final, we advise anyone who will be in central London to plan ahead.”

The Mayor of London is working closely with all relevant authorities to ensure a safe and secure experience for all fans and visitors.

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