Take a trip down football’s memory lane in London

Association football (or just football, as it is more commonly known) was officially created as a sport exactly 150 years ago in the heart of London, with the founding members of the Football Association meeting at the Freemason's Arms pub in Holborn to draw up the rules of the game in December 1963.

To celebrate this landmark, anyone with an interest in either football, history, or better still, the history of football, may well want to take a trip to the capital to discover just how the game has developed over the past century and a half.

London is home to a great many sites that have played a pivotal role in the sport's development over the years, with the FA having been based here since its creation on that cold Victorian December day.

For example, the organisation's first ever offices were located in Paternoster Row in Romford, which is in greater London, close to the M25 to the north-east of the city centre.

However, the FA didn't stay here long, and in 1885 moved into a new headquarters in the heart of London, and anyone who wants to see the site for themselves can do so by heading to number 51 Holborn Viaduct. The building itself is somewhat inconspicuous these days and shows little sign of having been the home of football, but fans of the sport will no doubt appreciate the significance of the place.

From here, the FA made a number of subsequent moves to Chancery Lane, High Holborn, Russell Square and Lancaster Gate, before settling into a brand new office in Soho Square, where it was based from 2000 to 2009.

These days, however, the FA is housed at Wembley Stadium, which all football fans will undoubtedly want to see on a visit to London. Even if there isn't a game on, taking a tour of the famous stadium – which includes the chance to step onto the hallowed turf itself – is always a memorable experience.

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