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Published January 11th 2017
Anyone for cabbage?
Twickenham is a pretty town that sits right the River Thames, 10 miles south west of London's centre. To the outside world, it's fame is largely thanks to being the home of England Rugby and the town does come alive on rugby days as the crowds flood in. Getting to a game is a real treat.
While Twickenham and rugby do go hand in hand, there's more to this lovely part of the world than meets the eye.
1. Cabbage Before Twickenham Stadium became Twickenham stadium, the land was used to grow cabbages. Yes, you heard that right. Cabbages. It was bought by the Rugby Football Union in 1907 and is now affectionately known as the 'Cabbage Patch'. There's a famous rugby pub of the same name just a short hop from the station and stadium. See the website here.
Twickenham Stadium is the proud home of the first ever streaker at a major sports event. In April 1974, Australian Michael O'Brien threw caution to the wind, stripped off his clothes and ran stark naked across the pitch during an England vs France match. A policeman protected O'Brien's modesty with his helmet. These days, you don't need to be naked and at the rugby to see the pitch close up. You can book a stadium tour instead.
3. The Rolling Stones Before it was privately owned, Eel Pie Island used to be home to the Eel Pie Island Hotel. A number of pretty well known names played here in the 60's. Ever heard of The Rolling Stones, The Who and Eric Clapton? The island is now only open to the public a couple of times a year, but you can always pop in to the Eel Pie pub instead.