London is one the best footballing nations of the world. Some even say that no other city on the planet has as many as the proficient football clubs or collection of football stadiums as in London. Apparently, a London football tour would be on the bucket list of every football fan. Below is a quick look at the many football stadiums in the United Kingdom’s capital, which you can visit during your London guided tours.
Touring the Football Stadiums in London
The vast football landscape of London is constantly changing. This beautiful city has an impressive number of football stadiums and many new stadiums are also coming up here. Furthermore, this incredible city would be able to show off its five stadiums having a capacity to hold over 60,000 people in a couple of years’ time. Who knows, London may even be able to win the bid to host the FIFA World Cup in the next draws.
The most renowned football stadiums in London include Wembley Stadium, Emirates Stadium, White Hart Lane, Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, and London Stadium that was redeveloped by West Ham. However, these incredibly large modern football stadiums are not just the ones the city could offer you; there is a variety of other large to small stadiums in London as well, which includes Fulham’s Craven Cottage, Crystal Palace’s distinctive Selhurst Park, Leyton Orient’s idiosyncratic Matchroom Stadium, and Wimbledon’s pleasant Kingsmeadow.
Moreover, you would be able to find some beautiful and classic stadiums at places like Southend and Luton, many grounds at Crawley and Stevenage, and a lot of terraces in the city that could give you an old-style football experience.
About Football in London
The wide range of underground networks makes it easy to get to the different areas of London. Most of the stadiums in the city are only a few miles away from these tube stations, which play a great role in making it easier to get to the football stadiums. Nevertheless, some of the stadiums require you to catch a train in order to reach there.
You would be able to reach all the stadiums either by bus or by using your Oyster transport card. Making use of the journey planner apps is also a good idea for tracing the locations of the stadiums.
To the North West
Wembley Stadium is very close to three tube lines, which include the Metropolitan, Bakerloo, and Jubilee line. All these tube lines have stops near the stadium, while the Metropolitan line, which is the quickest of them all, is the most preferred choice. You may have to wait for a certain time in the queue after the match, however, the crowd management system here is excellent.
If you would travel a small distance from the Jubilee line, you would be able to reach the Barnet’s The Hive Stadium. The stadium is also just a 10-minute walk away from the Canons Park station.
To the North
The Emirates Stadium is also well connected with the regular Piccadilly and Victoria lines. This tube station too is susceptible to the post-match queuing. The Spurs’ White Hart Lane is not in the tube and hence you would have to walk for about 30 minutes from Seven Sisters station in order to reach here.
Another option is to catch a bus from Seven Sisters or taking a train from Liverpool Street station. Always be prepared to face post-match queues while you are in the station.
To the South
Making use of a train route is the only option to reach Crystal Palace’s, Selhurst Park. You would be able to catch the train from the London Bridge station or from the Waterloo station. The journey is only about 15 minutes.
If you are catching a train from Waterloo station to reach Wimbledon’s tiny Kingsmeadow stadium, the journey gets a bit longer and you may also have to walk for about 10 minutes in order to reach there.
To the West
There is a tube in west London but this does not guarantee you the quickest journey. You would be able to reach QPR’s Loftus Road, which is one of the central stadiums by the Central Line or Hammersmith and City/Circle Line.
The train journey from Waterloo to Brentford’ Griffin Park as you would have to take a walk or travel by bus from the South Ealing station which is housed in Piccadilly Line.
London has six international airports, which include Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, Heathrow Airport, Luton Airport, Southend Airport, and Stansted Airport. Among them, Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport provide intercontinental flights.
Nevertheless, the airport you fly to is not so important because all of them are connected to London by train or tube and buses. In addition to this, you would also have to travel to central London in order to reach the football stadiums.