Do you love football? London football will make you feel as if you were dreaming, for sure! You can find several top teams operating in both the first division (Premier League) and also in the English second division (Championship Football League). The most prestigious clubs in Europe are located right there. You can watch matches of Premier League teams such as Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Fulham FC. Most of the world’s best players such as Fabregas, Terry, Drogba, Bale, Crouch, Van Persie play for these clubs. They are players performing at the highest level. Others, the less posh clubs of the capital, like Charlton FC, Millwall FC and Crystal Palace FC, battle on the second tier of English football. However, the excitement around the ‘teams’ second stage’ is impressive, too. Even if they operate on the lower level, their stadiums are always full and fans stay until the end of the match to support their team (see addresses below stage).
Teams’ training centres are located on the outskirts of the capital. The Arsenal’s one, for example, is located in Shenley, Hertfordshire. Chelsea trains in Cobham, Surrey. On the clubs’ websites you can check the precise address and schedule of training sessions opened for public. This is an opportunity to get closer to your favourite players and make some photos. Players are generally relaxed and communicate with fans, so feel free to go with your family as well.
In addition, the London’s stadiums are massive structures and some of them can accommodate nearly 60,000 people (Emirates Stadium, Arsenal). Currently, the English league remains THE reference football both as a show and also in terms of footballers’ performance.
The show is not just on the field, but all around the stadiums, also in tribunes when a match is taking place. The football chorals make the atmosphere incredible. You can easily get gooseflesh when you hear thousands of fans singing the songs of their favourite team.
Moreover, football in England is a real culture. Many Families often meet in stadium to share intense moments and passion. The entire stadium is in colour of the home team especially in Manchester.
In a case of London derbies, matches between teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Tottenham and Fulham; the game gets another dimension and both teams want to assert themselves as the best team in the English capital. Sandwiches and beers are served at the entrances of tribunes to put the “twelfth man” in the best possible condition to encourage his team.
Prices of tickets are almost prohibitive. For a league match, where Arsenal or Chelsea plays, the average cost of a seat is about £50. Seats are a bit cheaper for Tottenham or Fulham matches. Everything depends on teams which play; the better team plays the more money you pay for the ticket.
Nevertheless, I went to watch Chelsea vs. Newcastle last September and the ticket cost up to £20! I suggest a Cup match, if you are looking for a cheap one. The atmosphere is the same and the stadium is almost full. Try to buy it well in advance. Anyway, the show is worth it, believe me.
London Premier League stadiums’ addresses:
Fulham FC, Craven Cottage (25,700 seats): Stevenage Road, Hammersmith, London SW6 6HH.
Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium (60,355 seats): 75 Drayton Park, Highbury House, London, N5 1BU.
Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge Stadium (41,841 seats): Fulham Road, Fulham, London SW6 1HS.
West Ham United, Upton Park (35,303 seats): Green Street, Upton Park, London, E13 9AZ.
Tottenham Hotspur, White Hart Lane Stadium (36,310 seats): Bill Nicholson Way, n748 High Road, Tottenham, London N17 0AP.
London Football League Championship stadiums’ addresses:
Charlton FC, The Valley (27,116 seats): Floyd Rd, Greenwich, London, SE7 8.
Millwall FC, The New Den (20,146 seats): Zampa Road, Bermondsey, London SE163LN.
Crystal Palace, Selhurst Park (26,309 seats): Selhurst Park, London SE25 6PU.