London is home to some of the most famous football teams in the world, and currently boasts six sides in the Premier League. Taking in a match while visiting the capital is a fantastic way for sports fans to get their most out of their time in the city, although it’s worth noting that getting to and from games can sometimes be a little tricky.
With huge volumes of people travelling to the stadiums, public transport tends to get very crowded on matchdays, and parking is severely restricted in the streets around most of London’s football grounds.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to plan your journey well in advance, and try to arrive in the area at least an hour before kick-off in order to avoid getting caught up in all the congestion.
Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, for example, can be accessed from Holloway Road or Arsenal tube stations – both of which are on the Piccadilly Line. Many fans board trains at King’s Cross – where the Piccadilly connects with several other lines – and these the platform tends to become packed in the in hour before the game starts, so it really is sensible to travel a little earlier.
Tottenham Hotspur play at White Hart Lane, which isn’t particularly close to any underground stations. Seven Sisters, on the Victoria Line, is the nearest stop, although from here you’ll need to walk about 20 minutes or get a bust to the ground, so again it’s wise to plan your journey so that you arrive in good time.
Getting to the ground close to kick-off time can be problematic as queues can get pretty long at the turnstiles, so if you arrive with less than ten minutes to spare you could end up missing the beginning of the match.
When travelling to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, meanwhile, it’s worth remembering that the platform at Earl’s Court – where the Piccadilly and District Lines connect – can often get very crowded as kick off approaches, with thousands of people making their way towards Fulham Broadway station. Again, planning ahead and travelling early is the best way to ensure a smooth journey.