From Bobby Charlton to David Beckham, the UK has nurtured some of the best football talent and some of the most memorable teams in the history of the sport. England’s Premiership teams alone contribute a whopping 3.4 billion to the economy each year, with matches being streamed to countries all across the globe. It is not surprising then that the capital holds 14 professional teams and over 80 from amateur leagues. Football fanatics and guests of the Park Grand Hotel Lancaster Gate therefore have an abundance of stadiums they can visit during their stay in London, whether they want to learn about the rich histories of the city’s teams, or just sit back and catch a match.
The Emirates Stadium – Arsenal FC
Described by Architect Christopher Lee of Populous as “beautiful and intimidating”, the Emirates stadium situated in Holloway, North London is home to Arsenal football clubs home ground. The Emirates stadium has a capacity of 60,432 and is easily reachable by tube stop Arsenal on the Piccadilly line. When at Arsenal visitors can take a tour of the stadium and can even visit the locker rooms where world class players such as Per Mertesacker and Theo Walcott get ready for their matches.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – West Ham United
A double whammy with premiership team West Ham; not only will visitors be visiting the new grounds for one of the most famous Premiership teams, but you’ll also be visiting what used to be the London 2012 Olympic stadium. With a capacity of 60,000 the monumental Olympic stadium is reachable via Stratford rail services and Central line Underground trains.
Stamford Bridge – Chelsea FC
Based in Fulham, “The Blue’s” historic stadium was opened in 1906 and currently has a capacity of 40,000. A museum opened in in 2005 to mark Stamford Bridge’s 100th birthday where visitors can follow the history of the club and stadium decade by decade. Stamford Bridge also holds a “Megastore” where you can buy Chelsea FC’s iconic blue kit and other products. The stadium is reachable via Fulham Broadway on the District line.
Wembley Stadium – England/Tottenham Hotspurs
Wembley stadium is England’s largest stadium with a capacity of 90,000. Currently the home turf for the England national football team, Wembley hosted the Olympic Football tournament in the British 2012 Olympics. Wembley’s breath taking stadium is reachable by Wembley Park Tube station on the Jubilee and Metropolitan line.