London is the undisputed world capital of football. No other city can boast as many professional football clubs, or such collection of large football stadiums. A London football trip is a must-do experience for any football fan.

London

London Football – in numbers

No. of clubs in Greater London: 12
No. of clubs in London metro area: 13 (12+1)
No. of clubs in wider region: 20 (13+7)

Average stadium capacity: 23,878
Largest stadium: Wembley Stadium (90,000 seats)
Smallest stadium: Kingsmeadow (5,339 seats)

Inhabitants Greater London: 8.67 million
Inhabitants per club: 722,500
Inhabitants per stadium seat (excl. Wembley): 25

(only includes clubs in England’s top four professional leagues)

London Football – an introduction

London’s football landscape is still changing rapidly. While its collection of football stadiums is already beyond impressive, new football stadiums continue to be built and in a few years London will be able to show off five 60,000+ football stadiums. There may come a time that London will be able to host a World Cup on its own.

London has one of the absolute temples of football in the form of Wembley, and large existing modern stadiums in the form of the Emirates Stadium and West Ham’s redeveloped London Stadium. Spurs will soon add their own large new arena to this, and Chelsea are likely to follow suit in a few years, though both White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge are fine stadiums by themselves.

But London is not all about large modern football stadiums. In fact, what makes the city so attractive is its variety from large to small. There are, for example, Fulham’s Craven Cottage, perfectly located on the banks of the Thames with its magnificent classic main stand, Crystal Palace’s atmospheric Selhurst Park, Leyton Orient’s quirky Matchroom Stadium, and Wimbledon’s cosy Kingsmeadow.

Further out, there are some beautiful old classic stands in places like Luton and Southend, intimate grounds in the likes of Crawley and Stevenage, and still plenty of terraces for more of an old school football experience.

You’ll quickly make your way through London from one ground to another with London’s excellent transport connections, and with a spread out schedule you will easily be able to pack multiple games in one weekend. A London football trip is still nearly impossible to beat.

London Football – the stadiums

ClubStadiumCapacityLocation
--Wembley Stadium90,000City
ArsenalEmirates Stadium60,000City
West Ham UnitedLondon Stadium60,000City
ChelseaStamford Bridge41,837City
Tottenham HotspurWhite Hart Lane36,240*City
Charlton AthleticThe Valley27,111City
Crystal PalaceSelhurst Park26,225City
FulhamCraven Cottage25,700City
ReadingMadejski Stadium24,161Region
WatfordVicarage Road21,500Metro
MillwallThe Den19,734City
Queens Park RangersLoftus Road18,439City
BrentfordGriffin Park12,736City
Southend UnitedRoots Hall11,927Region
GillinghamPriestfield Stadium11,440Region
Wycombe WanderersAdams Park10,000Region
Leyton OrientThe Matchroom Stadium9,271City
StevenageThe Lamex Stadium6,722Region
Crawley TownBroadfield Stadium5,973Region
WimbledonKingsmeadow5,339City
BarnetThe Hive Stadium5,176City

London Football – getting around

Getting around London isn’t particularly hard with the excellent coverage that the underground network provides. Most London stadiums are near or at reasonable walking distance from a tube station, which makes getting to these stadiums an easy affair.

However, there are a few exceptions, even in London, and in these cases a train ride is generally required to get to the stadium. While perhaps not as frequent as the tube, the train system isn’t particularly hard to navigate either and trains still tend to run regularly and all London stadiums can be reached on your Oyster transport card so no need to buy separate tickets.

Of course, most stadiums are served by buses as well, though few visitors will end up using these unless you’re travelling local. If that’s the case, it’s worth checking on of the journey planner apps to see if a bus is quicker for you.

City-wide journey planners such as the Citymapper app, Google Maps, and the TFL website will help you with your journey. They do cover trains as well, but train journey planners such as nationalrail.co.uk and thetrainline.com might come in handy as well.

Get on the tube on a Saturday and you’re bound to bump into loads of different football fans travelling in, out, through, and around the city. The tube and trains rarely get too busy before a match, but schedule in a bit of queuing after the match if it’s one of the larger stadiums.

Below table gives you a very rough idea how long it will take you to travel to each stadium from three central London destinations.

StadiumFrom King's CrossFrom Liverpool StreetFrom Waterloo
Wembley Stadium30 min (tube)40 min (tube)35 min (tube)
Emirates Stadium15 min (tube)30 min (tube)30 min (tube)
London Stadium40 min (tube)30 min (tube)35 min (tube)
Stamford Bridge40 min (tube)50 min (tube)35 min (tube)
White Hart Lane30 min (tube + bus)35 min (train)45 min (tube + bus)
The Valley50 min (tube + train)45 min (tube + train)40 min (tube + train)
Selhurst Park50 min (tube + train)50 min (tube + train)40 min (train)
Craven Cottage55 min (tube)60 min (tube)50 min (tube)
Madejski Stadium75 min (tube + train + shuttle)85 min (tube + train + shuttle)80 min (tube + train + shuttle)
Vicarage Road55 min (train)60 min (tube + train)60 min (tube + train)
The Den35 min (tube + train)35 min (tube + train)25 min (tube + train)
Loftus Road35 min (tube)40 min (tube)35 min (tube)
Griffin Park55 min (tube + bus)70 min (tube + bus)40 min (train)
Roots Hall85 min (tube + train)70 min (train)90 min (tube + train)
Priestfield Stadium55 min (train)75 min (tube + train)80 min (tube + train)
Adams Park80 min (tube + train + bus)90 min (tube + train + bus)85 min (tube + train + bus)
The Matchroom Stadium40 min (tube)25 min (tube)40 min (tube)
The Lamex Stadium45 min (train + bus)60 min (tube + train + bus)65 min (tube + train + bus)
Broadfield Stadium80 min (tube + train + bus)90 min (tube + train + bus)70 min (train + bus)
Kingsmeadow60 min (tube + train)65 min (tube + train)45 min (train)
The Hive Stadium50 min (tube)60 min (tube)55 min (tube)

North West London

Wembley Stadium is as well-connected as you would expect: three tube lines, the Bakerloo, Jubilee, and Metropolitan line, all stop close to the stadium, though most will choose the quick Metropolitan. If it’s a sell-out, there’ll be a bit of queuing after the match, but crowd management is excellent.

A few stops further up the Jubilee line there’s Barnet’s The Hive Stadium. It’s a 10-minute walk from Canons Park station to the stadium, but it’s an easy journey.

Not officially in London, but still within the M25 ring road and in the London metro area, is Watford’s Vicarage Road. It’s still about just on the tube, at the end of the Metropolitan line, though catching a train from Marylebone is generally quicker.

North London

The Emirates Stadium is equally well connected with both the frequent Piccadilly and Victoria lines running past the ground. Again, there’ll likely be a bit of post-match queuing for the tube station.

Spurs’ White Hart Lane, however, isn’t on the tube unless you fancy the 30-minute walk from Seven Sisters station. For those who don’t, catching a bus from Seven Sisters or a quick train ride from Liverpool Street station is the way to go. Prepare for some post-match queues for the train station though.

East London

West Ham’s new London Stadium is located right next to one of London’s prime transport hubs: Stratford. You’ve got the choice between two frequent tube lines, the Central and Jubilee line, an overground line, the DLR, and many train and bus services.

Leyton Orient’s The Matchroom Stadium is only one stop beyond Stratford on the Central line: station Leytonstone. Very easy to reach, and no worries about queuing after the match.

South East London

South East London is train territory, though you can reach Millwall’s The Den by tube if you don’t mind a 20-minute walk from tube station Bermondsey on the Jubilee line. Otherwise, catch a train from London Bridge station.

No tube option for Charlton’s The Valley though, which can also be reached by train from London Bridge station.

South London

The train is also the only way to reach Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park. Catch a train from London Bridge (or Waterloo) station for the 15-minute journey.

It’s a slightly longer train journey to Wimbledon’s tiny Kingsmeadow stadium from Waterloo station, to which you need to add another 10 minutes walking.

West London

West London is back on the tube again, but it’s not always the quickest and highest frequency lines, for example in the case of Chelsea and Fulham, which are both on the District line, though the Piccadilly line offers an alternative for those willing to walk a bit more.

QPR’s Loftus Road is one of the most central stadiums and easy to reach with the Central Line or Hammersmith & City / Circle Line, but Brentford’ Griffin Park, further west, is a bit more of a challenge with a train journey from Waterloo or a significant walk (or bus) from South Ealing station on the Piccadilly Line.

Outside London

Obviously, if you’re travelling outside of London a train journey is always needed, which can be a quick one or a slower one. Depending on where the stadium is located you may then need to add a short walk, a long walk, or a bus ride to your journey.

In the case of Gillingham, Luton, and Southend it’s only a short walk from the station, in the case of Crawley and Stevenage either a longer walk or a short bus ride are needed, but in the case of Reading and Wycombe you’ll need to add a (shuttle) bus ride to your train journey.

In all cases, within and outside London, always make sure to check your journey beforehand as there are regularly changes to the service on the weekends due to maintenance works.

London Football – the stadiums in detail

England National Team

Wembley Stadium (90,000 seats)

Transport
Metropolitan and Jubilee Line – station Wembley Park.
Hotel
Premier Inn ($$), Ibis ($), Hilton ($$$) | All hotels near Wembley Stadium.
Tickets
Online.
Airports: Heathrow (14 mi), Luton (30 mi), Gatwick (32 mi), Stansted (42 mi)

Arsenal FC

Emirates Stadium (60,000 seats)

Transport
Piccadilly Line – station Arsenal or Finsbury Park. Victoria Line – station Highbury
Hotels
Queens ($$), Best Western ($$), Pembury ($) | All hotels near the Emirates.
Tickets
Online (£26-£126)
Airports: Heathrow (23 mi), Luton (31 mi), Gatwick (32 mi), Stansted (33 mi)

Chelsea FC

Stamford Bridge (41,837 seats)

Transport
District Line – station Fulham Broadway. Overground – station West Brompton.
Hotels
Millennium ($$$), Ibis ($$), London Town ($$) | All hotels near Stamford Bridge
Tickets
Online, phone +44 (0) 871 984 1905, Stamford Bridge box office (£52-£87).
Airports: Heathrow (14 mi), Gatwick (27 mi), Luton (37 mi), Stansted (42 mi)

Tottenham Hotspur FC

White Hart Lane (36,240 seats)

Transport
Rail station White Hart Lane (trains from Liverpool Street).
Hotels
Hotels near Liverpool Street, King’s Cross, or in Central London.
Tickets
Online, phone +44 207 998 1068, or Ticket Office at White Hart Lane (£32-£81).
Airports: Heathrow (25 mi), Stansted (30 mi), Luton (33 mi), Gatwick (35 mi)

Charlton Athletic FC

The Valley (27,111 seats)

Transport
Rail station Charlton (trains from London Bridge and Charing Cross).
Hotels
Antigallican ($), King William ($$) Ibis ($$) | All hotels near The Valley
Tickets
Online, phone +44 871 226 1905, or Ticket Office at The Valley (£20-£30).
Airports: City (6 mi) Heathrow (26 mi), Gatwick (32 mi), Stansted (36 mi)

Crystal Palace FC

Selhurst Park (26,225 seats)

Transport
Rail stations Selhurst and Thornton Heath (trains from Victoria and London Br.).
Hotels
Jurys Inn ($), Ibis Styles ($), Hampton ($$) | All hotels near Selhurst Park.
Tickets
Online, phone +44 843 208 1234, or Ticket Office at Craven Cottage (£20-£60).
Airports: Gatwick (20 mi), Heathrow (23 mi), Luton (42 mi), Stansted (45 mi)

Fulham FC

Craven Cottage (25,700 seats)

Transport
District Line – station Putney Bridge. Piccadilly Line – station Hammersmith.
Hotels
Premier Inn ($$), Ibis ($$), Novotel ($$$) | All hotels near Craven Cottage.
Tickets
Online, phone +44 843 208 1234, or Ticket Office at Craven Cottage (£20-£60).
Airports: Heathrow (14 mi), Gatwick (30 mi), Luton (37 mi), Stansted (45 mi)

Millwall FC

The Den (19,734 seats)

Transport
Jubilee Line station Canada Water. Rail station South Bermondsey.
Hotels
Hotels near London Bridge or in Central London.
Tickets
Online, phone +44 871 230 5585, or Ticket Office at The Den (£26-£30).
Airports: City (7 mi), Heathrow (21 mi), Gatwick (29 mi), Stansted (37 mi)

Queens Park Rangers FC

Loftus Road (18,439 seats)

Transport
Central Line station White City. Hammersmith & City Line station Wood Lane.
Hotels
Royal London ($), Ibis ($$), Holland Park ($$) | All hotels near Loftus Road.
Tickets
Online, phone +44 8444 777 007, or Box Office at Loftus Road (£25-£70).
Airports: Heathrow (13 mi), Gatwick (30 mi), Luton (34 mi), Stansted (40 mi)

Brentford FC

Griffin Park (12,763)

Transport
Rail station Brentford (trains from Waterloo).
Hotels
Premier Inn ($$), Holiday Inn ($$), Hazel Wood ($$).
Tickets
Online, phone +44 845 3456 442, or Ticket Office at Griffin Park (£21-£23).
Airports: Heathrow (7 mi), Luton (35 mi), Gatwick (37 mi), Stansted (46 mi)

Leyton Orient FC

The Matchroom Stadium (9,271 seats)

Transport
Central Line station Leyton. Overground station Leyton Midland Road.
Hotels
Hotels near Stratford or in Central London.
Tickets
Online, phone +44 871 310 1883, or Ticket Office at Matchroom St. (£23-£25).
Airports: City (6 mi), Heathrow (25 mi), Stansted (29 mi), Gatwick (35 mi)

Watford FC

Vicarage Road (17,477 seats)

Transport
Rail station Watford (trains from Euston). Overground station Watf. High Street.
Hotels
Best Western ($$), Premier Inn ($$) | All hotels near Vicarage Road.
Tickets
Online, phone +44 844 856 1881 or Ticket Office at Vicarage Road (£26-£31).
Airports: Heathrow (18 mi), Luton (18 mi), Stansted (47 mi), Gatwick (56 mi)

AFC Wimbledon

The Cherry Red Records Stadium (5,339)

Transport
Norbiton rail station (trains from Waterloo).
Hotels
Antoinette ($$), White Hart ($$$) | All hotels in Kingston-upon-Thames.
Tickets
Online, or Club Office at The Cherry Red Records Stadium (£16-£22).
Airports: Heathrow (12 mi), Gatwick (23 mi), Luton (40 mi), Stansted (50 mi)

Reading FC

Madejski Stadium (24,161 seats)

Transport
Shuttle buses from Reading rail station.
Hotels
Millennium ($$$), Holiday Inn ($$) | All hotels near Madejski Stadium.
Tickets
Online, phone +44 844 249 1871 or Ticket Office at Madejski Stadium (£37+).
Airports: Heathrow (28 mi), Gatwick (47 mi), Luton (56 mi), B’mouth (69 mi)

Southend United FC

Roots Hall (11,927 seats)

Transport
Rail station Prittlewell (trains from Liverpool Street).
Hotels
Pier View ($$), Gleneagles ($) | All hotels in Southend-on-Sea.
Tickets
Online, phone +44 8444 77 00 77 or Ticket Office at Roots Hall (£21).
Airports: Southend (1 mi), H’throw (58 mi), Gatwick (60 mi), Stansted (37 mi)

Gillingham FC

Priestfield Stadium (11,440 seats)

Transport
Rail station Gillingham (trains from Victoria and St. Pancras).
Hotels
Balmoral Guesthouse ($), Premier Inn ($$), King Charles ($$).
Tickets
Online, phone +44 1634 300000 or Ticket Office at Priestf. Stadium (£20-£28).
Airports: Southend (44 mi), Gatwick (49 mi), H’throw (51 mi), Stansted (55mi)

Wycombe Wanderers FC

Adams Park (10,000)

Transport
Shuttle bus from rail station High Wycombe (trains from Marylebone).
Hotels
Abbey Lodge ($), Premier Inn ($$) | All hotels in High Wycombe.
Tickets
Online, phone +44 1494 4411180 or Ticket Office at Adams Park (£20-£25).
Airports: Heathrow (22 mi), Luton (40 mi), Gatwick (58 mi), Stansted (70 mi)

Stevenage FC

Lamex Stadium (6,722)

Transport
Rail station Stevenage (trains from Kings Cross).
Hotels
Best Western ($), Holiday Inn ($$), Ibis ($). All hotels in Stevenage.
Tickets
Online, or Ticket Office at Lamex Stadium.
Airports: Luton (12 mi), Stansted (27 mi), Heathrow (41 mi), Gatwick (77 mi)

Crawley Town FC

Broadfield Stadium (5,973)

Transport
Rail station Crawley (trains from Victoria).
Hotels
Barrington ($), Premier Inn ($), Arora ($$) | All hotels in Crawley.
Tickets
Online, phone +44 1293 410000 or Ticket Office at Broadf. Stadium (£20-£25).
Airports: Gatwick (7 mi), Heathrow (48 mi), Stansted (77 mi), Luton (77 mi)