Football is one of the world’s most popular games, and London is a big football attraction. This is the home of one of the most historic football stadiums in the world, as well as countless top teams.
Not surprisingly, many football supporters arrive in London keen to see their favourite teams and explore some of the famous stadiums. Tickets to home matches usually have to be booked in advance, so check websites for dates, times and availability.
The next decision to make is to decide where to go for a look behind the scenes. Wembley Stadium is an irresistible choice while a resident at a hotel near Wembley Arena. This is the location of the world famous FA Cup matches, and national games. Visitors can book special tours of the stadium which include opportunities to go pitch side, explore the England Dressing Rooms, go through the Players tunnel and enjoy the views from the Manager’s benches. You can even hold a replica of the legendary FA Cup.
Turning to individual clubs, several offer stadium tours. Among the most well known are Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, both rival teams are located within North London. If you are staying at the Best Western Palm Hotel, you can visit both stadiums the same day as they are not too far apart.
At Arsenal, the players themselves provide the commentary. Self-guided audio tours include anecdotes from people like Robin Van Persie and Jack Wilshere, while the Legends Tour is directly guided by former players. Which tour you opt for, you will see key locations like the home changing room, players tunnel, the dugout, the directors’ box and the press lounge. This stadium is massive, as it is the third largest in England and has been described as the most technologically advanced in the world.
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Crossing over to Tottenham Hotspurs White Hart Lane site, just a couple of miles away, you can enjoy tours of the grounds and buildings. The guides are keen to share background knowledge of the site and famous games with you. It includes lots of amazing facts such as the amount of nylon twine holding the grassroots tightly together under the famous pitch. There is actually so much twine that it could stretch around the world.
Visiting Chelsea’s high-tech museum in South West London is an experience that will enthral and entertain fans. This is the largest football museum in London and contains lots of interactive gadgetry, games and videos as well as very unique memorabilia. In addition, fans can enjoy an hour-long tour of the Stamford Bridge football ground.
The Fulham football ground at Craven Cottage also welcomes visitors. You can enjoy a tour of the site starting at the Johnny Haynes statue before going into the players dressing rooms, pitchside dugouts, the player's tunnel, TV studio and the Chairman's Club.