Must-Visit Stadiums in London, United Kingdom

Written by Pierre Noronha

Born and raised in Mumbai, Pierre Noronha thought that he was destined to be a Chartered Accountant, but all that changed when he discovered his love for writing. Taking this new found passion forward, he started working as a content writer for UniAcco.

Last updated Jul 6, 2020

London is probably the most multifaceted city in the world. The diversity in culture and stunning landscapes, along with vibrant nightlife, eclectic bars and shops make this city a global tourist attraction. Sports are popular among people all over the world and London is the undisputed ‘mecca’ for sports lovers. There is no other city in the world that can boast as many professional sports clubs or such an extensive collection of world-class stadiums. A trip to this city is incomplete without a visit to one of these multi-million-pound attractions. For a football lover, there are numerous football stadiums in London.

Here are some of the best London stadiums:

Wembley Stadium

You can’t have a conversation about stadiums in London without mentioning Wembley. What makes this stadium famous is its sheer size. Wembley Stadium has a capacity of 90,000 seats, it is the 2nd largest stadium in Europe and the largest in the UK. Its price tag of $1.5 billion also adds to the overall allure of this venue. It is most famous for hosting the FA Cup finals every year and the football finals of the 2012 London Olympics. Apart from primarily hosting football matches, Wembley also provides the backdrop for other sports like rugby, American football and boxing. Outside the sports sphere, this stadium has also hosted many musical gigs that were headlined by some big names like Coldplay, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, among others.

Capacity – 90,000 seats.

Location – London, Wembley HA9 0WS, United Kingdom.

Unique feature – This is the largest stadium in the UK.

Famous event – Hosted the 2012 London Olympics football finals where Mexico beat Brazil 2-1.

Nearest tube station – Wembley Park.

Places to stay nearby

  • Hilton London Wembley
  • Holiday Inn London – Wembley
  • Wembley International Hotel

Restaurants nearby – TGI Fridays, Pizza Express, Pitch View Restaurant East.

Stamford Bridge

Leaving aside stadium capacity for a second and focusing solely on architecture, you have the magnificent Stamford Bridge. Home of the most successful English football club in the past decade – Chelsea Football Club, this venue has seen many memorable matches, especially Manchester United’s 4-0 drubbing by Chelsea. The current club owner, Roman Abramovich, plans to expand the stadium’s capacity from 41,631 to 63,000 by the 2023–24 season.

Capacity – 41,631 seats.

Location – Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1HS, United Kingdom.

Unique feature – The stadium’s highest official attendance is 82,905, for a league match between Chelsea and Arsenal in 1935.

Famous event – Chelsea’s 6-0 win over arch-rivals Arsenal on Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge.

Nearest tube station – Fulham Broadway.

Places to stay nearby

  • Millennium & Copthorne Hotels at Chelsea Football Club
  • La Reserve Hotel
  • The Chelsea Lodge Apartment Rooms

Restaurants nearby – The Veteran’s Kitchen, YO! Fulham Broadway, The Butcher’s Hook.

Emirates Stadium

Home of the once ‘Invincibles’ – Arsenal Football Club, The Emirates Stadium is one of the biggest stadiums in London with a capacity of 60,260. In terms of seating capacity, it features just behind Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. In 2002, the club moved to Emirates Stadium from Highbury Stadium, as the club decided to expand on the stadium capacity. One of the hallmarks of the Emirates Stadium is the iconic mural around the stadium, depicting four Arsenal legends linking arms, such that the effect of the completed design is 32 legends in a huddle embracing the stadium.

Capacity – 60,260 seats.

Location – Hornsey Rd, London N7 7AJ, United Kingdom.

Unique feature – Arsenal unveiled three statues of record goalscorer Thierry Henry, former captain Tony Adams and manager Herbert Chapman outside of the stadium.

Famous event – British band Coldplay played three concerts at the Emirates in the June 2012, having sold out the first two dates within 30 minutes of going on sale.

Nearest tube station – Holloway Road Station.

Places to stay nearby

  • Isledon Hotel
  • Mondrian Apartments
  • Travelodge London Finsbury Park

Restaurants nearby – The Jerk Kitchen, Pizzeria Mamma Mia, Xi’an Impression London.

Lord’s Cricket Ground

Keeping football aside, we delve into the world of cricket. One of the most heavenly (no pun intended) cricket stadiums in the world, Lord’s Cricket Ground is globally known as the Home of Cricket. Lord’s typically hosts two one-day internationals and two Tests every summer plus . Apart from cricket, Lord’s was also one of the venues for the 2012 Summer Olympics where the archery competition took place in front of the Pavilion end. Lord’s also houses a real tennis court.

Capacity – 30,000 seats.

Location – St John’s Wood Rd, St John’s Wood, London NW8 8QN, United Kingdom.

Unique feature – Home to the world’s oldest sporting museum.

Famous event – A bare-chested Sourav Ganguly celebrating India’s victory over England in the 2002 NatWest series final.

Nearest tube station – St John’s Wood Station.

Places to stay nearby

  • Danubius Hotel Regent Parks
  • Three Falcons Hotel

Restaurants nearby – Oslo Court Restaurant, Fora, Tokyo Pizza.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium,formerly known as White Hart Lane, is one of the largest football stadiums in London. In 2015, it underwent an extensive renovation that forced the club to play their matches at the Wembley Stadium. The newly refurbished structure is designed to be a multi-purpose stadium and features the world’s first dividing, retractable football pitch, which reveals a synthetic turf pitch underneath for NFL London Games, concerts and other events.

Capacity – 62,062 seats.

Location – 782 High Rd, Tottenham, London N17 0BX, United Kingdom.

Unique feature – A retractable football pitch.

Famous event – Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Chelsea broke the club’s official stadium record attendance at 61,104 spectators.

Nearest station – White Hart Lane train station.

Places to stay nearby

  • Cogie House
  • Premier Inn London Tottenham Hale Hotel

Restaurants nearby – Chick King, Domino’s, Manoto Kebab.

Craven Cottage Stadium

Away from the multi-million pound infrastructures, we have the good old Craven Cottage Stadium fighting hard to get its spot in the limelight. What started out as a royal hunting lodge, Craven Cottage is now the home stadium for Fulham Football Club. Apart from Fulham, the men’s national football teams of the United States, Australia, the Republic of Ireland and Canada use this ground for their matches.

Capacity – 25,700 seats.

Location – Stevenage Rd, Fulham, London SW6 6HH, United Kingdom.

Unique feature – Fulham was the last team to have standing accommodation in the Premier League.

Famous event – The 2011 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final between Lyon and Potsdam was held at Craven Cottage

Nearest tube station – Putney Bridge.

Places to stay nearby

  • Native Fulham
  • The Captain Cook
  • Premier Inn London Putney Bridge Hotel

Restaurants nearby – Fulham Kitchen, Olive, Fishers.

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