For the travelling football fan, coming to London to watch a football match can be both exciting and daunting. Here is a little tongue-in-cheek guide for finding your way to all the London football grounds by train or tube.
For WEST HAM UNITED, (District and Hammersmith & City lines) you would think that you get off at West Ham tube station, but you don't! Get off at the next station which is Upton Park. Or if you want to avoid the crowds after the match, get on at the station after that which is East Ham. Alternatively, if you're coming from East Anglia, get off at Forest gate on the London Liverpool Street to Norwich line.
For FULHAM, (District Line to Wimbledon) don't get off at Fulham Broadway, but stay on the tube to Putney Bridge, where Craven Cottage is about ten minutes walk away. Alternatively get off at Hammersmith on the District line to Richmond or the Piccadilly line to Heathrow for a longer walk. From both stations you can walk along the bank of the River Thames.
For TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR you can't reach it by tube. The nearest tube station is Seven Sisters on the Victoria line. Then it's about a two mile walk. You can get to the ground by ordinary train from Liverpool Street on trains going to Cheshunt. There are two routes that go either side of the ground. The western route has trains which stop at White Hart Lane. The eastern route, which is less busy, has trains which stop at Northumberland Park, which is just a bit further from the ground.
For CHELSEA do get at off at Fulham Broadway on the District Line to Wimbledon, which is just down the road from Stamford Bridge. Or get off at the stop before, West Brompton, which is also on the Kensington Olympia to Clapham Junction Overground railway route.
For MILLWALL don't get off at Millwall, but use South Bermondsey station on the line on the London Bridge to Victoria route. That is not far from the New Den and even has an away fans only route straight into the ground. Alternatively get the London Overground Line to Surrey Quays and walk through a housing estate and under some dark looking railway arches to get to the ground.
For QUEENS PARK RANGERS don't get off at Queens Park on the Bakerloo Line, but go on the Central line to White City, which is the nearest tube station. Or take the Cicrle/Hammersmith & District line to Shepherd's Bush Market. There is a different station also called Shepherd's Bush, which is on the Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction London Overground line.
For LEYTON ORIENT don't get off at Leytonstone on the Central Line. Instead get off at Leyton, the stop before, coming out of London via Stratford. It is then about half a mile walk to the ground,
For CRYSTAL PALACE don't get off at Crystal Palace. Instead get off at Norwood Junction on the Overground line from London Bridge to East Croydon. Alternatively get of at Selhust, which is on the East Croydon to London Victoria line.
For CHARLTON ATHLETIC, do get off at Charlton, which is on the London Bridge to Dartford (via Woolwich) railway line.
For AFC WIMBLEDON don't get off at Wimbledon. Instead get a South West Trains train from London Waterloo station to Norbiton on the line to Kingston.
For BRENTFORD get a South West Trains train from London Waterloo to Brentford. Alternatively get a London Overground train or London Underground District line train to Gunnersbury, which is a further walk than from Brentford.
For WATFORD either get the London Underground Metropolitan Line to Watford. Or get the London Overground service from London Euston to Watford High Street, which is the nearest station to the ground. Both these journeys take around 45 minutes. Alternatively at Euston get a fast Virgin or London Midland train that stops at Watford Junction. Then change there onto a London Overground service to Watford High Street - just one stop and only about a twenty minute journey.
For DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE get a london Unnderground District Line train to Dagenham East. This is very slow so instead get a C2c train from London Fenchurch Street to Barking. Then change onto a District line train for just four stops to Dagenham East.
Last but not least, the best ground for getting to by train or tube...
For ARSENAL do get off at Arsenal which is on the Piccadilly line going out to Cockfosters. If you want to avoid the crowds, stay on to the next stop, Finsbury Park, which is also on the Victoria line. Or get a normal train from Kings Cross to Finsbury Park. This way you see Harry Potter's Platform 9 ¾ and pass the old Highbury ground! You can also get off at Highbury & Islington, which is on the Victoria line, the North London Overground line and the Moorgate to Finsbury park line. One stop after this on the Moorgate line is Drayton Park which is the nearest railway station to the ground and open for evening games only.On non-match days you can also get off at Holloway Road on the Northern line if you are just visiting the stadium, which is the nearest tube station to the ground.
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