The English Premier League is without doubt the most coveted football league in the World, and many of the clubs favoured by fans at home and abroad reside in London. Nowadays, with Premiership football home to some of the biggest names on the planet, teams are always looking to improve, and this includes the quality and capacity of the stadiums too.
There are plenty of grand stadiums to take a tour through in the capital, the most recent of which is Arsenal’s Emirates stadium, seeing in its first season in 2006-2007.
Arsenal – The Emirates
Arsenal is a club steeped in English football history, and with the new stadium up and running for some five full seasons, there is plenty to admire on both a historical and an architectural scale as you take a tour through one of London’s most reputable clubs. Indeed, the Emirates has been hailed as one of the most innovatively designed stadiums in recent history and as a consequence has become a major tourist attraction in the capital.
An Emirates tour will bring you to heart of Arsenal Football Club, with exposure to the club’s match day changing rooms along with a walk down the tunnel to the pitch. There are plenty of state-of-the-art facilities to be marvelled at, from the director’s box to the press conference room, not forgetting the Arsenal Museum, with shirts from past heroes and interactive shows outlining the club’s star-studded history in great depth.
Prices range from £12-£15 for adults and £6-£8 for children under-16, depending on peak and off-peak season. Children under-5 are allowed in for free. Group bookings also available, with tours by Arsenal legends a distinct possibility.
Chelsea – Stamford Bridge
With billionaire owner Roman Abramovich bringing a whole host of international superstars to Chelsea Football Club, success has surely followed and thus a tour of Stamford Bridge is a great day out for many a football fan.
A trip around Chelsea’s home will offer fans and tourists an unrivalled insight into their history, starting with the Chelsea Museum, an interactive audio-visual treat which acts as a tribute to over 100 years of Chelsea history. Further to that, there are knowledgeable tour guides to walk you through the club’s transition over the years, and into the home dressing room along with the ceremonial walk down the tunnel. In addition, there are even educational classes for those with a vested interest in the behind-the-scenes goings on regarding match-day operations.
Prices vary, with discounts available if pre-booked, but range from £18 for adults, £12 for kids and £54 for a family of four. Under-5s go in free. Kids’ parties can also be arranged subject to confirmation.
Tottenham Hotspur – White Hart Lane
Spurs are a well-established club in the top tier of English football and a tour through White Hart Lane is sure to satisfy even the most fervent and passionate supporter.
You will experience the technical area, the dug outs and the Press auditorium. You will view trophies and iconic items in the museum and hall of fame that illustrate the rich history behind Tottenham Hotspur. Subject to availabilities, you may even be given an access all areas tour by the likes of Pat Jennings.
Prices depend on whether you’re a member or not, generally ranging from £16 for adults to £37 for a family of four.
Fulham – Craven Cottage
A now proven Premier League team, Fulham is also London’s oldest football club. They have certainly come a long way from scouring the lower reaches of the football divisions ten years ago, and a tour in and around the stadium will elucidate that fact.
Stepping into Fulham’s hospitable home will bring you an insight into the club’s history, beginning with a jaunt through its pitch side dug-outs to the box of owner Mohammed Al-Fayed. Afterwards you may take in the team’s changing rooms and facilities and the trophy lounge. The latest addition to the format is a mini-tour of the recently erected statue of Michael Jackson, should you wish to mix things up a bit!
Prices are as follows:
£38 for adults
£19 for children under-12
£9.95 for under-5s
Queen’s Park Rangers – Loftus Road
The most recent addition to the Premier League but with glamorous Italian F1 owners to match their newly-found status, QPR is very much a club on the up. The Loftus Road experience takes you into the lesser-seen parts of QPR.
In an hour you will transported down the players’ tunnel, dressing room and dug-out, whilst also experiencing the executive room and QPR boutique. Prices are £10 for adults and £5 for juniors (season ticket holders) and booking times vary every day.