A Guide To Premier League Football in London - Part 2

A Guide To Premier League Football in London - Part 2

Part two of our guide to London football takes a look at two teams that spent years in court fighting it out for the rights to the Olympic stadium.  West Ham and Spurs both submitted plans for the venue with Spurs wanting to rebuild it without the running track.  Ultimately West Ham got the rights and with it a somewhat favourable deal on rent over the next decade.

Tottenham Hotspur

Next year Spurs begin a huge rebuild at White Hart lane and the plan is to develop the new ground on the back of the old one. The project is ambitious and the Tottenham owners hope that it will allow them to compete with Arsenal, Chelsea and the rest of the premier league elite. Next year will see spurs play at Wembley for champions league games, however, White Hart Lane will still be the home ground for all domestic fixtures.

Where to drink before the game

Many of the pubs around the ground have been forced to close due to the stadium development, however two of the best pre match spots still remain. The bricklayers arms or the Bill Nicholson are great spots to soak up the atmosphere before a game either would be perfect for pre match drinks.

Where to eat before the game

The bricklayers will often have a BBQ on the go so it's not a bad spot for pre drinks and food. There are also plenty of fast food outlets on the high street but dont expect any gourmet food here.

Where to avoid

White Hart Lane station after kick off can be a nightmare. Expect a long que unless you get to the station early. I always find is better to go to Seven Sisters and get a tube into London.

Where to sit

For the best view of the ground the West Stand is the best the East stand has areas that have a restricted view so I would try and avoid that where posible however restricted view tickers are cheaper so those on a budget may wish to explore this option. In terms of atmosphere then nothing beats the south stand or park lane stand.

Where to go after

There is not much around White Hart Lane in terms of evening entertainment. Your best bet if you want to head out after would be to get into Liverpool street and take the short walk to Shoreditch. Bar Kick is a good spot for a drink with decent food and also foosball tables.

West Ham United

Spurs and West Ham recently fought a battle for the Olympic stadium which is where West Ham will play from now. The move from the Boleyn was an emotional affair and in truth the atmosphere generated especially on night games at the old ground was remarkable and may never be replicated again. Its a shame that the club have moved however the deal that they reached for the use of the Olympic stadium is phenomenal and should allow them to compete in the top half of the table for years to come.

Where to drink before the game

The Olympic park itself should offer a few venues for a pint before the game but as the stadium has yet to open its hard to pinpoint a good pub for visitors Westfield has an abundance of nice restaurants but for a genuine football atmosphere I doubt its what you want. Upton park had an abundance of watering holes with the Boleyn being a particular favourite of fans.

Where to eat before the game

Nathans pie and mash would have the ticket but with the ground being moved a recommendation on where to eat becomes more difficult. Westfield has plenty of places including cafe football which is owned by former England players Neville & Carragher but for a genuine piece of east London grub stick with Nathans and make the pilgrimage to the ground after.

Where to avoid

If you are looking for a football day out I would avoid Westfield, personally I can't stand being dragged round the shops by my better half and if I had do so on a saturday before football it would put me in a pretty bad mood. The fact that there is a casino onsite also means you could blow your spending money before the game even starts.

Where to sit

The ground has yet to be used to nobody knows.

Where to go after

With the new ground being on the central line you can get pretty much anywhere quickly. Speaking to friends its clear that nobody seems to have a plan yet on what to do and where to go before or even after the game. Liverpool street is close by and has plenty of bars open late for drinks after the game.

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