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Travel Guide

Over the years, we’ve gathered a wealth of information on how to make the trip to Stamford Bridge and beyond the most memorable. It’s not just about the match itself, but the entire experience surrounding your trip. From finding the best accommodations to exploring the local attractions to creating memorable matchday experiences, having all that information compiled in one place is incredibly useful.

Lucky for our members, we’ve pooled our experiences together to create this comprehensive Travel Guide. Whether you’ve been to London plenty of times or are planning your first trip, this guide will surely enhance your experience.

Transportation

Airport

Most of our members fly in and out of Heathrow (LHR). You have several options for getting into central London from the airport – London Underground (the Tube), Elizabeth Line, Cab, or Car Service.

 

London Underground’s Piccadilly Line provides the most cost-effective route between LHR and central London. If you’re staying in or around Fulham Broadway or Earl’s Court, this option is the most practical as the transfers are minimal and it’s a direct line to these neighborhoods. Travel to central London typically takes 50 minutes, and train wait times are no longer than 10 minutes, even in off-peak hours.

 

The Elizabeth Line is London’s newest rail line, servicing LHR’s 2, 3, 4, & 5 terminals. The Elizabeth Line is more expensive than taking the Piccadilly Line, and the timetables between trains will vary, but has fewer stops and takes approximately 40 minutes to get to Paddington Station.

 

There will be designated signs for cab services, often with a line of cabs waiting and an airport employee guiding visitors toward available cabs. Cab drivers are extremely knowledgeable and rather reliable, but the cost can be immense. Expect to pay upwards of £80 for a cab ride from LHR to central London.

 

Private car service is also available for booking, but can also be expensive. Our members have used Addison Lee previously.

Around Town

London Underground (the Tube) is arguably the most reliable and easiest form of transportation around London. If you prefer to have a travel card, you can purchase and top up an Oyster card at a Tube station. For smartphone users, you can use the Transit function in your Apple Wallet or equivalent to circumvent needing an Oyster card. You can also use chip credit cards for contactless payment. This also applies to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and the London Overground. You can find Tube and other maps on the Transport for London website.

 

Buses are also a viable and affordable option for getting around London. You can find Bus maps on the Transport for London website.

Cabs are plentiful in the city and are extremely knowledgeable. However, they can be a more expensive alternative. Uber and Lyft are also available.

To support travel planning, we also recommend downloading the Citymapper app.

South Kensington London Mews

Accomodations

Many people instinctively look to stay near Stamford Bridge or at the Millenium & Copthorne Hotels attached to the grounds. However, there are countless options within the surrounding area. Thankfully, Stamford Bridge is very accessible so staying in the area is not a requirement. Our members have used traditional hotels like Marriott or Hilton, boutique hotels and hostels, and serviced apartments. Airbnb is also an option to entertain when planning your trip.

Some of our preferred accommodations:

  • Ember Locke Hotel – 202-220 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW6 0SW - Self-catering studios and apartments with in-room/in-house cooking & washing facilities. A 5-minute walk to Earl’s Court station.

  • Hotel Indigo - 34 - 44 Barkston Gardens, London SW5 0EW – situated in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is close to the Earl’s Court Tube station.

  • Chelsea Cloisters - Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London, SW3 3DW – Situated within walking distance to South Kensington and Sloane Square stations, with access to the District Line, Piccadilly Line, and the Circle Line.

  • Note: these are not sponsored recommendations, but solely based on member experience.

Stamford Bridge

Getting to Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge is serviced by the District Line’s Fulham Broadway station. Check the TfL website for station closures and rail strikes before choosing your method of transportation.

You can also get to Stamford Bridge via the number 14 bus or 414 bus during the nighttime.

If you’re staying in West Brompton, Earl’s Court, South Kensington, or one of the surrounding neighborhoods, the walk to Stamford Bridge is brief and at most a 30-minute walk.

Stadium Tour & Museum

The Stadium Tour is a must for any supporter. Go behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge and enjoy the best collection of European trophies in London inside the city’s biggest football museum.

 

There are a variety of tour options to choose from, all with varying lengths of duration and features. All stadium tour tickets include entry to the Chelsea FC Museum. You can book stadium tours directly on the Stadium Tours section of the website.

Pub Guide

One question we often get is “Which pub(s) should I go to before and after the match?” We’ve curated a comprehensive Pub Guide to help answer that very question.

Train station sidewalk

Away Matches

Depending on where the Away match is, your journey may be a long one so plan accordingly. For example, a mid-day match at Stoke may see you depart central London at 9 am and not return until 9 pm that night. Whereas an Away match at Spurs requires much less travel time. The club also offers select coach bus service to away matches throughout the season for a nominal fee.

Typically, one or two pubs in the area are designated for Away supporters. Depending on the city, some of these pubs will be away from the grounds. We don’t recommend visiting one of the pubs designated for Home supporters. Most are “Home Supporters Only”.

Away supporter entrances are usually heavily policed. Be prepared to walk a bit from the tube or rail station to ensure you avoid any heckling or crowd trouble. You may also want to investigate the public transit options in the other cities to support your travel. Additionally, you will likely be guided away from the grounds on a specific route to ensure Home and Away supporters stay separated. For example, Away supporters leaving Olympic Stadium after West Ham Away will be guided towards the Pudding Mill Lane DLR station even though you may have come in through the Stratford tube station. We do not recommend deviating away from these instructions.

Free Wifi

Miscellaneous

Electrical Adapter

The associated electrical plug for the UK is a type G, which has 3 rectangular pings in a triangular pattern. The UK operates on a 230v supply voltage and 50Hz.

You need to look for a power plug adapter for sockets type G. Alternatively, choose a world travel adapter that fits multiple sockets, in case you travel more often. Without a converter, you risk serious damage to your devices. A voltage converter will ensure a safe input voltage level for your devices in England. You can find voltage converters at Amazon. Because you also need a power plug adapter, you might want a combined plug adapter/voltage converter.

Wi-Fi & Data

Unless you already have a UK phone number and plan, you’re probably wondering how you’ll navigate calling and internet use while abroad.

Most cellphone providers have international plans that charge set amounts each day for data and calling. For example, Verizon offers a TravelPass, which includes talk, text, and data allowances for $10.00/day.

eSims are also a reliable option for data. Some of our members regularly use Airalo as a global eSim option. eSIMs are virtual SIM cards you can download to compatible phones. These let you connect to a local phone network abroad, often paying a lower price than roaming through your mobile carrier at home. Airalo is a data-only service that grants a variety of GB amounts for a period of time. The good news is that you can still use iMessage (or comparable), Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp calling through this option.

Many places also offer free Wi-Fi, which you can also leverage.

We also recommend downloading WhatsApp.

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