West Ham United on Saturday 8th April 2017 at 15:00
Address: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST
Telephone: 0208 548 2748
Web site: https://www.whufc.com/
What is it like?
Up to 3,000 away fans are in the upper and lower tiers in the South West of the stadium. You get good views, but you are far away from the playing area, especially at the back of the upper tier. If you can, get a seat in the lower tier or at the front of the upper tier.
Due to retractable seating there’s a fair gap between the lower and upper tiers of the away fans sections. The facilities are excellent, with ample food and drink outlets on big concourses. Pies are £4.20 for Steak & Ale, Chicken & Veg or Vegetarian. Most food and drink outlets take card payments.
It’s worth getting to your seats a little before kick off to listen to the West Ham fans singing ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’ a song which was apparently nicked from the Vetch Field faithful.
There have been many incidents inside and outside the stadium so you should exercise caution in and around the ground.
Pubs & Grub
At the moment it look like there are pubs for away fans near the stadium. Best bet maybe a pub in central London. Alcohol at around the £5 mark is served inside the stadium, with Amstel, Fosters, Strongbow, Bulmers, Smirnoff Ice or small bottles of wine being sold.
There are a number of eating places and restaurants in the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre that serve alcohol. The ‘Cow’ (E20 1GL) is one, there’s also a bar inside Aspers Casino (E20 1ET), and the Holiday Inn (E20 1GL); all on the Westfield complex.
Just outside Stratford International Station there is the ‘Tap East’ (E20 1EE) which brews its own beers. Whilst near Hackney Wick station there are two bars that also are attached to breweries, The CRATE (E9 5EN) and the ‘Howling Hops’ (E9 5EN) are next door to each other in an old warehouse complex. Further along the canal from these brew pubs (opposite direction to the stadium) is Mason & Company (E20 3BS), a Craft Beer and Italian Food outlet.
There are a quite a few pubs in the centre of Stratford itself, but nearly all are home fans only. One exception is a Wetherspoons, the ‘Goldengrove’ (E15 1NS) on the Grove (just off Broadway). There’s also Hamilton Hall (EC2M 7PY) (Wetherspoons) at Liverpool Street Station before going to the stadium.
What is there to do in London? Everything from theatres to museums to concerts. There are dozens of musicals, plays and exhibitions available.
With weekend shows being extremely popular, booking in advance is a must and we’d suggest you use a website like London Theatre Direct to get the best ticket deals and prices. Top shows on at the moment are The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Thriller – Live, Les Misérables, The Book of Mormon, Aladdin and Kinky Boots.
The Apollo Hammersmith (W6 9QH) has Okeon Elzy on the Saturday; tickets from £41 with Sting there on the Sunday and Monday. Only return tickets for Sting may be available.
World Cup of Gymnastics is at the O2 (SE10 0DX), on the night of the game at, tickets are from £15. Soul Explosion is on there the next day, tickets are £20 – £59
The night of the game, Eskimo Dance featuring Wiley & Ghetts plus guests are at Wembley Arena (HA9 0AA), tickets are £26. On the Sunday night Craig David is there, tickets are £38 & £44.
Hotels near Olympic Park include a Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, Ekko Stratford and The Railway Tavern Hotel but London has hotels to suit any budget from hostels to 5 star places, so use the search tool below to find the best deals for your visit.
The London Stadium is designated as a ‘public transport destination’, people driving by car are actively discouraged. A huge Residential Parking Zone is put in place around the stadium on matchdays. What limited paid parking is available close to the stadium, at the Aquatics Centre and Copper Box, are likely to be off limits to normal fans. The Westfield Shopping Centre has car parking at £9.50 per day.
The London Stadium is served by three railway stations (Stratford, Stratford International and Hackney Wick) all around 10-15 minute walk away with the stadium and stations being well signposted.
Stratford Station is next to the large Westfield Shopping Centre. It’s the main station in the area, with overground connections to London Liverpool Street and Clapham Junction, and also has an Underground station on the Jubilee and Central tube lines. It’s also on the Docklands Light Railway.
Stratford International Railway Station is located on the other side of Westfield Shopping Centre and served by services from London St Pancras, the journey time is seven minutes. It is also located on the Docklands Light Railway.
Hackney Wick Railway Station is on the opposite (West) side of the stadium compared to the Stratford Stations and Westfield Shopping Centre. It is served by trains from Clapham Junction, Richmond and Stratford. It also stops at Highbury and Islington, which is on the Victoria Tube line and can be a handy for those fans travelling to London Euston, which is around 20 minutes away.
Please note that due to its limited size, fans are being discouraged from using Hackney Wick. However it is open on matchdays and I’m sure if arriving in good time, it will be fine to use before the match. After the game it might not be a good choice, as the trains arriving at Hackney Wick, will probably be already jam packed with fans who will have already got on at the Stratford Station.
After the match all fans wanting to go to Stratford Station, are sent on long route (avoiding going into the shopping centre) and is stop/started in places to control the flow of fans, before being finally met with huge queues for the trains themselves.
Trains to Paddington leave Swansea at 07:29, 08:29, 09:29 and 10:29 for the 3 hour trip.
Trains leave Paddington at 17:30, 18:30, 19:30 and 20:47
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!