West Ham – Saturday 7th May 2016 at 15:00
Address: Boleyn Ground, Green Street, Upton Park, London, E13 9AZ
Telephone: 0208 548 2748
Web Site: www.whufc.com
What’s It Like?
With West Ham moving to the Olympic Stadium for 2016 this is the last chance to visit Upton Park, and this. Up to 2,200 Swans fans are in the lower tier of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand. The ground is compact, with fans close to the pitch; wiith the passionate support of the home fans can make for a good atmosphere.
It’s worth getting to your seats a little before kick off to listen to the West Ham fans’ rendition of ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’ a song which was apparently nicked from the Vetch Field faithful. The turnstiles have bar code readers; entry is gained by having your ticket read in the slot.
The concourse has flat screen TVs and a bit cramped, leading to a free-for-all for refreshments at half time. Food on offer includes pies, pasties, large sausage rolls, burgers and hot dogs. Expensive alcohol in cans or plastic bottles can be bought; Carlsberg, Tetley’s Bitter, Magners, Guinness and red/white wine.
What is there to do in London? Just about 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.
The current top shows based on ticket sales are The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Thriller – Live, Les Misérables, The Book of Mormon, Charlie and Chocolate Factory, Matilda The Musical and Stomp.
Bryan Adams is at the O2 (SE10 0DX), on the night of the game at 8pm, tickets are £46.00 – £53.50. Basketball is on there the next day, with two games, the Play-off Final (men), followed by the Play-off Final (women), tickets are £20.75 – £167.25
The Harlem Globetrotters are at Wembley Arena (HA9 0AA) on the night of the game, tickets are £21.25-£54.25. On the Tuesday, Busted are there with tickets at £46.25-£52.50
Hotels near Upton Park include a Premier Inn, Ibis, Ruskin Hotel and the West Ham United Hotel.
London has hotels to suit any budget from hostels to 5 star places.
Pubs and Grub
A good option for away fans is the ‘Millers Well’ (E6 2JX) a Wetherspoon pub near East Ham tube station and opposite East Ham Town Hall. It’s a 20 minute walk to the ground along Barking Road. A pub nearby is the ‘Denmark Arms’ (E6 1LA). It’s a big pub, away friendly and shows live football. ‘The Queens’ (E13 9JJ) on Green Street is near to Upton Park Underground Station (as you come out of the station turn right and the pub is down on the right).
They may allow away fans in the ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ (E13 9AR) near Upton Park tube station. Turn left out of the tube station and walk to the mini roundabout and it’s on your right. There are also a few pie ‘n’ mash shops nearby (a traditional East End favourite). If you’ve enjoyed ‘Duncans Pie n Mash’ is it now sadly closed. Most pubs around the ground are for home fans only. The Boleyn Pub, the Greengate, Wine Bar and Village pubs on Barking Road should all be avoided.
On Saturday matchdays, parking is very restricted with hardly any off-road parking, check out the lampposts for signs. The best areas to look for spaces are roads left off Barking Road, after you’ve past the lights at East Ham Town Hall. You can park at Newham University Hospital (E13 8SL), pay and display is £2 for 3 hours, or £4 for 6 hours. The hospital is a 15 minute walk from the ground.
NOTE: West Ham tube station is nowhere near the ground. The nearest tube station is Upton Park which on the District line, the Hammersmith line and the City line; the station is a short walk from the ground.
The queues at Upton Park tube station after the game are crazy. You’re better off going for a couple of pints and watching Aston Villa v Leicester at 4pm on TV and letting the queues die down. There are plenty of pubs along Plaistow High Road which, only a 5-10 minute walk from the stadium. You could walk up to East Ham, to get a seat, before everyone else gets on at Upton Park.
Alternatively, walk down to Plaistow, the next station on the line, a 10 minute walk from Upton Park. Turn left after Upton Park tube station, into Harold Road. Walk down to the end of this road (it becomes Terrace Road) and bear left into Pelly Road/Clegg Street. At the bottom of Clegg Street, turn right into the Plaistow High Street and the station is on the left.
The only option for a train from Swansea is the 07:24, 08:24, 09:24 & 10:24 getting to Paddington 3 hours 15 minutes later, coming back with trains leaving Paddington at 17:30, 18:30 & 19:30 getting into Swansea at 20:50, 21:49, 22:52.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!