London boasts more than a dozen professional football teams, more than any other city in the world. Combine a visit to the capital with an afternoon or evening watching your favourite team play.
Ever wondered which London clubs offer stadium tours? Take a look below to find a tour of one of the city's legendary football grounds, including England’s national stadium, Wembley.
Dubbed “the home of football”, Wembley Stadium is home to England’s national football teams. See international matches or grab a ticket for the finals of club cup competitions.
Take a Wembley Stadium tour to go behind the scenes of the famous stadium, including a chance to hold the FA Cup.
Known for their famous red and white jerseys, “The Gunners” are one of London’s most historic and successful football clubs. Tour the club’s Emirates Stadium in Islington to see the changing room, tunnel and more exclusive areas, and get free entry to the museum as part of your ticket.
Arsenal Women Football Club have also been highly ranked since their founding in 1987. Catch a match at Meadow Park in Borehamwood or occasionally at Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea F.C. have found huge success at home in west London and abroad, including winning the pinnacle of European club football, the Champions League, in 2021. Explore the club’s home with a Stamford Bridge stadium tour, taking in the changing room, dugouts, museum and more.
Watch a Chelsea F.C. Women match at their club's ground in Kingsmeadow – they currently hold the top ranked spot in the 2021–22 season.
Take a multimedia stadium tour and sit in the dugout, or brave the Dare Skywalk, a thrilling climb onto the stadium’s roof.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Women play in the Women's Super League and have won 12 trophies. Watch a match at their grounds, Brisbane Road.
West Ham United
East London team West Ham United F.C. have been in England’s top flight for much of their history. “The Hammers” moved into London Stadium following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Learn more about the stadium and the club during one of the regular London Stadium tours.
Started in 1991, West Ham United F.C. Women play matches at their grounds at Victoria Road in east London.
South London Crystal Palace F.C. have a strong local following, and match days are full of atmosphere. Although they regularly switch between divisions, Crystal Palace have maintained their Premier League status in recent years.
Playing as the Eagles, the Crystal Palace F.C. Women have a spot in the Women's Championships league, the second-highest division of women's football.
Another team that regularly yo-yos between the top two divisions, Watford F.C. have come close to winning the FA Cup, finishing runner-up twice. The north London club has a dedicated legion of fans, including music superstar Elton John, who was once the chairman.
Watford F.C. Women have their grounds at Grosvenor Vale in Ruislip and were promoted into the Women's Championships league in the 2020–21 season.
Until recently, Brentford F.C. spent most of their long history in the lower tiers of English football. “The Bees” moved to Brentford Community Stadium in west London in 2020 and were promoted to the Premier League for the first time in 2021.
Find the Brentford F.C. Women playing in Division 1 of the London and South East Women's Regional Football League. Their grounds are at Bedfont Sports Club in Feltham.
Rivals with fellow west London club Chelsea, Fulham F.C. are the oldest London club in the football league, having formed in 1879. Enjoy a game at Fulham’s historic home, Craven Cottage, on the banks of the river Thames.
Fulham F.C. Women started in 1993, though the team have been dissolved and re-established a few times. They also play in the London and South East Women's Regional Football League, with their home grounds at Motspur Park.
Other London football clubs
Other clubs in London that play in the football league system include Queen’s Park Rangers, Charlton Athletic, Millwall F.C., Millwall Lionesses, London Bees, AFC Wimbledon and Leyton Orient F.C. Many more non-league teams also compete across the capital.
Major football events in London
FA Cup Finals
Don’t miss the men’s and women’s FA Cup Finals, which take place at Wembley Stadium in May each year.
If you can’t secure a ticket, watch the action in a London sports bar.