48 hours in south London for a football fan
Located in the heart of South London is Selhurst—an area not only full of diversity, life and talent, but also home to the Eagles, Crystal Palace. The golden square of south London produces many world-renowned footballing talents like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Joe Gomez, Victor Moses and Wilfried Zaha—the firm fan favourite who grew up in the shadow of the stadium. For a keen footie fan, here’s how to enjoy a football-inspired 48 hours in south London.
If you fancy a traditional filling breakfast, look no further than The Regency café. The hearty cooked breakfast will prepare you for anything. Opened in 1946 on Westminster’s Regency Street, the café has featured in several films and TV series including Layer Cake. If you’d rather a lighter start to the day, the Rail House Café by Victoria Station serves up some delicious healthy choices. Get your juice fix!
After the perfect start to a day of football in south London, it’s time to feel the passion building around Selhurst Park as kick-off gets closer. It’s an area full of talent and character with exciting, vibrant street art. The experience of being surrounded by the waves of royal blue and red, likeminded supporters who for 90 minutes become family to watch and cheer on the Eagles is a real highlight.
If you can’t get a seat inside the stadium, a traditional pub to watch the Premier League fixture is the Pawson Arm’s. It’s close to Selhurst Park, and being a fan favourite you’ll feel as though you’re right in the middle of all the match day magic.
End your day on a real high at Duck & Waffle, which serves up delights all night long! It’s the highest elevated 24-hour restaurant in London, with a playful take on traditional British cuisine. An unforgettable evening awaits, combining a midnight feast with stunning views over London’s twinkling skyline.
The Stadium Tour
Start the second half of your trip with a special breakfast at The Breakfast Club at Croydon’s Boxpark. A testament to how good their pancakes are: last year they plated up over 928,000 of them! Or explore Boxpark Croydon where you’re spoilt for delicious choice all likely to start some early morning dribbling.
Take a tour of Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace’s home ground since 1924, famous for possessing one of the best atmospheres in the Premier League. Immerse yourself in the proud heritage at Selhurst Park as you tour the stands in the stadium, explore the dressing rooms and walk down the players’ tunnel.