48 hours in east London for a football fan
You’re in Britain and where better to watch football but London, home to 6 Premier League clubs. East London is home to West Ham United, a club with an important history; 3 West Ham United players were in the winning 1966 World Cup team.
Make the most of the exciting atmosphere that charges through east London on match day with our 2-day itinerary below.
It's kick off!
Pre-game is a chance to warm up for all the celebrations (or commiserations) ahead.
If you want a healthy start to energise you for all the action, head over to Mother Works. Located near West Ham’s ground on the outskirts of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it serves up breakfasts even Premier League players would be happy with. Another fantastic option nearby is Tina We Salute You, allowing you to feel the excitement and build-up in the air around the ground.
As kick-off gets closer, you’ll feel the love and passion for the mighty Hammers as their supporters from all different cultures come together. You’ll find one of the best spots to watch the match at The Cow. Located in Westfield Shopping Centre, the gastro pub is becoming a firm favourite since West Ham moved from Upton Park leaving behind the traditional fan favourite the 118-year-old Boleyn Tavern.
Whether you’re ready to celebrate your team’s victory or need to ease the pain of defeat, explore the lively places to enjoy a bite to eat and a drink close by.
For a post-game pint, get down to Bar Kick. Its daily ‘happy hour’ is between 4pm - 7pm and provides the perfect opportunity for a post-match review. There’s even table football so you can live out your footballing dreams on the table. Alternatively, reflect on your team’s performance riverside at CRATE Brewery & Pizzeria, a stylish bar with its own microbrewery, set in an old factory.
Pop into local favourite Sawmill for a tasty breakfast and grab a sweet treat from their bakery to keep you going throughout the day.
Continue in the spirit of the beautiful game with a tour of the 57,000-seater London Stadium, the home of West Ham. See the view from the managers dug out, walk down the players’ tunnel and enjoy panoramic views into the stadium on this part guided and part multimedia tour.
Finish off your football weekend with a meal at Cafe Football, owned by former Manchester United players Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. The cafe scores a hat trick with delicious handcrafted dishes, all day live sports screenings and their own CF beer. What more can a football fan want?!
How to get there?
Stratford International is an 8-minute Tube journey on the Central line from Liverpool Street.