Away Day Guide – West Ham United
The Whites will be visiting the London Stadium once again and hoping to take our first points away from the ground that West Ham have called home since 2016. Here’s our away day guide.
Tickets for Fulham’s trip to the London Stadium are currently on sale to season ticket holders. They will go on sale to members on Friday morning and on general sale to supporters with previous booking histories on Monday morning. Tickets are priced at £30 for adults, £25 for senior citizens aged 65 and above, 18-21 year-olds and juniors aged under 18. You can get your tickets via the official website, by ringing the ticket office on 0203 871 0810 or visiting the ticket office on Stevenage Road.
GETTING TO THE LONDON STADIUM
Fulham fans should note that the London Stadium, purpose-built for the 2012 Olympic Games and subsequently taken over by West Ham, was designated a public transport venue and driving is actively discouraged. The stadium is sited within the Olympic Park and all the surrounding roads are self-contained within a well-patrolled controlled parking zone for local residents.
There is very little parking but if you still want to drive, exit the North Circular (A406) for the A12, taking the fourth exit from the roundabout and follow the signs for Central London and Stratford. After approximately four miles, the velodrome will come into view on your left. Leave the A12 for the A106 – with signs for Stratford and Westfield – and filter left at the traffic lights. Follow the flow of traffic straight on and Westfield Shopping Centre will appear on your left with the London Stadium on the right. The closest parking option will be at Westfield, with all-day spaces available for £10.
BY TUBE AND TRAIN
The London Stadium is served by three major stations that are about 10-15 minutes walk away. Stratford is right next to Westfield and is served by national rail and overground trains from Clapham Junction and Liverpool Street as well as the Central Line, Jubilee Line and the Docklands Light Railway.
Stratford International is located on the other side of Westfield, with trains arriving from London St. Pancras as well as other destinations on the Docklands Light Railway.
Hackney Wick is on the western side of the London Stadium in comparison to the pair of Stratford stations. It is the closest station to the away end, but is smaller in size to Stratford and Stratford International and can become crowded. Overground trains will take you to Highbury and Islington, Clapham Junction, Richmond and Stratford.
Fulham’s official Club coaches will leave Craven Cottage at 10.45am on matchday. Tickets are priced at £17 for adult season ticket holders and members and £10 for junior season ticket holders and members. All other supporters will need to pay £22 for adults and £17 juniors.
Due to the fact that almost all of the pubs within the vicinity of the London Stadium have been designated as for home supporters only, most Fulham fans have drunk in Central London or at Liverpool Street before heading east to the stadium.
There are a number of eateries within the Westfield Shopping Centre that serve alcohol, including the Cow on Westfield Avenue, whilst the Aspers Casino and the Holiday Inn have several easily accessible bars. There are a number of pop-up brewery options close to the various railway stations. From Stratford International, you might want to try the Tap East (7 International Square, London, E20 1EE), which boasts sixteen on tap and around 100 bottled beers. Closer to Hackney Wick station, you will find The CRATE (Unit 7 Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN) and The Howling Hops (Unit 9A Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN) right next to each other.
Alcohol is available inside the London Stadium at the various bars and kiosks but it is very expensive with prices raised this season. The options on offer will include Amstel, Heineken Bulmers with small bottles of wine and cans of gin and tonic. There is usually a ‘pie and pint’ promotion as well.