While a few Arsenal and Tottenham supporters may choose to argue, there is no denying that Chelsea is currently the most successful football club in London. World class players such as Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Thibaut Courtois grace the hallowed turf of Stamford Bridge on matchdays.
With such talent on display, it’s understandable that demand for tickets is high. Yet, with the stadium’s present capacity only being 41,663 – there simply are not enough tickets to go round. Plans are underway for redevelopment work to increase Stamford Bridge’s capacity to 60,000; however, this will not be a reality until around 2022-2023.
It is possible to pick tickets up for the ‘less glamourous’ fixtures like a Carabao Cup tie against a side from League 1 or sometimes even a Premier League match against a team rooted to the bottom of the table. But, when teams such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool come to town, it simply is not happening.
Where to Watch a Chelsea Match
So, what’s the solution? Well, why not find a nice pub, club or even a casino where you can watch the match and have a pint or two while you’re at it! Here are four great places to watch a Chelsea match in London.
Frankie’s Sports Bar and Diner
You cannot mention watching a live Chelsea match in a bar without the inclusion of Frankie’s Sports Bar. It is located at Stamford Bridge so you can soak up the full match day atmosphere to the extreme.
Frankie’s has 12 large screen TVs and it shows every Chelsea home game. The menu caters for all tastes with a host of premium quality beers, wines, spirits and a number of exotic cocktails. If you fancy a bite to eat, you’ll find a number of burgers and sandwiches, pizzas plus several other dishes to fulfil your cravings.
Frankies Sports Bar and Grill at Stamford Bridge
Given its prime location, Frankie’s Sports Bar and Diner is the number one place for a fan to go to watch a Chelsea match in London; however, be warned – this place gets crazy busy before and after kickoff.
If you’d prefer a more traditional type of pub, then head over to the Chelsea Potter on Kings Road. This classic London watering hole has served the likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix in its time.
In-keeping with its heritage, the Chelsea Potter offers a superb range of real ales. These provide drinkers with the very best of British beers, which include it’s very own 1730 – a delightful special pale ale. Add on to that an extensive wine list and an array of spirits stretching the length of the bar, finding a tipple to suit is easy.
Food is served from 12pm to 10pm (Mon-Sat) and 12pm to 9pm (Sun). You can get fish and chips, prime cut burgers and a number of other classic British pub dishes. We recommend trying one of the award-winning pies on offer – the camembert and beetroot open pie is worth £9.99 of anyone’s money.
When the sporting action begins, the Chelsea Potter has several large screens with a Sky Sports feed so you won’t miss a kick of the Chelsea match if it’s televised.
McGettigan’s Pub and Sports Bar
Situated opposite Fulham Broadway Station, McGettigan’s is a popular spot to quench your thirst while enjoying watching a Chelsea match. As it is within a mile of the ground, there is a tremendous buzz about the place on match days.
As the name would suggest, this is an Irish pub so the menu includes a good range of Irish drinks and food. The beef and Guinness pie with mashed potatoes are among the favourite dishes served up.
There are plenty of large screen TVs tuned into Sky Sports and BT Sport. Usually, McGettigan’s will show a range of different matches spread across the numerous screens, naturally though, Chelsea games take centre stage when they are playing.
Grosvenor Casino – Gloucester Road
Just over a mile away, located to the northeast of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium is the Grosvenor Casino, Gloucester Road.
Whilst not everyone would think of dropping into a casino to watch a live match, it actually makes perfect sense. The Grosvenor Casino has a dedicated bar and lounge area fitted-out with large screens showing Sky Sports round the clock.
Alternatively, virtually just across the street is Genting’s Cromwell Mint Casino. It also screens all live games shown on Sky Sports and BT Sport. The extra perk with Genting is that it offers a stellar poker room so you can enter a Texas Hold’em tournament after the football for as little as £5.
Both the Grosvenor and Genting have dress codes. While you don’t need to be wearing a tuxedo, you are required to be looking smart. You won’t get in wearing a football shirt and baseball caps are a big no-no.
A Final Word
Summing up, it all depends on you and your preferences. Frankie’s get you as close as you can get without having a match ticket. The Chelsea Potter mixes classic with modern, so that is always a popular destination.
McGettigan’s is dedicated to sports entertainment and being opposite the nearest underground station (to the stadium) means it offers a vibrant atmosphere. Yet, if you are thinking of somewhere a little more relaxed and not so boisterous, then Grosvenor or Genting casino fits the bill there.