When it published its power rankings for Premier League sides, Bleacher Report concluded that Chelsea was second only to Manchester United in terms of its global fan base. While most of those fans content themselves with keeping up with the team’s fortunes via TV and internet coverage, there are hundreds who make the pilgrimage to Stamford Bridge every year from all corners of the globe to see their heroes in the flesh.
Of course, as any fan based closer to the action knows, the 90 minutes spent on the terraces constitute only one part of the experience. Win or lose, it makes sense to make a day of it, and that is even more the case if you have travelled hundreds of miles to be there. Here, we provide a guide to some of the best places within easy reach of Stamford Bridge to celebrate – or commiserate – after the final whistle.
The Tommy Tucker
For top quality food in an authentic London atmosphere, this friendly London pub ticks all the boxes. The kitchen is run by award-winning chef Claude Compton, along with George McCabe and Jim Morris. The team have created a number of bars and restaurants across London, and each one gets rave reviews. The Tommy Tucker is no exception, and it’s only a five minute walk from the ground. Cross Fulham Road onto Waterford Road and it is just past the traffic-calming barrier on the right.
Once you’ve had a good meal, you’ll be ready for more adventures, and with Leicester Square less than four miles up the road, it’s the obvious place to head. The No.14 bus takes you straight there from Chelsea Village outside the ground. There’s plenty to do in Leicester Square, but for sports fans, The Hippodrome is the top destination. If you enjoy poring over sites like Casino Betting King to find the best places to spin the reels, you’ll love the three floors of gaming. There’s also sports to watch on the big screen and regular live entertainment at the Magic Mike live theatre.
The Famous Three Kings
Not everyone wants to venture into London’s busiest quarter on a Saturday night, of course. If you’re more in the mood to mix with like-minded fans in a convivial environment, this popular sports pub on North End Road could fit the bill. The food and drink are no-nonsense and reasonably priced – sharing platters are particularly recommended. Whatever major sporting event is happening, you can be certain it will be shown on the big screen, so sit back and enjoy.
Evans & Peel Detective Agency
Here’s something a little different from the norm. This speakeasy-style bar is on Earls Court Road, a 20 minute walk from Stamford Bridge. You’ll be asked for a password when you enter – just play along with the fun and once inside, enjoy the retro feel. The place is famous for its bespoke cocktails and also does a great line in American-style tapas dishes if you are feeling peckish after the walk.