The area around Stamford Bridge is an upper class residential area, as such many of the ‘traditional football’ pubs are no longer around the ground. However a good pre and post match experience can still be had.
A popular pub amongst Chelsea fans is the ‘Hand and Flowers’ on the Kings Road, as well as the ‘Fox and Pheasant’. Remember this is Chelsea, so prices may be higher than you are used to. For a more atmospheric pub with singing, you might want to look at is the Wheatsheaf in nearby Fulham and Lloyds No.1 near Fulham Broadway Underground Station – offering some of the cheapest beer in London.
Pubs for away fans around Chelsea are quite hard to find – with a lot of bouncers needing to see tickets for the game before letting you inside, however the ‘Slug and Lettuce’ on Fulham Broadway is known to be away fan friendly, as well as nearby ‘The Cock and Hen’
Stamford Bridge notoriously has a large amount of pubs within a mile of the stadium which give plenty of options for pre or post-match drinks. Although they can get very crowded this can add to the atmosphere and gives a good vibe, especially when the home team have won!
The favorite drinking spots for Chelsea supporters is the SoBar and the Butcher’s Hook which are both in close walking distance and within 10 minutes of the ground. The SoBar is the most memorable for first time home fans because it is a noisy pub with plenty of singing (regardless of the game result) and it has a reputation for being noisy and having a buzzing atmosphere. The Butcher’s Hook has a home team atmosphere but has a quieter tone with a lot less singing for those who are looking for a quieter drink to get less involved.
For away fans, the pub of choice is The Slug & Lettuce (also known as the Broadway Bar and Grill) and is a favorite meet up and hang out place for away fans. The home fans tend to avoid this pub so it is not one to mix in. There is also the stadium’s own Frankie’s Sports Bar & Diner where you can get food and drinks however this is incredibly popular and usually fills up fast. If none of these strike your fancy, there are a range of 10-20 pubs all the way along Fulham Road, Fulham Broadway, King’s Road and on the way back to the train or tube station so you will always be able to find something if you walk a little further.
Chelsea fans are fiercely loyal, huge in number and jealously protect what’s theirs. Basically, there aren’t many pubs you’ll be allowed to visit as a passionate away fan. However, if you’re not sporting their colours or singing their songs, the Blackbird and the Goose pubs (though quite far from each other) are each within a mile of the stadium and permit away fans. For Chelsea fans, you’ll be welcome into virtually every pub within several miles, so take your pick!
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