Hotels near London Stadium

With so many Premier Inn hotels near London Stadium, fans of West Ham United FC will never be far from the match. This exciting and impressive venue isn’t just home of the Hammers though – it also hosts some of the biggest and best London events, from huge rock concerts to athletics championships. Families and couples alike will love the nearby Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which is home to top attractions like the ArcelorMittal Orbit – the longest tunnel slide in the world. Plus, you’ll find plenty of things to do in nearby Stratford too, such as world class shopping at Westfield Stratford City

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About London Stadium

What is the London Stadium and what is it used for?
London Stadium was built to host the London 2012 Olympics and was subsequently renovated to become the home of Premier League football club West Ham United and UK Athletics. As well as hosting regular football matches and athletics events, it has also played host to rugby, Major League Baseball and rock concerts such as Guns ‘N Roses, Muse and Foo Fighters.

Where in London is the London Stadium?
London Stadium is in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

How big is the London Stadium? How many seats does it have? 
London Stadium is one of the largest multi-purpose venues in the UK. For sporting events it has a seated capacity of 66,000. For concerts the capacity can increase to 80,000.

Is the London Stadium covered? 
The seating areas of the stadium are covered by the longest cantilevered roof in the world. The standing area for concerts (the football pitch) is not covered.

When did the London Stadium open?
London Stadium officially opened for the 2012 London Olympics in May 2012. After its renovation into a football stadium it reopened in July 2016.

Is Wembley Stadium the same as London Stadium?
No, Wembley Stadium is a 90,000 capacity multi-purpose stadium in North London and is the home of the England football team.

Is London Stadium bigger than Wembley?
No, Wembley Stadium is the largest stadium in the UK with a capacity of 90,000.

What is near the London Stadium?
Lots! London Stadium is in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home to the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide and the UK’s highest freefall abseil. Its viewing platform offers breath-taking views of London so is well worth a visit. Other activities nearby include Olympic Park tours, Tumbling Bay playground, Lee Valley VeloPark and world class shopping at Westfield Stratford City.

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Getting there

How do I get to London Stadium from central London?
There are plenty of options for travel from central London to London Stadium. Stratford is the best station to travel to as it’s an easy 15-minute walk from the stadium. It’s accessible via the Central and Jubilee lines, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground trains and National Rail services operated by Greater Anglia and C2C.

The 388 bus runs between Blackfriars and Stratford City, travelling through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park direct from central London. The 25 bus is also a good option as it runs from Oxford Street to Ilford.

London Stadium is also easily accessible by bike from central London using the London Cycle Superhighway. There are eight docking stations for the London Cycle Hire Scheme in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

What zone is the London Stadium in?
Stratford and Stratford International station are both in zone 2/3.

Which tube station for the London stadium?
The closest tube station to the stadium is Stratford which is on the Jubilee line.

How do I get to the London Stadium by car and where can I park?
London Stadium is a designated green stadium and so there is no public car parking available. There will also be road closures around the stadium during event days so driving there is not recommended. However, if you have to drive, the closest car parks are situated at Stratford Westfield. Use the postcode W12 7SL in your satnav or via a mapping app to direct you from your current location.

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What's allowed at the London Stadium

Can you take bags into the London Stadium?
Small carry bags and handbags are permitted but guests are encouraged not to bring bags as all bags are subject to being searched. Large bags are not permitted and there is no cloakroom facility.

Can you take food into the London Stadium?
Small quantities of food for personal consumption is permitted. It will be inspected as part of the security checks on entry to the stadium.

Can you vape or smoke in the London stadium?
Vaping or smoking is not permitted in London Stadium at any time.

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West Ham United

Why did West Ham move to London Stadium?
West Ham played their home games at their previous stadium the Boleyn Ground (otherwise known as Upton Park) for 112 years, from 1904 to 2006. They moved to London Stadium as it has a far greater capacity than the Boleyn Ground and, as West Ham has a large fanbase, it meant they could accommodate more fans at home matches.

Do West Ham own the London Stadium?
West Ham do not own London Stadium. They secured a 99-year lease deal when they agreed to move there so they are tenants who pay rent to play their home matches at the ground.

How do I get from West Ham’s Stadium to Stratford Station?
London Stadium is clearly signposted from Stratford Station so just follow the signposted walking routes. It’s about a 15-minute walk.

How do I get from West Ham’s Stadium to London Euston?
There are several routes you can take via public transport. The quickest route is likely to be walking to Stratford Station, taking the London Overground to Highbury & Islington and then grabbing a tube direct to Euston on the Victoria Line.

You could also catch the 473 bus which will take you to Plaistow station, on the District and Hammersmith and City lines. If you take the Hammersmith and City line it will take you directly to Euston Square, London Euston is a 5-minute walk away.

How do I get from West Ham’s Stadium to Stamford Bridge?
The quickest and most direct route would be to jump in a taxi which will take approximately 25 minutes. Via public transport the best route would be to walk 10-15 minutes to Prince Regent DLR Station, take the train to Tower Gateway, transfer to Tower Hill, then a tube to Fulham Broadway on the District Line. Stamford Bridge is about a 7-minute walk from Fulham Broadway Station. 

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The Olympics

Who owns and who uses the old London Olympic Stadium?
The stadium is owned by the E20 Stadium LLP, a London Legacy Development Corporation body. It’s used by West Ham United football club and UK Athletics. It also hosts large scale rock concerts.

How has the Olympic Stadium changed and what is it used for now?
After the 2012 Olympics a multi-million-pound conversion of the stadium began. 25,000 seats were removed, the floodlights were replaced, the black and white seating design from the Olympics was changed to a white, blue and claret design and a new roof was built to improve acoustics. It is believed to be the largest cantilevered roof in the world.

It is now called London Stadium and hosts the home matches of Premier League football club West Ham United as well as UK Athletics meets and regular rock concerts.

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