October is here, which means that the NFL games at Tottenham are only days away!
For many of you who have never been to London, or to a game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, we have a few tips, tricks and hints to help you plan your trip as we look at North London NFL.
Unlike Wembley which is located in Northwest London, Tottenham is in northeast London, and not a very quick trip if you get the stadiums confused.
The area of Tottenham itself is pegged as ‘up and coming’ which roughly translates as ‘don’t go there at night.’
There isn’t much built up around the stadium, so if you are looking to hang around the area, or God forbid book a hotel in the are, we would say ‘NO!’. It’s not worth it.
The stadium is gorgeous and has all the food and drink you need within its dome.
Getting there is pretty straight forward, as it is served by the London overground, the tube and numerous buses. ‘White Hart Lane’ is a stop on the overground from Liverpool street, Hackney, as well as Seven Sisters Tube station. It gets pretty busy on game day, so it’s always good to have options.
If you’re not living in Britain, you may not know that we have a petrol (gas) crisis on right now. Stations are rammed, neighbourhoods are frayed, and horn honking rules the day and night.
Driving and parking in the area isn’t advised as a result, not to mention the new construction problems, road works, and Sunday crowds which can put the kibosh on local driving.
London petrol stations are out of fuel, and those that do have it are lined up and prone to acts of idiocy and violence from pump hunters.
As a result, the price of Ubers has sky rocketed, with fares from Tottenham to central London rising over 2500% during the Anthony Joshua fight.
(taxis were going as high as £900 for a 20 minute ride).
Uber will be pricey and we’re low on drivers, tube & train stations will be packed, so look at buses and neighbourhood parking as a quick way out.
However you plan on getting around, the tube is probably your best option.
You will need to follow all the rules for the stadium under this new normal.
Visitors will need to be double vaxxed, show proof of this, and may be asked to leave if they fail to provide this.
For all the rules and regulations, make sure you check out here.
If you’re looking to be close to the stadium and not miss out on some London vibes, may we suggest the following areas to consider to stay and hang out.
Old Street-Close to Hackney, central London and the WHL (White Hart Lane), this area is always happening, and safe at night.
Finsbury Park-Located on most major travel lines, and very close to the stadium. Loads of students in this area make it a fun party place to go.
Wood Green-A diamond in the rough, this area has loads of new hotels and is only a 15 minute walk to the stadium.
Crouch End-A lovely village near Tottenham, this is close to the tubes and has excellent parking to reach the stadium. Not as busy, but a trendy, celebrity filled hood.
The Princess Alexandra
If you’re looking for a place to party before the game, and head to afterwards, consider the Princess Alexandra in Crouch End for your NFL Sunday Funday.
10 minutes from Finsbury Park station, this lovely local pub is a scant 15 minute bus ride directly to the stadium via the W3 bus.
The pub will be open early so that you can get your pregame burger and beers in, before grabbing the bus directly to the stadium.
After the game, hop back on the bus and your straight to the pub before many of your mates even make it through the queue at the White Hart Lane train station.
Best of all, the pub is open LATE on London game days, so that you can get stuck in to watch the NFL all night on their many TVs.
If you have any other questions about the NFL game at Tottenham, where to stay, or what other things you might need to know about the games, just get in touch!
Stay safe and see you Sunday at the Sports Bar & Grill Clapham, or Old Street.