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Extortionate tickets, no standing, warm, overpriced beer… football’s really coming home.

The big Champions League Final will take place very soon - a German final in Wembley Stadium in London. For all the lucky people who got a ticket for this match, the FSF provides a Ground guide to make this visit as easy and pleasant as possible. Here you can find important information about the final and the city of London itself. Where can we go to have a drink? How can I get around London in the most inexpensive and easiest way? What is the name of the station at the Wembley stadium? What do I have to see, visit or do in London?

Getting to Wembley

Wembley Stadium is only two stops from Baker Street on the Metropolitan Line and 10 minutes on overground services from London Marylebone station. It is served by three stations – Wembley Park (Jubilee Line and Metropolitan Line), Wembley Central (Bakerloo Line and London Overground), and Wembley Stadium (Chiltern Railways services from London Marylebone).

For timetables and schedules of underground services you can visit Transport for London’s website.

For timetables and prices of mainline services either visit National Rail Enquiries’ website or call them on 0871 200 4950 from the UK.

Wembley is in Zone 4 of London’s tube system. A Zone 1-4 off-peak travelcard (travel after the morning rush-hour) costs £8.00, whereas for anytime travel this increases to £11.00. This will allow you access to all tubes/buses within central London.

There are a number of official and unofficial car-parks around Wembley, but we would not advise trying to drive to the stadium on matchdays – public transport is a much better bet. The road network around that particular part of northwest London isn’t the best, and you will waste so much of your time both before and after the match stuck in traffic. If you do decide to drive, however, the official Wembley site provides a direction-finder for you.

If you’re fortunate enough to have got a ticket for the final, you can check out the view from your area of the ground here.

Eating/Drinking at Wembley

There are a number of pubs around Wembley, but we do not yet know if the usual practice of allocating specific pubs to each team will be implemented for the Champions League final. Typically one team is given the pubs on the east side of the stadium and the other the west, such as for the FA Cup Final (that link also contains a list of the nearest pubs to Wembley) – we will update you as and when we hear from the Police if this will be taking place.

Getting around London

If you plan to be in London for more than a day or two, then an Oyster Card is the most cost-effective way of getting around the capital. Oyster is a contactless smartcard system run by Transport for London, and you can pick up an Oyster card at all major railway and tube station ticket offices, and also from some newsagents. You pay a small deposit when receiving your card which is refundable, along with any other money outstanding, if you choose to return it at the end of your trip.

You pre-load the card with cash which is then deducted automatically when you swipe it through ticket barriers on the tube or tap it against the card readers when travelling on buses.

If you are only visiting for a day or two, or don’t want the hassle of topping up, then travelcards are the next best way to see the capital. The vast majority of tourist sites are within Zones 1-2 of the London transport system (see this map) and you can get unlimited off-peak travel throughout central London for as little as £7.30 with a travelcard.

Both Oyster cards and Travelcards are valid on all London underground services along with all buses throughout the capital. For more on Oyster cards, fares and everything to do with the tube and bus network, visit the Transport for London website.

What to do in London

First up, we'd have to recommend the official Visit London website, which is full of useful links, hotel bookings, theatre ticket links, interactive maps and all that you'd expect. It's a really handy site if you're not sure what you want to do, and everything is laid out nice and simply.

For a more do-it-yourself feel, check out the phenomenally detailed London Wikitravel page. We'd heartily recommend this for the sheer wealth of information on offer, which is handily split by area of the city and interest – there’s such a vast array of things going on at any time in the capital it really helps to narrow the focus and find out what’s good near you or where you’re staying. If you’re staying on the South Bank, why would you want to know about pubs in Notting Hill? Wikitravel certainly breaks it down for you, with handy maps.

If you’re looking for some live music, theatre, films, club nights or the hottest restaurant reviews then Time Out London is the best place to go – it offers up-to-the minute listings for events across the capital, and is also available in a weekly magazine at newsagents across the capital.

If beer’s your thing – check out Beer in the evening for pub reviews, Time Out or the Good Pub Guide.

Any Questions?

If you have any specific questions that aren’t covered above then we’re happy to do our best to answer them – you can get in touch with the Football Supporters’ Federation via email or find us on Twitter @The_FSF.

Police Advice

Here you can find info and advice from the London Metropolitan Police specifically for supporters coming to London with our without tickets. They will also be active on Twitter on the day. You can find them on Twitter  @MPSFootballUnit 


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