Why would you want to check out football stadiums anyway? Well, you’re in the same city where football legends were made. But if you’re not heading up north to see the Old Trafford then you should spend your time in London wisely. You can try to see all the stadiums in two days (do plan ahead) and it will make everyone happy – even the shopaholic one in the group.
And if you’re concerned about halal food, don’t worry as we’ve got just the perfect guide you’ll need to conquer London’s stadiums on a full tummy😉
The first stadium you should visit, is the Wembley stadium. The largest stadium in the UK, you need to know that not only does it hosts UEFA matches but also NFL (American football anyone?) games as well. I hugely recommend going to a match here because the atmosphere before and after the matches is priceless.
Other attractions specifically for the shopaholics, is the London Designer Outlet. There are brands like Nike, Adidas, Asics and others, with outlet prices of up to 50% off.
#HHWT Tip: The best time to shop is during the festive season so you can enjoy more sales! Also, Wembley hosts concerts, so you might want to check their website for upcoming events.
Opening Hours: Tours – Hourly from 10:00am til 3:00pm. Merchandise store – 10:00am to 5:00pm (advance booking advised)
Tour ticket price: Adults – £19. Children (under 16), students and seniors (over 65) – £12, Family ticket (4 pax) – £55
Nearest tube station: Wembley Park (Metropolitan Line) or Wembley, London HA9 0WS
1. Handmade Burger Co.
While you’re at Wembley and feeling hungry, head over to Handmade Burger Co. located on the second floor of London Designer Outlet just opposite the stadium. Try the jerk chicken burger (£7.85) and their sinful banana peanut butter milkshake (£4.50). Do note that only the chicken and beef is halal certified and needs to be requested. Rest assured, the halal meat is cooked on a separate grill. You can check out this link for more info.
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You’ll also love the freshly baked bread that’s made from scratch. The burger is definitely a winner here because it’s the perfect combination of spicy and savoury.
#HHWT Tip: Do call them to ask about halal meat beforehand as supply is limited and you won’t want to be disappointed!
Address: London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, HA9 0FD
Opening hours: Mon-Thur, 12-11pm, Fri-Sat, 11.30am-11pm, Sun, 11.30am-10.30pm
Contact: 0208 902 7857
2. Nando’s Wembley
If you’re not into burgers and up for something a little bit spicier, head down to Nando’s Wembley. Who could possibly resist Nando’s flame-grilled Peri-Peri chicken?😋
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Flavourful and filled with spice, take your pick from 5 different spicy levels. No matter which level you pick, Nando’s hearty dishes will delight your tastebuds. Nando’s Wembley is one of 73 Nando’s outlets in the UK which only serves halal chicken so you eat your fill without any worry!
Address: 420-422 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6AH
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 11.30am-11pm, Sun, 12-11pm
Contact: 020 8795 3564
3. Sugar Mill
If you’re looking for light bites, pop over to Sugar Mill for their mouthwatering desserts! After all, there’s always room for dessert right?😛
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Try their fluffy pancakes or churros which will satisfy those with sweet tooth cravings. The best part is, Sugar Mill’s desserts are all alcohol-free.
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If you’re hoping to have a more proper meal, you can indulge in their savoury items as their chicken and lamb is halal.
Address: 3 Lakeside Way, Wembley, HA9 0BU
Opening hours: Tue-Thur, 11am-11pm, Fri, 11am-12am, Sat, 10am-12am, Sun, 10am-11pm, closed on Mondays
Contact: 0203 330 0236
Stamford Bridge Stadium
Often referred to as the Chelsea Village, the stadium is situated in London’s posh area. Check out the Centenary Museum where you’ll find memorabilia of the club such as Jose Mourinho’s coat. The two-storey megastore is huge, and makes you feel the need to buy their jersey. Also, don’t forget to take a picture at their East entrance wall featuring the latest team line up.
Opening Hours: Tours – 10:00am to 3:00pm (Tours will depart twice in a hour). Megastore – 9:30am to 5pm
Ticket prices: Adult (16+) – £19. Children (under 15) – £13 *Free admission for under 5. Students – £14
Nearest tube station: Fulham Broadway (District Line) or Stamford Bridge, Fulham Rd, London SW6 1HS
4. German Doner Kebab Fulham Broadway
This popular kebab chain took the UK by storm when it opened in 2016 and we can totally understand why! It has every type of kebab you can possibly think of – even quesadilla kebabs!
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You can even have kebab burgers and nachos with kebabs. It’ll be hard not to love kebabs at this joint.
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All of the meat at German Doner Kebabs are halal-certified and it’s the same one used in all their other outlets around the world such as the UAE, Qatar and even Sweden. So, time to savour those yummy kebabs🤗
Address: 7 Fulham Broadway, London, SW6 1AA
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 12pm-12am
Contact: 020 7386 9990
5. Zheng Chelsea
While travelling in London, you might probably miss a taste of home and want to indulge in some comfort food. Well, Zheng Chelsea is the perfect place to if you’re missing home. Named after Chinese-Muslim explorer Zheng He, this highly recommended luxury restaurant serves a mix of Malaysian cuisine plus food from other parts of Asia.
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Ah, having familiar dishes like satay and rendang after a cold day out in London is just the perfect way to end your day 😋 Don’t forget to indulge in their drinks and dessert too – such as teh tarik and bubur hitam.
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We hear their crispy roast duck is a must-try too! And rest assured, the food at Zheng Chelsea is all halal. It was opened by husband and wife team chef Izlinda Baharom and Adam Abdullah. So, you should definitely not miss this lovely restaurant when you’re in Chelsea!
Address: 4, Sydney St, Chelsea, London SW3 6PP
Opening hours: Click here to find out more
Contact: 020 7352 9890, 020 7352 0957
6. Bosphorus Kebabs
Bosphorus Kebabs is located at South Kensington, the next station after Fulham Broadway. This hole-in-the-wall eatery is popular with the lunch and evening crowd. Their selection of Turkish kebabs is just irresistible.
The mixed grill kebab (£7.50) is ideal for sharing and you should have it as take out as the shop is quite small. Bosphorus Kebabs has been highly raved with some people even labelling it as the best kebabs in London. With such high praise, you should definitely make the trip down to try it!
Address: 59 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington SW7 3J
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-11.30pm, Sun, 12-11pm
Contact: +44 20 7584 4048
Being the third largest stadium in England after Old Trafford and Wembley, you should visit Arsenal’s Emirates stadium. What’s interesting about this stadium is the historical statues built all over the stadium. The merchandise store, Arsenal Armory, is worth checking out too. Get your smartphones ready, as the area is an Instagram worthy place, with their tribute tiles in front of the store.
Opening Times: Stadium tours – 10:00am to 4:00pm. Arsenal Armoury – 9:00pm to 6:00pm (Monday to Saturday), 10:00am – 4:00pm (Sundays)
Tour ticket price: Adults – £22. Children (Under 16) – £14. Students – £17
Nearest Station(s): Arsenal (Piccadilly Line) – three minute walk, Finsbury Park (Victoria and Piccadilly Lines) – 10 minute walk, Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line) – 10 minute walk or Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Rd, London N7 7AJ
7. Roosters Piri Piri
Just a walking distance away from the Emirates Stadium is Finsbury Park – where there’s a mosque, Islamic centre and numerous halal shops in the area. One of them is Roosters Piri Piri which sells a variety of grilled meat with different spice levels, a la Nando’s.
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Take your pick from their different sauces ranging from Piri Piri, Lebanese, Mexican and Tikka. Each has its own distinct flavour and you can choose the one which suits your taste buds. Warning though, the Piri Piri sauce is really hot!
Address: 2-8 Stroud Green Rd, Harringay, London N4 2DF
Opening hours: Sun-Wed, 11am-11pm, Thur, 11am-1.30am, Fri-Sat, 11am-3.15am
Contact: +44 20 8809 3938
8. Uyghur Restaurant Finsbury Park
We’ve covered Middle Eastern, Western and even Malaysian food in London. Now, did you know that you can find halal authentic Uyghur cuisine in London as well?😱 Here’s your chance to try something new!
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The food here is as authentic as it gets! If you love your food spicy, make sure you try their Big Plate Chicken.
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A must-try dish at Uyghur Restaurant will definitely have to be their leghmen pulled noodles. This dish is a crowd pleaser and you know you’ll want to come back for more.
Address: 27 Blackstock Rd, London N4 2JF
Opening hours: 11.30am-10.30pm daily
Contact: +44 7510 779209
Loftus Road Stadium
Home to the Queens Park Rangers, this stadium is located in the West London area. As QPR is planning to move to a new stadium in years to come, this is the best chance for you to visit this iconic stadium.
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It is the perfect place to visit as it is close to Westfield Shepherd’s Bush so you can meet up with your friends after the match or tour.
Opening hours: Matchday tours – 1o-11am, Mid-week matchday tours – 2.30-3.30pm, non-match day tours – 11.00am to 12pm (every Tue and Fri between Aug and Apr), Shop – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tour ticket prices: Adults – £15. Children – £7.50
Nearest tube stations: White City (Central Line) – 5 minute walk, Wood Lane Station (Hammersmith & City line) – 7 minute walk to Loftus Road or Queens Park Rangers Football & Athletic Club, Loftus Road Stadium, South Africa Road, W12 7PJ
9. Comptoir Libanais
Around the Westfield shopping centre there’s a variety of halal options. I’ve tried the Middle Eastern restaurant called the Comptoir Libanais and had a Lamb Kofta Wrap. Priced at £5.95, the spiced minced lamb hummus complete with pickled cucumber and tomato wrap is the perfect meal for those who have had a long journey or have done sprints around the mall.
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A good tip during this trip is to not get stressed out if you get lost. I went with my brothers and we fought a lot trying to find the tube stations. However, try to talk to the locals if you can’t find your way around and they’ll be happy to help. Just don’t be shy. It’s a good idea to plan ahead, as tour tickets prices might be slightly higher over the counter than online.
Address: Westfield London, Sheperd’s Bush, London W12 7GE
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 11.00am-10pm, Sun, 11am-7pm
Contact: 020 8811 2222
Now that you’ve got a complete guide of all the halal food around stadiums in London, you can go stadium-hunting and fill your tummy at the same time😉 With so many different cuisines to choose from, you can have a variety of halal food while in London.
So, enjoy and have fun!