Where to Stay Near Emirates Stadium
A guide to where to stay near the home of Arsenal Football Club.
Attending a match at the home ground of Arsenal Football Club? Then you’ll be wondering where to stay near Emirates Stadium. Luckily, Plum Guide has you covered with this list of the best neighbourhoods within striking distance of the ground. So come to London with the peace of mind that not only will you see the beautiful game on one of its most impressive pitches, but you’ll also find the perfect home to rest your head in a convenient location nearby.
Where is the Emirates?
OK, so you might be a Chelsea fan (in which casse, we have a Stamford Bridge guide for you here) but the fact is, Arsenal is one of the most successful football clubs in England. In fact, it's the only club to have stayed in the top division of English football since before the Second World War. Every matchday, supporters flock to the club’s home, the Emirates Stadium in Highbury, North London. This huge, imposing stadium towers over its surroundings and holds over 60,000 spectators.
Whether you choose to stay in the Highbury area itself, or still within walking distance of the ground along the grand Regency streets of Angel, Islington, the leafy backroads of Finsbury Park or cafe-filled Holloway, here’s everything you know about the best neighbourhoods near Arsenal’s stadium.
Stay as close as possible to the Emirates Stadium by choosing a home in Highbury, a highly sought-after North London district. The leafy suburb is fairly quiet – apart from on match days, of course – meaning that you’ll have the opportunity to experience a relaxed, residential area of the city. Check out the Gunners Pub, an Arsenal supporters’ pub filled with memorabilia, with furniture and furnishings in the club’s signature colour – red.
Aside from football, Highbury is known for its live music. Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and Lionel Ritchie have all performed at the Emirates Stadium, with other live music venues including The Garage and the Union Chapel, a Grade Two-listed Gothic Revival church.
Hordes of Arsenal supporters walk to the ground from Finsbury Park station on match days, which is well-connected to inner London by both tube and rail. This makes it an ideal neighbourhood to base your stay in the Big Smoke.
Finsbury Park boasts a number of traditional pubs. One of the best is the Faltering Fullback, with its ivy-covered exterior and greenery-filled garden. Indulge in a meal from the Thai menu or come to watch an Arsenal match with fans. If you really want to get into the spirit, popular Arsenal pubs in Finsbury Park include the Twelve Pins, which is right by the station, the Auld Triangle, an Irish pub located behind the team’s former ground, Highbury Stadium, and the Arsenal Tavern, which doubles as a hostel.
Holloway’s beautiful Victorian-era homes, eclectic cafes and independent restaurants make it an excellent place to stay – particularly in a lovely pad like this. It’s also packed with entertainment venues, from Islington Arts Centre to cinemas and theatres.
Thanks to the area’s diverse population, you’ll find high-end restaurants jostling with fashionable bars and characterful pubs. Along Holloway Road, spot the couture shop Atsuko Kudo, whose eponymous designer has created outfits for Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson and a host of other famous faces. And finally, for a popular Arsenal matchday pub, try The Tollington Arms.
Flanked by Essex Road, Upper Street and Cross Street, this small, triangular-shaped neighbourhood is a great option when looking for where to stay near Emirates Stadium. Admire Canonbury’s Victorian and Georgian-era homes along its prettiest streets: Canonbury Square, Canonbury Grove and Alwyne Villas. From here, you can access the New River Walk, which runs along the canal that bisects Canonbury. Wandering along the lush, green banks is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. Alternatively, for a cultured day out, visit The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, or catch a stand-up comic at the Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar. Round off your day at this cute apartment.
Arguably the most charmingly named London neighbourhood, Angel is also one of the most in-demand places to live in the city. Here, you’ll find world-class theatres, such as the Almeida, top music venues, including the 02 Islington, and the popular contemporary dance venue Sadlers Wells. Upper Street is crammed with bars, shops and restaurants, with highlights being Ottolenghi and MEATliquor.
One thing’s for sure, consider Angel when choosing where to stay near Emirates Stadium and you’ll find that you have everything you need right on your doorstep.
A pleasant thirty-minute walk from Emirates Stadium, Stroud Green has a friendly, neighbourhood vibe. In recent years, it has been given a real facelift, and is centred on Stroud Green Road. Wander along here and you’ll get a feel for the area’s multicultural makeup – there’s a Mauritian restaurant, Halal butchers, an Italian deli and more.
At the eastern edge of Stroud Green you’ll find Parkland Walk. This nature reserve follows the path of an old railway, and runs from Finsbury Park to the pretty London suburb of Muswell Hill, which has incredible views of the city centre from its perch high up on a hill.
Newington Green is home to the oldest terraced houses in London. Dating back to the seventeenth century, the four buildings at 52–55 Newington Green have survived for over four-hundred years, and were once home to the preacher Dr Richard Rice, whose guests included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.
Today, choose to stay in Newington Green for its excellent food and drink offerings. There’s the famous bakery-cum-cafe Jolene, Italian restaurant Oi Vita, which serves some of the best pizza in London, and Newington Green Fruit & Vegetables, an incredible shop piled high with fresh produce. What's more, you could stay in this gorgeously decorated Plum Guide home while you're there.
London has an incredibly rich sport offering, so you might also be looking to attend a game at another of its famous stadiums. Whether you’re looking for things do around the O2 Arena, or need somewhere to stay near Twickenham after catching a rugby game, Plum Guide has you covered. Our professionally-vetted homes are in all the city’s most convenient locations, so rest assured you'll find a perfect crash pad after a long day of showing support to your favourite team – whichever that might be (no judgement here).