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Planning my first trip to Stamford Bridge


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So its finally happening - getting my arse over to the bridge for the first time in my life and I got the wonderful task to sort out the whole trip which includes me and 6 other people.

Now what I want to know is if its better to book it all up on a site like thomascook or simply buy everything for it self (hotel, flights and match tickets)? My guess is that it would be a lot cheaper to buy it all without a package obviously but it could be a lot trickier if we all want to sit next to eachother and to even get 7 tickets like that?

I'd like to know what the best airport would be to choose (gatwick, heathrow etc) and also get some hotels recommended which are located close, doesnt have to be a 5 star hotel but not a homeless shelter either.

Best place to sit? I would want to be in the shed if I could choose but the other people would prefer a bit more of a family section so whats the best place to be in including a good view and some kind of atmosphere!

(Note that this is the game we really really want to get to but it does not have to be this one if it would be a lot of trouble getting tickets)

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Gatwick is convenient for the Bridge, you get a train to Victoria or West Brompton and switch to the District Line to Fulham Broadway. There are several decent hotels in the area. I usually go for Ibis Earl's Court, and then there are Travelodge Fulham on North End Road, and La Reserve on Fulham Road, right on the Bridge's doorstep. Other regulars may know other affordable places.

My favourite stand is the Shed Upper, usually some banter with the away supporters and plenty of singing.

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So its finally happening - getting my arse over to the bridge for the first time in my life and I got the wonderful task to sort out the whole trip which includes me and 6 other people.

Now what I want to know is if its better to book it all up on a site like thomascook or simply buy everything for it self (hotel, flights and match tickets)? My guess is that it would be a lot cheaper to buy it all without a package obviously but it could be a lot trickier if we all want to sit next to eachother and to even get 7 tickets like that?

I'd like to know what the best airport would be to choose (gatwick, heathrow etc) and also get some hotels recommended which are located close, doesnt have to be a 5 star hotel but not a homeless shelter either.

Best place to sit? I would want to be in the shed if I could choose but the other people would prefer a bit more of a family section so whats the best place to be in including a good view and some kind of atmosphere!

(Note that this is the game we really really want to get to but it does not have to be this one if it would be a lot of trouble getting tickets)

Have you got seven memberships, seven seats together may be difficult otherwise? If you do have seven memberships, the person buying the ticket will need to add them all to Family and Friends, so that you can make a group purchase otherwise you will not get them together if you buy online.

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The airport doesn't really matter unless you're coming in on the day of the game Gatwick, Standsted both cost in the region of 25-30 quid return on the train to central London although the Gatwick train will take you to Victoria which is a bit closer but we're only talking 10-15 minutes on the tube. Heathrow of course only involves the tube.

There are plenty of hotels around the area either those Val mentioned or at Earls Court, there is also a Jurys Inn not far from the ground Chelsea.

The biggest problem would be getting 7 tickets if none of you are members, I would imagine you'd have to use either Tomas Cook or, from Sweden, Steve Perryman travel is an option.

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Thanks Tim, been comparing steve perryman and cook and cook is a lot cheaper so will probably go with that one, the only problem would be that its in the west stand upper but it does not say where so could really end up right up in the corner which I wouldnt want :)

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Never been in the West upper only the lower, I'd image the view from the upper would be better, it's certainly more expensive. Like Val I usually go in the shed upper, old habit. Never liked the west stand since they removed the benches. Whatever you do give the shed lower a wide berth if you get put at the back your view will be seriously impaired by some tall f**ker in front of you.

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Never been in the West upper only the lower, I'd image the view from the upper would be better, it's certainly more expensive. Like Val I usually go in the shed upper, old habit. Never liked the west stand since they removed the benches. Whatever you do give the shed lower a wide berth if you get put at the back your view will be seriously impaired by some tall f**ker in front of you.

Haha yeah shed lower was the 2nd option to choose but certainly wont go for that one as I could imagine how horrible it would be to sit behind someone blocking your sights :D

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heathrow is very easy to get in from get the piccadly line to earls court then get the district line from earls court to fulham broadway,wimbledon bound train. gatwick is easy aswell but you will have to change at clapham junction.to get to west brompton. book a group ticket it ends up very cheap. on the way in from gatwick theres a stopfor jurys hotel the stop is called imperail wharf station. as for getting the ticketsi dont think that you will get many for the liverpool game but best of luck with it.

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Good on you Andy. Hope you enjoy your trip mate.

7 seats next to each other is not easy to come by if you don't have memberships.

I know they sell hospitality tickets at chelseafc.com, but they're not cheap. You can also buy packages which include tickets and stay at the Millenium hotel but I think they only sell seats in the West upper.

Can't really help you with any advice here other that to use Thomas Cook or Steve Perryman.

Never use ticketmaster or such sites though.

I've stay at various hotels around London depending on the price I've got. I've usually stayed at Ramada Encore London West out in Ealing (North Acton tube stop on the central line) but they're not as cheap as they used to be anymore. It's a bit outside of the city centre and there's really not much to do in the area, but it has worked for me.

There are a lot of hotels around the Euston and Queensway area and around Hyde Park, really depends on what pricerange you're within. Remember to look up the hotels you're looking into on Tripadvisor.com, it'll give you an fair impression of the hotel.

Anyway best of luck mate

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Thanks graham and especially MHL we will be sorting this all out this weekend, most likely on thomas cook and it would not really be a disaster if we end up a bit spread out as we would just have to deal with it.

Will definitely have a look on that Tripadvisor.com but its leaning towards Premier Inn Kensington at Earls Court.

Cheers!

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Thanks graham and especially MHL we will be sorting this all out this weekend, most likely on thomas cook and it would not really be a disaster if we end up a bit spread out as we would just have to deal with it.

Will definitely have a look on that Tripadvisor.com but its leaning towards Premier Inn Kensington at Earls Court.

Cheers!

At least you know what you get at Premier Inn.

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Just to comment on what Graham has already said. I've gone to the bridge from heathrow and it was a piece of piss. Just hop on the tube, and one cahnge then you're there. Easy. I also got a cheap deal on a best western in the city center right by the entrance to Chinatown. Not too bad to get to from the Bridge, and you were right in the heart of town for going about.

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Heathrow charge more tax though, so that might be a more expensive option than the other airports.

And whatever you do: don't ask Liam's brother for hotel advice. You may end up farther away than you would be if you stayed at home.

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I've been in the Upper West Stand the last two games and I have to say the view is impressive from up there, you can see the entire pitch, nothing in your way, so in that sense it's great. However, the atmosphere in the West is pretty dismal. Not even a "Stand up if you hate Tottenham" got people standing (only me and my Dad as far as I could tell!), which is terribly frustrating. But if you just want a good seat for the match, then the West Upper is a pretty good place to go.

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Heathrow charge more tax though, so that might be a more expensive option than the other airports.

And whatever you do: don't ask Liam's brother for hotel advice. You may end up farther away than you would be if you stayed at home.

I will keep that in mind Val :D

If tickets go on general sale I think members can buy 4 each - ok its not 7 but gets close - there is a great view from west upper wherever you are pretty much but rarely any atmosphere , occasional singing - but you can always try and make your own!

Kind of guessed it wouldn't be a fantastic atmosphere up there but it wont matter, if I went to the game alone I would of chose shed end for the atmosphere but the people I travel with are not really up for all the singing and that! Not really keen on trying to get the crowd going by myself for my first game at the bridge - it would take some confidence to do that!

About the tickets, we are booking it all through Thomas Cook to make sure we all get one. Thanks anyway!

I've been in the Upper West Stand the last two games and I have to say the view is impressive from up there, you can see the entire pitch, nothing in your way, so in that sense it's great. However, the atmosphere in the West is pretty dismal. Not even a "Stand up if you hate Tottenham" got people standing (only me and my Dad as far as I could tell!), which is terribly frustrating. But if you just want a good seat for the match, then the West Upper is a pretty good place to go.

Thanks for telling me about the view up there, was really worrying it might of been really bad but now I know! You can count on me standing up if "Stand up if you hate Tottenham" gets going :D

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