The geography of London football
The top 20 London clubs in 2021–22
The tenth edition of Hidden London’s football map shows the ground locations for all the London clubs in the top six tiers of the English game for the 2021–22 season.
The weight of the type and the density of the map’s yellow circles indicate hierarchical status, from the Premier League clubs to those in the National League South (formerly Conference South). The map also shows the location of Wembley Stadium – the home of cup finals and England games.
The map reflects the following changes from the 2020–21 season:
- Brentford won the 2021 Championship play-off final to be promoted to the top flight for the first time since the 1946–47 season.
- After (again) spending a single season in the Premier League, Fulham have dropped back down to the Championship.
- AFC Wimbledon moved into the Plough Lane stadium in November 2020. The club’s new home has been built on the site of Wimbledon greyhound stadium and is located approximately 200 metres from the old Plough Lane football stadium, where predecessors Wimbledon FC played for 80 years.
- Sutton United achieved their first promotion to the Football League since their foundation in 1898, after winning the National League title.
Because of the covid-19 pandemic, the National League South’s 2020–1 season was declared null and void on 18 February 2021, so no teams were promoted or relegated to or from the division at the end of the season.
These are the 20 London clubs mapped above, listed alphabetically within each division:
|Premier League||Arsenal||Emirates Stadium|
|Premier League||Brentford||Brentford Community Stadium|
|Premier League||Chelsea||Stamford Bridge|
|Premier League||Crystal Palace||Selhurst Park|
|Premier League||Tottenham Hotspur||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium|
|Premier League||West Ham United||London Stadium|
|Championship||Queens Park Rangers||Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, Loftus Road|
|League One||Charlton Athletic||The Valley|
|League One||AFC Wimbledon||Plough Lane|
|League Two||Leyton Orient||Breyer Group Stadium, Brisbane Road|
|League Two||Sutton United||Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane|
|National League||Barnet||The Hive|
|National League||Bromley||Hayes Lane|
|National League||Dagenham & Redbridge||Chigwell Construction Stadium, Victoria Road|
|National League||Wealdstone||Grosvenor Vale|
|National League South||Dulwich Hamlet||Champion Hill|
|National League South||Hampton & Richmond Borough||Beveree Stadium|
|National League South||Welling United||Park View Road|
Watford FC are once again playing in the Premier League after a year in the Championship in 2020–21. Watford are based at the Vicarage Road stadium, which is located two and a half miles (4km) beyond the north-west edge of Greater London.