It's the weekend in England, and thousands of football games are about to kick off. From the 200 fans that turn up to watch a village team, to the 75,000 at Old Trafford, Saturday is when half the country stops at 3 pm to watch the action unfold. Land in London and you're transferred to a five-star hotel in Mayfair, the country's most celebrated address. Central London's iconic attractions are all within walking distance, so after the games, you can easily wander to Westminster, Trafalgar Square, the West End, and all the other famous names. Today you'll have time to freshen up from the flight and enjoy lunch before you're guided out to southeast London and the EPL's most atmospheric ground.
No, it's not Arsenal. Or Chelsea. Or another of the clubs that usually occupy the highest rungs of the Premier League ladder. Crystal Palace doesn't play the same style of lovely passing football, but Selhurst Park is a raucous and intimate fortress. The single-tiered stands practically tumble onto the pitch, and the supporters are always in full voice. Crystal Palace has only been in the top division for two seasons, so there's no expectation to win. But win, lose, or draw, the crowd is always singing their hearts out. Hidden amongst the working class streets of South London, Selhurst Park also provides an authentic immersion in the English style of watching football. A local guide introduces the culture. Raise a glass at a traditional pub, bite into a meat and potato pie (no hot dogs here), and sip on a polytene mug of Bovril (not particularly tasty but surely memorable). Then feel the roof almost come off the stadium as the teams emerge. Consider reading some of our traveler reviews of England to get glimpse of the atmosphere you'll soon come to experience yourself.