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Tottenham is most famous for its home football team - and Tottenham Hotspur FC certainly keeps its fans on the edge of their seats, in and out of the stadium.
The club's long history has included moments of sheer glory along with disappointments and periods out of the top tier, but the determination - and fan support - have never wavered, making Tottenham Hotspur FC an exciting team to see in action.
While the area around Tottenham isn't traditionally considered a tourist hotspot, things are changing. The club's sleek new stadium, completed in 2018, has become a gleaming landmark, and there are many bars, restaurants, museums and parks within easy reach for post-match exploring. And, of course, the rest of the capital is an easy journey away on the London Underground (or tube), making a trip to Tottenham a brilliant excuse for a London city break.
Discover what to see and where to eat at Tottenham Hotspur FC's stadium and beyond, and explore the best things to do and places to go out in North London after attending a match.
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Meet the team: Tottenham Hotspur FC
Founded in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur FC - or 'Spurs', as the club is more commonly known - has certainly put its fans through the ringer.
Most fans would agree that the club, also known the 'Lilywhites' due to the players' white shirt and navy shorts, had its heyday in the 1960s, when it became the first English side to win a major European trophy (the European Cup Winners' Cup, in 1963). Tottenham Hotspur FC also took the double in 1961, topping the league and lifting the FA Cup.
Tottenham Hotspur FC is one of two clubs (along with Manchester United FC) to have won at least one major trophy each decade from the 1950s to the 2000s, thanks to top-class former players including Gary Lineker, Teddy Sheringham, Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles. But, since lifting the Football League Cup in 2008, Tottenham Hotspur FC have been in a silverware drought.
Nevertheless, the team is on competitive form, consistently finishing towards the top of the Premier League and ending the 2016/17 season in second position to Chelsea FC.
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Tottenham Hotspur FC was the first non-league club to win the FA Cup in 1901 - an achievement that's never been replicated.
Visiting Tottenham Hotspur FC's football stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - Tottenham district
When the original White Hart Lane was demolished in 2017, it marked the end of an era. The team had played at the North London ground since 1899, with all the cheers and tears that involved on the part of supporters. But it's been replaced with a shiny new stadium right next door - and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is a pretty impressive home.
Costing a reported £850 million, the stadium will allow more fans to pack in, increasing capacity from around 30,000 to 62,062. It even has an onsite microbrewery and several bars, including one that's more than 65 metres long. Estimating that 10,000 beers can be poured per minute, there shouldn't be any complaints on the refreshment side.
Hospitality is suitably swish, too, with some of the most coveted seats looking into the players' tunnel through a giant glass wall (The Tunnel Club). The Sky Lounge, perched on the ninth floor, also has floor-to-ceiling glass, with one side overlooking the pitch.
Old-school fans are catered for, too, with 7,500 seats convertible into standing areas reminiscent of terraces. And there's another nod to the old days - the polished concrete floors are made from crushed rubble saved from White Hart Lane.
Getting there: The stadium is around 1.5 to two hours' drive from Gatwick Airport, an hour and 15 minutes from Heathrow and half an hour from King's Cross rail station in the heart of London. It's easiest to reach via public transport. White Hart Lane station, a five-minute walk from the ground, is on the Overground, with regular services from London Liverpool Street. Tottenham Hale, on the Victoria Line, is around a half-hour walk away (just follow the scarves). Plenty of buses run from the station, and from the city centre, too.
Image Credit: Tourism MediaWhere to eat and what to do in Tottenham
The new stadium has gone all out when it comes to food, with 60 catering outlets serving quick bites inspired by London's street-food scene. You can also try the real thing at Seven Sisters Market, where stalls dish up Colombian and other South American cuisines.
Nearby, Pause Coffee is a good place to catch your breath (and grab some Polish food) before joining the march down to the stadium. Light Bite is another good option for pierogi dumplings and chicken kiev. Or, for post-match meal away from the crowds, jump off the main drag for pizza at LOVENpresents.
If you've got time to kill before a match, or are visiting the stadium for a tour, check out Tottenham's growing arts scene. Bernie Grant Arts Centre and TChances Arts & Music Centre are among the spots showcasing the area's creative side.
Or, if it's a nice day, head to Downhills Park. Half an hour's walk from the stadium, this beautiful green space has manicured gardens and a lovely cafe.
Seven Sisters Market, 231-243 High Rd, London N15 5BT
Pause Coffee, 711 Seven Sisters Rd, London N15 5JT; Light Bite, 31 Bernard Rd, London N15 4NE; LOVENpresents, 1 Norman Rd, London N15 4ND
Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, Tottenham Green, London N15 4RX; TChances Arts & Music Centre, 399 High Rd, London N17 6QN
Downhills Park, Downhills Park Rd, West Green, London N17 6PE
Image Credit: Tourism MediaPartying in Tottenham after the match
Celebrating after the match: Tottenham's best pubs
The stadium's bars, in the East and West stands, pour craft beers in industrial-chic surrounds, making them ideal for a post-match drink and debrief. The Market Place stays open after the match, serving up street food, drinks and entertainment including live music and Q&A sessions with team legends.
Outside the ground, join Tottenham Hotspur FC fans at traditional supporters' pubs The Bricklayers and The Beehive, both of which are good options if you want to watch a game close to the home ground.
Further afield, popular boozers for watching the game include The Shakespeare in the East End and Hornsey pub The Hope & Anchor.
The Bricklayers, 803 High Rd, London N17 8ER; The Beehive Pub, Stoneleigh Rd, London N17 9BQ
The Shakespeare, 460 Bethnal Green Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 0EA; The Hope & Anchor, 128 Tottenham Ln, London N8 7EL
Going out in Tottenham
It's hoped that the new stadium will boost the area, though the area has already been compared to trendy Hackney, with cafés and cocktail bars springing up and creating an increasingly vibrant nightlife scene.
Planning a late one? Five Miles is a frenetic, ultra-trendy basement club, while Styx switches from a daytime hangout to a live music venue come nighttime.
Those looking for a more chilled-out vibe should head to Walthamstow, a short tube journey away. This leafy North London neighbourhood has a lovely village-like feel and lots of cosy bars and pubs.
Five Miles, 39B Markfield Rd, London N15 4QA
Styx, 5 Ashley Rd, London N17 9LJ
You can fly to London from many parts of the UK, Europe and worldwide. Regular trains connect Gatwick Airport to St Pancras, while Heathrow is on the Piccadilly line for easy access to central London. Unsurprisingly in one of the world's biggest cities, top-class hotels in London abound: take a look at some of London's up-and-coming areas, or sort according to your budget.
Fancy cheering on Tottenham Hotspur FC - or maybe one of their local rivals? The club's North London home is perfectly located for exploring some of the capital's trendiest and most up-and-coming neighbourhoods, with easy links to the attractions of the centre.