Loftus Road is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of just over 19,000.
Queens Park Rangers took up residence in 1917, after their Park Royal ground was commandeered by the army. In 1969, the South Africa Road (South) stand was constructed, replacing open terracing.
In 1972, a new stand was completed in Ellerslie Road, replacing the tin-roofed grandstand at the North side of the ground.
Further new stands were opened in 1980 and 1981 at the East (School End) and West (Loftus Road) ends of the ground. Seating was installed in the lower tier of the Loftus Road stand in the summer of 1994.
How to get to Loftus Road
The Loftus Road stadium is located in South Africa Road, London W12 7PA.
From the North, the recommended route is via the M1, exiting towards the A40 / M4 and Wembley and merging onto the North Circular Road. Exit onto the A4088 and take the 4th exit at the roundabout onto Neasden Lane. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout, onto the A407 and follow the A407 and A404 for just over a mile before turning right into Scrubs Lane. South Africa Road is the next right turn.
From the South, e.g. Brighton, the M23 route is recommended. Exit at junction 8 onto the M25. Leave the M25 at junction 9, towards Leatherhead and Dorking. Take the 3rd exit at the roundabout onto the A243, signed London (SW) / Kingston. At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit to remain on the A243 for about 4½ miles. At Hook Junction, exit onto the A3 ramp towards Central London. Merge onto the A3 (Kingston Bypass) and follow it for about 7 miles before turning left into Roehampton Lane (A306). Turn right at Rocks Lane and continue on the A306 for just over 2 miles, passing through one roundabout. Bear left at the A219 and follow it for about 1½ miles, before turning left into South Africa Road.
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The nearest tube station is White City (Central Line), about a 5-minute walk from the ground. Other convenient tube stations are Shepherd’s Bush (Central Line), Wood Lane and Shepherd’s Bush Market (both Hammersmith and City Line). The last named has been recommended by numerous fans, due mainly to the number of pubs near to Shepherd’s Bush Green.
Several visitors have pointed out that Queen’s Park tube station is nowhere near Loftus Road. Click here to check the current train timetables
Heathrow is the nearest airport, just over 10 miles from Loftus Road. There are frequent train, tube and coach links to London. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in London that can take you to and from Loftus Road. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
A number of restricted parking zones operate around the stadium and South Africa Road is closed to traffic an hour before kick-off. A similar closure applies following the match. Visitors have advised the avoidance of the limited “Pay and Display” parking in Dorando Close as these a subject to lengthy delays due to the above closure.
Several away fans have recommended the car park opposite the BBC TV centre, at the end of Silver Road on the Ariel Way industrial estate. However, spaces are limited so early arrival is recommended. Limited on-street parking is also available in this area.
Away Friendly Pubs near Loftus Road
Near the ground, the Springbok, which had been used by visiting supporters for many years, is now a “home fans only” pub. However, several pubs in the Shepherd’s Bush Green area are reported to offer a friendly welcome to away fans.
On exiting Shepherd’s Bush Market tube station (see above), turn left and the green is a short distance on the right. Recommended pubs in this area include O’Neills and Walkabout. Alternatively, there is a Wetherspoons in the “Vue” retail complex, opposite the entrance to Shepherd’s Bush tube station.
Hotels near Loftus Road
The Express By Holiday Inn London-Hammersmith, 124 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0QU is within 1½ miles of Loftus Road and guest reviews have been generally favourable, though some have found it a little expensive. The hotel is fully air-conditioned and just a 10-minute walk from Hammersmith tube station, giving easy access to all parts of the city. On-site parking is available.
The Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, Hammersmith, London W6 8DR is also within walking distance of the ground. This multiple award-winning hotel has attracted excellent customer reviews for its facilities, staff and overall value for money. The hotel also offers a restaurant, 2 bars, a beauty salon, a business centre, access to a nearby fitness centre and on-site car parking, at an additional cost.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Loftus Road?
A common complaint amongst away fans has been the length of time it takes to get through the turnstiles at Loftus Road, resulting in some missing the start of the game. Arrival at the entrance to the ground at least 30 minutes prior to kick-off is definitely recommended. Many visiting fans have reported that, although it is a relatively small ground, the atmosphere is often poor. Additionally, the rows of seats are very close together, making legroom uncomfortably tight.
There is usually a large police presence at the ground, but few visitors have reported problems, as the atmosphere tends to be friendly and relaxed. On the plus side, the away section is close to the pitch, giving excellent views of play. Furthermore, the quality of food served within the ground is reported as excellent, with very prompt service. The only disappointment observed has been that alcohol is not available in the away end.