Queens Park Rangers – Loftus Road

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loftus roadLoftus 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.

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How to get to Loftus Road

By Road:
loftus road directionsThe 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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By Rail:
qpr train stationThe 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

By Air:
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

Taxis
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?

loftus road parkingA 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

pubs near loftus road stadiumNear 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

holiday inn express london hammersmithThe 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. novotel london west

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.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Loftus Road?

away fans qprA 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.

Your comments about Queens Park Rangers – Loftus Road


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  1. ryan

    there is a west bromwich albion pub not far from qpr it is located in goldsmiths row


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    • Nick

      Sorry Ryan, the Albion pub is miles away in the deepest darkest East End…

      It is a great little boozer though!


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  3. James

    I like QPR’S ground as it is very on top of the pitch and compact which creates a good atmosphere, you get good atmosphere from the stand to the right and greate atmosphere, the only problem is that alot of the atmosphere at QPR comes from the Back of QPR stadium the home end, not much leg room so the seats are quite close and tight. couldnt find many pubs as the one on top of the ground is home fans only and there are a few on uxbridge rd which is home fans only.


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  5. Rob

    Loftus Road is one of my favourite away grounds for atmosphere and being close to the action. The two times that I’ve been were evening kick-offs and both sets of fans were in good voice.

    Rather than heading to pubs near the ground, we used a Tadcaster Ales boozer just off Oxford Street and at £1.90 a pint you can’t go wrong!

    Due to close proximity to tube stations it’s really easy to get in and out of. My advise when leaving the ground is to walk a few extra minutes past the first tube stop and pick up Shepherd’s Bush or Wood Lane as they were quieter.


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  7. Mervyn

    No away pubs near to the ground which is always a shame. Long hike to The Walkabout near to the green in Shepherd’s Bush. I recommend this pub as it was friendly and a really good atmosphere. Fair prices too. On the day the away end was serving alcohol £3.50 for a can of Tetleys’s and pies and pasties at £2.80. Legroom was extremely limited to say the least. After the match ended there was a VERY large police presence which was called into action by Q.P.R. fans throwing firecrackers at fans (including children) returning to the buses.


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  9. Ed

    Went to Wood Lane station from Paddington very easy walk to get there, legroom was rubbish had my knees in the person in front of me back and same with me, good atmosphere, the seats tilt downwards so very uncomfortable to sit on, seats are in need of replacement but other than that had a nice day out and enjoyed it there


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  11. Jez

    Away fan pubs: Springbok by ground, the policy keeps changing. There have been away fans in colours this season(10-11). Best places are O’Neills and the Walkabout on the Green. The Bull in Westfield also lets in fans in small groups and does good food.
    Agree and apologise about legroom. I have to suffer every fortnight!


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  13. Steve

    Away fans always get a warm welcome round the Green , just avoid Uxbridge Rd and Bloemfontein . As for Cardiff , stay the other end of the M4 , we have long memories and youre not welcome , if you turn up dont complain !!


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  15. Tom Homes

    When there this season great result, no problems with home fans. Parking was a nightmare would suggest public transport. Walking out of the ground i was hit by a match programme only disappointment


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    • Biff

      You were hit by a match programme?! I’ll bet it was a disappointment!! I would be..


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  17. Bean

    Went up with the boys (Tom Homes and I both reporting on this ground today) It was a little scummy ground…looks like a council estate to be polite. Some of the QPR fans were very ruff, I advice you NOT to wear your colours…just a quick look at my Dickson Etuhu shirt and I was done for. It was like being a bit of bread being attacked by the crows. They pounced on me. I heard everything from ‘who are ya’ to ‘your just a riverside w*****’. Luckily no damage was done (physically). As we entered the ground we got looks from intimidating men and fierce women…I felt a relief as I walked through the turnstiles. It was a good atmosphere in the compact ground…a lot of ‘banter’ between the opposition fans but we let the football do the talking. Not quite the 6-0 but a nice goal from the Pog sent Sparkys boys back down toward the drop. Most pleasurable of wins against those outrages men that have no respect for the opposition. On the way back we kept out heads down and scarf’s hidden..no post match drink for us we wanted to get out of the Estate..sorry *Area as soon as possible. Overall a good day out…a feisty day out but a nice win made it worth while despite the ridiculous ticket prices for a bob standard team. All I can say is 7-0 aggregate!


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    • Jez

      You obviously have problems with working class fans and areas- “looks like a council estate” is meant to be an insult. “Fierce women” – really? Crows don’t attack bread? It’s football, not “made in Chelsea”


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    • Luke

      I had no trouble at all with colours visibly on show.


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  19. brett stephens

    we are going to loftus road this wednesday and as we have researched the away pubs keep chnaging and wont make up their minds if we are allowed in from this point in time where would be allowed to go and get and drink and smash shit up also do they have a playarea in the pub where i am allowed to wear my shoes as i got them from santa last year also do you sell chicken nuggets and chips

    yours sincerly
    brett stephens
    aged 9


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  21. Linda Brailsford

    Match 2nd November, went on an official coach so parking not an issue. Not interested in the pubs really so no comments but beer was on sale in the ground to away supporters. The ticket was £30 for a poor view, the worst seat/view I have had so far during my travels. I do not mind standing but it was sold as a GOLD ticket so I did expect to see all of the pitch during play not only the furthest 2/3rds. I do not mind not having leg-room or my neighbours elbows BUT it is not unreasonable to want to see the ball go in the net, the goalkeeper save a shot or a corner kick or am I asking too much. The programme was good value with plenty of information including facts about Derby players and details from old programmes.
    Long walk to turnstiles but even longer to get out of the ground, I hope if an emergency situation occurred the stewards would be able to react quickly. Ladies toilets were clean. Liked the “Welcome to Derby County” signs at the turnstiles but the security and retractable fencing was unexpected and intimidating. Sadly they appeared to have missed the morons who managed to get fireworks in to the ground, not clever ” Derby Fans” if in fact you are a fan.
    Did not feel intimidated by QPR fans around the ground but we certainly made our presence felt with quality singing and all of our allocation sold out.
    No we did not win but we gave them a game and scored .
    Would not pay £30 again, much better value at other grounds.


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  23. Joe

    Went on 9th of march but had not discovered this website not very good facilities bad legroom home fans are quiet bus us from sunderland were not I recommend going to palace or Fulham instead


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  25. Harry

    Cherry pud experience. Fans quite quiet and expensive tickets, but ground is done up nice for a small venue. Stewards also were very relaxed. Overall I found it to be a good day out


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  27. Luke

    Went down to QPR recently for the Forest game. This was my second visit to Loftus Road. Stayed in London the night before to make a weekend of it. Decided to drive from our hotel to the large shopping centre which was very time consuming. However, having used the train on my previous visit, I know that is a good way to get to the ground. As a whole, I love the area around the ground. The Green is a nice little area with a bit of a buzz around it. The ground is nice and easy to find if you have some geographical house about you. Didn’t have any problem with fans around the ground despite the fact I had colours on show. On approaching the ground, it looks slightly old and dated, packed in amongst the streets of houses. Easily found the turnstiles but was guided in through some fenced off path created by the Police. Looked a bit like a cage which wasn’t great. Having said that, I walked straight through, without getting searched or anything which I found unusual. Got into the ground ok and bought a programme, decent read at half time. The concourse is very small and tight, as were the toilets. They were clean enough but very small. Food seemed to be decent priced. Found our way to the seats easy having visited before and I found the view very good. The seats a every cramped though, not very wide. Despite losing, the game was good. The home fans were woeful, absolutely woeful. One man with some horns made a bit of noise but that was it. Forest fans sang all game which gave the game some atmosphere. Stewards were ok, stood up when I wanted despite only being on the second row. Never got asked to sit down which was good seeing as the seats were small. Made our way out the ground easily and had a look around the place. No trouble again. Nice area to visit but the ground needs a bit of modernising, mainly made bigger, especially if they get back into the Prem. 8/10.


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  29. mick pie

    Compact ground with a good atmosphere, no complaints at all


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  31. Randall Keith Orton

    Went down to Loftus Road for an FA Cup game a couple of years back. Was an unpleasant experience. The seats were as cramped as anything and although there was a good atmosphere coming from the away fans the Home fans were ridicules. Within 7 minutes!!!! Yes 7 minutes of the game starting heard one of the fans Shout “If you ain’t going to bother we will have our money back.” It was 7 minutes in for crying out loud the game was still 0-0 and to be honest they had more of the ball.

    By 20 minutes a lot of the home fans were booing and saying the same thing which I wasn’t surprised about, I suppose for their 15 Pound they wanted them to play like Real Madrid.

    Other than that the ground was very easy to get to. The area was very well policed and the staff at the club were really friendly.


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  33. Chris

    We left for the coach at 12 to head down to Loftus road and we arrived at half 6 long journey but it was worth it as Sunderland won 2-1 after going a goal down my 20th away day and my sister 3rd away day and didn’t get back till half 4 all in all i enjoyed it good day

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