Guide to Lionel Road (Brentford Community Stadium)

This guide was written with the intent of being ready for the opening of the new ground. We hope that soon we will all be able to visit the new Stadium soon and that all the pubs listed here re-open.

Coming to Brentford as an away fan? Or a would-be home fan, checking out
our new ground? Here’s everything you need to know.

After 116 years at Griffin Park, our charismatic and beloved home from what is now a largely bygone era, Brentford FC moved to the state-of-the-art, 17,250 capacity Brentford Community Stadium, on Lionel Road – close to Kew Bridge, but still in Brentford – for the start of the 2020-21 season. Although the 2 venues could be seen as worlds apart in some aspects, the move is less than a mile, a short distance which we feel can be traversed without a loss of the Brentford feeling & atmosphere -a welcoming yet fiercely proud ambiance with supporters at one with the team.

A major difference with the new ground is the matchday facilities. There are modern and relatively spacious concourse areas which the Club will look to encourage fans to use before and after matches, to take advantage of food & beverage offerings. Notwithstanding this, though, we at BIAS recognise that local pubs will still form a large part of the matchday experience for many supporters. So, allow us to fill you in on the nearby hostelries.

Fullers rules the roost in the area, but they do not have a complete monopoly. The nearest pub to the BCS is the Express Tavern, which is about 100 yards from the southern end of Lionel Road. It is essentially a free house but tied to a few other pubs in South West London all of which are connected to the Big Smoke Brewery. Expect a good selection of both real ale and craft beer. There is a nice garden out the back and they are expanding to cater for what should be busy matchdays.

Across the road, tucked in between the flats and the Thames, is One Over The Ait, a Fullers pub. This is literally yards from where the Oxford & Cambridge Hotel once stood. Now obviously you cannot satisfy your thirst for a pint in the Oxford & Cambridge anymore, but it is part of Brentford FC’s history as it was here that the Brentford Rowing Club decided, in 1889, to form a football club to satisfy their thirst for sporting action in the winter months.

Not far from here you have several pubs on Strand-on-the-Green (a nice option on a warm, sunny day, next to the river) or around Kew Green on the other side of Kew Bridge. Or for somewhere a little bit more ‘tucked away’, you could venture 10 minutes to The Pilot on Wellesley Road. This is close to the back of Gunnersbury station (District line and London Overground) – across the road from the main station entrance is The Gunnersbury.

Some fans may still make their way to the pubs they frequented prior to matches at Griffin Park, which was the only ground in the country with a pub on all four corners. Three now remain – The Griffin, The Brook and the New Inn. A very short walk away you will find the Black Dog (free house with a wide selection of beers) and the homely (because it’s the size of someone’s living room) Royal Horseguardsman. A short walk can take you to The Globe and the Lord Nelson just north of the A4/M4. Nearby in the other direction, on or just off Brentford High Street, there is the Watermans Arms, Brewery Tap, Beehive, The Weir, Magpie & Crown, and Northumberland Arms.

So, there is plenty of choice, it’s fair to say. But, of course, drink responsibly!

Whilst Brentford is the epicentre of the Universe (if you don’t believe us, read the books of Robert Rankin…) there are a few other places to visit if you’re so inclined. The Musical Museum, London Museum of Water & Steam, and the Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew Gardens to you & me) may all tickle your fancy. Or a stroll around one of the area’s parks (Gunnersbury, Boston Manor, Osterley, Syon) may float your boat.

Address and key facts

Brentford is a suburb to the West of London, located roughly in a triangle between Chiswick, Hounslow and Ealing. Brentford is the only professional football club in the Borough of Hounslow and the closest professional football club to Heathrow Airport.

Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, it is close to where the North Circular (A406) and South Circular Roads (A205) meet, and the beginning of the M4 motorway.

Legend has it that football was invented in Brentford when Julius Ceasar kicked the skull of an Ancient Briton across the Thames.

Getting to Lionel Road

The stadium is situated on Lionel Road which will be closed to traffic on matchdays, aside from a very limited number of pre-arranged vehicles, including drop-off vehicles. Supporters are strongly encouraged to use public transport if at all possible. If you need to drive, parking will be very limited in nearby streets and often restricted to resident permit holders only. You may even be better off parking in more ‘central’ Brentford then walking up or taking public transport from there. Parking at office buildings close to the BSC may be possible if the Club secures matchday arrangements.

The ground is right next door to Kew Bridge station, with eastbound trains to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo and westbound trains to stations including Staines. There is a connecting tunnel from the London-bound platform under Lionel Road and into the stadium development.

Gunnersbury station (District Line and London Overground) is the nearest tube station, around 10 minutes’ walk away, with Acton Town (Piccadilly Line) 20-25 minutes’ walk away.

Several buses stop close by: 65 (Richmond & Kingston / Ealing), 267 (Twickenham / Hammersmith), 237 (Hounslow & Feltham / Shepherd’s Bush), 391 (Richmond / Hammersmith) and H91 (Hounslow West / Hammersmith).

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