Fulham is the oldest club in the capital. They have been going strong for almost 150 years since they were founded in 1879. Whilst never being particularly successful in the top flight itself, The Cottagers have won the second tier trophy twice and have been a regular fixture in the Premier League for most of the 2000’s.
A memorable run to the Europa League final in 2010 encapsulated their status as one of the biggest football clubs in London, whilst the terraces of Craven Cottage are still one of the most characteristic stadiums anywhere in England.
5. Crystal Palace
Named after the famed exhibition building of the late 1860’s, Crystal Palace have enjoyed most of their fame in recent memory. The Eagles are perhaps best known for their form in the early 1990’s where the likes of Ian Wright helped the side finish 3rd in the First Division in 1990/1991 as well as reaching the FA Cup Final back in 1990.
Crystal Palace are able to maintain a huge local fan base. Two supporters’ clubs named The Palace Independent Supporters’ Association and Crystal Palace Supporters’ Trust which are constantly active in supporting the club all the time.
4. West Ham United
Known as one of the most boisterous teams out of the East End, West Ham have a history steeped in cup successes. The Hammers are best known for their form in the late 1960’s and 1970s where the likes of Trevor Brooking and Bobby Moore were leading the team on a streak that saw them win 3 FA Cups (1964,1975 and 1980) as well as the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1965.
Alongside that success, their rivalry with Millwall is one of the most heated in European football and has become a common basis for most hooligan stereotypes. Nowadays, West Ham have upgraded from Upton Park to the London Olympic Stadium as they continue to host Premier League football on a weekly basis.