Ted Lasso returns to our screens for its third (and final) season on 15 March 2023. If you caught the first two seasons of Apple TV+’s hilarious, heartwarming comedy, which centres around an upbeat American football coach transplanted across the pond to manage the fictional Premier League team AFC Richmond, you’ll know that London (and the Ted Lasso filming locations it provides) are almost as important to the series as any of its main characters.
Set among the quaint streets of Richmond, the neighbourhood’s wealthy residential enclaves and various other football adjacent hotspots in the capital, much of the show’s humour is derived from the quirks of life in London, the strength of the country’s football culture and how alien it can all seem to someone who didn’t grow up here.
Of course, if you did happen to grow up in London, or call it home now, half the fun is also in spotting the local landmarks and scenery that provide the backdrop for Ted Lasso. Want to take the tour? Here are the Ted Lasso filming locations to visit in the capital.
Crystal Palace FC/Selhurst Park Stadium
AFC Richmond may be based in the eponymous West London destination in the series but scenes at the club’s stadium are actually filmed at South London’s Selhurst Park – the real-life home of Crystal Palace Football Club. In fact, Ted Lasso takes far more inspiration from Crystal Palace than just its ground. Richmond’s home kit features the same red, blue and yellow colour combination as Palace’s 2018/19 season strip and both teams are nicknamed for animals: The Eagles for Crystal Palace and The Greyhounds for AFC Richmond.
SkyEx Community Stadium, Hayes
However, while Selhurst Park plays host to the series’ fictional matches, scenes of the team training are filmed at the much smaller SkyEx Community Stadium on Beaconsfield Road in Hayes. Usually the home of Southern League Premier Division South team Hayes and Yeading United, if you fancy checking it out for yourself, matchday tickets cost just £10.
West Ham United/The London Stadium, Stratford
Spoiler alert: at the end of season two it was revealed that Ted’s faithful assistant coach, Nate, had jumped ship to rival West Ham and, if pre-release images for Season Three are anything to go by, it looks like AppleTV+ may have snagged rights to film at the club’s London Stadium. Originally built to host the 2012 Olympics, the 66,000-capacity venue has been home to the Hammers since 2016, as well as regularly hosting concerts and other cultural events.
The UK’s largest sports venue, and the second-largest sports venue in the world, Wembley Stadium features in season two of Ted Lasso as the backdrop to AFC Richmond’s humiliating defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final. Despite this, the show is careful to express the stadium’s importance to English football, highlighting the players’ awe as they enter the stadium for the first time and Ted’s lack of knowledge of footballing quirks, including the difference between new and old Wembley and the venue’s larger-than-average pitch.
Fulham FC/Craven Cottage
In Season One, AFC Richmond goes up against Everton in the Premier League but, instead of schlepping production all the way to Everton’s Goodison Park home turf near Liverpool, the series substitutes in Fulham’s Craven Cottage. Just across the Thames from Richmond, it’s a savvy replacement, with both stadiums playing host to their respective teams since the 1890s.
Paved Court, Richmond
The quaint street in which Ted is filmed coming and going from his apartment may seem like the kind of Hollywood trickery that transplants a Cotswolds village centre to West London but it is, in fact, Paved Court in Richmond. Famed for its boutique independent shops and pretty cafes, if you’re interested in moving to the area you may be out of luck – according to Zoopla nothing has been offered for sale on the street since 2021.
A popular London filming location – it also featured in Netflix’s The Sandman, (coincidentally as the site of the death of an amateur footballer) – Richmond Green is seen frequently throughout Ted Lasso. As part of Ted’s commute to and from the stadium, it is here that he has many heart-to-hearts with Coach Beard, ‘connects’ with the local community and where Roy Kent takes charge of the West London Under 9 Girls team.
The Prince’s Head, Richmond
No football-centric TV show would be complete without a local for fans to celebrate and commiserate in. Featured in Ted Lasso as the fictional Crown & Anchor, The Prince’s Head pub in Richmond is a classic old-school boozer that has been pulling pints for more than 300 years. And, yes, it shows football (and rugby) whenever it is on.
St Andrew’s Church, Kingsbury
The Grade I-listed St Andrew’s Church in Kingsbury, North London, was the location for the majority of scenes filmed for the funeral of Rebecca’s father in season two. However, while the service and exterior shots were set here, those of the group waiting for the funeral to begin in the vestry were actually filmed in Twickenham’s Strawberry Hill House.
Natural History Museum, South Kensington
Probably the most famous of the non-football Ted Lasso filming locations, the Natural History Museum features in Season Two when Sam Obisanya is being courted by Ghanaian billionaire and football club owner Edwin Akufo. The scene is filmed in the museum’s famous Hintze Hall and is most memorable for Akufo’s brag that he has bought the entire museum before introducing Sam to a middle-aged, balding Banksy.