Explore 6 Premier League Destinations

The 2017-18 Premier League season begins today, with Arsenal taking on Leicester City, and there is a full slate of games throughout the weekend. But the cities that host the 20 teams, spread throughout England, have much more to offer than just soccer. Here are six locations worth exploring.

Ancoats Coffee Co., in a former cotton millCreditAndy Haslam for The New York Times

Manchester

Teams: Manchester United and Manchester City

Manchester has been in the spotlight for its two Premier League football teams and faded rock and house music scenes. It is also one of Europe’s largest university towns. Thanks to rebuilding over the last 20 years, the city of Manchester has become a booming postindustrial metropolis, and the Greater Manchester region is the country’s second most populated area, with 2.5 million residents.

Alpacas graze at Vauxhall City Farm, with the St. George’s Wharf development at left; the British Secret Intelligence Service headquarters at right.CreditDavid Azia for The New York Times

South London

Team: Crystal Palace

South and Southeast London is a conglomeration of formerly independent villages, boroughs, towns and green spaces that have long since been incorporated into London (roughly the equivalent of the vastly different neighborhoods that make up New York City’s five boroughs). And just as a die-hard Upper West Sider can’t imagine going anywhere in Queens other than its airports, for most nonresidents of London’s other half, the south side of the Thames might as well be the far side of the moon.

Clockwise from left: choucroute garnie at Brasserie Chavot; eel salad at Terroirs; mushrooms in a bag at Social Eating House; and chicken livers with greens and anchovies at Terroirs.CreditLuke Tchalenko for The New York Times

West London

Team: Chelsea

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