The Antwerp Arms has been part of Tottenham life since around 1860 – and the building was already a pub for around a decade before it took the name. Although the pub is located in the beating heart of urban north London it is nestled in a quiet conservation area surrounded by trees, parks and the vast Tottenham Cemetery – making it a quite green and peaceful corner of the metropolis. In his Evening Standard column the poet, John Betjeman called the Bruce Castle area surrounding the Antwerp Arms: “Constable and Cotman country in Tottenham,” and little has changed since then.
However, in football season the roar of the crowds at the gigantic newly built Tottenham Hotspur Stadium can be heard at the bar of the Anwterp, or at least they would be if they weren’t drowned out by the crowds inside the pub who gather to watch matches on the large television screen. Football has been a fixture at the pub for many years with both the new stadium and its predecessor, White Hart Lane, just down the road. And football continues as a key ingredient in its success as a community pub. Spurs fans have been regulars ever since 1882 when EL Sprylions, a bible teacher at nearby All Hallows Church, first set up Tottenham Hotspur FC for the local Tottenham grammar-school boys attending his classes.