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Can’t make it to Rio? No worries. The Vaults are taking it upon themselves to recreate the stadium ambience in the heart of London with their World Cup Carnival, adding in a big fat measure of party on top. Think 5-metre-wide screen, games, cocktail specials and live music every night to keep the festivities going long after the games end.
The carnival is held in the atmospheric vaults under Waterloo station, and will be transformed each night to celebrate a different country. Drink and food offers from the teams’ home countries will be on the menu, as well as nation-appropriate live acts on stage.
Get patriotic and wear your team’s colours on the night … you’ll be given special treats. And if what you’d really want is to be on the field kicking the ball – pick the second-best option and play ping pong, table football or two-a-side with your mates.
Best Bars tip: Tickets are flying (some games are already sold out) so get to booking if you want to nab those early bird spots. The Vaults will welcome 400 people per night.
— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest