Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks/months/years, you should know the FIFA World Cup 2014 is just about to kick off. Some will prefer watching it at home, but we know many will want to make the most of London and its bars to go out solo, with mates or a date, to enjoy the footie with tipples and nibbles. Want to know where to watch the World Cup? We’ve rounded up the 25 best places to watch games in London, from alfresco beer gardens to rooftop pop-ups, festivals in vaults and local boozers …
123 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EW
4pm-1am until July 13
Backed by the Brazilian Embassy, Boteco will be showing all games in 100% Brazilian atmosphere, with a boteco-inspired design, cachaça cocktails and exceptional Brazilian street food to tuck into. If you’d like to hang around in between games, they are putting on a series of specially curated exhibitions, talks, live music and culinary classes. Book ahead for special menus to nib on while watching players do their thing.
11 Macclesfield St, London W1D 5BW
Mon-Thurs: 10am-12am; Fri-Sat: 10am-12:30am; Sun: 10am-11pm
Don your orange garb for De Hems is the heart of the Dutch community in London, and there will be nowhere better to watch Holland take on the rest of the world. There’ll be plenty of Dutch beer and bittergarnituur … just make sure to come early, as De Hems are not taking reservations.
25-27 Brewer Street, London W1F 0RR
El Camion — Mon-Sun: 12pm-11am; The Pink Chihuahua — Mon: 9pm-3am; Tues-Sat: 6pm-3am
If you want to watch the Mexican games with an authentic atmosphere, head to El Camion for your World Cup fix. Deals on buckets of beer, sharing tacos and pitchers of Margaritas will be available during the matches. Book ahead and don’t forget the party goes late into the night downstairs (and the matches will be shown there too). Time for tequila we think …
Steam & Rye
147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT
Mon-Wed: 12pm-late; Thurs-Fri: 12pm-3am; Sat: 5pm-3am; Sun: Closed but available for private hire.
If you want to head straight from the City into World Cup shenanigans, pay a visit to the big and brash Steam & Rye. The bar will be showing all of the matches and with the huge main hall, we reckon you might just be able to book yourself in for a table. Why not get a shark’s head sharing cocktail while you’re at it? And with big saucy ribs, you’ll get your feed on too.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
38th floor SUSHISAMBA — Mon-Wed: 11:30am-1:30am; Thurs-Sat: 11:30am-3am; Sun: 11:30am-12:30am
39th floor bar/lounge — Mon-Tues: 4pm-2am; Wed-Sat: 4pm-3am
If you want those samba vibes with a hell of a view, SUSHISAMBA will be screening all of the matches and there will be special World Cup cocktails for you to imbibe. Head to the bars or tree terrace for live coverage (as long as it fits into the standard opening hours). No bookings allowed, so it’s first come first served … head early to snag your seat. There are some premium tickets for £75 to watch in the lounge with a bottle of champagne and some tasty platters of nibbles.
190 City Road, London EC1V 2QH
Mon-Thurs: 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am; Sun: closed
Since “you can never write off the Germans”, why not watch them on Old Street’s Bavarian Beerhouse with massive litre mugs in hand? The bubbly dirndl-clad waitresses will keep things fun, light hearted and on-theme. You’re probably not the only one to have the idea to watch Germany here, so make sure to book ahead (it’s mandatory).
Big Easy Covent Garden
12 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA
Mon-Wed: 12pm-11:30pm; Thurs-Sat: 12pm-1am; Sun: 12pm-11pm
Putting a Big Easy spin on the World Cup, the bar will have its staple in-house smoked ribs, three screens, slushie cocktails and over 300 whiskies on the menu for World Cup nights to remember … or not. And don’t worry, when they call it the “Soccer Cup” — they’re just having a laugh.
121 Holborn, London EC1n 2TD
Mon-Wed: 4pm-12am; Thurs: 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am; Sun: 12pm-11pm
If you love ping pong just as much as you love football, then get down to Bounce for the World Cup parties. The bar will be showing all of the England games on all the TVs, including two 10-foot-wide cinematic screens. Expect special World Cup cocktails, a two-man brass band, half-time game shows with the party carrying on after the final whistle with DJs spinning into the night. There’s a free guestlist for the first three group games and all subsequent England games. Get registered for beer, pizza, ping pong and the ultimate display of football.
125 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QB
Mon-Thurs: 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat: 10am-1am; Sun: 12pm-11:30pm
The self-dubbed “executive decision” for London’s sports fans lives and breathes live games, so the World Cup will be the heart of their summer. The bar has added special drinks to the menu for the occasion, including a selection of refreshing smoothies (virgin, but they might spike them if you ask nicely), and are doing “Jetlag flights” with drinks, food, sweets and even bubbly for £30. You can book a table to tuck into some international food before the games start.
25 Newman Street, London, W1T 1PN
Mon-Wed: 12pm-12am; Thurs-Fri: 12pm-2am; Sat: 5pm-2am
The Scandi hub will be showing all games over three big screens. Northern countries might not be playing, but they are still getting involved so expect treats in the form of special snack match packages and an extra happy hour between 9 and 10pm during England games.
127 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE
Mon-Wed: 12pm-11pm; Thurs: 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am; Sun: 12pm-10:30pm
For those after a quirky and cool little East End hang, this Shoreditch den will prove the perfect football watching spot. A year-round sports bar, they have a special thing for table football but will get into the craze for the World Cup and show all matches. There are tapas on the menu to compliment a lengthy drinks list, or you can arrange a buffet if you’re coming with a group.
Fat Ronaldo’s World Cup Bar and Grill
347 Old Street, London EC1V 9LP
Mon-Wed: 4pm-12am; Thurs: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat: 4pm-3am; Sun: 4pm-11pm
If you want an all-day party with your World Cup experience, Fat Ronaldo’s hits the mark. Enjoy the BIG screen action from the comfort of your deck chair under the palm trees and breath in the samba atmosphere. During the day, you can watch vintage game re-runs and indulge your inner-child with the Panini sticker swap shop. There’s room for 300 football-crazy fans (as long as you pay entry on the door), and with three giant HD screens, surround sound, DJs, ice cold beers and cocktails — you may as well make this your home away from home for the month. Private arch and table booking packages are on offer, plus food courtesy of east London favourite Smokey Tails BBQ — think Messi Burgers and 8hr slow cooked beef brisket. The late license beach bar will be slinging out Tiki rum concoctions too.
No. 90 Bar
90 Main Yard, Wallis Road, E9 5LN
Tue-Fri: 5pm-11:45pm; Sat: 12pm-11:45pm; Sun: 12pm-11pm
For water-side footie fun, head to the canal to watch all the England games on the big screen at No. 90. There’s a food-and-football package — for £30 a head you’ll get a nibbles platter and four beers. Expect an airy warehouse space and a chilled-out vibe.
World Cup at Netil360
Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
Saturday 14 June: 2pm-2am
For summer rooftop fun and to kick off England in the World Cup, nab yourself a ticket to this banging east London party. On Saturday 14 June, you can spend the whole day celebrating all things World Cup and then watch the England v Italy match. Things get started at 2pm with street-food stalls, DJs, hot tubs and two cinema screens. Entry for non-members is £10 and is free for members. The bar will be open until 2am — so if footie ain’t your thing, just grab a Pimms and slip into the hot tub. And you can still soak up the World Cup in style here for all the 5pm and 8pm games (these will cost £5 for non-members). Oh, and did we mention the BYOB policy? Yep, this is pretty lush.
World Cup Warehouse at The Liquor Store
3 Gillett Street, London N16 8JH
Doors open an hour before the game
The pop-up-loving space is up to be a World Cup hot spot during the month. All games will be shown on their six big screens, and the space is warehouse-sized so get a group of mates together to make the most of it. You’ll all love having BrewDog flowing and hot dogs grilling, and there’s even a plan for some half-time mezcal …
89 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5QH
Mon-Sat: 12:00 – 23:00
If you’re keen to use the World Cup as an excuse to eat your way around the world, The Cow’s head chef will be whipping up specials from the countries that are playing on the night, with a changing cocktails menu to go along.
Fever Pitch Pop-Up
474-476 Fulham Broadway, London SW6 1BY
A big happy pop-up in Fulham dedicated to the 2014 World Cup. With 13 screens, two roof terraces, four bars and space for 800 people — we reckon this will be one of the busiest and buzziest haunts in London. “Stadium food” will be available with hot dogs and toasties, as well as Broadway Bar and Grill’s classic menu.
37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA
Tues-Thurs: 6pm-1:30am; Fri: 6pm-2:30am; Sat: 11:30-5:30pm and 7pm-2:30am
Expect a total football frenzy. The place will be packed full of fans, flying flags and big screens showing the Azurres fighting their way through the Cup, with a critical first game against England itself. Bunga Bunga is a favourite of ours for everything Italian and you’ll want to grab yourself a pizza to devour as you cheer.
101 Howie Street, SW11 3BA
Fri and Sat: 10:30pm-2:30am + all England & Brazil groups World Cup games
Get yourself straight to a beach party in the heart of Rio … with a little football on the side. Cocobananas will be showing all Brazilian games, and you’ll get to enjoy a street food buffet and unlimited frozen cocktails and house punch before kick off for £20. The party continues into the morning with a DJ on the decks.
The Draft House Westbridge
74-76 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3AG
Mon-Thurs: 12pm-11pm; Fri-Sat: 12pm-12am; Sun: 12pm-10:30pm
For a more chilled out World Cup experience without Brazilian flags or fruity cocktails, head to The Draft House. All five of their locations will be showing the games, but we like the Westbridge best for its brand new Barrel Bar — it’s available for hire if you and your mates want a private World Cup party without having to worry about the beer. Buckets of beer will be available for games, but their usual selection of tipples and nibbles is up there too.
123 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5UA
Sun-Wed: 12pm-12am; Thurs: 12pm-1am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-1:30am
If you’re up for alfresco watching, then look no further — this bar has maybe the best beer garden in London, with a capacity of up to 300. They’ll be showing games outside, and you can also pre-book their huts and booths for a cosy World Cup experience. Look out for £5 Caipirihnas and a whole new international burgers menu.
Clapham: 16A Clapham South Side, London SW4 7AB
Chelsea: 6 Hollywood Road, London SW10 9HY
Celebrate the World Cup with beer bucket specials and watch the USA struggle against its hard-hitting group – Germany, Portugal and Ghana – in a stars and stripes clad setting. When the Australia matches are on, the Clapham bar will also be throwing some shrimps on the barbie.
The Old Frizzle
74-78 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1RQ
Mon-Wed: 11am-11pm; Thurs-Fri: 11am-12am; Sat: 10am-12am; Sun: 12pm-10:30pm
Watch the football with a country feel in this chilled and leafy gastropub out in Wimbledon that boasts several big HD screens. Make a family day out of it — this place welcomes all (and especially sports fans).
The Toy Shop
32 Putney High Street, London SW15 1SQ
Mon-Thurs: 5pm-11pm; Fri: 5pm-2am; Sat: 11am-2am; Sun: 12pm-10:30pm
This ticket’s got two trips in one — you’re going back to your childhood with extra colourful spaces and playful cocktails, plus a welcome detour via Brazil during the World Cup month. Expect extended happy hour, Caipirinhas and Brazilian-inspired nibbles, plus special beer and food deals.
World Cup Carnival at The Vaults
Leake Street, Waterloo, London SE1 7NN
Opening times according to game times.
It’ll be a party like no other at The Vaults, who are taking it upon themselves to recreate fully the stadium atmosphere in underground Waterloo. Think 5-metre-wide screen, games, cocktail specials and live music every night to keep the festivities going long after the games end. Tickets are coveted so book quick if you want to make it to some of the big matches.
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