Best New Year’s Eve Parties in London

From fireworks spotting to late-night masquerade balls to no-bookings events, we’ve rounded up the BEST New Year’s Eve parties around. Let’s go into 2015 with a bang!

ALTERNATIVE NYE EVENTS

Earlham Street Clubhouse 90s Superhero Party90’s Super Hero Party at Earlham Street Clubhouse
Because this bar knows how to do 90s kitsch right. Come dressed in your finest superhero regalia and find your very own Superman (or woman) to save you at midnight.
Tickets are £15 including entry and complimentary superhero cocktails from 7:30pm-8pm.
7pm-3am. 35 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LD

All Star LanesNew Year’s Rockin’ Eve at All Star Lanes 
Retro rock ‘n roll tunes will be spun by the DJ into the wee hours. From funk and soul to DISCO — you’ll be swinging and shaking on AND off the lanes. Dress code is hip cats and dolls, and there’s a £100 bar tab up for grabs if you’ve come in the best fancy dress. Get stuck in to some bowling, boozy shakes, and drag *that* guy or gal into the kissing photo booth for some naughtier fun.
Free entry. New Year’s Eve package is £30 which includes two courses, a glass of prosecco and a game of bowling.
Open until 3am. Various locations.

Bounce Ping Pong HolbornUVNYE at Bounce
Because you might want to let out that competitive spirit to see out 2014. Bounce is a ping pong mecca and the whole place will be lit up by UV lights — so we reckon it’s best to don your whitest whites. There will be unlimited UV ping pong all night (with free play on ALL tables), UV face painters to make you glow, special cocktail prizes for the BEST UV outfits and DJs spinning retro party anthems.
Tickets are £10-£15.
8:30pm-3am. No entry after 11:30pm. 121 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD.

LAB interiorThat 70’s NYE at LAB
If you fancy a bit of nostalgia, why not boogie on down to renowned cocktail bar LAB (London Academy of Bartenders), famous for being the birthplace of the original Pornstar Martini, for an inspiring 70’s themed party. Expect great cocktails, champagne and bartenders who really know their stuff all to the tune of 70’s classics all night long.
Tickets are £25 for earlybird, £30 for general admission, both including a complimentary cocktail and shooter on arrival.
8pm-3am. 12 Old Compton Street, W1d 4TQ.

CHEAP

The Sun Tavern cocktail high res

NYE at The Sun Tavern
With a host of DJs playing rock n’ roll from every era, new east London hot spot The Sun Tavern offers punch cocktails, classic mixed drinks and fine ales. If you fancy something a bit Irish, they have over 40 different spirits from the land, including whiskies and tasty poitins.
£5 per ticket for guaranteed entry before 9pm. Tickets on sale at the bar.
Open until 3am, 441 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN.

Callooh Callay Shoreditch

New Year’s Eve at Callooh Callay
Head down to this quirky Shoreditch venue, entering a world through a wardrobe reminiscent of a certain C.S. Lewis novel, you will find a transformed dance floor with glitz, glamour and beautifully constructed cocktails within one of the coolest hotspots in the area. Dazzle your way into 2015 with some of the best and deliciously strong cocktails you’re likely to drink anywhere in east London.
Standard entry is £15, with a seat at the main bar costing £20 and upstairs bar seating costing £25.
7pm-2am. 65 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3AY.

The Cat and Mutton NYENew Year’s Eve 2015 at The Cat & Mutton
Party into the wee hours at one of the best East End boozers around. Resident DJs will be on hand to give you the greatest funk, soul and disco tunes all night long. *And tickets are hella cheap.*
Tickets are £5.
Open until 3am. 76 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ.

Looking Glass Cocktail Club ShoreditchTry Hard Party at Looking Glass Cocktail Club
Ah Shoreditch. You love it or hate it. But mostly love it. And we can all admit that it’s often filled with one too many “try hards” so here’s your chance to have a go (in the friendliest of ways). So come in your best “try hard” outfit — i.e. like you just rolled out of bed and haven’t bathed in weeks, but your hair is perfectly dishevelled. Performer Maya Petrovna, neo-burlesque artist Lolo Brow and DJ Testu Gomorrah are gonna smash New Year’s Eve and bring Shoreditch its best party yet.
£10 before 10pm, £15 after.
8pm-5am. 49 Hackney Rd, Hackney, London E2 7NX.

FANCY DRESS

london cocktail club oxford circusBlack and Gold Masquerade NYE at London Cocktail Club Oxford Circus
A night of masked men and masked women with classic LCC tunes pumping all night long. If you get in early, you’ll be treated to 2-for-£10 cocktails from 7pm-9pm. And the DJs will be hitting the decks at 10pm.
Tickets are £10-£40 and include various treats.
7pm-3am. 4 Great Portland Street, London W1W 8QJ. 

Kettner's SohoBlack Tie Masquerade Ball at Kettner’s Soho
This is a pricier option, but if you want to get really fancy for New Year’s — then get in here. The opulent Georgian townhouse provides the perfect setting for a masquerade ball, with lots of rooms for exploring (and midnight smooching). Plus there will be cabaret, swing dance lessons, burlesque performances, live music and DJs until 3am.
Tickets are £50-£110, some tickets include cost of three-course dinner.
Doors at 7:30pm-3am. 29 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5HP.

main hall steam and rye cocktail bar london“New York, New York” New Year’s Eve at Steam and Rye
Dazzling dancers and a live band playing all of your favourite American movie soundtrack hits, this is a taste of life in the Big Apple (1920s-style). Whether you just want a bit of a dance, dinner too, or your very own VIP carriage … there’s an option for everyone — just depends on your budget.
Dancing tickets are £20, dinner and dancing tickets are £50-£70, VIP carriages from £500.
6pm-3am. 147 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 4QT.

The Blues Kitchen NYE TarantinoTarantino Party at Blues Kitchen Shoreditch
Party down like you’re at Jack Rabbit Slims, with live music, fancy dress, five-dollar shakes and a TWIST CONTEST! And of course DJs will be on hand playing the finest vintage soul and soundtrack tunes until 4am.
Party tickets are £25. Party and dinner tickets are £50.
7pm-4am. 134-136 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AR.

NO BOOKING REQUIRED

Lost and Found NYENew Year’s Eve at Lost & Found
Classic cocktails, fruity vodka shots and free entry, if that sounds like your cup of tea then why not try this little bar in Balham. Relatively unknown, this cocktail bar has been open just over a year and is the perfect location to enjoy a cool and comfortable evening with tunes pumping until 3am. Plus they have their own vodka luge. Boom!
Free entry.
5pm-3am. 10 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG. 

Pub on the park exterior

NYE at Pub on the Park
Watch fireworks at this popular pub on the edge of London Fields, with two DJs spinning some of their best tunes over two floors, prizes and pub ale to enjoy in a huge beer garden (and it’s heated!). Best of all it’s free — and you don’t even have to book.
Free entry.
12pm-2am. 19 Martello St, E8 3PE. 

New cross inn stage

Nightbus to Catford NYE at New Cross Inn
A cheap and alternative way to welcome in 2015. A one-off special with DJs playing motown, ska, northern soul and reggae in south east London, you can turn up without a booking and pay a few quid. Cheap as chips.
£5 entry, £3 before 9pm.
8pm till late. New Cross Inn, 323A New Cross Road, SE14 6AS.

LUXE

Madison's interior Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer
Paul Winch-Furness
Midnight Madness at Madison
For those who fancy an evening of class and entertainment, look no further than Madison for a night of burlesque, cirque de soir acts, DJ superstars and even a string quartet. The night begins with a prosecco reception, canapes throughout the evening, a champagne mini at midnight, evening snacks and one of the very best spots to watch the fireworks.
8pm-2am. Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Paul’s, London, EC4M 9AF.
Le Pont de la Tour Tower Bridge
Welcome the new year à la française with sophistication and beautiful French cuisine with a six-course menu, including truffles, lobster and foie gras. Earlier seating can secure those with larger purse strings a place on their very own The Eramus to view the famous firework display down the Thames in style. Those who’d like to dine later with feet firmly on the ground can enjoy the same dining experience at a lower cost. There will be live music to accompany your night whilst you sip unlimited champagne all night long.
Until 2am. 36D Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips; Nicola Carruthers, @Nik_Carruthers

Auld Shillelagh

Auld Shillelagh Stoke NewingtonStoke Newington’s Irish pub the Auld Shillelagh brings a slice of Dublin fun to north London.

It’s all about the black stuff here – you’ll likely find the best pint of Guinness known to north London in the Shillelagh. The drink is in such strong demand that barrels are in swift rotation, keeping things crisp and fresh. Real ales and lagers are also well stocked, but it’s the Guinness that keeps punters coming back for more.

This lively local feels a million miles from London – more like a country inn, dressed in dark oak furniture and with a few subtle but suitable Irish emblems. The craic kicks off at the weekend, with screened rugby matches drawing a crowd and live folk bands raising the roof.

Best Bars tip: Karaoke nights can be quite wild at the Auld Shillelagh – the noise may entice you in off Church Street. 

— Laura Richards, @Lala_Richards

Auld Shillelagh Stoke Newington

 

Zerodegrees

Zerodegrees CardiffFound in the shadow of the city’s Millennium Stadium, Zerodegrees is a microbrewery, pizzeria, steakhouse and bar all rolled into one tasty little outpost.

Despite the usual line-up of cocktails, the beer is the star of the show – having been brewed on site right before your eyes. If your belly’s grumbling, go for a big ol’ juicy steak with a side of black lager or choose from the roster of pizzas paired with a light and refreshing Pilsner. We’re excited for the introduction of the “beer’tails” menu (currently in the works) that includes the Zerohito – a variation on the minty classic, made using wheat beer.

Whether it’s a post-match pint, a pre-town pitcher or a full-on family meal you’re after, Zerodegrees caters for all.

Best Bars tip: Get yourself down there early on a weekday and make a night of it as the earlier you go, the cheaper the food is.

— Jordan Harris

Zerodegrees Cardiff

Boteco Brasil

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London is more or less turning into Rio’s little sibling this summer, but nowhere will the Brazilian spirit be more alive or truer than here. Backed by the Brazilian Embassy, Boteco Brasil is upping the game by adding a curated programme of exhibitions, talks, live music and culinary classes to its offering (on top of showing the games, naturally).

If you’re looking to get into drinking straight away, you’ll find an unsurprisingly Brazilian drinks list – think free-flowing Cachaça and Caipirinhas flavoured with refreshing watermelon or tangy mandarin. The food is where the experience gets exceptional, as the menu was designed by artist Simone Mattar to be pleasing to both the palate and the eye. It’s all boteco-style, from the name of Brazil’s friendly neighbourhood boozers. There’s lingua de boi (marinated beef tongue) if you dare, or spicy little crab cakes with pineapple and ginger jam amongst many others.

Here you’ll find more than just World Cup fans – it’s most of all a spot for people keen to experience authentic Brazil through all senses. But also, obviously, football.

Best Bars tip: Get yourself a spot close to the kitchens (if you can locate them). Food is the real star here — the chef has been called “inspirational” by El Bulli’s Adrià himself — so you don’t want to miss a bite.

— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest

Botco Brasil Soho World Cup Pop Up

 

The best bars to watch the World Cup around the UK

FIFA World Cup 2014 logo where to watch

From big screens in Brighton to beer gardens in Birmingham, here are some of the best bars (and pop-up pseudo-stadiums) around the UK to watch the 2014 World Cup.

Birmingham

The Lord Clifden
34 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham B18 6AA
Sun-Thurs: 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-late
With 12 screens throughout the bar including a giant one in their extra-large beer garden, the Lord Clifden is your go-to World Cup hub in Birmingham. To get completely in the mood, grab a drink from their new outdoors bottle bar and snag yourself a plate of hog roast, and continue the party after the games end thanks to the weekly DJ sets.

The Electric Cinema
47-49 Station Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4DY
Doors open an hour before kick-off
The oldest working cinema in the UK is diversifying its offering a bit to show England’s group games. Book ahead to make sure you’ve got a seat saved on one of their sofas — tickets are only £7 and you’ll get to participate in the pre-game World Cup quiz. We hear there might be prizes …

Brighton

Brighton's Big Screen World Cup 2014
Brighton’s Big Screen

Brighton’s Big Screen
Approx. 3 Madeira Drive, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1EN
Opens from 1pm or 4pm on weekdays, from 11am on the weekend
This free outdoor cinema comes back to Brighton’s seafront for its third consecutive year, and in between screenings of crowd pleasers and family classics, it will welcome football fans for the World Cup on a giant screen. Just turn up and enjoy the spectacle.

Bristol

Bavarian Beerhouse
46-48 Queen Charlotte Street, Bristol BS1 4HX
Mon-Thurs: 4pm-11pm; Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am; Sun: 12pm-10pm
Since “you can never write off the Germans”, why not watch them at 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 for all England and Germany games).

Cambridge

The Varsity hotel rooftop cambridge
The Varsity Hotel

The Roof Terrace at The Varsity
Thompson’s Ln, Cambridge CB5 8AQ
Mon-Thurs: 3pm-10.20pm; Fri-Sun: 12pm-10.20pm
The roof terrace is a show-stealer at this splendid Cambridge boutique hotel, with incredible views of the city and the river. They’re showing two of the England games, both accompanied by a special menu of Brazilian grilled meats. Tickets are £15 on the door, and since they come with a complimentary cocktail and what’s likely the best panorama in East Anglia, we’re up for it.

Leeds

Millennium Square
Calverley Street, Leeds LS2 3AD
Gates open 1.5 hours before kick-off
Leeds is not scrimping on its World Cup festivities: the city council is throwing caution to the wind and putting up huge screens in Millennium Square for the whole tournament. You can watch the first two England group matches live as well as a selection of other matches. Admission is free and on a first come, first served basis.

Liverpool

Camp and Furnace fanpark Liverpool
Camp and Furnace

World Cup Fan Park at Camp and Furnace
67 Greenland Street, Liverpool L1
2:30pm opening for days with 5pm matches; 6:30pm openings for days with 9pm matches
A reformed industrial warehouse where you can get a dose of art alongside the tournament. Expect vintage caravans and indoor foliage, this ain’t your local boozer. There will be Brazilian street food for nibbles with plenty of space to samba. It’s free to enter and strictly first come, first served. The DJs will be spinning a suitably carnival-esque playlist throughout the night. And on three big screens, they’ll be showing every. single. game.

Manchester

ITV Fever Pitch  World Cup
ITV Fever Pitch

ITV Fever Pitch
Old Granada Studios, Quay Street, Manchester M60 9EA
Gates open either 1pm or 3pm
World Cup fan parks are few and far between this time around, but Manchester is stepping up with a free football festival kitted out with 450 tonnes of sand shipped in to create a Brazilian beach stadium. You’ll be able to watch the action live on the arena’s 40sqm screen. If you keen for a kickabout, head to the High Tempo zone or refresh yourself at the Little Copacabana beach bar. Entry to this tropic delight is free, but you still need a ticket … there might be some on the door or you can volunteer to get in for free (just need to do a bit of work).

The 25 Best Bars to Watch the World Cup in London

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 …

FIFA World Cup 2014 logo where to watch

CENTRAL

Soho

Boteco Brasil
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.

De Hems
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.

El Camion Soho - where to watch the World cup - Mexican bar and restaurant
El Camion

El Camion 
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 …

City

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.

Sushisamba tree terrace watch the World Cup
SUSHISAMBA

SUSHISAMBA
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.

Covent Garden/Holborn

Bavarian Beerhouse
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.

Bounce ping pong bar - where to watch FIFA World Cup 2014
Bounce

Bounce
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.

Fitzrovia

Jetlag
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.

Nordic Bar
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.

EAST LONDON

Bar Kick Shoreditch - sports bar - where to watch the World Cup
Bar Kick

Bar Kick
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.

Netil360 rooftop bar BYOB - World Cup 2014
Netil360

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 …

WEST LONDON

The Cow
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
Daily: 11am-1am
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.

SOUTH LONDON

Bunga Bunga
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.

Cocobananas
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.

Cocobananas Brazilian bar and nightclub - where to watch world cup

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.

Grand Union Brixton beer garden - where to watch FIFA World Cup 2014
Grand Union bar

Grand Union
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.

Honky Tonk
Clapham: 16A Clapham South Side, London SW4 7AB
Daily: 12pm-2am
Chelsea: 6 Hollywood Road, London SW10 9HY
Daily: 12pm-12am
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 Old Frizzle Wimbledon pub - where to watch FIFA World Cup 2014
The Old Frizzle

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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World Cup Carnival at The Vaults

The World Cup Carnival at The Vaults Waterloo

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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

The World Cup Carnival at The Vaults Waterloo