Though we might generally prefer a different kind of football (let’s call it soccer for the purposes of this article) in London, that doesn’t stop the Super Bowl from getting plenty of love each year. Here’s the thing, though: due to the competition taking place in the States kick off is near midnight on Sunday, February 12. Play then goes on until the early hours of Monday (yes, Monday) morning. Despite that, plenty of spaces get packed out for special viewings each year across the city.
Plus, there’s none other than Rihanna herself performing during the half-time show, which you won’t want to miss. So, regardless of who you’re backing, you definitely won’t want to miss the massively fun sporting event. Here are the best places in London to watch the Super Bowl LVII.
1. The Hippodrome, Leicester Square
If I were a betting person, I’d say this might be the top spot to watch the game. That may or may not be because it’s a casino, but The Hippodrome is undoubtedly going to throw a great watching party. It doesn’t hurt that they’re already open 24/7, given how late the match will run! The venue boasts a 10-metre screen which will give you undefeated shots of both the gameplay and the half-time performance alike. Buffalo wings, jalapeño poppers, loaded Nachos, and plenty of other snacks will keep you going throughout the game alongside the ice cold beer for the full Super Bowl experience. Book your spot here.
📍 Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7JH. Nearest station is Leicester Square.
2.TOCA Social, The O2
London’s immersive football bar is turning their attention to the American variety of the sport when the Super Bowl comes around. They’ll be showing the action on their big screens, with a variety of interactive games also on offer, such as Crockinole, Beer Pong, Foosball, Cornhole, and more. And, of course, there’ll be plenty of wings, bottles of beer, and the iconic all-American red cups to complete the experience. Get enough friends together and you can even hire out their private viewing experience! Head to their website to find out more.
📍Inside The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. Nearest station is North Greenwich.
3. The Blues Kitchen, Various locations
Best-known as somewhere to go for a Friday night boogie, The Blues Kitchen will turn their attention to Sunday night for a slice of Super Bowl action. They’ll have live music from 9PM to keep the spirits high all night as they take you all the way through ’till 3:30am. They’ll keep your drink topped up, and food will be served until late to stave off that midnight peckishness.
📍 Blues Kitchen Camden: 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN. Nearest station is Camden Town.
📍 Blues Kitchen Shoreditch: 134-146 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.
📍 Blues Kitchen Brixton: 40 Acre Lane, SW2 5SP. Nearest station is Brixton.
4. BOXPARK , Various locations
BOXPARK tends to come alive for sporting events, particularly when the England football soccer team are playing in a tournament. But, come February 12, it’s all about Super Bowl LVII, and there’s plenty of action in store. We’re talking DJs, giveaways, food from some of the best street food vendors in London and drinks a’flowing. Depending on which branch you go to, you might even find a bucking bronco, food-eating competitions, and cheerleaders keeping the crowd pumped at all times Find out more about Shoreditch, Wembley, and Croydon’s activities at their respective sites and grab tickets.
📍 BOXPARK Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Grn Road, E1 6GY. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.
📍 BOXPARK Croydon, 99 George Street, CR0 1LD. Nearest station is East Croydon.
📍 BOXPARK Wembley, Wembley Park, HA9 0JT. Nearest station is Wembley Park.
5. The Clapham Grand
With a 25-foot screen, there’s no chance you’re going to miss any of the mighty football action at Clapham Grand. You’ll be blessed with plenty of beer, as well as hearty grub from wing connoisseurs Thunderbird Chicken all night long. And if that wasn’t enough, attendees will be entertained with a live cheerleading show and confetti cannons. Not a quiet night at home, in other words. Find out more about the incredible night here.
📍 21-25, The Clapham Grand, St John’s Hill, London SW11 1TT. Nearest station is Clapham Junction.
6. Skylight Tobacco Dock, Wapping
Much like Christmas, the Super Bowl only comes around once a year, so you can’t be blamed for going all out. Well Skylight Tobacco Dock is ready and waiting with their – deep breath – dreamy venue, beer pong, nachos, burgers, wings, big screens, pitchers of beer… the lot, basically. They’ve also got a variety of ticket options so regardless of whether you’re a casual viewers, or a whole party of fans, they’ve got you sorted. Get it booked here as they expect to sell out!
📍 Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF. Nearest station is Shadwell.
7. Big Penny Social, Walthamstow
Formerly know as Truman’s Social Club, this beer hall, situated on the Blackhorse Beer Mile, is arguably the UK’s largest. What better place for one of the biggest sporting events on the (American) calendar? From 7:00pm – 4am on Sunday night the beers will be flowing, with the kitchen also open until late. Tickets are just a tenner, with your first drink included, and you can book them here. Alternatively there’s also The End Zone Package (£40 pp) which gets ticketholders the best seats in the house, 3 house drinks per person, and plenty of food throughout the night.
📍 1 Priestley Way, E17 6AL. Nearest station is Blackhorse Road.
8. Bar Kick, Shoreditch
Styling itself as the “home of live sport in Shoreditch,” Bar Kick serves up dirty burgers, fried chicken, plenty of drinks, and ALL of the sporting action. And you already know they’re not missing out on the Super Bowl! Head to the site to book your place because you definitely don’t want to miss this action.
📍 127 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.
9. Barrio, Covent Garden
Match up the excitement of the Super Bowl with a raucous cocktail bar and what do you get? A Super Bowl viewing experience at Barrio. They’re offering up the ultimate pre-game pre-drinks with 2-4-1 cocktails and £3 tequilas. Plus, if you grab one of the limited early release tickets, you’ll get a fresh pint of Madri included in the price (just £5!). Naturally DJs will be pumping Rihanna’s top tracks through the night to get you pumped for the half time show, and if you’re hungry they’ll be serving a one-time menu of Americana classics such as wings and hot dogs. Grab your ticket here. (Act quickly, because Shoreditch already sold out!)
📍Gillian Lynne Theatre, Parker Street, WC2B 5PW. Nearest stations are Covent Garden and Holborn.
Super Bowl LVI takes place on Sunday, February 12, and kicks off at around 11.30pm UK time. Expect to hang around until the early hours of the morning catching the action!