The Euros are coming home.
After last weekend’s Champions League final marked the end of the club seasons across Europe, football fans are now excitedly turning towards the summer’s major international competition. Euro 2020, while belated, is set to bring some unity once more, as fans flock to watch games in the newly-returned beer gardens and pubs. Kicking off on June 11, and coinciding with some pretty darn good weather, it’s time for us to do what we do best in the UK. Drink pints and shout at the football. Remember World Cup 2018, anyone?
So, while you sit here dreaming about an injury-time winner from Jack Grealish or Bukayo Saka, be sure to make some plans on your venue to watch all the games. Whether you’re cheering on England, Scotland, Wales, France, Portugal or anyone else, here are some spots that are certain to deliver a lively party for the matches.
Tickets for the England matches may have been snatched up (and I say “wise move” to you clever, organised people), but there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the remaining matches that are on offer here, including a big hitter game between France and Portugal. Surely seeing Benzema and Mbappe take on Ronaldo and Félix will be a sight to behold for anyone? Tickets guarantee you two beers straight away, along with access to DJ sets before the games and a pie to enjoy during the action. Get in on the act here.
📍 Oval Space 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT.
2-4. BOXPARK (Croydon, Shoreditch, Wembley)
Now, many of you will remember endless videos of the shenanigans that went down every time England scored at the World Cup in 2018. Chances are, the venue that took place in was BOXPARK. The ever-present spot, serving up pints and housing many a street food stall, became the place to watch all the games at during that fun summer, and chances are it’ll be well sought after once more. There’s three of the big ol’ venues in London, so take your pick. Information on viewing at BOXPARK.
📍 99 George Street, Croydon CR0 1LD.
📍 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY.
📍 18 Olympic Way, Wembley Park, Wembley HA9 0JT.
This hallowed spot has perhaps been the most talked up place to catch the England games this summer, aside from being inside the stadium itself. A lucky group, selected by ballot, will be allowed into the Trafalgar Square fanzone this summer to catch the action for free. For the first two matches – England vs Croatia (June 13) and England vs Scotland (June 18), key workers have been invited to fill the space, at a capacity of 750 due to social distancing laws. For the matches after this, it’s anyone’s guess at the moment. Should the June 21 lifting of restrictions go ahead as planned, as many as 9,500 fans could be allowed into the zone. Find information about the public ballot here.
Another spot that has all you need to enjoy the hazy ruckus of the games. Big beer garden, check. Drink tokens, check. Live DJs, check. World class surround sound and big screens, check. All you need to bring along is your group of mates plus your tickets and you’ll be immersed in the magic of the international tournament. Grab your tickets here.
📍 2 Bridge Road, E15 3FF.
7. The Duke of Edinburgh Pub, Brixton
One of London’s favourite and biggest beer gardens is surely a no-brainer when choosing a spot to sink a few cold ones and keep your eyes glued to one of their many screens. Plus, there’s some truly mouth-watering food options to grab at half-time or full-time in between the celebrations, from jerk chicken fries to glazed wings to gigantic burgers. Get booking info here.
📍 204 Ferndale Road, SW9 8AG.
8. Vinegar Yard, London Bridge
Another one of London’s favourite beer gardens are delivering a spot to get boozy and watch the football again. Just image the euphoria here when Marcus Rashford finds the back of the net? Give that feeling to me right now, please. I mean, how can looking at the spot they’ve lined up here not make you think it’s coming home? Get booking info here.
📍 72-82 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QX.
9. Tokyo Pizza
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that pizza and booze go together preeettty damn well . Here, you can gain entry to every Euros match with a drink (glass of prosecco or pint of peroni) and a pizza included in the price. You’re guaranteed a tip-top matchday environment on this lovely summer terrace. Book your tickets here.
📍 47 Maida Vale, W9 1SD.
10. Flat Iron Square, London Bridge
Yes, we know we bang on about this place quite a bit here at Secret London, but for good reason! And, if you remember, the popular foodie spot became another of the many hubs to enjoy the 2018 World Cup games in the blazing sun. Is there anything Flat Iron Square can’t do? Anyhow, you’ll be able to enjoy the Euros here with a pint in hand and munching down on that heavenly street food. Get info here.
📍 53b Southwark Street, SE1 1RU.
11. Skylight Rooftop
Yes, that’s right. You can soar above the sky as you watch your team at the euros clash heads with another European giant. At a rooftop bar, that is. The beautiful Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock is playing host to watchalongs of Euro 2020, and sipping on some bougie cocktails as you watch Jadon Sancho take on Kieran Tierney really doesn’t sound half bad, does it? The sky is the limit. Get info here.
📍 Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF.
A spectacular beer hall that was just made to host lively footballing occasions like this. Sitting in the heart of Blackhorse Lane, this should be high on your lists for places to catch the action in North London. It boasts an HD projector, mouth-watering grub and a wide selection of beers. All you need, innit. Find booking information here.
📍 1 Priestley Way, E17 6AL.
You know about Costa del Tottenham. The paradise of a beer garden over in north London that opened last summer. Well, that same team has brought as a 5,000-square foot Euros Warehouse that will screen every single game of Euro 2020, while offering up their delicious street food and pints. Think beer hall tables, strobe lights, giant screens, AV production and the potential to go wild when Foden takes it round the keeper and dinks it over the onrushing defender. Get your tickets here.
📍 Cannon Factory, Ashley Road, N17 9LH.
Hope & Anchor is best known for its outdoor huts that make for lovely spot to chill all year round. Across the entire pub, there are 24 screens making it an optimum spot to catch all of the action this summer. Get a bucket of ice cold beers and kick back in front of the screen with a burger. There’s no losing here. Find booking information here.
📍 123 Acre Lane, Brixton Hill, SW2 5UA.
15. Hackney Bridge
The recently opened Hackney Bridge, boasting a mean beer garden, is another spot that’s just made for soaking in the rays while you indulge on pints and (hopefully) your team winning. And, you’ll be able to catch it all sitting right by the canal as the sun goes down. Could you even come with a better way to summer? Find booking information here.
📍 Units 1-28, ECHO BUILDING, E15 2SJ.
16. Bluebird Chelsea
If you’ve been to Bluebird in Chelsea you’ll know about their stunning summer terrace. That’s exactly where the screen will sit for you and your pals to shout at as soon as the first ball is kicked on June 11 right up until the nail-biting final exactly one month later. More information here.
📍 350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU.
17. Pop Brixton
Pop Brixton is best known for being a lively south London space where attendees can hang out and drink a few pints while gnawing on their street food of choice. During the Euros, Pop will be transformed into a space for fans to support the their team in front of the 2m x 3.5m screen. You can buy tickets to watch games at Pop Brixton, but there will also be a number of walk-in spots on the day. Find booking information here.
📍 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ.