At these World Cup screenings, there’s Three Lions on the shirt, and at least as many drinks to celebrate/commiserate with.
Deep breath, everyone. Whether you’re a die hard football fan, or couldn’t care less, you’re going to be hearing about the World Cup this summer. You’ll most likely hear a lot about it, including probable sighs, tears, and grumbling from dejected England supporters after the home team crashes out. But at least at these spots, you can do all those things in style.
A great spot to celebrate no matter who you’re supporting. Especially because they have a global food market served cuisine from every World Cup nation. You can also expect inflatables, flags, and hot tunes from live DJs, as well as an attached nightclub which lets you party into the night. Grab yourself a ticket here.
The wonder of Wandsworth boasts a 24-foot screen, so you’re guaranteed a great view of all the goals. They’re showing all the England games, plus showdowns such as Brazil vs Switzerland, in a venue which will be rocking by the night’s end. Tickets are £5 and come with a free beer – get yours here.
The most fabulous car park in London has got a case of cup fever. Their totally tropical Near & Far bar will host screenings of every World Cup match, so Peckhamites may end up spending a lot more time here. If you can’t stomach another botched free kick, head up to Frank’s Cafe for more cocktails, and peachy views of the capital.
4. Skylight, Wapping
High above the streets of Wapping sits Skylight, where your only distraction from the football is the drop-dead gorgeous views. Oh, and the croquet. Crucially, if you think you can do better than Harry Kane & co, Skylight are running a penalty shoot-out for you to sharpen your shooting. No tears though…
5. London EDITION, Tottenham Court Road
Boutique Soho hotels aren’t usually the destination of choice for a World Cup party, but stranger things have happened. The London EDITION have invited recently-closed Hackney dive bar Bad Sports to take over their Basement bar for a raucous viewing party. Expect tacos, half-time quizzes, and cocktails including a mean banana daiquiri.
They’ve got one of the biggest World Cup screens in London, and they ain’t afraid to use it. Last Days of Shoreditch’s Enchanted Garden is the scene for a potential fairytale run to the cup, and they’ve got food, drink, and karaoke to keep you content the whole way through.
7. The Marksman, Hoxton
The Michelin Guide’s Pub of the Year is a gorgeously gastro spot to watch the World Cup. Putting a spin on the much-loved “football and curry” formula, they’re offering courses such as curried lamb bun & spiced yoghurt, and apple and cardamom sorbet. Not a vindaloo in sight, mind you.
8. Pitch, Stratford
Helpfully named, Pitch is a great spot to watch all the action on the pitch. They’ve got a pretty baller 196-inch screen all ready to go, the street food’s a-cooking, and entry to most of the games will be free. The most popular ones will probably cost you £5 entry, but you can book in advance to save your spot.
9. Neverland, Fulham
It’s beach football out in Fulham, where Neverland will screen a host of games. You’ll find the usual mix of food, drink, and tunes here, but the Thames-side views here are pretty unbeatable…
10. The Bud Boat, floating about
Or are they? As part of their World Cup takeover plans, Budweiser have launched a viewing vessel/party boat for the duration of the tournament. The London Eye is your backdrop, emcee’s will host the matches, and there’s even a club on the lower levels to celebrate in. The beers will flow, and I think – I think – it’ll probably be Budweiser.