The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off 14 June and play will continue until the final match on 15 July. There are plenty of spots around London with food/drink deals and fun places to watch all of the action. How will England fair in the 2018 tournament? Try out some of these spots to find out…
Lead image: Pitch, Stratford
1 Pitch, Stratford
It’s a World Cup summer and there is no better way to catch all of the action than with a massive alfresco screen. Pitch will be showing the entirety of the tournament on their 196-inch HD screen. Most of the matches will be free entry, but the more popular ones could cost $5, but will include a drink. If you want to guarantee your spot or schedule a group outing make sure to make a reservation to catch all of the action. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.
2 Bridge Terrace, Stratford E15 3FF; pitchstratford.com
2 Skylight, Wapping
Want to watch the World Cup, check out a rooftop bar and catch views of London’s skyline? Skylight could be a perfect spot to catch this summer’s World Cup. Located above Tobacco Dock, Skylight will be showing matches during their opening times from Thursday to Sunday. There is no entry fee, but there is plenty of food and drinks to be had. With three floors of bars, street food, live entertainment, lawn games, screens and DJs, you will find something that fits your desires.
Pennington Street Car Park entrance, Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com
3 Greenwood, Victoria
Located in the Victoria area of London, Greenwood features 19 large plasma screens to catch all of the action from Russia. Greenwood especially has some great deals for groups. Whether you have 30 guests, upwards of 80 or even 300, you can book different spots within Greenwood to catch the action privately with your group. If you just want to grab a bite and a brew with your mates, there are great deals for that too.
170 Victoria Street 1E 5LB; greenwoodlondon.com
4 Broadleaf, the City
Featuring seven plasma screens and World Cup-themed cocktails, Broadleaf will have all of the football you can handle. The atmosphere upstairs in their sports bar is perfect for watching your favorite team. If you want food or a drink, there is plenty to choose from. They’ll have all of the action on for a big group or even just with some friends. If you get a bit testy with your mates, head upstairs for a game of shuffleboard to settle things.
25 Old Broad Street EC2N 1HN; broadleaflondon.com
5 Ealing Park Tavern, Ealing
If you’re looking for a family-friendly spot to watch the World Cup, Ealing Park Tavern might be a good spot. Featuring an alfresco garden, they will have a large projector screen showing the games along with six cabanas and garden games too. They also will feature match day food and beer specials for your group to enjoy.
222 South Ealing Road W5 4RL; ealingparktavern.com
6 Merchant Square, Paddington
On those beautiful, warm, London summer days where you want to watch the World Cup, but don’t want to be inside a stuffy pub, enjoy the matches outside at Merchant Square. For the entirety of the tournament, Merchant Square will feature a big screen showing the games. All you have to do and show up, it’s free! If you want a bite to eat, there will be a popup street food market on Tuesday and Thursday during the afternoon. It’s sure to be a great setting with lawn chairs and blankets also available.
Merchant Square Paddington W2 1JZ; merchantsquare.co.uk
7 Tropicana Beach Club, Covent Garden
For those looking for a more festive and party theme while watching the World Cup, Tropicana Beach Club will have just that. Featuring matches including England and Brazil, they will feature all of the matches during the summer. Tropicana will also feature happy hour deal specials, food and drink deals and free entry. Group specials are also available if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s sure to be a festive atmosphere with the sounds of the game blaring throughout the spot.
Parker Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5PW; tropicanabeachclub.co.uk
8 The Piano Works & Studio 88, Farringdon & Leicester Square
Music and football go hand in hand at The Piano Works & Studio 88 for this summer’s World Cup. Both The Piano Works and Studio 88 will feature live music, drink promotions and variations in food. They’ll also have audience-requested live music. Each location will have multiple screens making sure you don’t miss a second of the action. During each match there will also be a cocktail hour and beer/food specials throughout the tournament.
The Piano Works: 113-117 Farringdon Road EC1R 3BX; pianoworks.bar
Studio 88: 47 Whitcomb Street WC2H 7DH; studio88.bar
9 The Grand, Clapham
For those England football fans, The Grand will be showcasing the Three Lions throughout their World Cup journey. England plays its three group stage matches on 18 June vs. Tunisia, 24 June vs. Panama and 28 June vs. Belgium. The Grand has teamed up with Budweiser to make it an ideal spot to watch the matches on their 24-foot screen. There will also be live music, DJ sets, photo booths, food and drinks.
21- 25 St John’s Hill Clapham SW11 1TT; claphamgrand.com
10 Galvin Hop, Spitalfields Market
Looking for a 90 minute lunch or just a place to catch the match after work? Galvin Hop, located just minutes away from Liverpool Street station, will be showing all of the action for this summer’s World Cup. Whether you want a sit down meal or a pub atmosphere, this spot can provide you with both. They will have drink and food specials that includes £7 Moscow Mules and four beers for the price of three when England is playing. They will be taking reservations for their conservatory where you will still be able to watch the match. If the weather is nice, they have a terrace too.
35 Spital Square (entrance on Bishops Square) E1 6DY; galvinrestaurants.com
11 The Rocket, King’s Cross
Filled with TVs and a big bar, The Rocket on Euston Road will show all of the World Cup action this summer. Located just down the street from King’s Cross/St Pancras Station, it is a great spot to catch England or whomever you may be supporting. They’ll have drink and food specials throughout the tournament from different beers on tap to liquor and mixed drinks.
120 Euston Road
12 Bud Boat, Festival Pier
You could watch the World Cup with a view of the River Thames. But what about watching it ON the Thames? Lucky for you, Budweiser has tricked out a boat in honor of the World Cup and is ready to for you to hop on board. Watch the match from the top deck on a big screen while on board. While the match is on, you’ll be able to hear the match audio, but one the game is over, it turns into a big boat party. Book your tickets now for all of England’s matches and the knockout rounds. Tickets are £10 (advance booking required).
Festival Pier, South Bank SE1 8XZ; budweiser.co.uk
13 Swingers West End
If crowds aren’t your thing, you can watch all the live action from the 2018 World Cup from the comfort and luxury of your own private room at Swingers West End. Not only will you enjoy the football on your very own big screen, you’ll also enjoy indulge in top street food from Patty&Bun, Made of Dough, Breddos Tacos and Hackney Gelato, as well as buckets of beers on arrival, world class cocktails and dedicated table service. Once the football has finished, you can keep the competitive spirit alive with a round of crazy golf on one of two nine-hole crazy golf courses. Prices start from £80pp for groups of 12-90 guests.
To book see SwingersLDN.com or call 020 3030 4111
14 Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill, Chelsea Football Club
Chelsea Football Club, located at Stamford Bridge on the Fulham Road, has relaunched its popular sports bar and restaurant under a new name, Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill. With 16 big screens around the restaurant and bar and access to all the major sports channels, Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill is the perfect venue to watch all the big games, from the World Cup to Wimbledon and golf to the NFL. The restaurant serves a new menu specialising in steaks cooked on a chargrill, as well as main plates such as BBQ glazed baby back ribs and miso salmon fillet, plus pizzas and an array of bar snacks.
Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road SW6 1HS; frankiessportsbar.com
15 InterContinental London – The O2, North Greenwich
The Clipper Bar at InterContinental London – The O2 is screening all FIFA World Cup matches, including the final taking place on 15 July 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The bar, which boasts 270-degree views overlooking the Thames and Canary Wharf, has also launched a limited-edition World Cup-inspired menu, taking inspiration from five participating countries: Russia, Germany, England, France and Argentina. Dishes include kotleti chicken meatballs, mini frankfurters, slow roasted pulled pork, deep fried breaded brie wedges and steak empanadas, each served with a bespoke beer, cocktail or glass of wine to reflect the country of origin.
1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0TW; iclondon-theo2.com
16 No 29 Power Station West, Battersea
No 29 Power Station West will be screening both the World Cup and Wimbledon throughout the bar, so head on down to Battersea’s most glorious new development and let the No 29 team do all the running around for you. If you prefer a more home-from-home experience, you can also book the beautiful basement River Bar area for private screenings in comfort and style.
29 Circus West Village, Battersea SW11 8NN; no29powerstationwest.co.uk
17 The Alexandra, Clapham
The Alex in Clapham needs no introduction to local sports fans. A renowned spot to watch all the big games, this Metropolitan Pub Company venue will, of course, be screening every match of the World Cup. The pub has two large projector screens and five large HD screens, so you won’t miss a minute of the action. Just a few short steps from Clapham Common underground station, it’s the perfect post-work pit-stop to hook up with friends for the game.
14 Clapham Common South Side SW4 7AA; alexandraclapham.com
18 Pop Brixton
Pop Brixton has been showing matches all World Cup long and that won’t stop as it reaches the end of the tournament. Matches will be shown in The Greenhouse where they have two screens set to broadcast all the action, as well as a good smattering of seats and plenty to eat and drink from a plethora of top street food vendors. Free entry.
49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
19 Westow House, Crystal Palace
Westow House, that shining beacon of light on the Crystal Palace triangle, is showing the World Cup in its entirety. The team here are well into the beautiful game, too, and have posted some great videos on their social media of the crowd reacting to England’s goals, so don’t miss out on the next celebration. As well as the football, you can also enjoy a meal, play a board game or hit the foosball table and 1950s pinball machine.
79 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace SE19 1TX; westowhouse.com
20 BST Hyde Park
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, have announced a huge public viewing party in Hyde Park for England’s semi-final against Croatia. Up to 30,000 free tickets will be available via a ballot process, which goes live at 4pm on 9 July, closing at midnight. This is set to be the largest watch party since 1996. Only those with tickets will be admitted.
21 Camden Market
Camden Market is hosting alfresco screenings of the World Cup in the beautiful setting of Camden Lock Place. Grab some food from the market’s 100+ street food traders before the game, and get the drinks in at the Camden World Cup Bar, open for all matches throughout the tournament. Between matches, Camden Market is also screening Wimbledon, as well as rare footage from the British Film Institute archives, including Wonderful London – a series of shorts that captured the capital in the mid 1920s including the iconic Market and Camden Lock Place.
Camden Lock Place NW1 8AF; camdenmarket.com
Looking for more great pubs
to watch the game?
Check out opening-times.co.uk‘s cool interactive map of pubs in London screening the tournament, which shows opening times, screen sizes, beer prices, beer gardens, step-free access and booking options…