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Where to Watch the Football World Cup in London

By Jane Venables (06 Jun 18)
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World Cup football mania has hit London's pubs, bars and restaurants. Outdoor screens, giant indoor screens, football parties, singalongs and special set menus are all ready and watching for the footie fans of London who don't want to miss a minute of the action from Russia – it's all on offer in London during the World Cup, you've just got to know where to go. That's where we come in – check out our fantastic guide to the coolest hangouts in London during the World Cup 2018. Bring your mates, grab a pint and get ready for kick-off.

It's a World Cup Football Party!

"It's coming home, it's coming home". Yep, that’s right, time to sing a long to classic footie tunes and grab your noisy trumpets as legendary Clapham nightclub Infernos launches ZLATANS, a World Cup themed pop-up named after the famous Swedish striker. Expect huge screens, arena style seating and singalongs galore.

Fat Ronaldo's World Cup pop-up

Another World Cup pop-up is making a reappearance in London after a successful outing during the World Cup in Brazil four years ago: Fat Ronaldo's. Having moved out of its cosy home in Old Street, Fat Ronaldo's has gone big for the World Cup in Russia, taking over the whole space at Egg London club near King's Cross. There are six indoors screens, an outdoor terrace with giant screen, as well as ticket packages that include free pizza and a pint of beer when you arrive. You can also book VIP areas if you're organising a group gathering, and everyone gets into the club later for free if you fancy continuing the celebrations after the game.

World Cup party on a boat on the river Thames

To help Londoner’s celebrate the World Cup in style this summer, Budweiser has launched a boat on to the Thames which has big screen live sport, a big bar, and an even bigger crowd. Welcome to the Bud Boat! The Boat will be running along the Thames on key game days for the duration of the knock-out stages of the World Cup tournament, and has a capacity of 300 per day. For £10 you can get exclusive access to the boat as it navigates its way up and back down the river, as well as a FREE Ice Cold Bud in a promotional Light Up the World red cup. There’s even a deck for entertainment, should you not get the outcome you want at the end of the match.

Looking for a footie party right in London's heart? Head to Studio 88 in Leicester Square and get ready for a downright cheesey time with footie's best anthems, huge screens to watch the match on and loads of beer to keep your thirst quenched. Budweiser and fries for just a tenner will keep everyone happy whilst a Champagne and Cocktail Hour runs through each fixture with a selection of cocktails for just £5 or glass of Perrier-Jouët for £5.50.

Cheer on your favourite team at The Magic Roundabout over on Old Street this World Cup 2018 where you'll be spoilt for choice for screens, treated with a wide range of beers and cocktails and can indulge in some pretty tasty street food options. Even better, there's a DJ post-match so you can celebrate winning or commiserate losing.

Catch all the latest World Cup action from your prime seat in Gigalum's fabulous Clapham beer garden where the drinks are flowing, and the food is just too good. If you're up for the party, this place is always banging with resident DJ's providing the tunes for those post-match gatherings.

Renowned lively party bar The Warwick is a Soho fave at any time of the year, but during the World Cup it becomes even more buzzing. Expect huge screens, loads of beer and a great menu of British grub. Come on England!

Fancy reserving your very own private area for your World Cup viewing? Then head to Patch and enjoy reserved screens, beer buckets, gourmet burgers and loads more. Your World Cup experience has just got even better!

Sports Bars

Boasting huge 12-foot screens, half time shows and brilliant deals on pizza and beer, Bounce in Farringdon is an obvious choice for some proper World Cup fun. You can even let off some steam with a game of ping pong.

If you're other half prefers shopping over football, get on over to Bat & Ball in Westfield Stratford where you can have the best of both worlds. Your other half can shop to their heart's content whilst you sit back over a few pints and catch the game on 12 large TV screens or two giant screens. If you've brought your whole squad, take advantage of 24 Heinekens/Ciders for the price of 20.

No, it's not a World Cup partner swap, Swingers is one of London's top venues for crazy golf and they've pulled all the stops out to ensure your World Cup 2018 is a real winner. Book yourself and your mates into a private room and tuck into food from Hackney Gelato, Made of Dough and many more plus you'll get a bucket of beer on arrival. Costs £80 per person.

Outdoor Screens

Having recently launched their brand-new garden by arts duo Gordon & Mary, Exhibit Balham will be playing host to a veritable World Cup paradise with 5 huge screens. The retractable roof means you never need worry about the weather and table service means you never need to take your eye off the match. It's a win win.

Offering a mammouth nine screens including huge outdoor screens, iconic Spitalfields pub The Water Poet is the place to be this World Cup 2018. Book yourself and your mates a private area and enjoy the football in style or reserve a table in the garden and get the best seats in the house.

Fulham favourite the King's Head Cocktail Bar & Courtyard will be dishing up the footie in their fabulous garden this summer, accompanied by a divine cocktail list and a menu of light bites and snacks.

Huge Indoor Screens

Spread out over six floors and boasting not one but four bars, Waxy O' Connors has to be a top choice for some World Cup fun in London. There are screens in every room of this giant venue, so you'll never miss a match and the pub grub menu of pies, burgers and fish and chips is certain to go down well amongst the footie fans too.

Fancy a meal to accompany the match? Then get on over to Tiger Tiger along the Haymarket and tuck into a hearty dinner whilst watching the match on their huge indoor screens.

If you're over Edgeware way, gigantic Asian food hall Bang Bang Oriental is a must visit during the World Cup. They have a huge 4 metre LED screen showing the games whilst three lucky winners will receive prizes including a £100 voucher to spend at the venue. Not bad at all!

Keep it 100% footie themed and catch a game at Café Kick in Exmouth Market. Covered from head to toe in football memorabilia and featuring five large screens to watch the game, this place is bound to be packed to the rafters during the competition.

Germany may be out of the World Cup but Munich style beer hall Bierschenke over at London Wall are still celebrating the World Cup. Grab your £20 ticket for the early knockout stages or your £30 ticket for the semis and the final and redeem against great food and plenty of beer whilst watching the beautiful game on the big screens

World Cup Restaurants

If you don't fancy all the noise of the pub and prefer to watch the big games in more tranquil, stylish surroundings, GOAT in Chelsea may be the place for you this World Cup. They're showing all the big games from the tournament in the cool DRINK Bar, whilst serving their usual fabulous menu of Italian delights.

Get on over to Jerusalem in Fitzrovia during the World Cup 2018 and enjoy some great deals whilst watching your team go all the way. If you book ahead, enjoy a beer and a burger for just a tenner or grab your mates and book for 8 bottles of beer for just £20.

Of course, London is packed with bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants showing the Football World Cup 2018 so for more options check out our Top Ten Guide to the Best Sports Bars and Pubs in London.

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