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You've typed "sports bars near me", "football on tonight", or "pubs showing football near me" into your phone and you're ready to WhatsApp your mates the results. Lads, let's meet at one of these sports bars or pubs; they've got big screen live sports action! Use this top 10 guide to the London's best sports bars for all live TV coverage of FIFA World Cup football matches, plus live football games on Sky such as the Champions League, Premier League, and the FA Cup. They also screen Wimbledon tennis, Formula 1 Racing, 6 Nations and Heineken Cup Rugby, International Test and One-Day Cricket, masters golf, ice hockey, NFL football, baseball, and horse racing. Leave your BT sport tv guide at home! Live football streaming is best done in London's top bars and pubs. Image courtesy of Abir Anwar.
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
Bar Kick is the best sports bar in Shoreditch. The bar's football mad atmosphere is excitable, bringing different nations and supporters together over a game of live football. This sports bar is screening every game of the World Cup, from the opening game - Russia vs. Saudi Arabia - until the final, plus all England games. Live matches are screened on 60- and 80-inch TVs, and the Bonzini football/fussball tables keep you entertained during half time. This is where football fans come to watch a football match in the same heightened, ram-packed environment as a football stadium. HAPPY HOUR every day 4 to 7pm - bottles of house beer £2.50, and all monthly cocktails reduced to £4.95.
Victoria / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
Greenwood sports bar near Victoria Station is a sports fan's field of dreams - it has 19 screens, including a super projector, screening all competitive domestic and international sport (football, rugby, cricket, tennis, formula 1, you name it) throughout the day and night. Plus, there's an American 8-Ball pool table and two Shuffleboard tables - the perfect entertainment for half time and pre- and post-match. Some areas can be booked for semi-private viewings if you're organising a World Cup get-together for friends or colleagues to watch the games together (the bar is screening all the games live). Plenty of space and slightly more stylish than your average sports bar in London.
Riley's Sports Bar, Haymarket
St James / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Bar
Even if you're not that keen on watching live sport when you're out in London, Riley's Sports bar on Haymarket is equipped with enough sport for you to play which will easily distract you: English pool tables; darts boards; table football; and ping pong tables. However, for all the World Cup football, cricket, Formula 1, rugby, boxing and golf fans out there, this sports bar has 34 TVs screening 70 different live sports channels (including Sky Sports and BT Sports) from around the world and maybe the biggest sports screen in London. Basically, if they're not showing it, then it's not on tonight. For a private event, the Players Lounge has its own bar, a 3 metre HD screen and 3 plasmas.
Sports Bar & Grill
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Bar
Sports Bar & Grill may not have the most imaginative bar name London has ever encountered, but it does exactly what it says on the tin, and because of that it's one of the best Farringdon bars for an after-work pint and a feed if you work near Farringdon, Barbican, St Paul's, Moorgate, Chancery Lane or Clerkenwell. During the World Cup, football fans can also book ahead to reserve their own priority seating, as well as sharing beer towers and a bunch of MatchPint rewards are up for grabs so you can claim free beers simply by checking into the venue on your social media channel of choice. Big screen live sport action in the City of London. Download
Carlsberg Sports Bar
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: English
If Carlsberg did sports bars.... well, guess what! While they may not necessarily be the best in the world, the flagship London Carlsberg sports bar in Leicester Square's Empire Casino combines televised live sport, casual gambling and hearty food with an admirable deftness of touch and a fantastic West End atmosphere. The two giant screens showing football, AFL, NFL, Formula 1, and boxing is hugely popular so book ahead of major sporting events to gain access to the exclusive inner circle, featuring table service, comfy sofas and one of the biggest plasma screens to ever grace the West End. Plus, it's open 24 hours so maybe book the next day off work.
The Famous Three Kings
Kensington / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
The Famous Three Kings won Best Sports Pub in 2016 AND 2017 at the Great British Pub awards. It's fair to say that they know live sport. With more screens than any sports fan could ever dream of and boasting access to over 71,000 TV Channels (25% of the world's satellite capacity), The Famous Three Kings sports pub is a great choice to watch live World Cup football, international rugby and test cricket. The pub can accommodate more than one game at a time with ease using separate areas, leaving no game unwatched. You can grab five tapas dishes for £17, or 30 sticky chicken wings for £12.75, plus there's lots of craft beer. Now if that isn't evidence of live sports fanaticism, what is?
Clapham / Bar / Club /
With a gigantic 24ft wide-screen and enough space for a large crowd of sports fans, The Clapham Grand is the ideal venue to enjoy the ultimate live sport experience. They also have two 8ft x 6ft HD screens and six 50 inch plasma televisions. During the football World Cup, they will only be screening a few games, mainly the England matches, and you'll need to buy £5 tickets to gain entry (early bird tickets get a free beer!). There will also be DJs playing your favourite songs and football anthems to sing along to. There's also popcorn and hot dog machines, a massive pie warmer, a themed photo booth and loads of giveaways. Basically, it's just like Wembley, only better.
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pizza
Bounce ping pong bar in Farringdon may not immediately seem like the most likely place to watch live sport on TV. However, now that the World Cup in Russia is here, Bounce is now the home of football. For all the England, France, Germany and Australia games, this is the sports bar for you. As well as the two 12ft HD screens, and variety of smaller HD screens dotted around the venue, there will be live trumpets and drums so that you can sing your favourite football chants along with the rest of the crowd, plus private rooms which have their own bar, ping pong tables and 8ft screens. The sister bar at Old Street will be screening all England, Spain, Poland and Brazil matches. Download
Broadway Bar and Grill
Fulham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
if you're organising a World Cup get-together in west London, Broadway Bar and Grill pub is always screening live sports in Fulham. Being so close to Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge stadium, it's little wonder that this sports bar is crazy about football. There are 8 HD plasma screens dotted around the ground floor, 360 views of the game wherever you are stood. There's also a HD plasma screen in the private dining room upstairs in the Brasa restaurant if you want to organise your own private World Cup party. The Sky Sports Ultimate package this bar boasts means different games can be shown simultaneously if need be. ESPN is also available. Just don't mention any team that doesn't play in blue.
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: American
Roadhouse Covent Garden is ordinarily a boozy, American feed, dance and hook-up joint in the West End. For June and July, however, it has suddenly got an appetite for football. Every World Cup match will be televised at Roadhouse, on four giant screens, as well as smaller plasma screens if you are on your way to the loo/bar. Live bands will be providing an atmosphere worthy of a premiership stadium, plus happy hours and drinks packages can be purchased to keep you blued to the action during the games. Booking is highly recommended. This is a great sports bar during the World Cup if you want to meet your mates somewhere in central London zone 1. Download
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