The 2018 World Cup is fast approaching, beginning on the 14th of June the tournament runs until the 15th of July. This Summer the cup will take place in Russia, making it the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany, and the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe. So where will you be watching?! There’s a total of 64 matches… that’s a lot of football, and we want to make sure you can enjoy each and every one of them. Lots of great venues across London will be showing games, so in case you were unable jet off to Russia, we’ve rounded up our top five picks of bars and exclusive venues to catch all the action.
A Trip to Paradise at Tropicana Beach Club
New London Theatre Parker Street, London, WC2B 5PW
Want a taste of the beach life this summer without having to step foot out of the city? Well then this one’s for you, as you’re invited to enjoy the World Cup action in the comfort of London’s favourite party paradise. Complete with giant screens, surround sound, drink deals and entertainment, Tropicana Beach Club will be throwing tropical themed celebrations throughout the Summer whilst showing all of the England games for your viewing pleasure. Catch all the World Cup games from the comfort of themed beach huts complete with table football, beer pong, and beach games – what could be better! Tropicana Beach Club offers bookable spaces and is a unique destination for anyone looking for a little escape from the hustle and bustle of London.
The Piazza Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8BE
Pay a visit to Covent Garden this World Cup season as The Roadhouse has all your football needs covered with every single game being shown throughout June and July. Unmissable drink deals, burgers and huge screens will keep you on the edge of your seat whilst you have a front-row view of the action with air conditioning and ice-cold beers to keep you cool. Make sure not to miss out on the entertainment either, such as musical bingo, as well as competitions and giveaways on select match days.
A Summer of Sport at The Riverside
Hamilton House 5 St George’s Wharf, London, SW8 2LE
Located just South of the river, near Vauxhall tube station, the action will kick off on big screens throughout this pub from 14th June. What makes this venue stand out from the rest of pubs offering this though? WELL, simply book a table during one of the England matches for 4 or more guests, and you’ll get your first round of drinks on the house! The first England game is scheduled for Monday 18th June against Tunisia, so get those bookings in early for the best seats in the house.
Want to make this sporting event super special? Then why not go all out and snag yourself a private space! If, like most of us, you won’t be making it out to Russia, watching from the comfort of your own private area in London is surely the next best thing. Watching England is always stressful enough, without having to wrestle through a packed-out pub to try and get a good view or queue at a bar until half-time just to get a pint. One of these private hire screenings could be the solution…
Belushi’s and the Dugout
161-165 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR
If sport is your thing, then The Dugout bar set on the lower ground floor has got you covered. As the home of live sports in London, delivering un-ending entertainment, food and drink, Belushi’s and the Dugout is the ultimate venue for your private World Cup screening. The venue is just a short walk from London Bridge and Borough tube stations, and offers great experiences every night of the week, served up across state of the art screens and technology. It’s recently been refurbished, and the new open plan design and spacious bar is now set across two levels, promoting an American feel with a Rock & Roll décor. So, if you’re looking for a chilled location to catch all of the action with you closest football-crazy mates, the Dugout Caves offers the perfect package for you, stocked with game consoles, beer pong and much more. You can also take full advantage of their long happy hours, which includes beer buckets, 2 for 1 cocktails, jugs of beer and cider plus a range of sharing platters and buckets of wings for just £10, every day from 5-8pm.
Steak with a side of Football
2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8HP
Searching for a slightly more refined evening? Then M Restaurant on Threadneedle Street seems like the perfect option for you. Serving the finest steaks in London, this stunning, multifaceted venue in the heart of the City houses a 120-cover grill restaurant, 100-cover private members lounge, a destination cocktail bar, a wine-tasting room and a secret den. Not only can you enjoy the World Cup with a delicious two-course steak dinner complimented with drinks, but you can watch the game in your very own private dining room – fancy!