8 places to watch the World Cup in London

November 24, 2022Bea Squires0

Find out where to watch the World Cup in London (to 18 Dec 2022), from pubs to beer halls.

For the first time in history, the FIFA World Cup is being held in winter rather than summer because of the extreme heat in its host country, Qatar. England beat Iran 6:2 in their first game and their next will be against the USA on Friday 25th November at 7pm. However, fixtures are taking place every day. Here is our pick of some of the best places to watch the World Cup in London.


Arcade Food Hall


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This huge serviced food court on Oxford Street from the team behind Hoppers is usually buzzing, so imagine how ramped up the atmosphere is during the World Cup. Watch all 64 matches of the tournament live over six large screens. Expect beer towers, jelly shots, live music and a World Cup menu that includes sharing snacks, mains and a glass of beer or wine for £45. For an ultra-special experience the Arcade Games Room has a private screen, pool table and free-flowing keg. www.arcadefoodhall.com


The Lensbury Hotel
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After hosting the Lionesses this summer The Lensbury in Richmond is showing its support for more of England’s football legends. The brand-new football menu will be available during all of the Lions matches. Try tasty fish tacos, crispy chicken wings, arancini and more. The hotel is known for its sporting facilities, including 2 UEFA-sized football pitches, 22 first-class tennis courts, a state-of-the-art gym and a heated indoor pool with thermal suites. www.lensbury.com





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For something a little more upmarket, Ganymede bar and restaurant in prestigious Belgravia caters to fans of both food and footy alike with its World Cup Menu and across-the-board screenings. Book your table in a comfortable booth and dig into dishes such as a fillet steak sandwich, fish and chips or a burger in a brioche bun. www.ganymedelondon.co.uk


Big Penny Social


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With its huge heated bar hall with two screens and 98 beer taps spanning four bars, Big Penny Social in Walthamstow is certainly well-equipped. Check the website for the full list of screenings. England games get special treatment though, with a marching live brass band, DJs and live music. www.bigpennysocial.co.uk


Vinegar Yard


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It may be winter but you can still watch the game outside if you want some fresh air! Vinegar Yard – an urban garden next to The Shard and London Bridge station – screens all games on its alfresco screen with shelter in case of bad weather. Tuck into pizza and Bacardi-based cocktails to warm you up. Tickets (from £25) are available for all England games. www.vinegaryard.london


Flat Iron Square


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Take a pew under the arches, in the garden or in the taproom (all of which are heated) to watch the game in this popular Bermondsey bar, food and music venue. Non-England games are non-ticketed but tables are bookable via the website. For England games, purchase tickets from £11.25 including one drink. Street-food-style stalls serve up everything from falafel to BBQ’d meats. www.flatironsquare.co.uk


The Wigmore


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This chic pub attached to the Langham Hotel in Piccadilly is comfortable and spacious and serves a top-notch menu overseen by the esteemed chef, Michel Roux Jr. Try elevated pub classics such as salt beef pie and buttered crumpets with crab. Tables can be booked via the website. www.the-wigmore.co.uk


Bar Kick

This fun, vibrant bar in Shoreditch is a paradise for sports lovers, with 12 (yes, 12!) screens set across two floors, a foosball table and grub galore including dirty burgers and fried chicken. Showing all of the live fixtures, the entire ground floor is available for walk-ins, but buy your tickets (£25) at the door for all England games. www.barkicklondon.com


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