The Best Places To Watch The World Cup 2018
While London is always a great place to eat and drink, this city thrives on sporting events – especially during the World Cup. Bars and pubs pull out all the stops with huge screens, football-themed dishes hit the menu and drinks are flowing even more than usual. The World Cup has officially taken the city by storm, or should we say, HurriKane (COME ON ENGLAND!). But deciding where to watch every match is almost as annoying as explaining what offside is – we’ve got you covered with our top picks.
Smiths of Smithfield
With billions of people watching the World Cup, we need somewhere with plenty of room. After an extensive refurbishment, the revamped Smiths of Smithfield spreads their dining and drinking experience across four floors, and more importantly, screens every match on multiple TVs. Before or after the game, you can continue to feel patriotic at Smiths’ British grill, offering dishes such as Hampshire lamb rack or smoked pork loin steak, or enjoy hearty pub classics at the café and bar.
Smiths of Smithfield, 67–77 Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ
Spritz & Giggles
In celebration of the sporting events, London’s new summer pop-up bar Spritz & Giggle transforms into Sports & Giggles, adding foosball tables and TV screens to its colourful set-up. Bringing relaxing beach vibes to the city, you can sit back and watch the game on comfortable beanbags, sip on ice-cold beers or enjoy a special football frosé – made especially for the big games.
Spritz & Giggles, 37 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
The Enchanted Garden
Known for their seasonal-themed venues, Last Days of Shoreditch launches The Enchanted Garden with World Cup screenings alongside its usual mouthwatering line-up of street food and cocktails. Think Cheeky Burgers with big melted chunks of stilton, loaded fries by Smokey Tails and perfectly puffy Neapolitan pizza by the Crust Bros. Sorry, we got a slightly distracted here, but this is the ideal spot for both football and food.
The Enchanted Garden, 288 Old Street, EC1V 9LA
The Little Blue Door
If you’re the kind of person that prefers to watch the World Cup in the comfort of your own home, The Little Blue Door might just tickle your fancy. Fulham’s newest neighbourhood bar and restaurant is designed to look like a real-life home, featuring a living room, kitchen and private study. You can book the private study to watch the footy, complete with a pool table and retro gaming consoles to get you into the competitive spirit, and feast on snacks from the global-inspired tapas menu.
The Little Blue Door, 871-873 Fulham Rd, SW6 5HP
The Prince at West Brompton Crossing
Transforming The Prince of Wales pub into a food and drink destination couldn’t have come at a better time. The new Prince at West Brompton Crossing includes four restaurants, three bars and a garden, seating up to 600 people – we’re pretty sure there’s room for all of us here. They will be screening the World Cup in their garden, which is adorned with beautiful flowers that you can appreciate at half-time.
The Prince at West Brompton Crossing, 14 Lillie Road, SW6 1TT
Featured image: Smiths of Smithfield