We don’t know about you, but we weren’t able to get flights out to Brazil this summer. But if you’re still in Blighty when it all kicks off, you can still enjoy all the atmosphere of Rio, and maybe (fingers crossed) with just as much sun. We’ve found five fun places to watch our lads make their journey to World Cup glory.
Image: Café Football
The Street, Westfield Stratford City, E20 1EN
One place you know will do the football in style is Café Football; after all, the clue’s in the name. With both Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs leading this enterprise, you know Rio will be the café’s priority. Since there are 16 screens dotted around the venue, you won’t miss a single second of the drama, even when you’re ordering your next pint. Café Football also has some great cocktails and beers, so it’s guaranteed to have the right atmosphere. And thanks to an extended license, no one will be leaving before the penalty shootout – at which stage, hopefully, you won’t be crying into your pint.
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35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA
One of our favourite independent cinemas and social enterprises is offering you a chance to watch the footy with the atmosphere of a London pub, but with none of the price mark-ups. You can watch for free in the main bar, or submerge yourself into Brazilian culture with a mezzanine package. These VIP packages combine authentic cuisine with delicious Brazilian cocktails and an unobstructed view. Rich Mix will surround itself in all things Rio with Brazilian music and art and activities before and after games.
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The Big Chill Bar
Dray Walk, Shoreditch, E1 6QL
The Big Chill Bar will provide punters with both indoor and outdoor coverage of the games. There’ll be a 55” plasma outside for when the sun is shining and two smaller screens inside for when the inevitable happens. It’s good to be prepared after all!
And if that isn’t enough, you’re just a short dribble from Brick Lane, which is packed with curry houses, bars, and trendy night spots. So no matter how England does, you haven’t got far to go to find the perfect place to celebrate or commiserate afterwards.
Image: Clapham Grand
21-25 St. John’s Hill, Clapham Junction, SW11 1TT
If great establishments are ones that truly know their audience, then The Clapham Grand is one of the best in London. Based down in south London, The Clapham Grand will not only be showing England matches, but also Australian, New Zealand, and South African, as well as the knock out stages. This will all be on a 40m screen. That’s right, not 40”, 40m! Just think how tense penalties will be on a screen that size.
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Carlsberg Sports Bar
The Casino at The Empire, 5-6 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA
If Carlsberg did sports bars… Oh wait, now they do! This trendy hang out in the Empire Casino, just off bustling Leicester Square, is an exclusive spot away from the crowded central London venues. Living up to its famous strapline, this is one very chic bar. With a trendy vibe and state of the art televisions, you’ll be able to relax with friends without worrying that someone is going to pour your pint all over you.