254 Hackney Rd, London E2 7SJ, UK
The Marksman is doing a different spin on the World Cup, offering a feasting menu of curried lamb bun with spiced yoghurt, grilled curried chicken with sourdough roti and tomato & curry leaf salad, and an apple & cardamom sorbet for screenings of England games in the main pub and dining room. You can go for regular table service or push the boat out and hire the private cellar rooms for a chef’s table feast.
BEST FOR: POSH GRUB
11 Macclesfield St, London W1D 5BW, UK
The Netherlands may not be playing in this year’s World Cup so Dutch pub De Hems won’t be quite as raucous as usual. It’s still a great place to watch the games though and their bar is stocked with loads of Dutch and Belgian beers on draught. Maybe the Belgian fans will take it over for the tournament?
BEST FOR: EUROPEAN BEER
THE JUGGED HARE
49 Chiswell St, London EC1Y 4SA, UK
As well as screening the footy out on their terrace, The Jugged Hare is getting into the spirit with limited-edition sliders inspired by some of the teams in action, so you can tuck into a Russian smoked sausage and pickled beetroot patty or a Moroccan lamb, harissa mayo and tzatziki burger whilst watching the games.
BEST FOR: THEMED FOOD
HAND OF GLORY
240 Amhurst Road Dalston London E8 2BS
Wild Dog is going all out with the Wild Cup food menu at the Hand of Glory. Chow down on a Harry Kane hotdog, a Danny Welgood chicken burger or Jessy Lingz spicy wings whilst cheering on the lads.
BEST FOR: FOOD PUNS
THE LONDON EDITION
The London EDITION, 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP, UK
Tottenham Court Road
The London EDITION has teamed up with Bad Sports for this year’s World Cup. There’ll be DJs, podcast recordings and half-time quizzes, Bad Sports cocktails and tacos cooked by Phil Carmichael of Berners Tavern.
BEST FOR: TACOS & MARGS
40 Cowcross St, London EC1M 6BY, UK
As you might guess from the name, Cafe Kick is all about the football. The place is decked out in memorabilia and they’ve got table football for you to jump on whist you watch the real thing being screened.
BEST FOR: TABLE FOOTBALL
Infernos Nightclub, 146 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UH, UK
The big man himself won’t be there but the pop-up named in his honour is taking over Infernos with a massive screen, arena-style seating, a brass band and footie sing-a-longs. Probably the closest you can get to actually being at one of the matches.
BEST FOR: CHANTS
54 Formosa St, London W9 2JU
Catch all the World Cup action canal-side at The Waterway in Maida Vale. They’ll be beers and barbecue aplenty too, so who says you have to be in an overcrowded pub to cheer on your team?
BEST FOR: TERRACE VIBES
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR, UK
Newly-opened Brigadiers is screening the 2018 World Cup games in the Blighters Tavern main bar and The Pool Room, and whilst you’re cheering on your team, you can feast on Indian BBQ, beers and whisky. You can also book a private dining room for a group and they’ll chuck the game on those screens for you too.
BEST FOR: INDIAN BBQ
THE WATER POET
9-11 Folgate St, London E1 6BX, UK
Shoreditch High Street
The Water Poet has nine huge screens throughout the pub and garden for you to catch the World Cup games on, including a giant cinema screen in the cellar bar. If you’re going as a group, you can book private areas and tables to make sure you get a good spot.
BEST FOR: CELLAR CINEMA
38 Kennington Park Rd, London SE11 4RR, UK
As a sports bar you’d expect Greenwood to be on top of all the World Cup action, and you’d be absolutely right. They’ve got a whopping 19 screens to show the games as well as self-pouring beer taps and even shuffleboard, so you can have a little game of your own at half time.
BEST FOR: SCREENS