The Sports Cafe in Haymarket is one of the most popular places in London to watch live sport and visitors can expect it to be jammed come game time over the course of Euro 2012. If you're lucky enough to wrangle yourself a good spot though, this is an excellent location, right in the heart of town. With several large screens showing all the action, you'll be able to watch from pretty much any part of the bar. Tickets to watch any of the games need to be purchased in advance and will either £10 or £20, depending on the game.
Venues for any nation
The Sports Cafe
125 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 6QB
A cafe, restaurant and famed sports bar, Jetlag's giant 15ft cinema screen will provide a superb Euro 2012 viewing experience. The 7.2 cinematic surround sound will also make for an intense football experience – if you're prepared to listen to ITV's Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend at that magnitude, that is. The cinema screen is in the Lotus Lounge but, if you can't get in there, then there are plenty of flat-screens dotted around the bar so you don't miss a second. Jetlag's signature international street food will be on the menu throughout and, to mark the tournament, they have added Zywiec lager from Poland and Oberon from Ukraine to their beer list. You can book a hospitality package starting from £40 or just turn up to enjoy any game.
32 Harcourt Street, Marylebone, Marylebone, London, W1H 4HX
The Harcourt Arms is showing every match at Euro 2012, though, owing to the pub's Swedish routes, they are charging ticket prices for all three Sweden games. For just £6 you'll get access to the bar and a free drink as you watch Erik Hamren's side battle it out with England, France and hosts Ukraine. Tickets to the England game are already sold out, perhaps understandably, but you can still order yours for the other two group games. Situated just south of Regent's Park, The Harcourt Arms is a Swedish-run establishment with a relaxed atmosphere, a delightful beer garden (provided the weather's playing along) and even a Swedish Salong, a corner decorated with Swedish pictures and capable of hosting around 10 people.
127 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6JE
Tube: Old Street Station
Bar Kick is THE live football venue in London. From its humble beginnings as a small cafe and bar, complete with French table football tables, in Shoreditch in 2001, it has grown into an essential live football viewing experience. The table football still exists and is complemented by lovingly-prepared food, an extensive drinks menu and as many live football matches as they can possibly show – all in glorious 3D. Bar Kick, and Cafe Kick in Exmouth Market, will be showing every game at Euro 2012 and there is no charge or need for a ticket. Visitors would be advised to arrive early – things can and will get crowded – but if you can find yourself a decent spot then there are few better places to enjoy the action this summer.
128-132 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1LB
Every game at Euro 2012 will be screened on the 4m wide screen and the 1.5m HD screen at the Roxy Bar and Screen in Borough, making it one of the more popular places to catch the football this summer. Table and area reservations are available – some of the games don't require you to reserve your place but they will sell out fast on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to get yours quick. The bar is open till late every night so you'll be able to drown your sorrows if your team succumbs to defeat – if you're an England fan, this is a more than likely scenario.
171 North End Road, Earls Court, London, W14 9NL
Tube: West Kensington Station
With over 71,000 TV channels covering around 25% of the planet's satellite demands, it could be said that the Famous Three Kings in Fulham is utterly fanatical about providing live sport to the masses. And you can be sure that they'll relish to opportunity to welcome patrons in to enjoy every game of Euro 2012. With classic British pub food on the menu, a wide selection of beers and ales on tap and a midnight closing time, the bar has everything the quintessential English football fan, or a fan of any other nation, will need to enjoy watching their team this summer. Every game will be shown live on the main screens and you don't need to worry about tickets. The only thing to concern yourself with, however, is finding either a seat or a place to stand – this is one of London's most celebrated sports pubs and will get incredibly busy.
Temple Station, Temple Place, Holborn, London, WC2R 2PH
Tube: Temple Station
Everyone's favourite Australian-themed bar, Walkabout has always been popular with Londoners for live sport. And just because the Aussies won't be taking part in Euro 2012, there's reason to think that every game won't be shown live. Walkabout in Temple is perhaps amongst the higher ranked establishments and, following an £800,000 refurbishment, they are now aiming to be London's best live sports venue. You don't need a ticket to gain entry but, as ever, be prepared to arrive early as you can be sure of a full house for most games (especially so when England are playing). A quick peek at the drinks menu and you might feel like you're in a nightclub, with shots, cocktails and all sorts of multi-coloured alco-pops on offer but the selection of Aussie beers is good and the atmosphere is ideal for enjoying the game.
Tel: 020 7407 4057
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E1 6LA
Tube: Old Street Station
Rich Mix is teaming up with the finest in Eastern European artists, promoters and musicians as they put on a celebration of Euro 2012 throughout the tournament. With all games to be shown on a giant 15x10 foot screen, visitors can enjoy the match in style before the post game party begins. At the culmination of the last match of each day (around 9.30pm), an Eastern European themed carnival begins with art exhibitions, DJ nights, album launches, spoken word mash-ups and European food and drink. If you really want to throw yourself into Euro 2012 but can't afford flights out to Poland and Ukraine, then this is the next best thing.
Events at Rich Mix Centre
Thursday 1st September 2016 - 8pm | £7-£9
Italian folk dance group formed in London, UK in 2011 by a group of passionate expats from the sub-peninsula Salento, performing a joyful and energetic selection of pizzica and roots music from all over the ...
Friday 2nd September 2016 - 6.15pm | Free, booking required
A fun, friendly, and creative exploration of the themes of Home Is Where...
Friday 2nd September 2016 - 7.30pm | £8-£10
Amy Clare Tasker Performance Lab presents a contemporary performance using headphone verbatim, music, movement and multimedia to explore themes of culture, identity and belonging.
Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September 2016 - 9.30am | £150
A short course aimed at those who already have some experience of telling traditional tales.
Saturday 3rd September 2016 - 8pm | £16.50, concs £14.50
Former rock music geek Ryan Lee West supplies earthy electronica built around synths, guitars and acoustic instruments.
The Casino at The Empire, 5-6 Leicester Square, Soho, London, WC2H 7NA
Just in time for the Euro 2012, The Casino at the Empire launched its first ever Carlsberg Sports Bar on the 4th June. With Carlsberg being the official beer of Euro 2012 it seemed only fair that they have their very own viewing spot in the heart of London. Situated inside one of London's largest casinos - which boasts two restaurants, four bars and 30 gaming tables - the bar offers plenty of opportunity to continue the celebrations once the final whistle has been blown. The glitzy interior of the casino is typically Las Vagas - plenty of crystals, mirrors, showgirls and no natural daylight so you never need to know what time of day - or night - it is. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week, the bar offers a full food menu, a number of UK beers and will be screening all major sporting events - Wimbledon, The Olympics, Royal Ascot, US Open and the British Open - throughout the summer. That calls for a Carlsberg.
Competition: LondonTown has teamed up with the Carlsberg Sports Bar at The Casino at The Empire who are giving away a VIP night for one lucky reader. With a roped off section exclusive to the winner and five friends, the night will include complimentary food and drinks, and £20 gaming chips each.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:
How long is the Wimbledon tournament?
a) 2 days
b) 2 weeks
c) 2 months
Send your answer along with full contact details (name, address, phone number) to firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Friday 6th July 2012. Include 'Carlsberg VIP' in the subject header. The VIP evening is available for a night of your choice before the 31st July 2012. First name out of the hat wins - good luck!
IN THIS ARTICLE
The Sports Cafe
Jetlag Sports Bar
Roxy Bar & Screen
Famous 3 Kings
Rich Mix Centre
The Casino at The Empire - Carlsberg Sports Bar
Watching Euro 2012 in London
Places to watch Spain
Places to watch Italy
Places to watch Portugal
Places to watch Germany
Places to watch France
Places to watch Greece
Places to watch England
Watching Czech Republic
Places to watch Croatia
Places to watch Ireland
Places to watch Holland
Places to watch Russia
Places to watch Denmark
Places to watch Poland
Places to watch Sweden
Places to watch Ukraine
Venues for any nation
- Places to watch Spain
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