Watching Czech Republic
Recent research found that the Czech Republic is the biggest beer drinker of all the Euro 2012 finalists - which bodes well for London's pubs. There are around 4,000 Czech-born people in London according to a census done in 2001 with most popular neighbourhoods being Golders Green, Finchley and Highgate. Famous Czech faces in London include Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky, both of whom should turn out for their national side in Euro 2012. Having squeezed into the tournament via a playoff, expectations are low for the Czech Republic – but Czech fans will have a good choice of places where they can cheer on their team in the capital. And given the quality of Czech beer, you'd expect a few neutrals to come along for the ride... Here are some of the best places in London to watch Czech Republic play in Euro 2012.
Czech Republic Games
Friday 8 June, 7.45pm: Russia 4-1 Czech Republic
Tuesday 12 June, 5pm: Greece 1-2 Czech Republic
Saturday 16 June, 7.45pm: Czech Republic 1-0 Poland
- QUALIFIED TOP OF GROUP A -
QUARTER FINAL: Thursday 21 June, 7.45pm - Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal
- KNOCKED OUT AFTER QUARTER FINALS -
Tel: 020 7372 1193
74 West End Lane, London, NW6 2LX
Tube: West Hampstead Station
Founded in 1946, the Czechoslovak National House in West Hampstead serves the Czech and Slovak community living and visiting the capital – and anyone else wishing to experience a slice of Czech and Slovakian heritage in north London. Fully licensed and boasting a homely and intimate atmosphere, this will be an ideal haunt to watch the Czech Republic's group games in Euro 2012. The bar serves famous Czech beers Pilsner Urquell, Budvar and Kozel on draught, plus has Zlaty Bazant, Gambrinus and Staropramen in bottles. The adjoining restaurant offers delicacies such as goulash, pork knuckle, roast goose and schnitzels, while there are individual rooms to hire in the building. For those wishing to carry on the party, guests will be granted free entry to the nearby club Lately, at 175 West End Lane. For more information please visit www.czechandslovakclub.co.uk.
Tel: 020 7739 9110
6 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, E2 8DA
Tube: Old Street Station
The original Bar Prague, this Shoreditch bar/cafe/lounge gas a nice European feel to it with exposed brick, bohemian-inspired touches and intimate seating. It was a hit for Czech Republic fans during the recent 2012 Ice Hockey World Championships so expect a similar set-up for the Euros. By day a relaxed cafe with free wifi, friendly staff and delicious coffee, Bar Prague comes alive in the evenings – primarily due to it boasting one of London's largest selection of premium Czech lagers. If you want to watch the Czech Republic's qualifying games with real fans and real Czech beer, then Bar Prague in Shoreditch might as well be in Wenceslas Square.
Tel: 020 3609 2616
43 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 2SF
Tube: Angel Station
The sister bar to its older brother in Shoreditch, Bar Prague-Angel promises an electric atmosphere throughout Euro 2012. If the 2012 Ice Hockey World Championships in May are anything to go by then this will be the number one destination for young Czech football fans this summer. Four huge projectors and excellent sound makes watching football in this open-brick, warehouse-style bar a real delight. Bar Prague-Angel also boasts London's biggest selection of Czech lagers – including 10 bottled beers (such as Regent Light and Dark, Radegast, Staropramen and the rare Gambrinus) and three draught beers (Kozel, Pilsner Urquell and Dark Budvar). At half time, soak up the alcohol with a selection of typical Czech snacks such as marinated cheese, pickled sausage and Czech pate. And if the Czech Republic beat Poland in their final group game on Saturday to qualify for the knock-out stages, expect a huge party as the bar turns to a nightclub with top DJs from around the world.