Places to watch Portugal
The area around Lambeth, Vauxhall and Stockwell has nearly 30,000 Portuguese ex-pat residents - the largest community outside Portugal - and so there's only one area in London to watch Cristiano Ronaldo perfect his step-overs in Poland and Ukraine this summer. Heading down this way over will be a colourful affair, with green and red Portuguese flags certain to adorn many a windowsill. Runners-up in 2004, Portugal have the skill to dazzle – but they will find it tough to progress from a group that includes both Germany and Holland. At just 43 years old, their coach Paolo Bento is young for the international scene and will rely on captain fantastic Ronaldo to make the difference – particularly with his side's shaky defence. Expect the Portuguese to get a lot of extra support from London's huge South American population.
Sunday 9 June, 7.45pm – Germany 1-0 Portugal
Thursday 13 June, 5pm – Denmark 2-3 Portugal
Monday 17 June, 7.45pm – Portugal 2-1 Netherlands
- QUALIFIED RUNNER-UP IN GROUP B -
QUARTER FINAL: Thursday 21 June, 7.45pm - Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal
SEMI FINAL: Wednesday 27 June, 7.45pm - Portugal v Spain
Tel: 020 7793 1051
111 South Lambeth Road, Lambeth, London, SW8 1UZ
Tube: Vauxhall Station
The lively Bar Estrela in Stockwell has an authentic Portuguese clientele that gathers around the two mounted TVs whenever the national side - or Porto - are in action. The area is know as Little Portugal and is also home to Porto's London supporters club along with a cluster of other bars and restaurants which are all football mad.
Tel: 020 7924 0218
135 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London, SW9 9TN
Tube: Brixton Station
One of the other popular Portugal spots in the area is O Cantinho de Portugal on the south end of Stockwell Road, where the beer is cheap, the food authentic and the atmosphere as if you really have just walked in off the street in Lisbon.
Tel: 020 7735 3417
152 Old South Lambeth Road, Lambeth, London, SW8 1XX
Tube: Vauxhall Station
The Nacional on Old South Lambeth Road, formerly known as the Vasco Da Gama, is another favourite haunt in an area where you're really spoilt for choice. With some tasty bottled Iberian lagers (including the silky Super Bock), a tapas menu and some passionate Latin customers it's easy to imagine you're down a backstreet in Lisbon. If you don't fancy the trip south of the river, there's quite a big Portuguese population around Notting Hill too.