World Cup 2014: Where to watch it in London

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World Cup Carnival


For a whole month this summer the world will be going football crazy - and London is no exception. Ensuring those of us who won't be hopping on a plane to Brazil can still soak up the atmosphere of the World Cup 2014, many of London's bars and pubs will be hosting special screenings and events. Plus, there will be a whole host of pop ups, parties and carnivals to choose from. So, for those who don't fancy standing behind a pillar in the local Wetherspoons, read on to discover the best places to watch the games in London.

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World Cup Carnival

The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station


Dates: 12th June - 13th July 2014


Don't worry if you're not able to travel to Brazil for the World Cup 2014, the World Cup Carnival is bringing Brazil to London. Taking place in the Waterloo Vaults, the carnival will be open every day to ensure every game becomes a giant party. There will be hundreds of cheering fans, a 5 metre wide screen, carnival entertainment, games, food, booze and, of course, football. The entertainment will vary dependent on which teams are playing, with nights themed in honour of the leading team. You'll be able to knock back the tequilas when Mexico play Brazil, dance to a drumming band and feast on empanadas when Argentina face Nigeria, and party like it's 1966 when England take on Uruguay. Tickets from 6.


Globe House

37 Bermondsey Street, , London, SE1 3JW

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 12th June - 13th July 2014


Billed as the 'ultimate World Cup pop up', Globe House on Bermondsey Street offers two different viewing experiences under one roof. Upstairs is the Home Bar, an informal option that has no reservations or cover charge. A 30-foot long bar will serve beers from every country in the tournament as well as Jose Cuervo and blood orange slushies. The games will be screened on a giant screen and a foosball table is on hand for half-time entertainment. Downstairs meanwhile is the Away Bar, which will take reservations for larger groups. Legendary bartender Jim Wrigley, of Made In The Shade, will serve up themed cocktails and girls in football strips will provide table service. Stone baked pizzas from local pizzeria, Pizza Lupa, will be available at both bars for 10.


World Cup Dinner Dance

Secret Location, , London, XX1 0LL



Dates: 14th June 2014


In honour of the World Cup 2014, Disappearing Dining Club are hosting a one-night-only World Cup Dinner Dance. Guests will be treated to a Brazilian-themed feast, with dishes such as Bacalao Croquettes, Coxinha Dumplings, Salt-grilled Picanha with Salpicau Salad and Red Rice & Black Beanson the menu. Plus, there will be Half Time Caipirinhas and Brazilian-style Banoffee Pie. After dinner, there will be the opportunity to party the night away, choosing between a room with DJs and a late-night football lounge where England's opening World Cup group game against Italy will be screened. Ticket prices range from 11 to 56.


SushiSamba Mundial

SushiSamba, Heron Tower, 38th Floor, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY



Dates: 12th June - 13th July 2014


To celebrate the World Cup in true Brazilian style head to SushiSamba, where all the games will be screened with a side serving of Brazilian food, drinks and contests. The special food menu will feature treats such as braised pork belly lettuce wraps, mundial rolls, chimichurri and brigadeiros (traditional Brazilian chocolates). While there will also be a number of special cocktails including lashings of caipirinha! There will also be the chance to win a trip to Brazil.


Bounce World Cup Parties

Bounce Farringdon, 121 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD

Tube: Chancery Lane Station , Farringdon Station


Dates: From 14th June 2014


Bounce will be hosting a party for every England game in the World Cup, with the action shown on two 10ft cinematic screens. Each party will offer a Bounce official England two man brass band, treating fans to a number of rousing football anthems; a half-time game show hosted by Bounce World Cup mascot Marvin Striker, who will hand out red and yellow cards that provide punters with a free drink; and special World Cup Cocktails, including Gerrard's Gin Spritz, Extra Thyme and Apple-Jack Wilshere Slims. There will also be beer, pizza, ping pong and after-game celebrations with DJ Pete Pong spinning a number of party anthems. Entry is free but advanced registration is recommended.


Carlsberg Sports Bar

The Casino at The Empire, 5-6 Leicester Square, Soho, London, WC2H 7NA

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station


If Carlsberg did sports bars, it would probably be your chosen venue to watch the World Cup. So, lucky for you, they do! Open 24 hours, 7 days a week, the sleek bar will be screening every game throughout the tournament on its multiple screens. Located within a casino, which boasts two restaurants, four bars and 30 gaming tables, there will also be plenty of half-time entertainment to keep you occupied. Specially-themed meals will be at the centre of the menu, with Italian, German, Brazilian, Spanish, French, Argentinian, American and English options available.


Zebrano Soho

18 Greek Street, Soho, Soho, London, W1D 4DS

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station


Zebrano Soho is inviting every nationality to celebrate the World Cup in its bar this June and July. The venue will be transformed for the occasion, with unique football decorations and every match will be shown across multiple screens. Each country will have its own specially crafted menu or there will be the option of enjoying a gourmet burger and a pint for just 8. Check the bar's official website for the full schedule and further details - booking is recommended.


Whirled Cup

Whirled Cinema, 259-260 Hardess Street, London, SE24 0HN

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 12th June - 13th July 2014


The Whirled Cinema had to screen this summer's games simply to title the series the Whirled Cup. Hidden within some railway arches in Loughborough Junction, the intimate members-only cinema provides a relaxing environment to enjoy the games. The best of the group games, all the quarters, semis and finals will be shown, as well as a number of classic football films and documentaries, ultimate goal compilations and a Fifa14 video game tournament. Craft beers and World Cup themed dogs, sausages and relishes will also be available. Tickets are 6 and 12, pre-book to ensure a place.



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Dates: 12th June - 13th July 2014


One of the most obvious destinations to watch the World Cup in London has to be Guanabara, the Latin-themed bar that is sure to put on a hell of a party. The bar will screen every Brazil match and most of the England games, re-creating a Brazilian carnival with samba dancers, capoeira performers and football freestylers. All the action will be screen on six large screens and two 60 inch LED screens. Other games will be screened in other areas of the bar with headphones to create a 'silent football' experience. Brazilian bar snacks such as bolinho de bacalhau (salt cod fishcakes), spicy fried chicken and cassava chips will fuel the cheering and whooping.


The Gabbi's Head


Ladies listen up: If you're set to become a football widow for the next month or are dreading the moment when your local turns into a football crazed sweat fest, Benefit Cosmetics have a solution. Their very own BenePub, The Gabbi's Head, is popping up in Covent Garden from 12th June to 13th July. The women-only venue is a girly haven that allows you to watch the games while getting beautified at the same time. Yes it's stereotypically pink and pretty but with the tempting lure of cocktails, wine tasting, beauty treatments and a calendar of enticing events, we're pretty sure it might become our second home for the next thirty days.


Rileys Sports Bar

80 Haymarket, St James's, London, SW1W 9QJ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station


With 34 screens showing more than 70 sports channels, Rileys Sports Bar can justify their claims of being 'the best place for sports in London'. Therefore, it seems an obvious choice for watching all the action throughout the World Cup. Furthermore, the bar boasts pool and ping pong table, four bars, DJ nights, a restaurant and a room with a capacity of 600 - so they'll be plenty to keep you entertained at half-term and during post-game celebrations/commiserations.



Gaucho - City, 1 Bell Inn Yard, London, EC3V 0BL

Tube: Monument Station , Bank Station, Cannon Street Station


Dates: 12th June - 13th July 2014


Add a bit of class to your World Cup experience by enjoying the games with a side serving of steak at Gaucho. Each of the Gaucho branches, 11 of which are in London, will be screening the football on flat screen TVs and offering two menus throughout the tournament. There will be a casual dining menu (35) for the 5pm and 11pm matches, with Gaucho burgers, steak ciabatta and a selection of empanadas among the options; and the group dining menu (49.95), on offer for the 8pm and 9pm matches. Screenings will take place in the private dining rooms with bookings for groups between 6 and 50 guests available. Booking through the Gaucho website.



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