It’s only a matter of weeks away until the World Cup kicks off, but London is already experiencing fever-pitched anticipation for it. England’s boys in white and red will soon strap on their boots and gear up for their first outing against Tunisia. In front of a capacity crowd of 45,000 on June 18 at Volgograd Arena, England’s stars (which include captain Harry Kane and midfielder Danny Welbeck) will be working hard for their debut performance. Aside from Tunisia, England’s World Cup fixtures include an eclectic bag of nations such as Panama and Belgium.
If you’re out and about in England’s capital during this time, expect to find plenty of warm outdoor spots to watch the matches. Temperatures are expected to consistently hit the mid-to-late 20’s… We’ve picked five separate bars in London’s five main areas (north, south, east, west and central) for you to visit.
Central – Zoo Bar (13-17 Bear St, London WC2H 7AQ)
First up is the Zoo Bar, which has a reputation for being a place to enjoy after-work drinks and televised sports contests. Their club allows punters to hang around into the wee hours, should England win their match. Super central it is situated right between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. They boast four large projection screens and 26 plasmas spread throughout the venue. That in itself will be hard to beat.
West – The Cross Keys (57 Black Lion Ln, W6 9BG)
Straddling the Thames in the affluent area of Chiswick, this endearing establishment is one of the West’s most popular sports bars. Here they have two flat screens and a projector, and they even boast a giant moving screen, should the game be big enough to warrant it. They have a dart board and a great menu on top of all that. Expect plenty of faces painted red and white here.
East – Bar Kick (127 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE)
The name says it all itself. A premier sports venue, Bar Kick is situated over in the East End, right in the heart of trendy Shoreditch. What makes this place special is its football tables, where you can feel inspired throughout the game breaks. It boasts six screens spread out over their several floors where you can watch all the action.
South – The Alexandra (14 Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AA)
These guys take sports very seriously. In fact, they have their own site where they list all the fixtures ahead of time. They have seven screens throughout the venue. It also boasts a fireplace, dart boards and a great British menu, if you’re feeling peckish.
North – The Faltering Fullback (19 Perth Rd, N4 3HB)
A sports pub that feels like a bric-a-brac shop, The Faltering Fullback is adorned with vintage posters and old furniture. Although it’s a pub partial towards the sport of rugby, come summer they will be turning on their screens for football. They boast a great outdoor yard for socialising and two giant projector screens where they will show all the action.
If none of these places suffice, there are plenty more venues across the capital that you can choose from. Just follow the cheers, jeers and the odd Come on England!… Russia is only two hours ahead, so you have no excuse if you don’t get out there and enjoy the energy.