Top 5 places to watch the world cup in London

by Housesimple on 26th June 2018

With World Cup fever sweeping the country, it’s tricky to find a place in the capital that’s not packed to the rafters. Luckily, there are plenty of amazing viewing options — if you know where to look. From sophisticated dining to the hopelessly hip, here are the best places to check out the World Cup in London:

Merchant Square, Paddington

If a crowded beer garden isn’t your style, check out the Merchant Square in W2. Not only is there plenty of space, but there's also a huge outdoor Pavilion screen, comfortable lounge chairs, and plenty of astroturf — just the way football was meant to be watched.

Why It Should Be Your Local:

Paddington remains one of the most desirable areas in London. Though it’s easy to associate it with the station (and bear) of its name, it’s also home to top restaurant and cocktail bars — and it sits directly on the stunning Hyde Park. Plus, living that close to a transport hub has some real benefits. You can actually get a ticket straight to Ireland — well, with a boat or two along the way.

BoxPark, Shoreditch and Croydon

Whether you’re Shoreditch or Croydon-bound, both Boxpark locations are offering World Cup viewing. With food specials and pitchers of beer and cider on offer, you can really make a day of it.

Why It Should Be Your Local:

Both Shoreditch and Croydon have some well-earned hipster credential — so if artisanal cocktails and fusion food is your thing; you’re in luck. Shoreditch benefits from easy proximity to the city and other hubs of London, while Croydon is a much more affordable option with great transport links that make commutes a breeze. Plus, there’s a secret beach that’s just an hour drive away from Croydon—just imagine that during a summer heatwave.

Sushi Samba, Liverpool Street

If the throngs of crowds are a little intimidating, why not watch the World Cup is style? Sushi Samba, famously located in Heron Tower, will be airing games from its 39th-floor tree terrace — it doesn't get any swisher than that. A far cry from football hooligan-ing, this option comes with some of the best Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian-inspired food in town.

Why It Should Be Your Local:

Liverpool Street has so much to offer, not the least of which is the charming Spitalfields Market and it's just a stone’s throw from Bank or the Barbican. If you love the area but don’t want to be right in the middle of things, check out Aldgate and Aldgate East for more affordable options — not to mention the legendary Whitechapel gallery and some of the best curries you’ll find anywhere.

The Bud Boat, Festival Pier

Some people just want to party. If you want to watch the World Cup with an American twist, you can hop on the Bud Boat for a unique experience. Get the party started a couple of hours before the game kicks off, then float down the River Thames enjoying all the action. You need to book in advance, but the ticket price gets you a free Budweiser and a red light cup — frat boys not included, though they're definitely there in spirit.

Why It Should Be Your Local:

The boat picks up and lets off from Festival Pier, and it’s impossible not to fall in love with Southbank on a lovely summer day in London — whether you're on a boat or on land. Southwark and Borough offer great access to the South Bank, as well as a range of boutique shops and restaurants. For a more budget-friendly option, Vauxhall is benefiting from the huge updates to Battersea Power Station and the new American embassy. As a new hotspot with great transport links, it’s definitely one to keep in mind.

Flat-Iron Square, Borough

Flat Iron Square, dubbed a “one-stop shop for all of your culinary and cultural needs” by Time Out, is getting some serious World Cup fever. With a massive screen in the garden showing every match, you don’t have to miss a thing — though you might want to, to check out all of the amazing food on offer. From ramen to pastries, it’s all there.

Why it Should Be Your Local:

Located smack between London Bridge and Borough, this little nook is truly a foodie paradise. Spend the day wandering through Borough Market, then potter down to Mercato Metropolitano for dinner and drinks — you can easily spend your entire day walking and nibbling. Plus, you’re just over the bridge from the City, a short walk from the Globe, and surrounded by some of London’s most famous landmarks.

There are so many options for World Cup viewing — and this is only a taste. Whatever your style, do some research before you head out to your local beer garden, because you may be missing out on one of London’s hidden gems.

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