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There’s no better place to watch football than in an English pub. And while it’s an experience millions enjoy on a weekly basis at any time, the FIFA World Cup always gets locals even more obsessed with the game. If you’re lucky enough to be in London during the Cup, you’ll need to know the best places to watch. We can help.
The World Cup only takes place once every four years, so it’s okay to enjoy a match with fans from a neighbouring team. Whereas you normally wouldn’t see a red football shirt next to a blue, cheering together, this is exactly what you can expect across London during World Cup. Whether England is eliminated early or not, fans will still be out supporting their favourite players on the world scene — and it’s likely to be very busy. With this in mind, you’ll need a few places in your back pocket where you can catch all the matches you want.
Here are three suggestions get you started.
Watch at a cool pub in central London
If you want watching a World Cup game to coincide with some sightseeing (or an Urban Adventures London tour!), then head to The Marquis in Covent Garden. The pub has a great selection of British ales and craft beers. They also do a very tasty steak pie. You’ll find other fans standing together, as if at a match, watching games on the big screen above the bar — which means you’re never too far from your next beer!
Watch with thousands of fans in Trafalgar Square
For those who wish to take part in a Mexican wave in one of the most famous squares in the world, look no further than Trafalgar Square. Watching sports on the big screen is something London does very well, and, as long as you are well behaved, you can even bring your own drinks.
Watch in a friendly local pub outside the city centre
If you prefer a more relaxed setting, leave central London and head to Holloway. The area usually isn’t on most people’s radar, but it has a vast amount of excellent local pubs that happen to be sports mad. A favourite of London Urban Adventures is The North Nineteen. This family-run pub is very welcoming and often has live music. You’ll also be able to book a table with a good view of the screen, something you might not be able to do in a lot of central London pubs. The North Nineteen has the best Sunday roast in North London, which is where you’ll find us for Sunday games.
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