This month, millions of people around the world will be tuning in to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup kick off in Brazil. From football fanatics to… well, people like me who barely follow the sport, there’s nothing like supporting your country with a bit of friendly competition. It’s like all those big events – Eurovision, Wimbledon – even those who don’t avidly follow football love an excuse for a bit of a party and a cheer.
For me, it’s all about the atmosphere; it’s about soaking up the excitement and banter around you and having a good time. With this in mind, I’ve been scoping out the best places in London to watch the matches. And I’ve come up with some corkers:
The Vaults, Waterloo
“If you can’t get to the stadium, the stadium will come to you” – this is the kind of tag line we all want to see when looking for the best spot in London to watch the World Cup! This June/ July the Waterloo Vaults are being transformed into a World Cup Carnival with humungous screen and parties guaranteed on every match night. There’ll be flags, Brazilian colours and great music on offer and it sounds like a hella-lotta-fun.
Fat Ronaldo’s, Shoreditch
So I put it out there on Twitter that I was looking for the best spots to watch the World Cup in London and these guys were straight on to me. I can see why; they’ve popped up for 5 weeks only over the World Cup period and have gone all-out with giant screens, sun loungers, cool cocktails and chilled beers. They’ll be bringing you a Brazilian vibe and the best of football atmospheres, all in a cool East London setting.
The Trinity, Borough
Maybe all you’re after is a nice cute pub in a central location that’s not a sports bar with beer all over the floor, but somewhere with good food, a selection of screens and a nice cosy atmosphere. Enter The Trinity in Borough. Situated right next to Borough Tube, this is sure to have atmosphere and promises to be screening all the games. Arrive early for a seat as there not taking bookings.
The Liquor Store, Dalston
You know what would make watching World Cup even better? Cheerleaders, penalty kick-out competitions and facepainting. Good thing Dalston’s Liquor Store has all this lined up and more. Set in a cool converted Victorian warehouse, this is sure to offer you a unique experience for your World Cup screening.
My final selection is the rather glitzy Sushisamba who are putting on screenings of all the games from their perch on the top of the Heron Tower. Talk about taking the excitement in with a view. There’ll be amazing food and cocktails (at prices that won’t make you faint, surprisingly) plus cool prizes like a trip to Brazil!
Where are you planning to watch the World Cup? Comment below!