World Cup fever hits its highest high today with England in the semi-finals for the first time since 1990, a time when most of us reading this probably weren’t even around! The national mood is at what feels like an all time high, with the weather absolutely glorious and everyone rallying behind our team! It’s been 52 years since we’ve been in the World Cup Finals, so we’re all keeping everything crossed that, at last, it’s coming home.
So if you’re in London this evening, the question you’ve got to answer before it all kicks off at 7pm tonight is where to go to watch this spectacle? If you’re someone who likes peace and quiet so you can watch feeling relaxed and comforted, then home is the best option. Snacks on demand, no queue for the bathroom, and nobody spilling celebratory beers down your neck. But, if you fancy venturing out to soak up some of the excitement from your fellow football fans, here are some of the most atmospheric places that come to mind:
The Faltering Fullback in Finsbury Park is always a great pub for watching any sport. It’s leafy and tucked away and has a cosy yet atmospheric vibe. Closest tube station is Finsbury Park, so super accessible on both Piccadilly and Victoria lines.
Camden Market is always so full of life and happiness so surely this has got to be one of the top spots to soak up the atmosphere and get stuck in! There will be an outdoor screen up and with the legendary food stalls on site, you’ll have something other than your nails to chew if it goes to penalties.
If you’re looking for some outdoor screen action, the lovely Water Poet pub near Liverpool Street has a great beer garden and good food too, so you can kill 3 birds with one stone!
If you’re lucky enough to have nabbed a ticket, Pitch in Stratford is always a great outdoor venue, serving up local craft beers and Venezuelan and Brazilian street food. Easy to get to, Stratford station is served by many a tube, train and overground line.
Boxpark in Croydon is always a hit during the summer months with its outdoor screens and street food options too. This is one of 3 sites Boxpark have set up, with the others in Wembley and Shoreditch. Whichever one you visit, you won’t be disappointed. There’s always plenty on to keep you fed and watered and close to all the action.
Gigalum, a bar in Clapham, is a firm favourite with locals for its great team and even better cocktail menu. With large screens, good food and plenty of friendly faces, this place is sure to erupt with joy once we beat those pesky Croatians 🙂
If you’re on the West side of town, there’s the Ealing Park Tavern which is a great rustic looking pub, full of charm and space, which is never a bad thing when the crowds pile in to get a look at the action!
In Hammersmith you can find a pub that really loves its football – the Famous Three Kings has even been called London’s ‘best sports pub’ and it boasts five separate drinking areas! As well as award winning food, you’ll find it hard not to have an amazing view due to the multitude of screens. The best part is that it’s super close to West Kensington station, so getting home after a few too many celebratory bubbles will be a walk in the park!
Right, that’s my recommendations over. Now all you need to do is decide where to go and get yourself in the mood: grab your best white and red clothes, slap on some face paint, and most importantly, get Three Lions on the speaker nice and loud! Whether you’re celebrating with friends, family, colleagues, or your beau, make sure you find the perfect place to watch. We’ve got no idea when England are going to get this far again so let’s get behind our boys – IT’S COMING HOME!!!!