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Where to watch the England vs Croatia game in London and around the UK

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Is it coming home? One can only hope. Here’s the best bars and restaurants in the UK to watch the England vs Croatia game on Wednesday so whether we win or lose, you’re surrounded by fellow revelers to  drown your sorrows or celebrate the win. 

Guess what? Although many people might typically picture a big burly man when asked to imagine a football fan, women like sports too. And as sporting events go, the World Cup is a pretty big deal. 

Happening only every four years, it’s a special time when much of the country comes together to support their favourite team and enjoy the excuse to head to pubs and bars with friends to enjoy a tipple or two. But even though we’re all for joining in the fun and getting our football fix, you won’t be finding us in a sticky-floored venue anytime soon. After all, enjoying sports shouldn’t mean a compromise on style. 

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to watch the World Cup, from kooky microbreweries to sleek bars, many of which have special menus and offers to celebrate, too. Take a look at the list below for suggestions in London as well as cities across the country.

Where to watch the World Cup - London

Hyde Park

Sadiq Khan has announced the good news that, due to England’s success (so far) in the World Cup, Hyde Park will be hosting the next big England games on an outdoors screen, available to those who win a ticket through a ballot. 

Up to 30,000 tickets will be available. Ballot registration will be live until midnight on Monday 9 July. Tickets will be allocated by a lottery system. Ticket winners will be notified by 10am and will need to confirm attendance by 1pm on Tuesday 10th July. Fans are being told to only attend Hyde Park if they have a ticket as there will be no admission to anyone without a ticket.

Pub on the Park 

Pub on the Park pretty much does what it says on the tin. This cute, characterful boozer sits just on the edge of London Fields and gives you lovely views across the park. Thanks to the outside seating area, it’s the perfect place to head in this hot weather. Staff are already preparing for Saturday’s big game, filling the pub’s social media feeds with videos of the multiple screens up around the bar and terrace. 

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John the Unicorn

Kooky South London pub, John the Unicorn, will be showing all games throughout the World Cup on large screens around its pastel-themed two-floored venue. 

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Pergola Paddington 

This must-visit rooftop destination is a fabulous place to watch the footy, especially if the weather holds out. With an open air terrace you can look out across Paddington and to the four 58 inch screen TV’s situated under its summery pergola. Of course, with all the enthusiasm it takes to support your chosen team to the fullest, we know you’ll need refueling and, luckily, you won’t be stuck for choice. Pick from a mix of street food pop-ups including Patty & Bun and DF Mexico, then sit back and enjoy the beautiful game. 

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Drake & Morgan 

Restaurant and bar chain, Drake & Morgan, will be showing screenings of the World Cup across the brand’s large portfolio of branches - just take a peek at their site to see which one is closest to you. The Refinery Bankside is especially worth a visit as the large screen on the alfresco terrace will be showing all the big games, complete with a Pimm’s pop-up. Grab some friends and tuck into the World Cup special, a feasting platter of 20 sliders, two trios of fries and a bucket of 10 beers, all for just £95.

Check out which bars will be showing which games here

Smiths of Smithfield 

On-trend Smiths of Smithfields is the perfect place to make a night of watching the World Cup, thanks to it’s multi-tiered amalgamation of cocktail bar, restaurant, rooftop and social space. Head to the heart of Farringdon to watch all the matches live across the large screens, and sample some of the venue’s delicious grilled foods and specialist cocktails afterwards. 

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Tropicana Beach Club 

We might be stuck with London’s iconic-ly gloomy weather most of the time, but Tropicana Beach Club gives you the chance to pretend you’re watching the World Cup in a more exotic setting. From the palm trees that flank the dance floor, to the tropical themed shirts donned by the bar staff, everything about this place screams summer. All England games will be shown on large screens with surround sound, and those partaking in the football fever can take advantage of special deals such as a pre-game happy hour, a burger and beer combo for £10 and buckets of five beers for £20. 

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Roadhouse

Descend into Covent Garden’s atmospheric bar and restaurant, Roadhouse, for all the football fun you can imagine. All games throughout June and July will be shown on big screens, with plenty of drinks and food deals on offer to keep you properly fed and watered. 

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Greenwood

Greenwood in Victoria has got you totally covered when it comes to watching this year’s World Cup. With 19 large plasma screens and projectors, fantastic food packages and self-pouring beer taps from Heineken, you could say they’re just about prepared. They even have their own Sports Lounge which is available for hire. 

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Jugged Hare

This cosy, well-decorated gastropub serves up fancy food near the Barbican. Throughout June and July it will be screening all of the action in the private dining room and allowing customers to get even more into the sporting spirit with a menu inspired by some of the teams taking to the pitch. From Russia’s smoked sausage, pickled beetroot and sour cream patty to Morocco’s spiced lamb, harissa mayo and tzatziki burger, it gives sticking the footy on a delicious and sophisticated edge. 

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Ealing Park Tavern 

Enjoy an authentic pub experience with no compromise on style at the Ealing Park Tavern, which will be showing all the World Cup matches in-and-outside to make the most of the sunny weather. The colourful outside space, which features 12-person cabanas, boasts a huge projector screen and the charming back of the pub has a selection of TVs, too. 

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Skylight

Hip, Shadwell-based rooftop Skylight is making the most of its brand new outdoor screens and will be showing matches live against the backdrop of London’s panoramic skyline. Skylight boasts three floors of bars, street food, live entertainment, lawn games, screens, DJs and, of course, incredible views of the city - so it’s a fun place to be whether you’re a football fan or not. 

Open Thursday to Sunday, see more information here

Mr Fogg’s Tavern

Eclectic pub, Mr Fogg’s Tavern, in Covent Garden is throwing open its doors to all fans of the beautiful game this summer and will be screening all World Cup matches over the next few months. Thanks to the unique nature of this venue it’s bound to be a sporting experience with a difference. 

Book yourself a table and see more information here

Bunga Bunga Battersea

Immersive dining experience Bunga Bunga in Battersea is known for its unique performances and raucous bottomless brunches, so it’s no wonder the lively spot would lend itself well to watching the World Cup. It will be showing all the big games and invites football fans to come along and try out the summer spritz menu, including a rosemary and limoncello spritz, and the aperitivo menu, featuring king prawns cooked in white wine, chilli and lemon.

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The Little Blue Door

Fulham’s newest late night neighbourhood bar and restaurant, The Little Blue Door, is the perfect place for football fans to sit back and watch the World Cup in the comfort of the flatmate’s living room. The friendly “flatmates” will be welcoming guests into their new home, hosting weekly parties where anything and everything might happen, from sipping cocktails out of a cafetière and eating your way through the deliciously global tapas menu, to dancing on tables. You can book out the flatmate’s private study, decked out with retro gaming consoles, a pool table and all the supplies you need to cheer on your winning team. 

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Chotto Matte 

If pubs aren’t your thing, why not try the delights of Peruvian-Japanese restaurant Chotto Matte in Soho, which will be screening World Cup games throughout the summer. The menu takes inspiration from the flavours and ingredients of Nikkei cuisine and Head Chef Michael Paul recommends football fanatics get stuck into Nikkei gyozas (pork, prawn and cassava dumplings served on aji amarillo with sweet potato puree) and Corazón (beef heart skewers with portobello mushrooms and chive). 

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Fayre Share

This newly launched restaurant is a wonderful place to watch the World Cup with friends because it revolves around food sharing and enjoying a meal as a group. Fayre Share in Victoria Park Village will be showing all matches live and is putting on a special deal for those who come down to join them. You can enjoy a pie and a beer during any game for only £12.95, and by the looks of things, the pastry is not to be missed.

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Big Easy

Whether you’re at the Canary Wharf, Chelsea or Covent Garden location, you can enjoy a Big Easy feast while watching any of the World Cup games, which will be shown on 55-inch flat screen TVs around each of the restaurants. We advise making the most of the World Cup offer, which invites hungry fans to try hot dogs, chilli dogs or chicken wings along with a Schooner beer for £10.

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Sophie’s Soho

This recently-opened restaurant and bar ticks all the boxes. It’s in a great location (seconds from Piccadilly circus), has a hearty menu (especially if you’re a meat lover) and boasts divine decor (plant wall, we see you). It’s certainly a spot we’d be happy to watch a game of footy in, which is handy, as Sophie’s will be showing all the World Cup games on a huge projector in its industrial style bar throughout the summer. 

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Where to watch the World Cup - the South

The Mesmerist, Brighton 

This retro, eclectic pub in Brighton sounds like a right hoot, thanks to its gin palace-inspired decor and regular live music slots. It will be opening its doors to all those wishing to watch the World Cup throughout the summer, showing matches in the private dining room. 

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The Cambridge Brew House, Cambridge 

This quirky micro-brewery in Cambridge is big on sport and will be offering all customers a comfortable place to get their World Cup on throughout the summer. You can tuck in to some delicious fresh food and sample fine beers while getting together with friends to enjoy the football spirit. 

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Brewhouse and Kitchen, Bournemouth 

This kooky pub in Bournemouth describes itself as being a “little bit different” thanks to its friendly nature and on-site microbrewery which allows staff to serve its own unique craft beers straight to customers. They also match everything on their menu to a style of beer and include beer in the cooking of many of their dishes. The Brewhouse and Kitchen will be showing all the World Cup games and welcomes all “well behaved children, dogs and adults” along for the fun. 

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Prince Street Social, Bristol

This modern-style British Brasserie located in the centre of Bristol will be putting on screenings of all the World Cup matches with plenty of craft beer and cosy charm to go with them.

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Where to watch the World Cup - the Midlands

The Button Factory, Birmingham

This former warehouse, and now stylish restaurant, is one of Birmingham’s hottest spots, making it a great place to sit back and enjoy a game of football. Expect comfy leather sofas and bare brick walls, with a menu of modern British fare. The Button Factory will be showing all the World Cup games and is sure to be an atmospheric place to get together with your football-loving friends. 

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Hogarths, Leicester 

This grand Victorian gin palace in the heart of Leicester city looks as though it would be at home on the set of Harry Potter, with quaint lettering touches and a gaudy colour scheme. Architecture buffs will love the original features of this former bank, and alcohol aficionados will be as equally enthralled by the extensive list of spirits on offer. Hogarths will be showing all of the World Cup matches from Russia and invites fans to grab a booth and let the games begin.

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Brewhouse and Kitchen, Nottingham 

This lovely pub, featuring dining rooms and a microbrewery, is located on the Trent Bridge just outside of Nottingham city centre. There’s loads of space to sit outside if the weathers nice and the venue will be screening the World Cup throughout the summer. Craft beer fans should try some of the 50 different types on offer and be sure to ask about the match day deals and discounts.

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Where to watch the World Cup - the North

Black Dog Ballroom Northern Quarter, Manchester 

Black Dog Ballroom is known as being one of Manchetser’s must-visit bars because of its lively atmosphere and huge selection of cocktails and drinks. This summer it will be screening all the World Cup matches in a friendly, informal setting, making it an ideal place to meet up with your mates and get your football fix. 

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The Faversham, Leeds

If bustling pubs filled with chanting football fans aren’t typically your favourite places to watch a game, this multi-purpose space might be right up your street. It has a kind-of gastropub feel but also nods very much to the botanical trend with greenery scattered throughout, and boasts a selection of craft beers and home-cooked meals. The Faversham will only be showing the biggest games of the World Cup, so you might want to double check before heading down. 

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Hop and Cleaver, Newcastle 

This new bar and restaurant in Newcastle is big on doing things in its own way. From smoking their meats to brewing small batch craft beers and inventing unique cocktails, everything about this place feels authentic. We suggest getting your fingers dirty and trying out the BBQ-style menu while you watch a game and making a night of it. 

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